The Linux Foundation Announces Keynote Speakers for Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021

SAN FRANCISCO (July 15, 2021) -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the keynote speakers for Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021, taking place September 27-30 in Seattle, Washington. The events are being produced in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual participation available, and are co-located with OSPOCon and Linux Security Summit, among others.


Open Source Summit (OSS) is the leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions. Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is the leading, vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded and industrial IoT products. Over 4,000 are expected to participate in the event.


Keynote speakers include:


  • Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) & Director, Machine Learning Research, NVIDIA, sharing on machine learning.
  • Tim Canham, Software and Operations Lead for the Mars Helicopter, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discussing the use of Linux in the Mars Ingenuity mission.
  • Hilary Carter, Vice President of Research, and Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation, sharing insights on new initiatives at The Linux Foundation for the open source community.
  • Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source & Making and Science, Google
  • Heather E. McGowan, Future of Work Strategist, speaking on the future of work and the human capital era.
  • Todd Moore, Vice President – Open Technology and Developer Advocacy & Chief Technology Officer, DEG, IBM
  • Royal O'Brien, Game Tech Chief Evangelist, Amazon, speaking on the new Open 3D Engine Foundation.
  • Sanath Kumar Ramesh, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OpenTreatments Foundation, sharing on OpenTreatment's life-altering initiative.
  • Brent Schroeder, Head of Office of CTO, Americas Chief Technology Officer, SUSE
  • Window Snyder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Thistle Technologies, discussing IoT security.
  • Kate Stewart, Vice President of Dependable Embedded Systems and Dr. David A. Wheeler, Director of Open Source Supply Chain Security, The Linux Foundation, speaking on supply chain security.
  • Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux & Git, in conversation with Dirk Hohndel, Vice President & Chief Open Source Officer, VMware, discussing 30 years of Linux.
  • Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat


The full schedule of sessions will be announced on July 22, with additional keynotes also being announced in the coming weeks.


Registration (in-person) is offered at the early price of $850 through July 27. Registration to attend virtually is $50. Members of The Linux Foundation receive a 20 percent discount off registration and can contact to request a member discount code. Applications for diversity and need-based scholarships are currently being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here. The Linux Foundation's Travel Fund is also accepting applications, with the goal of enabling open source developers and community members to attend events that they would otherwise be unable to attend due to a lack of funding. To learn more and apply, please click here.


Health and Safety

In-person attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and will need to comply with all on-site health measures, in accordance with The Linux Foundation Code of Conduct. To learn more, visit the Health & Safety webpage and read our blog post.



Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021 is made possible thanks to our sponsors, including Diamond Sponsors: Google, IBM, Microsoft and Red Hat, Platinum Sponsors: Huawei, Snyk, and SUSE, and Gold Sponsors: SODA Foundation, Styra, WhiteSource and Witekio. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here or email us for more information and to speak to our team.



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About the Linux Foundation

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