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10th ODF plugfest – Programme

The 10th ODF Plugfest will take place on December 8-9 2014 in London. It consists of a part which is interesting for the general public, and a technical part where the actual plugtesting is done (under Chatham house rule). Although registration is officially closed, please register nonetheless.

If you are in London earlier, please join other participants in the same situation for an informal pre-plugfest dinner that will be held on December 7th at the VQ Restaurant close to the venue. If you intend to arrive later than 20.00h UK time, please send a short note to one of the organisers so we can reserve a seat for you.

The programme of the Tenth ODF Plugfest will consist of the following parts:

Monday December 8th 2014:

9.00 – 9.30 Doors open
9.30 – 12.30 Welcome and plenary presentations

Led by Zaheda Bhorat (UK Cabinet Office) and introduced by Michiel Leenaars (OpenDoc Society, NLnet).

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.15 ODF in the marketplace.
Led by Graham Taylor (OpenDoc Society, OpenForum Europe).
15.30 – 17.30 Technical part
Interoperability testing. Hands on technical session for developers.

Led by Steven Pemberton (CWI).

18.30 – 21.00 Plugfest dinner
Cinnamon Club

Tuesday December 9th 2014:

Unlocking UK government documents
9.30 – 12.30 (Continued) Technical part
Interoperability testing. Hands on technical session for developers.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 16.30 (Continued) Technical part
Interoperability testing. Hands on technical session for developers.
16.30 – 17.00 Plenary wrapup and presentation of the outcomes
Presentation of the outcomes

Speaker biographies

Zaheda Bhorat

Zaheda Bhorat is a Senior Technology Advisor for the Office of the CTO at the Government Digital Service. She is making government services digital through her work on open standards and open source. Zaheda is an active contributor in the open standards, and open source community, and through her work at Google, Salesforce, and at Sun Microsystems, where she was responsible for the project from its inception. She is on the board of directors of Mifos Initiative, an open source initiative that is positioning financial institutions to become digitally connected providers of financial services to the poor. Zaheda has over 20 years of software industry experience and holds a BSc in Computer Science.

Boris Devouge

Boris background lies with adoption of new and disruptive technologies in large organizations. He has deep knowledge the Cloud and OpenSource and possesses a Prince2 certification; as a Director of Global services for Nebula, Inc, he was part of the team that co-founded the OpenStack project with NASA employees. Boris also worked as a Sales Engineering manager for EMEA at Red Hat, dealing with early adoption of Linux in Large organizations and the rise of virtualization stacks. He then served as a Global Sales Engineering manager dealing with new Cloud technologies (Eucalyptus) at Canonical ‐ the company behind Ubuntu Linux ‐ leading a team to bundle the first version of OpenStack within the public software repository. He has led many successful projects in various verticals, from Public Sector to retail organizations and FSI’s. Boris then worked as a Senior Cloud architect, specialist of OpenStack for HP and HPCloud. Today Boris is spearheading the Openness efforts of Microsoft in the United Kingdom.

Chris DiBona

Chris DiBona is the Director of Open Source for Mountain View, Ca. based Google. His teams oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. Additionally, he looks after Google Making Science, an emerging scientific outreach program. For Google Ideas, he looks after Uproxy and Project Shield, among other programs.

Mr. DiBona is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and the This Week in Google podcasts. He is a visiting scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to a number of firms. His personal website can be found via

Magnus Falk

Magnus Falk is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for HM Government. He is responsible for developing the technology leadership vision for government, building relationships with departments and establishing stronger engagement between departments and Government Digital Service (GDS). He chairs the Technology Leaders Network and the . Open Standards Board. Magnus is experienced in managing shared IT estates for multiple stakeholders and leading business transformation. Magnus spent eighteen years in banking, sixteen of them at Credit Suisse where he rose from project manager to CIO. Prior to that he worked as a Consultant at Andersen Consulting. He is a former Captain in the British Army.

Thierry Hoornaert

Thierry Hoornaert is an experienced document specialist who has created, developed, implemented and taught about professional documents for more than 25 years. He has been teaching programs like Lotus 123, Symphony, DisplayWrite, Multiplan, PageMaker, WordPerfect Suite, the whole Microsoft Office series, OpenOffice and LibreOffice. He has also been creating automated documents, applications and add-ins using VBA and other macro languages. Since 2004 he is the leading author in creating simple to complex templates for document generation applications like VarE-Docs and LetterGen (now called Connective Suite). He is a Senior Consultant at BTR Services where he is Functional Implementation Manager for the Paperless Office. He is also the Manager Document Implementation at a major Belgian bank.

Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen

Dan, or Leinir as he is known to most, has been an active part of the KDE community for nearly a decade, through his time at university, which resulted in a Master’s degree in Information Technology specialising in Game and Engine Programming and most recently has been employed by KO GmbH to work with the Calligra office suite and various projects based on its technology, including the Documents application created for Jolla‘s first device, and most recently cooperating with Intel on the creation of Calligra Gemini, an office suite designed for use with multi form factor devices. Outside of employment, he has worked on the Amarok and projects, and outside of KDE is an author of science fiction and not too shabby when it comes to knocking up a bit of food.

Kázmér Koleszár

Kázmér Koleszár is a project manager at MultiRáció Ltd., Hungary. He had been working for GE Lighting Hungary as a physicist before he joined MultiRáció in 2001. He has taken part in launching MagyarOffice, which become known as EuroOffice later, the very first Hungarian OpenOffice-derived office suit. He has managed several software R&D; projects which all aimed at keeping EuroOffice, and its extension modules, in the frontline of new software technologies. As a member of the OASIS ODF Technical Commitee, he works on enhancing the ODF standard with shared document editing capabilities. He believes that enforcing open standards will open up the market for office software and it will promote innovation and technological progress.

Friedrich Kossebau

Friedrich W. H. Kossebau is a software engineer at KO GmbH. He has been working on the JavaScript document engine WebODF for almost two years now. Besides creating the realtime-collaborative editing core, he also worked on the integration of WebODF in other software projects, like ownCloud Documents . He is also active in the KDE community, where he contributes to the ODF-using office and creativity suite Calligra, but also developed the hex editor Okteta . Having embraced DTP and the paperless office since his first access to personal computers, Friedrich cares for keeping all data in his and other’s files accessible independently of the software used.

Michiel Leenaars

Michiel Leenaars is vice-president of OpenDoc Society and director of Strategy at Dutch grant-making not-for-profit NLnet foundation. Leenaars combines his job at NLnet with a job as director of Internet Society Netherlands, one of the more sizable Internet Society chapters in the world. He is also a W3C liason officer for the Benelux Office of the World Wide Web Consortium.

He has been appointed member of the Netherlands national Education Council by the Netherlands cabinet for the period 2015-2018. The “Onderwijsraad” is the highest Netherlands governmental advisory body to advise the Minister, Parliament and local authorities on education policy.

Michael Meeks

Michael Meeks is VP of Productivity at Collabora. His long involvement with starts before it was open sourced, working with Sun to see how best to integrate it into the Linux Desktop. replaced his previous passion: the gnumeric spreadsheet and its interoperability. Michael has lead, and helped to grow investment through Ximian, Novell and SUSE. He has contributed code to many of the components of the suite, and is excited about the future of the code. He now leads Collabora’s Productivity division. In other roles, he has contributed to MeeGo, GNOME, CORBA, Nautilus, Evolution and accessibility, amongst many other interesting things. Before all this, he enjoyed working for Quantel gaining expertise in real time software and high performance custom hardware for real time audio/video editing and playback.

Jonas Öberg

Jonas Öberg is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow where he works on enabling a persistent link between digital works and their metadata, to automate the process of at tribution and making it easier for people to use digital works, especially those licensed under open licenses. Prior to working with the Shuttleworth Foundation, he was the Regional Coordinator for Creative Commons in Europe, lecturer in Software Engineering at the University of Gothenburg and co-founded the Free Software Foundation Europe where he also served as vice president for seven years. When he needs to avoid computers and technology, he’s renovating a 19th century house in northen Sweden.

Jos van den Oever

Jos van den Oever works as a Senior Adviser on Linked Data for the Dutch Ministry of the Interior. He is an ICT professional and Linked Data expert. Jos is a contributor to KDE and a member of the ODF TC for KDE e.V. He started WebODF, a JavaScript library for editing ODF documents on the web, while working for KO GmbH.

Steven Pemberton

Steven Pemberton is a researcher at the CWI, Amsterdam, the Dutch national research centre for mathematics and computer science. He has been involved with the Web from its early days, organising two workshops at the first web conference at CERN in 1994. Since then amongst other things he has been very active in the W3C, chairing several groups, and being involved in the creation of many technologies that have found their way into ODF, including XHTML, CSS, XForms and RDFa. He is a member of the ODF TC.

Florian Reuter

Florian Reuter was responsible for’s Microsoft Word interoperability inside Sun Microsystems and Novell Inc.. Florian has been working on Microsoft Word interoperability for decades and he helped “opening” the binary “.doc” format and later he helped standardizing the new “.docx” format as an invited expert to ISO/IEC 29500 “OfficeOpenXML”. In parallel Florian was a member of the OASIS TC which standardized ODF 1.0 and ODF 1.1. Currently Florian is working on a cross platform, open source-based layout engine in his own startup called NativeDocuments.

Marijke Salters

Marijke Salters works within the Office of the Netherlands Standardization Forum and has extensive experience with e-government projects. After business school she started with artificial intelligence projects for Dutch government. After several projects she became more and more convinced that the organization around the project and the continuity of tasks is utmost important. Main reason is that in the last 20 yrs internet has made the networked society possible. In this society sharing knowledge and information is easier, but also a necessity. To enable growth in the networked society open communication and transparent processes should be used. Not only machine 2 machine, but also person 2 person. The community is the term used. Competition is on the reuse and combination of assets, not on the secrecy of one asset.

Svante Schubert

Svante Schubert is chair of the OASIS ODF Advanced Collaboration Subcommittee. Svante’s focus is on Document Formats, especially on the OpenDocument Format. As submitter of the chosen ODF change-tracking proposal, he recently became the chair of the OASIS ODF Advanced Collaboration Subcommittee. Earlier he had been working for more than a decade for Sun Microsystems (later acquired by Oracle) in the field of standardization and browser based office development. After Oracle’s decision to discontinue its investment in ODF, he decided to continue his work as a freelancer.

Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor is Chief Executive of OpenForum Europe, and a co-founder of the organisation. A regular speaker at international conferences, he was invited by the European Commission and Portuguese Presidency to respond to the Declaration made at the Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Lisbon in 2007, and succeeded in getting 27 other European organisations from the ‘Open Community’ to be co-signatories to that Statement. With some 30 years of experience in the ICT industry, prior to OFE Graham Taylor was a Director at ICL, most recently as Managing Director of the Smart Card business, but with spells as its Software Business Development Manager, and Director of The Solution Centre, ICL’s centre for the management of complex integration projects.

Andras Timar

Andras Timar started to work on Hungarian localization of in 2002. He joined the LibreOffice project on the first day and started to work on localization related issues, including tools and infrastructure. He worked full time as a paid developer with the SUSE LibreOffice Team from April, 2011 to August, 2013, and he has been contracted by Collabora Ltd. since then. His LibreOffice related activities included coordination of localizations, release engineering, hacking on Windows installer, hacking on localization tools, general bugfixing, and mentoring students. He is member of the OASIS ODF Technical Committee.

Malte Timmermann

Malte Timmermann is head of development for OX Documents at Open-Xchange GmbH. Office productivity is Malte’s passion. Started 1991 as a Junior Developer with StarOffice in its hour of birth, continued as Senior Developer and Technical Architect with Now fully focusing on the goal to edit documents in the browser, with a large feature set and lossless roundtrip. In Hamburg. All along.

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