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Thursday, August 5 • 9:15am - 10:00am
Value and Vision: A Conversation with Academy Software Foundation Members - Jim Jeffers, Intel; Doug Walker, Autodesk; Jennifer Goldfinch, Foundry; John Mertic, The Linux Foundation; Moderated by David Morin, The Academy Software Foundation

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Vendor neutrality, stability for the technology we rely on, networking opportunities with change-makers, access to tools and resources, opportunities for thought leadership - these are all benefits of open source foundations. The Academy Software Foundation, which has been around for about three years, is no different. In this keynote panel, moderated by Academy Software Foundation Executive Director, David Morin, we’ll hear from ASWF members about why they have joined and continue to participate in the Foundation. We’ll hear about the early days of the ASWF, the progress that’s been made and the endless possibilities for the future across this rapidly changing landscape.


David Morin

Executive Director, The Academy Software Foundation

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John Mertic

jmertic@linuxfoundation.org, Linux Foundation
John Mertic is the Director of Program Management for The Linux Foundation. Under his leadership, he has helped ASWF, ODPi, Open Mainframe Project, and R Consortium accelerate open source innovation and transform industries. John has an open source career spanning two decades, both... Read More →
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Doug Walker

Tech. Lead - color science, Autodesk
Doug is the Technology Lead for Color Science at Autodesk.  He led the development of OpenColorIO v2 and serves as the Chief Architect on the OpenColorIO Technical Steering Committee.  He also serves on the Architectural Technical Advisory Council of the Academy Color Encoding System... Read More →
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Jim Jeffers

Senior Principal Engineer, Senior Director, Advanced Rendering and Visualisation, Intel
Jim leads the design and development of the open source rendering library family known as theIntel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit. Render Kit is used for generating animated movies, specialeffects, automobile design and scientific visualization, with close collaborations with studios... Read More →
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Jennifer Goldfinch

Director of Industry Marketing, Foundry
Jen Goldfinch is Foundry’s Director of Industry Marketing, where she manages the company’s customer-facing programs including field marketing, social media, alliances and education. Jen’s passion for visual effects films led her to the entertainment technology industry over... Read More →

Thursday August 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:00am PDT