Hear what’s next, from industry pioneers

Learn from IT leaders at the forefront of the latest technologies and trends at this year’s Red Hat® Summit 2020 Virtual Experience.

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Chart your path forward with insights from Red Hat executives and innovative thought leaders.

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Paul Cormier

President and CEO, Red Hat

Paul Cormier is President and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT software solutions and services. Before his current role, Cormier was President of Products and Technologies at Red Hat, having been with the company since 2001, driving major strategy shifts and expansion of the company’s portfolio of products and services. Under his leadership and with his experience in enterprise technology, He helped to pioneer a commercial business model for open source software, moving open source innovation from passionate communities to broad adoption from the datacenter to the cloud.

Cormier is credited with leading efforts to introduce an enterprise subscription model leading to the development of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. He pioneered the vision for one open hybrid cloud platform that could span traditional, on-premise hardware to multiple clouds. As part of this vision, he has been instrumental in forging strategic partnerships with many leading technology companies to enable technologies to work across hybrid enterprise IT environments and multiple clouds.

Keynote

How open source technology and hybrid cloud strategy will transform the world.

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DeLisa Alexander

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Red Hat

DeLisa Alexander is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Red Hat. She leads the team responsible for global human resources including Red Hat University, focused on acquiring, developing, and retaining talent and enhancing Red Hat culture. During her tenure, Red Hat has grown from 1,100 to 14,000+ associates and has been recognized as one of the best places to work.

She serves as the chair of the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; member Board of Directors for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance; and on the Board of Advisers for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Bull City Ventures.

Prior to Red Hat, Alexander worked at the law firm Kilpatrick Stockton and for the Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Keynote

Hear how Red Hat’s open practices support diversity and inclusion and provide opportunities to innovate.

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Stefanie Chiras

Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit, Red Hat

Dr. Stefanie Chiras is the Vice President and General Manager of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux organization at Red Hat. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux organization is responsible for the successful definition, execution, and delivery of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Dr. Chiras’s organization sets the worldwide business standards and works in tandem with customers and partners to ensure Red Hat Enterprise Linux exceeds market demands.

As Vice President and General Manager of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux organization, Chiras drives an adaptive and collaborative approach to the strategic implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, from transforming customer deployments to delivering the technical foundation for the entire Red Hat portfolio. Her teams also enable engineering relationships and execution for the wide ecosystem of Red Hat partners.

Keynote

Stefanie Chiras helps you make the most of your Red Hat Summit Virtual Experience with details on keynotes, conversations, demos, and more.

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David Duling

R&D Director, SAS

David Duling is a Research and Development Director for the SAS Enterprise Decision Management projects, which focus on managing, scoring, and monitoring SAS analytical models and rules.

Duling previously spent 10 years as Developer and Director of the SAS Enterprise Miner projects. Before joining SAS, he worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in molecular biophysics.

Keynote

See how Red Hat OpenShift is flexible enough to pull in different, disparate tools to solve complex problems, like image processing.

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Brian Gerkey

Chief Executive Officer, Open Robotics

Brian Gerkey is the Chief Executive Officer of Open Robotics, an organization that develops and drives adoption of open source software in robotics.

Before Open Robotics, Gerkey was Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage, where they focused primarily on Robot Operating System (ROS). Before Willow, he was a computer scientist in the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center.

Among other accolades, Gerkey was recognized by MIT Technology Review with the TR35 Award and by Silicon Valley Business Journal with their 40 Under 40 Award. Gerkey frequently speaks about topics including robotics, autonomy, and open source at conferences and with media outlets such as EmTech, Techonomy, All Things Open, TechCrunch Sessions, and Bloomberg Technology.

Keynote

The story of how open source shapes the present―and future―of the robotics industry.

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Dario Gil

Director of IBM Research, IBM

Dr. Dario Gil is the Director of IBM Research, one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs. He is the 12th Director in its 74-year history.

IBM Research is a global organization with over 3,000 researchers at 19 locations on 6 continents advancing the future of computing. Dr. Gil leads innovation efforts at IBM, directing research strategies in quantum, artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid cloud, security, industry solutions, and semiconductors and systems.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Gil served as Chief Operating Officer of IBM Research and the Vice President of AI and Quantum Computing, areas in which he continues to have broad responsibilities across IBM. Under his leadership, IBM was the first company in the world to build programmable quantum computers and make them universally available through the cloud. An advocate of collaborative research models, he co-chairs the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a pioneering industrial-academic laboratory with a portfolio of more than 50 projects focused on advancing fundamental AI research to the broad benefit of industry and society.

Keynote

Learn more about quantum computing with Red Hat’s Chris Wright and technology leaders from IBM, Microsoft, and Honeywell.

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Michael Grant

Senior Director, Services, Anaconda

Michael C. Grant, Ph.D. is a computational mathematician with over 2 decades of commercial experience in optimization, machine learning, and data science. As the Senior Director of Services at Anaconda, Grant and his team assist customers in the development of business-critical data science and artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) solutions using Anaconda's open source and enterprise offerings.

Grant’s open source modeling tools for optimization have twice been recognized with awards from the International Society for Mathematical Programming. His first models were built using Lotus 1-2-3.

Keynote

See how Red Hat OpenShift is flexible enough to pull in different, disparate tools to solve complex problems, like image processing.

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Scott Guthrie

Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group

As Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Cloud + AI Group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for the company’s computing fabric (cloud and edge, including cloud infrastructure, server, database, CRM, ERP, management) and artificial intelligence platform (infrastructure, runtimes, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge, and cognition).

Prior to leading the Cloud + AI Group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s key cloud, server, and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project.

Keynote

Learn more about the Red Hat and Microsoft partnership, including alignment around key technologies like .NET, SQL, Ansible, and more.

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Matt Hicks

Executive Vice President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Matt Hicks is the Executive Vice President of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. Hicks is responsible for engineering, product management, and product marketing for Red Hat technologies. Prior to this role, Hicks served as the SVP of Engineering, responsible for all product engineering, including products such as Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

Other areas of responsibility included Red Hat’s hosted services, OpenShift Online, OpenShift.io, and OpenShift Dedicated.

Joining Red Hat in 2005, Hicks has experienced its growth from a single product company to a multi-billion dollar enterprise and was one of the founding members of the OpenShift team.

Keynote

Communities, customers, and companies are changing to address the reality of today’s world—and the opportunity we have to reshape our future.

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Srinivasa Kalapala

Vice President, Technology and Supplier Strategy, Verizon

Srini Kalapala is the Vice President of Technology and Supplier Strategy for Verizon. He is responsible for developing next-generation network technologies and strategies, identifying and partnering with suppliers to enable Verizon's technology strategy and driving technology architecture efforts across Verizon. Kalapala is also responsible for development of network cloud and edge platforms and for driving virtualization and automation across the networks.

Prior to his current role, Kalapala managed strategy and architecture functions in the Information Technology organization, where he led technology transformation efforts in the areas of workforce mobility, wireline network transformation and platform rationalization. Kalapala’s team also developed world-class CRM platforms for technicians and call centers supporting FiOS business. Forrester recognized Kalapala’s team as one of the top five leading architecture organizations in the world for these efforts.

Kalapala plays notable roles in the delivery of long distance, voice unbundling, and development of broadband strategies at Verizon. Prior to Verizon, Kalapala worked at British Telecom, IBM, and MCI in various technology roles driving workforce and network management transformations. Kalapala is also a member of the board for the Linux Foundation for Networking and is active across other areas tied to software and networks.

Keynote

Hear how Red Hat and Verizon are facing today’s challenges through collaboration on topics like 5G, edge, and cloud-native dev and apps.

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Eric Karsten

Director, Enterprise Architecture & Emerging Technologies, Ford Motor Company

Eric Karsten is Director of Enterprise Architecture and Emerging IT at Ford Motor Company. Karsten assumed this role in June 2013, previously he managed the Enterprise Engineering team for 7 years. He joined Ford Motor Company in 2003 as a Consulting Architect and now reports to the Executive Director for the Office of the CIO.

Karsten is responsible for managing the technology strategies and architecture processes for Ford IT globally. He guides the use of IT technologies using blueprints, reference models, and roadmaps that provide direction to other areas of IT. His research team investigates and introduces Ford’s IT organization to emerging technologies. Karsten’s teams are also responsible for analytics, architecture governance and architecture competency development. Most recently, DevOps enablement was added to his organization.

In 2006, Karsten passed The Open Group's Architecture Framework certification. Due to his enterprise architecture and virtualization expertise, he has served as a guest speaker at Insight and Gartner's conferences.

Keynote

Hear how Ford’s flexible production infrastructure allowed the company to shift from building cars to producing medical supplies.

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Chris Lamb

VP Compute Software, Nvidia

Chris Lamb leads software engineering for the CUDA platform, DGX systems, datacenter-distributed systems (such as Kubernetes), and NGC (a registry for accelerated solutions on NVIDIA platforms)—software that spans supercomputers, clouds, workstations, robots, and self-driving cars.

Over his career, Lamb has worked in diverse areas including many-core computer architecture, compiler and performance tools engineering, embedded systems, microwave communication, networking, and distributed systems.

Keynote

NVIDIA and Red Hat demonstrate edge architectures, advancements in edge accelerators, and 5G capabilities.

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Arun Murthy

Chief Product Officer, Cloudera

Arun Murthy was Chief Product Officer at Hortonworks, prior to its merger with Cloudera, leading engineering and R&D efforts across the company’s entire portfolio. He was one of the founders of Hortonworks and has spent well over a decade in the open source big data industry. He has worked on Apache Hadoop since its inception in 2006 and remains an Apache Hadoop Project Management Committee (PMC) member.

Prior to co-founding Hortonworks, Murthy was one of the original members of the Hadoop team at Yahoo, where he was responsible for all Hadoop/MapReduce code and configuration deployed across more than 42,000 servers and for running Hadoop as a service for the company.

Keynote

See how Red Hat OpenShift is flexible enough to pull in different, disparate tools to solve complex problems, like image processing.

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Daniel Ochsner

Head of Platform and Container Services & Regional Head of Hosting and Data Services, Credit Suisse

Daniel Ochsner is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse within Group CIO, based in Zürich, Switzerland. As global head of Group CIO Hosting and Data Services (HDS), he is responsible for the global functional deployment and operations of platform and container services across the bank. Additionally, he is regional Head of Group CIO Hosting & Data Services Switzerland, responsible for the infrastructure stability, compliance, business continuity, and human capital within the region.

In his session, Daniel will give an overview of the vision for Credit Suisse's container strategy/everything-as-a-service and the bank's major goal of enabling their developers to easily deliver value to business partners and improve time to market.

Keynote

Hear from Credit Suisse about the challenges of modernizing a complex IT environment at a traditional institution.

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Burr Sutter

Global Director of Developer Experience, Red Hat

A lifelong developer advocate, community organizer, and technology evangelist, Burr Sutter is a featured speaker at technology events around the globe—from Bangalore to Brussels and Berlin to Beijing (and most parts in between). He is currently Red Hat’s Director of Developer Experience.

A Java Champion since 2005 and former president of the Atlanta Java User Group, Sutter founded the DevNexus conference, now the largest Java event in the U.S., with the aim of making access to the world’s leading developers affordable to the developer community. When not speaking abroad, Sutter is also the passionate creator and orchestrator of highly-interactive live demos at Red Hat Summit, the company’s premier annual event.

Keynote

This live demo will take you from the remote edge, through the private datacenter, and across the globe with multiple public cloud providers.

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Krysta Svore

General Manager of Quantum Software, Microsoft

Dr. Krysta Svore is General Manager of Quantum Systems at Microsoft. She leads a team dedicated to realizing a commercial-scale quantum computing system and ecosystem to solve today’s unsolvable problems. Her research focuses on the development and implementation of quantum algorithms, including the design of a scalable, fault-tolerant software architecture for translating a high-level quantum program into a low-level, device-specific quantum implementation.

Svore also works on protecting quantum computers from noise through improved quantum error correction and the development of fast decoders. She spent her early years at Microsoft developing machine-learning methods for web applications, including ranking, classification, and summarization algorithms. In 2018, Dr. Svore was named one of the 39 Most Powerful Women Engineers according to Business Insider, and she has authored over 70 papers and has filed over 25 patents.

Keynote

Learn more about quantum computing with Red Hat’s Chris Wright and technology leaders from IBM, Microsoft, and Honeywell.

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Clive Thompson

Science and Technology Journalist and Author

Clive Thompson is an author and journalist who writes about science and technology and their impact on daily life. His latest book is “Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World”; and he is a columnist for Wired and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Thompson is also a songwriter and musician in his band—The Delorean Sisters.

Keynote

Hear a developer-centric deep dive into what characterizes coders.

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Tony Uttley

President of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, Honeywell

Tony Uttley leads Honeywell Quantum Solutions and is responsible for the strategy and business execution of Honeywell’s unique technical capabilities in the field of quantum information systems. Uttley brings extensive experience in strategy, commercial and technical excellence to Honeywell.

Previously, Uttley was Vice President & General Manager of Honeywell’s former Residential Home Comfort business, driving aggressive growth based on a connectivity and internet of things (IoT) strategy. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Global Strategy & Marketing for Honeywell’s US$18 billion Automation & Controls division.

Prior to Honeywell, Uttley was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he developed and executed business acceleration and go-to-market strategies for sophisticated engineered products companies within the industrial goods, MedTech, and consumer durables industries. For the 10 years prior to his role at BCG, he held a number of management and engineering positions with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Keynote

Learn more about quantum computing with Red Hat’s Chris Wright and technology leaders from IBM, Microsoft, and Honeywell.

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Jim Whitehurst

President, IBM

Jim Whitehurst is the President of IBM. He is responsible for the IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software organization, and Corporate Strategy. He is an advocate for open principles as a catalyst for business innovation.

Prior to IBM, Whitehurst was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. At Red Hat, Whitehurst grew its influence with key milestones—including becoming the first US$1 billion revenue open source software company in 2012 and most notably, the landmark acquisition of Red Hat by IBM for US$34 billion in 2019. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to the Forbes World’s Most Innovative Companies list, and Barron’s named him one of the world’s best CEOs.

In 2015, Whitehurst published a book, "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance," showing how open principles of management can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced, connected era.

Prior to Red Hat, Whitehurst served as Chief Operating Officer at Delta Air Lines and as Partner at The Boston Consulting Group.

Keynote

The inevitability of change and how Red Hat and IBM are working together and separately to facilitate progress.

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Chris Wright

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Red Hat. Wright leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledger.

During his more than 20 years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry on high-availability and distributed systems, and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, most of that time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems.

Keynote

Building the future: Unlocking data to evolve ourselves, our customers, and entire industries with the open hybrid cloud.

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Saron Yitbarek

Founder, CodeNewbie

Saron Yitbarek is a developer and the founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. In addition to Command Line Heroes, she hosts 2 other fantastic shows: CodeNewbie Podcast and Base.cs Podcast.

Keynote

Hear a developer-centric deep dive into what characterizes coders.