The Apereo Fellows Program celebrates the many volunteer contributors who make Apereo Software Communities successful. The Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Apereo Follows.
Adrian has been a member of the Sakai community for over 10 years. He started on his open source journey working on one of Sakai's original source codebases, Michigan's CHeF, and has been a constant presence in the community ever since, primarily as a developer and mentor. Adrian has worked on and contributed to many parts of Sakai over the years, most recently on social and academic alerts (a.k.a. Bullhorns). He also wrote the Clog (Collaborative Log) tool, co-wrote Oxford's Feedback tool, wrote YAFT (Yet Another Forum Tool), wrote Portal Chat and he updates and maintains the Roster tool. His current focus is on the social aspects of Sakai and UX.
Benito first joined the JASIG and Sakai communities in 2005. He joined Unicon Inc. in 2015 to better serve the Apereo Community (merged from JASIG and Sakai). Benito is a regular presenter at Open Apereo and regularly contributes to uPortal and related Apereo portlets. He has sat on the Open Apereo Conference Planning Committee, and is currently a member of the uPortal Steering Committee and Incubation Work Group.
Dede is the Senior Support Specialist at Marist College, building on improvements and technical solutions to teaching and learning within the institution's Sakai instance. A long term community member within multiple projects and events, Dede has most recently focused on quality assurance with her participation in the Sakai QA committee. Dede is also an adjunct faculty member in the school of Computer Science and Math, holds a BS in Integrative Studies from Marist College and is currently working towards her MA in Integrated Marketing Communication.
Ron is currently a self-employed consultant providing training, development and consultancy across the UK and internationally. His last full-time post involved managing staff development and e-learning in a large East London college. Ron joined forces with the University of Nottingham and Jisc Techdis in the very early developments of Xerte (2006) and has worked tirelessly with the Xerte project ever since. Ron played a key role in the organization of the Xerte 16 conference last year and organized and facilitated the recent developer meeting in Edinburgh. He is very active on the Xerte GitHub and community forums, where he is one of the more frequent responders to requests for support from our users, often going out of his way to investigate problems and provide guidance or to provide fixes. Ron is an excellent ambassador for the Xerte project and has engaged wth many UK institutions to help them establish and maintain a Xerte installation, to provide training to users, and to reflect the evolving needs of our user base into tangible development work for the project.
Miguel is the CTO at EDF and an LMS market entrepreneur with a strong commitment in Open Source learning technologies. An active member of the Sakai Community and the Spanish S2U Team since 2008. Miguel is responsible of more than thirty projects all over the world involving Sakai, including elite universities in Spain, UK, Colombia, Mexico, Chile and the USA. He is always excited to develop ideas and initiatives that serve the academic mission and to share the knowledge gained openly. To all of my team mates, colleagues, customers, community and the S2U Group, this recognition means a lot to me. Thank you so much for helping me.
Sven encountered the phenomenon Open Source Communities for the first time more then a decade ago while he was research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He remembers being impressed by the enthusiasm shared in the Oberon community, a community formed around an Open Source operating system built by the Native Systems Group at ETHZ. Later, when his current employer SWITCH choose to use the Open Source product Opencast in one of its national services offered to Swiss higher education institutions, he found himself again heavily involved in the middle of a highly motivated, capable and enthusiastic community: The Opencast community - a project of the Apereo Foundation. Sven enjoys being part of the Opencast community and is impressed by what it has become and its future potential.
We thank to the 2017 Apereo Fellows Committee for the hard work in making these selections!
Ian Dolphin, Executive Director