Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2013 CSTA Annual Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

The Computer Science Teachers Association is proud to announce the keynotes for the 2013 CSTA Annual Conference (formerly known as the Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT) Conference).

Hadi Patrovi
As the co-founder of Code.org, Hadi Patrovi’s vision is to fill the world with computer programmers. Code.org is an education non-profit dedicated to growing computer programming education. Hadi grew up in Iran under the Khomeini regime, including through the Iran-Iraq war, and went on to study Computer Science at Harvard, paying his own way through by working as a section leader teaching CS to underclassmen. After working at Microsoft (twice!), he went on to co-found Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor/advisor, Hadi has been involved in the early stages of many giants like Facebook, Dropbox, and Zappos.

Selena Deckelmann
Selena Deckelmann is a woman who knows what it is like to be a woman in high tech. She is a major contributor to (PostgreSQL)[http://postgresql.org] and a data architect at (Mozilla)[http://mozilla.org], makers of the Firefox web browser. Selena has been involved with free and open source software since 1995 and began running conferences for PostgreSQL in 2007. In 2012, she founded PyLadiesPDX, a Portland chapter of (PyLadies)[http://pyladies.org]. She speaks internationally about open source, databases and community. She is an advisor to the Ada Initiative, an organization dedicated to increasing the participation of women in open source and technology communities.

The 2013 CSTA Annual Conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Quincy on July 15 & 16. For more information on sessions, workshops, and to register, visit www.cstaconference.org.

Dave Reed

CSTA Annual Conference Chair

P.S. Workshops are filling up fast. Don’t delay! www.cstaconference.org

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