Renaud, also known as renchap on the web, recently joined the Mastodon core-team as volunteer CTO to help the decentralized social network grow.
Full-stack developer and system administrator, he is passionate about building and scaling infrastructure of fast moving projects or companies. He has been contributing to various open source initiatives for over 15 years and has organized the « SysadminDays » conference in Paris for several years.
Besides his consulting missions he also works on Notos, a photo-sharing platform he co-founded, with privacy and respect of personal data at its core.
Mastodon is a free and open-source software implementing the ActivityPub protocol to provide a decentralised and federated social network service.
It started in 2016 as an open-source project by Eugen Rochko. Believing that instant global communications were too crucial for modern society to belong to a single commercial company, he sought to build a user-friendly microblogging product that would not belong to any central authority, but remain practical for everyday use.
It has more than 1.8 million monthly active users, distributed over 10 000 instances.
Mastodon gGmbH is the non-profit managing the project. It has several employees dedicated to improving Mastodon, finances the development of the official mobile applications, and hosts the flagship instance, mastodon.social.
Isabell Claus is a serial tech entrepreneur, managing director of thinkers.ai, winner of the Europe State Award 2022, Innovator of the Year 2022 in Austria and Austrian Entrepreneur of the Year 2020.
From 2012 to 2018, she was a member of the leadership team at RadarCyberSecurity, the European market leader for continuous cybersecurity monitoring. During this time, the start-up transformed from nothing into one of the Top 100 fastest-growing companies in the EMEA region, receiving awards five years in a row from the Financial Times and Deloitte. After the team sold the venture, Isabell co-founded her second tech company thinkers.ai, which has built the first ‘find engine’ in the ‘search engine’ market.
Before her tech venture, Isabell worked at a stock exchange and Wellington Partners Venture Capital. She studied business and legal studies, and completed her doctorate in strategic finance, having studied at Vienna, Harvard, Dubai and Singapore Universities, and the London School of Economics. Isabell is also a university lecturer, author of many books and publications on cybersecurity and AI, and an active and leading figure in the global entrepreneur community.
The "find engine" in the "search engine" market.
Gabriele is an open source technologist at heart.
He spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US.
He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures, whether it's for an early stage tech startup, a Fortune 500 firm or a non profit foundation. He has recently won the Tech Leadership Award at FinTech Futures USA Banking Tech Awards. As Executive Director Gabriele grew the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS) from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for the global financial services industry to innovate faster, leveraging open source as a model of collaboration.
He then led FINOS to join the Linux Foundation umbrella to accelerate growth, ensure long term sustainability of efforts and reduce fragmentation in the open source finance ecosystem.
In 2022, he took on a dual role as General Manager of the newly launched Linux Foundation Europe, which was created to foster regional open collaborations in the European continent and expand the global platform of the Linux Foundation.
Gabriele holds a Master in Computer Engineering, is a Committer for the Apache Software Foundation and advises open source startups. He's a passionate soccer fan, reggae music connoisseur and special needs dad and advocate wannabe.
The Linux Foundation is a global federation of projects collaborating on open technologies, supported by the global developer community and our member organizations. For more than 20 years, we have enabled some of the largest and most successful collaborations in open source software, hardware, standards and data - spanning all industries and all layers of the stack.
Europe is home to a thriving community of open source contributors - from individuals to enterprises to governments - who deliver innovation that positively impacts the region and the world.
Today, open source is widely recognized by policymakers as a unique tool to achieve ambitious European-wide goals like the digital commons and digital sovereignty. As digital transformation accelerates and open source innovation continues to be a critical competitive differentiator, we established Linux Foundation Europe, a Bruxelles based non-profit, in September 2022 under the leadership of General Manager, Gabriele Columbro.
Linux Foundation Europe's mission is to accelerate the growth of thriving open collaborative efforts focused on challenges and opportunities of all European constituencies, from individuals to public and private sectors, while providing an on-ramp for European projects and companies to succeed and collaborate on a global scale.