Sridhar Dhanapalan has over 15 years of experience in harnessing technology to make a positive difference to the lives of people who need it most.
As the first ever IT Relationship Manager at the University of Western Sydney (renowned for its success with a multicultural and low socio-economic student base) and reporting to the CIO, he works at the strategic (executive) level to proactively ensure that students, academics and researchers have the resources that they need to excel.
As CTO at One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Australia, a not-for-profit, Sridhar was instrumental in the creation of the One Education initiative to build a holistic education programme suitable for underprivileged children worldwide. Responsible for the technology behind 1:1 laptops deployments for young children living in harsh environments, Sridhar invented a typeface and keyboard for early childhood literacy. In collaboration with education and technology experts from the MIT Media Lab in Boston, he was a driving force behind the creation of the first touchscreen OLPC laptop.
Sridhar has worked with a number of young start-ups in the technology and social enterprise arenas. As a leader in the free and open source software community, Sridhar has been a director of Linux Australia and president of the Sydney Linux Users Group (the second oldest Linux users group in the world). He has been a keynote and featured speaker at a number of international and national events.
With a major in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of New South Wales, Sridhar is a firm believer in technology that serves people, not the other way around. He is presently studying for a Master of Business in Information Technology Management (MBITM) degree at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Sridhar grew up in country Australia and currently resides with his wife in Sydney. He can be found online at au.linkedin.com/in/sridhard and contacted at sridhar (at) dhanapalan (dot) com.
I am currently:
- IT Relationship Manager at the Western Sydney University
- Co-Founder at Scalegy
- Director at Unleash Kids
- Director at Activity Central
Amongst a variety of contributions to the world of free and open source software, I have previously been a board member of Linux Australia and President of the Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG). I am currently very active in the One Laptop per Child community (OLPC wiki user page).
I have given presentations at various events including linux.conf.au, OSDC, SLUG, Software Freedom Day and Document Freedom Day. I also have professional experience in running training workshops for groups large and small.
Here are some other efforts that I have been involved in:
- President of the Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG), 2008–2010 (Committee member, 2007–2010)
- Council Member (director) on the Linux Australia Council, 2009–2010
- Leader of the OLPC Australia technical community (formerly, OLPC Friends)
- an Administrator of the Ubuntu English (United Kingdom) Translators team
- I have run events for OLPC Australia, Linux Australia and the Sydney Linux Users Group, including monthly meetings, training workshops and stands at shows such as CeBIT and the Sydney Education Expo
- Founder and principal documentation writer of the Ubuntu English Translation initiative
- I have written Linux Australia’s Introduction to Linux, Free Software and Open Source
- I have contributed large amounts of documentation to the Pentaho open source community
- I was (2000−2006) a Senior Administrator and Editor at PCLinuxOnline, which at the time was the largest community Web site dedicated to Mandrake/Mandriva Linux (and later, PCLinuxOS)
- Member of Sugar Labs
- Member of Ubuntu (active in the Ubuntu Australia team)
- I volunteered with Grameen Foundation Australia
- Refer to my Ubuntu wiki page for a précis of my contributions to free and open source software
- My Launchpad page summarises my activities within the Ubuntu community
- I am active in several other groups, including Ubuntu-Au
More about me
- LinkedIn — professional networking
- Google Plus — social networking
- Facebook — social networking
- Twitter — microblog
- Last.fm — what I have been listening to
- TripIt — where I have been travelling
E-mail: sridhar (at) dhanapalan (dot) com
XMPP (Jabber; Google Talk): sridhar (at) dhanapalan (dot) com
IRC: yama on irc.freenode.net