Meet the speakers: Joseph Guarino, Summer Mousa, Mark Greene

[As TXLF 2014 draws near, we're running a series of short interviews with our speakers, so you can get to know them—and what they'll be talking about—that much better....]

This edition features our chat with Joseph Guarino, Summer Mousa, and Mark Greene.

Meet Joseph Guarino

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?

I'm Senior consultant/Owner at Evolutionary IT which provides Business and Information Technology solutions to New England and beyond. My love of FOSS started back at Umass Amherst where I began tinkering on Debian and FreeBSD. Freedom has always been important to me and to see it reflected in technology, it was a no brainer -- FOSS was where I wanted to be. The more I got into open source, the more I found quality, stablity and openness to be second to none. Open source is something I enjoy and utilize on a daily basis in my life and with my firm. In my free time you'll find me writing/teaching/speaking on numerous IT/business topics. Outside of tech, I enjoy supporting non-profit causes by doing 5K's and obstacle course races. As a drummer, I enjoy listening to nearly every genre of music from Metal to Classic Rock, Funk to Reggae and everything in between. Oh, and I also enjoy brewing and imbibing quality craft beer.

What we might expect from your talk? What will an attendee come away with at the end of the session?

You can expect to understand how you can use both online marketing and social media to make your open source project even more successful. Most open source projects (and even companies) ignore this powerful option to build community, gain contributors, get sponsorship and ensure project success. You don't have to.

Have you been to TXLF in the past? If so, what are you looking forward to? If you haven't, what are your impressions of the event?

Nope, it is my first and I'm excited to attend and meet others as passionate about open source.

Is there anything else would you like to tell someone about your talk or about the event in general?

My overarching goal is to get people excited and mobilized to spread the message of this amazing software. We rock, we just need to start communicating it more frequently!

You can catch Joseph's talk, SEO & Social Media Marketing for Open Source Professionals & Evangelists , at 10:15am on Saturday!

Meet Summer Mousa

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?

My name is Summer Mousa. I am software developer at Zenoss and a core contributor to the Control Center (the subject of my talk). I graduated from Purdue in 2008 with a bachelors in computer engineering and I am still pretty new to the Linux scene.

What we might expect from your talk? What will an attendee come away with at the end of the session?

My talk is about how the Control Center (with Docker) is the solution to horizontal scalability in modern software.

Have you been to TXLF in the past? If so, what are you looking forward to? If you haven't, what are your impressions of the event?

I went to TXLF in 2012, in San Antonio. I am really looking forward to seeing how things work from the speaker's perspective.

You can catch Summer's talk, How Zenoss Modernized its Software Delivery using Docker , at 3:50pm on Saturday!

Meet Mark Greene

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?

I live and work in Austin ,TX. This is my 2nd TXLF. I co-presented at the first TXLF on the wonders and pitfalls of UNICODE. It was very satisfying when the presentation ended with the same size audience as it began with! I work for Hewlett-Packard in our Global Supply Chain Systems as a software developer and solution architect. The majority of my career has been spent developing enterprise java applications for manufacturing and procurement operations world wide. My work has taken me to Brazil, China, Japan, Singapore, Germany, & the Czech Republic.

What we might expect from your talk? What will an attendee come away with at the end of the session?

You can expect my presentation to peak your interest in personal cyber security, provide you knowledge of FOSS tools for your cyber security toolbox, and show you a path to explore more on your own.

Have you been to TXLF in the past? If so, what are you looking forward to? If you haven't, what are your impressions of the event?

Yes! I co-presented at the original TXLF in 2010.

You can catch Mark's talk, Introduction to Encryption/Privacy Tools in the FOSS World, at 5:00pm on Saturday!