We'd like to specially acknowledge the participation of the external reviewers, whose input has been and continues to be invaluable in ensuring that this event meets the needs of the greater MySQL community.
Sheeri Cabral has an MS in computer science from Brandeis University with a specialty in databases, and a background in systems administration. Unstoppable as a volunteer and activist since age 14, Cabral founded and organizes the Boston, Massachusetts MySQL User Group and is the creator and co-host of OurSQLCast: the MySQL Database Community Podcast, available on iTunes. She was the first MySQL Oracle ACE Director, and is the founder (and current treasurer) of Technocation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing resources and educational grants for IT professionals. Cabral wrote the MySQL Administrator's Bible and has been a technical editor for high-profile O'Reilly Media books such as High Performance MySQL 2nd Edition and CJ Date's SQL and Relational Theory.
Giuseppe Maxia works as QA director with Continuent, Inc. He's an active member of the MySQL community and long-time open source enthusiast. During the past decades he has worked in various IT-related fields, focusing on databases, object-oriented programming, and system administration. Fluent in Italian, English, Perl, Python, SQL, Lua, and Bash, he is a good speaker of C, French, Spanish, and Java. Maxia works in cyberspace, with a virtual team. He has been twice the recipient of a MySQL Community Award, and is currently an Oracle ACE Director.
Calvin Sun is senior engineering manager at Twitter, managing MySQL development. Prior to joining Twitter, Sun was the senior engineering manager of the InnoDB team at Oracle. He joined MySQL AB in early 2006 and managed the development of MySQL storage engines and third-party storage engine vendor relationships. Sun has more than 15 years of database development experience, mostly on various storage engines.
Erin O’Neill is passionate about MySQL and the Web, which together make great videos about cats, dogs, pigs in clothes, and a whole lot of other stuff. She's so into MySQL and the Web that she's one of the co-hosts of the SF MySQL meetup, stalking gurus to come talk to the group. Currently O’Neill works at AppDirect, where the data mostly lives in the cloud.
Yoshinori Matsunobu is a database engineer at Facebook, mainly focusing on making the MySQL production environment faster and more reliable. Before joining Facebook, Matsunobu was a database and infrastructure architect at DeNA and created a famous failover tool MHA. Before joining DeNA, he worked at MySQL/Sun/Oracle as a lead consultant in APAC for four years. Matsunobu has written eight MySQL-related technical books so far and has published technical articles about MySQL, Linux, and Java for a monthly database magazine since 2004.
Dave Stokes is community manager for MySQL at Oracle, and was previously the MySQL certification manager. He has been using MySQL since version 3.23 and has worked for companies ranging alphabetically from the American Heart Association to Xerox. Stokes lives in Texas and enjoys touring on his Honda Goldwing motorcycle when not traveling the world evangelizing MySQL.
As senior director of product marketing at Oracle Corporation, Monica Kumar is responsible for driving the product marketing, business development, customer, and sales programs for Linux, virtualization, MySQL, and open source at Oracle. A well-recognized open source leader and evangelist, Kumar’s association with open source started in 2000 as a core member of Oracle’s Linux Program Office and has since expanded to focus on many other open source technologies, including MySQL.
Bertrand Matthelié is director of MySQL product marketing at Oracle. He joined MySQL AB in 2001 and previously led marketing and sales of training services, worldwide alliances, as well as EMEA Marketing.
Dr. Lars Thalmann is Oracle’s development director for MySQL replication, backup, and connectors. He is responsible for the strategy and development of these features and leads the corresponding engineering teams. Thalmann has worked with MySQL development since 2001. He has driven the creation and development of the MySQL backup feature, has guided the evolution of MySQL replication since 2004, and has been a key player in the development of MySQL Cluster replication.
Geir Høydalsvik has been working with the MySQL database team since 2008, and is currently employed by Oracle, based in Norway. He is software development director for the MySQL server team, responsible for the development and maintenance of the MySQL server. Prior to working with MySQL, Høydalsvik’s background is in the database industry, where he worked for the database startup company Clustra Inc. on the Clustra database, and for Sun Microsystems on Java DB. He has an MS in computer science and a PhD in software engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Before joining MySQL AB as a support engineer in 2006, Todd Farmer was a longtime MySQL user and enterprise Java developer. Farmer managed the global MySQL support organization at Oracle until recently moving to MySQL engineering, where his focus is product usability, supportability, and integration.
Edwin DeSouza is director of MySQL product management at Oracle. He is responsible for product strategy, roadmap, and business models.
Mat Keep is part of the MySQL product management team at Oracle, responsible for the lifecycle management and development strategy of MySQL Cluster, replication, high availability, NoSQL and cloud-based offerings.
Andrew Morgan is a product manager responsible for MySQL high availability solutions, in particular replication, MySQL Cluster, and other clustering technologies. Morgan’s primary roles are working with engineers to make sure that MySQL Cluster and replication evolve to meet the needs of their users, as well as spreading the word on what people can get from these technologies.
Mike Frank is a senior product manager for MySQL products at Oracle. He focuses on development APIs, tools, backup, platforms, cloud, packaging, and security. Frank has more than 20 years experience in the software industry in both development and product line management. Prior to Oracle, he was responsible for products at Gazzang, Idera, PentaSafe, and NetIQ. Frank holds a BS in computer engineering and an MS in computer science from Baylor University.