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Bio

Formerly, Greg was the Chief Technical Officer for ISKME. Previous to that, Greg was a Senior Community Architect at Red Hat. He was the founder and first chairman of the Fedora Project Board, the governance body for the Fedora Project, an open source software project which now has over 13,000 volunteer contributors as of January 2009. He was also the founder and former chair of the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, and the founder and former chair of the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee. He currently serves on the oversight board for Sugar Labs, the organization that drives development of the Sugar educational platform. He was with Red Hat from 2001 - 2010. He blogs at http://gregdek.livejournal.com, and can be reached at greg at iskme dot org.

Experience

Here's a great list of stuff that Greg has learned over the years.

Calendar

Free/Busy Time

Travel Schedule

Involvement in POSSE

In the spring of 2008, Greg (as part of his work in Fedora) noticed that a lot of teenagers were becoming interested in Fedora. At the same time, Greg was seeing a lot of résumés from potential hires out of college, and seeing that their practical skills were inferior, in the majority of cases, to these teenagers. He thought there must be a better way of helping college students learn more about Open Source in their coursework, and started looking for practical ways to make that happen. He went to the SIGCSE 2008 conference and gave a mini-session on getting involved in Open Source. He stood in front of the room, and said "Gee, it's easy!". After his presentation, he was able to talk with several professors and learn more about why it wasn't as easy as it might have appeared to him at first glance. Undeterred, he sought solutions to the complications that the professors had shared with him, and worked with Red Hat to put together the first POSSE event the next summer. Greg has been working tirelessly ever since to help promote Open Source in higher education.