Richard Noble is an Entrepreneur, challenger, record breaker and motivational speaker. Against a background of today’s low risk culture, Richard Noble specialises in developing high risk ventures. The Thrust2 programme which brought the World Land Speed Record back to Britain in 1983 and the ThrustSSC first ever supersonic land speed record programme are the best known.
Other projects undertaken by Richard include the ARV Super2 light aircraft, the Atlantic Sprinter Blue Riband contender, Programme Funding, an original television funding company, and the last, Farnborough Aircraft, which is creating the first point to point taxi aircraft.
In a parallel to the Open Source world we know, Richard Noble will illustrate and explain the huge problems in trying to persuade the old British establishment to consider and implement change and listen to original thinking - but despite the track record the British centralised funding machinery always seems to disappoint. So if the central funding machinery won't deliver then, thanks to the internet, it becomes possible to spread the risk and fund with a distributed funding system - which were key original features of SSC Programme Ltd. and Farnborough-Aircraft.com Ltd.
Richard will be delivering the key note talk at the end of day one of the conference.
Alan Runyan is co-creator of the Plone content management system and president / founder of Enfold Systems, a Houston-based Plone integrator. Alan has spoken at a multitude of conferences, and consulted with organizations ranging from small business to Fortune 100 companies on content management and other technology strategies.
Some say that he can eat an entire moose.
Some say that his eyebrow ring is actually a receiver for signals from a design god on a higher plane.
All we know.... is he's known as 'Limi'.
He is a Viking currently in residence in San Francisco. Also one of the co-founders of Plone, he then went on to work at Google, and is now working for Mozilla as the Firefox User Experience Lead.