Apache creator for Western Cape Freedom Expo
Behlendorf, regarded as a key figure in the history of free and open source software, initiated the Apache project in 1994 as a co-founder of Organic, one of the first business dedicated to building commercial web sites. He later served as a director of the Apache Foundation.
Behlendorf is currently chief technology officer at CollabNet, which produces collaboration tools based on open source practices for software development teams.
“I am very excited about having Brian speak at the Expo,” says Freedom Expo organiser Derek Keats.
“Brian is a key player in the history of free software, and has made a very successful business not only based on free software but also applying the collaborative methodology to other software development.”
Also confirmed are computer scientist and internet entrepreneur Philip Greenspun and Rishab Ghosh, academic and managing editor of First Monday, a peer-reviewed journal covering internet economics, law and technology. These newly confirmed speakers will join Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Internet law expert Lawrence Lessig, also due to speak at the Expo.
“With Lessig, Wales, Behlendorf and Greenspun all together at one event, we have some of the leading thinkers in the world about different aspects of digital freedom,” said Keats. “This is an awesome opportunity to learn about opportunities and the current state of affairs from the best, not only for the free and open source community in South Africa, but for all UWC stakeholders irrespective of their background or interest.”
The Digital Freedom Expo will be held at the UWC campus on April 19 and 20 and will be open to all learners, businesses and the public.