Keynote speakers

We would like to proudly announce you the following keynote speakers:

Benjamin Peterson

Benjamin Peterson has been a CPython core developer for 11 years. He is also the author of six, a Python 2/3 compatibility library. His talk will be on Python governance; it will cover the history of the Python project, how the new CPython governance model was selected, and what the future might hold for CPython and the Python language.

Pantelis Monogioudis

Pantelis is working for Nokia Bell Labs as the Head of Applied Machine Learning Research based in Murray Hill NJ and Budapest, has received two Bell Labs Presidential awards and works closely with open source communities. His speech will be about AI evolution and where it is heading.

Thierry Carrez


The OpenStack project was started in 2010 to create an ubiquitous, open source cloud computing solution. Nine years later, where are we? What did we create? Is OpenStack still relevant? In this keynote talk, Thierry Carrez, the VP of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, will look back at the history of the OpenStack project and present its future challenges.

Steve Holden

Steve has spent almost half his programming career using and promoting the Python language. He is a former chairman and director of the Python Software Foundation, and is currently the CTO of a startup building systems to help people lead less stressful and more productive lives. His talk will discuss the vast range of applications that this language now encompasses.

Monty Taylor

Monty currently leads the team that works on the Zuul project for CI/CD in Red Hat’s CTO Office. He’s the founder, core member and past PTL of the OpenStack Infra team which runs CI and developer tooling for OpenStack. He’s a member of the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, a Python Fellow and past member the OpenStack Technical Committee. Monty is the PTL of the openstacksdk project and is the maintainer of the Ansible modules for consuming OpenStack.

Neal Norwitz

Neal has started several open source projects including pychecker and cppclean.  He also worked on the Python core language for 5+ years.  Since 2005, Neal has been a software engineer at Google.  He’s worked on frontend infrastructure for google.com, youtube.com, and things yet to come.

Plenary Speakers of Οπe\n conference

We would like to proudly announce you the following plenary speakers:

Dimitris Gkanatsios

Dimitris works as a Technical Evangelist in Microsoft supporting software houses in their journey to the cloud. He loves working with OSS software and he is a Certified Kubernetes Application Developer. Nowadays, he enjoys working with Kubernetes and Go.

Speech title: “Scaling Dedicated Game Servers on Kubernetes”

Thanassis Parathyras

Thanassis is the CEO of StackMasters and organiser of
Athens OpenStack User Group. He is a cloud expert with multiple years experience in large systems architecture and operations, OpenStack instructor, Cloud architect and Open-source enthusiast.

Speech title: “A practitioner’s tale on clouds”

Belinda Vennam

Belinda Vennam is a developer advocate at IBM, with a focus on cloud & serverless. Prior to this role, she was a developer on the IBM Cloud Functions team and a contributor to the open-source Apache OpenWhisk project. Belinda loves to travel, volunteer, and learn and share about what’s happening in the cloud.

At Oπe\n, Belinda will be talking about Serverless Computing, and the various benefits it promises to developers. In her talk, she will explore the following topics:

– What is Serverless?
– What are some of the benefits?

– What makes your problem a good fit for a Serverless solution?

– How can you get started implementing your own python app on a Serverless platform?

Attendees should walk away with a solid foundation on the topic, as well as some initial steps they can take to get started with their own Serverless explorations.

Adrian Peret

Working in the telecoms industry for 19 years, in various positions covering R&D, Technical Support, Operations, Hosting, Data Centers and Connectivity, allowed him to have a holistic view across multiple domains and their future impact across a wide range of industries. Currently working as Chief Architect Cloud in Nokia’s Mobile Networks, focused on Telco Cloud Reference Architecture.

Speech title: You can run but you can’t hide form it: Edge cloud is here, now!

Alex Michael

Alex is a co-founder and CTO at Plum, where he oversees the technical direction of the product. He is the former payments lead at Tictail. He joined Tictail as engineer #5, built the platform and team that handled payment processing for 150,000 shops and watched the company grow to 60 people with offices in Stockholm and NYC. Prior to Tictail, he built software for retail data analytics, social networks, sports and Bloomberg. He is also the co-founder of Hack Cyprus, a tech movement in Cyprus which runs hackathons and coding schools for youngsters who want to learn how to code. He has an MEng in Computing from Imperial College London.

Talk Summary:This talk will discuss the evolution in a young fintech startup on
– Moving money around
– Code & architecture
– Team / Hiring