OS//OS will be bringing together global leaders and local champions, we're building a stage for world-leading practitioners and the brightest local minds across business, technology and democracy.

Audrey Tang — g0v (Taiwan)

Audrey Tang, a civic hacker who grew up among Tiananmen exiles, is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.

In the public sector, Audrey serves on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.

In the private sector, Audrey works as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.

In the third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.

Photo Credit: CC BY 4.0 Camille McOuat @ Liberation.fr

Audrey Tang

Alanna Krause - Director of Enspiral Foundation and Co-Founder of Loomio (NZ)

Alanna has a passion for Open Business meets Open Tech meets Open Collaboration. She loves innovating new tools and processes to help people work in radically transparent and participatory ways.

Alanna is an anarchist management hacker, internet geek, feminist, and community builder - and can't wait to get amongst it with the OS//OS community!

Alanna Krause

Douglas Rushkoff (USA)

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Named one of the top ten "Most Influential Thinkers in the World" by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity. He is a technology commentator for CNN, and a prominent advocate for open source solutions to social problems. As a media theorist, he is the originator of the terms "viral media”, "digital natives," and "social currency."

Douglas has written a dozen bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Inc and the novel Ecstasy Club, and is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.

Rushkoff's latest work, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, looks at how the digital economy went wrong and what we can do to reclaim its promise.

Photo Credit: Johannes Kroemer


Chris Cormack - Technical Lead Koha Team, Catalyst IT (NZ)

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe

Christopher Cormack has a BSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics and Māori Studies.

While working for Katipo Communications he was the lead developer of the original version of Koha, which went live at Horowhenua Library Trust on January 5, 2000. Since then he has served various roles in the community: Release manager, QA manager and Translation manager.

Christopher works for Catalyst IT in Wellington and believes in Free Software and allowing users the freedom to innovate

Chris Cormack

Joshua Vial — Enspiral (NZ)

Joshua is a programmer and entrepreneur.

In 2010 he launched Enspiral and turned his personal consulting company into a collective vehicle to help more people work on stuff that matters.

In 2013 he helped launch Enspiral Dev Academy which is an intensive 9 week programming course and has been exploring the intersection of tech, startups and education.

Joshua now splits his time between core Enspiral and the Academy and has promised not to start anything new for a while. The number 2016 is proving to be quite tempting however...

Joshua Vial

Marianne Elliott — ActionStation (NZ)

Marianne Elliott is National Director for ActionStation - a movement to reignite participation in our democracy and restore 'people power' by building a community of active citizens, and facilitating collective social action for progressive change.

Trained as a human rights lawyer, Marianne worked in Timor-Leste, the Gaza Strip and Afghanistan before returning to New Zealand. She believes in the power of open democracy to help solve the wicked problems of our age.

Marianne Elliott

Laura O'Connell Rapira - ActionStation (NZ)

Laura O'Connell-Rapira is the Director of Campaigns at ActionStation - a community campaigning organisation representing over 140,000 members that combines digital tools and people power to drive a fairer, more just and sustainable Aotearoa. She is the Co-founder of RockEnrol - a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to building and activating political power for young people and is the Events Director at Our Place Events.

Laura is passionate about unleashing the power of the crowd through digital and community organising, effective collaboration and values-based campaigning. She is a Live The Dream 2014 Alumni with Inspiring Stories Trust.

Laura O'Connell Rapira

Hiria Te Rangi (NZ)

Hiria is a prolific doer with a driving need to give back and MAD love for tech. So when she realised that beta data.govt would end up using open source software to surface open govt data, to make finding data easier, quicker and nicer to use, she did the dance of joy and gave high-fives over the cubicle wall.

Background wise, Hiria gets things built, usually because someone has said that a "thing" sucks really badly. She comes in to figure out what people need, what the base functionality should be and then work with a team to fix or get another "thing" built. All the while asking people "Hey what do you think of this? It's ok if you think it sucks, but can you be more specific?"

In her spare time, she likes to hatch plans to get more maori and pacifica youth into tech and is currently working on Diversify.nz a photostock website that only features New Zealand and her diverse peoples.

If you're wondering, yes, both of these things came about because she saw the data on diversity in Tech and decided to do something about it.

Hiria Te Rangi

Lillian Grace — Figure.nz (NZ)

Lillian Grace is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ, the first organisation globally to designate everyone as a user of data and to build the systems, software, language and trust required to deliver to this standard. Lillian is also on the recently established Data Futures Partnership Working Group, as well as on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and of Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence developing methods and approaches for transforming complex data about NZ into knowledge, tools, and insight. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software, at think tank The New Zealand Institute.

Lillian Grace