PyCon 2015 Keynote Speakers

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## Guido van Rossum

Python's Creator
Guido van Rossum is the author of the Python programming language. He continues to serve as the "Benevolent Dictator For Life" (BDFL), meaning that he continues to oversee the Python development process, making decisions where necessary. He is currently employed by Dropbox.

## Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Django's Co-creator
Jacob Kaplan-Moss is the co-creator of Django and the founder of the Django Software Foundation. He has over a decade of experience as a web, open source, and Python developer. He is currently Director of Security at Heroku.

## Catherine Bracy

Director, Code for America
Catherine oversees Code for America’s civic engagement portfolio, including the Brigade program. She also founded and runs Code for All, Code for America’s international partnership program. Until November 2012, she was Director of Obama for America’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. She was responsible for organizing technologists to volunteer their skills to the campaign’s technology and digital efforts. Prior to joining the campaign, she ran the Knight Foundation’s 2011 News Challenge and before that was the administrative director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She is on the board of directors at the Citizen Engagement Lab and the Public Laboratory.

## Gabriella Coleman

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Author & Professor
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism and is the author of two books. Her first book, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, was published with Princeton University Press in 2013 and her most recent book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, published by Verso, has been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014. You can learn more about her work on her website:

## Gary Bernhardt

Closing Keynote
Gary Bernhardt is a creator and destroyer of software compelled to understand both sides of heated software debates: Vim and Emacs; Python and Ruby; Git and Mercurial. He runs Destroy All Software, which publishes advanced screencasts for serious developers covering Unix, OO design, TDD, and dynamic languages.

## Julia Evans

Opening Statements
Julia Evans is a programmer & data scientist based in Montréal, Quebec. She loves coding, math, playing with datasets, teaching programming, open source communities, and late night discussions on how to dismantle oppression. She co-organizes PyLadies Montréal and Montréal All-Girl Hack Night.

## Van Lindberg

PSF Chair
Van Lindberg is Vice President of Intellectual Property at Rackspace. He is trained as a computer engineer and lawyer, but what he does best is “translate” to help businesses, techies and attorneys understand each other. Van likes working with both computer code and legal code. For the past several years, he has been using natural language processing and graph theory to help him digest and map the U.S. Patent Database. Van is currently chairman of the board of the Python Software Foundation, as well as the author of Intellectual Property and Open Source.

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