My name is Sridhar Dhanapalan. I live in Sydney, Australia (UTC +1000).
My role puts me in charge of the technology underpinning the flagship One Education initiative, which involves driving technical innovation to achieve social change.
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.
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.
The bulk of my activities these days is in the realm of One Laptop per Child (OLPC wiki user page).
Here are some other efforts I’m involved in.
- Leader of the OLPC Australia technical community (formerly, OLPC Friends)
- an Administrator of the Ubuntu English (United Kingdom) Translators team
- Founder and principal documentation writer of the Ubuntu English Translation initiative
- I 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.
- Member of Sugar Labs
- Member of Ubuntu (active in the Ubuntu Australia team)
- President of the Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG), 2008–2010 (Committee member, 2007–2010)
- Council Member on the Linux Australia Council, 2009–2010
- In previous employment, I contributed large amounts of documentation to the Pentaho open source community
- I have written Linux Australia’s Introduction to Linux, Free Software and Open Source
- 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)
In the free and open source software community:
- 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
- I am a participant in Grameen Foundation Australia.
More about me
- Google Plus — social networking
- Facebook — social networking
- LinkedIn — professional networking
- Last.fm — what I have been listening to
- TripIt — where I have been travelling
XMPP (Jabber; Google Talk): email@example.com
IRC: yama on irc.freenode.net
This is my official bio on the OLPC Australia site:
Sridhar manages the effective use of technology to underpin OLPC Australia’s educational mission. His professional experience includes enterprise technology consulting and implementation, project management, corporate training, technical support and process management. Sridhar is a leader in the Free and Open Source software community and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events.
My (much longer) bio for the previous incarnation of the OLPC Australia Web site:
In his role as Engineering Manager, Sridhar is responsible for OLPC Australia’s integration of technology. His primary duty is to ensure a reliable technology platform to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing.
With nearly fifteen years of active involvement in Free and Open Source Software, Sridhar has a firm grounding in principles and technologies underpinning OLPC. Amongst a variety of responsibilities held, Sridhar has previously been a board member of Linux Australia and President of the Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG). He has also presented at international conferences.
His professional focus has been in realising the benefits of open source and open standards for organisations ranging from start-ups to large financial institutions. With experience including project management, IT operations, business intelligence, data warehousing, systems administration, satellite and wide area networking, knowledge management, training and marketing, Sridhar is adept at crossing disciplines to achieve holistic results.
Sridhar holds a Science degree from the University of New South Wales, with specialisations in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and in Government, Politics and International Relations. Also possessing a Certificate IV in Network Engineering and numerous industry certifications, Sridhar holds an appreciation for the intersection of factors that make OLPC such a unique and encompassing project.
Here’s a silly bio that I use for conference submissions and the like:
Sridhar Dhanapalan grew up in the 1980s, as the personal computing revolution was heating up. With only two television channels in his town, he turned to his computer for solace. He wishes he had discovered FLOSS before the late 1990s, because downloading GNU Emacs over an acoustic coupler would have been fun. Sridhar is a former board member of Linux Australia, and a past president of the Sydney Linux Users Group. He is currently the Engineering Manager (CTO) at One Laptop Per Child Australia.