At the start of day 2, Bob Young, Lulu.com and Co-founder of Red Hat, Jennifer Pahlka, Founder of Code for America, and Francois Taddei, INSERM, share how they make projects really work. We'll also address the falsehood that "open" must mean unprofitable.
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Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Yale University. She writes @pahlkadot and codeforamerica.org/author/jen/.
Over the last eight years, François Taddei has created the CRI (Center for Research and Interdisciplinary) in Paris. CRI’s main role is to promote new pedagogies to help creative students take initiatives and develop their research projects, with the help of mentors, research institutions, private companies, and foundations, such as the Bettencourt Foundation, which has supported many student-created activities. These activities range from the first French synthetic biology team (for the MIT-sponsored iGEM competition) to the Paris-Montagne science festival and the Science Académie, an outreach program that allows high schools students from deprived neighbourhoods to discover the creativity of science. The CRI offers three programs integrated in the Liliane Bettencourt curriculum: a new undergrad program, a Master’s degree (Innovative Approaches to Research and Education, IARE), and a doctoral school (Frontiers of Life, FdV). CRI‘s dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a wide choice of courses and several student discussion clubs.
François Taddei has taken the lead of the new Institute for Learning Through Research that has been selected in March 2012 by the International Scientific Committee of the National Innovative Training Program (IDEFI) of the French ministry of research.
François Taddei also heads the Evolutionary Systems Biology team at a unit of the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris-Descartes University’s Medical School. His work has produced many publications in general-interest scientific journals, and has been recognized by several international and national awards. François Taddei participates in various working groups on the future of research and education (France 2025, OECD, EU, etc.).
Bob Young is the founder and CEO of Lulu.com, the premiere international marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than 520,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators from 80 different countries joining each week.
Founded in 2002, Lulu.com is Youngʼs most recent endeavor. The success of this company has earned Young notable recognition; he was named one of the “Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006” and was ranked as the fourth “Top Entrepreneur for 2006,” both by Silicon.com.In 1993, Young co-founded Red Hat, the open source software company that gives hardware and software vendors a standard platform on which to certify their technology. Red Hat has evolved into a Fortune 500 company and chief rival to Microsoft and Sun. His success at Red Hat won him industry accolades, including nomination as one of Business Weekʼs “Top Entrepreneurs” in 1999.
Before founding Red Hat, Young spent 20 years at the helm of two computer leasing companies that he founded. His experiences as a high-tech entrepreneur combined with his innate marketing savvy led to Red Hatʼs success. His book, “Under the Radar,” chronicles how Red Hatʼs open source strategy successfully won industry wide acceptance in a market previously dominated by proprietary binary-only systems. Young has also imparted the lessons learned from his entrepreneurial experiences through his contributions to the books “Youʼve GOT to Read This Book!” and “Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurʼs Soul.”
In 2000, Young co-founded the Center for Public Domain, a nonprofit foundation created to bolster healthy conversation of intellectual property,patent and copyright law, and the management of the public domain for the common good. Grant recipients included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and the Future of Music Coalition.Young graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 prior to beginning his career in the computer finance arena. In 2003, Young purchased the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and currently serves as the leagueʼs vice chairman.
In addition to fly fishing, Young enjoys collecting calculators and antique typewriters, a nod to his beginnings as a typewriter salesman and he can usually be found sporting a pair of red socks. However, instead of red on his head, Young now tips his orange hat.