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Embedded Linux Conference to Feature Keynotes From Dronecode, Google, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Linaro, Panasonic, and Samsung

By 2015-01-278月 22nd, 2017Press Release

Event will focus on ‘Drones, Things & Automobiles’

SAN FRANCISCO, January 27, 2015 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today is announcing the lineup of speakers and sessions for Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), taking place March 23-25 in San Jose, CA. The program this year features longtime open source community developer Andrew “Tridge” Tridgell, who today is the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) chair for the Dronecode Project.

ELC is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products, offering the largest collection of sessions dedicated exclusively to embedded Linux and embedded Linux developers. The theme of ELC 2015 is ‘Drones, Things & Automobiles’, with this year’s conference adding tracks focused on Automotive Linux, Drones, and The Internet of Things (IoT).

The lineup of keynote speakers reinforces this theme, with the following confirmed presentations:

  • Paul Eremenko, Director of Project Ara, and Marti Bolivar, Project Ara Software Lead, both of Google Advanced Technology and Projects, will discuss Project Ara’s aim to develop an open hardware platform for modular smartphones, with the goal of creating a vibrant module developer community and a marketplace from which consumers can create an entirely custom mobile device.

  • Matt Jones, Senior Infotainment Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover, will cover how to embed openness in the connected car.

  • Deepak Saxena, Kernel Working Group Technical Lead at Linaro, will discuss the challenges and opportunities as more companies become involved with the Linux kernel community.

  • Mark Skarpness, Director of Systems Engineering at Intel, will present a keynote on how driving standards and open source will grow the Internet of Things.

  • Andrew ‘Tridge’ Tridgell, will provide updates on the progress of Dronecode’s open source software project for commercial drones, and insight into the future of drone development. He will also delve into the specific task of running an autopilot directly on a Linux-based platform.

  • Finally, a panel will discuss IoT, moderated by Tim Bird of Sony Mobile, and featuring Dominig Ar Foll, Senior Software Architect at Intel (Tizen); Greg Burns, Chair of the Technical Steering Committee of The AllSeen Alliance; Bryant Eastham, Principal Software Architect, Panasonic; and Guy Martin, Senior Open Source Strategist at Samsung (OIC).

More than 50 sessions will be offered at this year’s ELC, including:

  • Open Source Drones on Linux (Lorenz Meier, ETH)

  • The Device Tree as a Stable ABI: A Fairy Tale? (Thomas Petazzoni, Free Electrons)

  • Using Intel Edison to Fuse Embedded Linux With Existing Drone Flight Controllers (Mark F. Brown, Intel)

  • Building IoT Systems with openHAB (Matt Porter, Linaro)

  • The Syria Airlift Project: Open-Sourcing Humanitarian Airlift (Mark Jacobsen, U.S. Air Force)

The full schedule of all keynotes and sessions can be viewed at

“Open source software has always been important to the embedded space, but as the embedded industry expands with the growth of IoT it is becoming even more significant,” said Linux Foundation CMO Amanda McPherson. “The Linux Foundation is proud to have offered a space for open source embedded developers to gather for more than a decade now, and we expect the collaboration that takes place at ELC to advance important technologies.”

Registration is only $500 through January 30, and includes full access to all Embedded Linux Conference events, as well as sessions at the co-located Android Builders Summit. Visit to register.

ELC is possible thanks to the generosity of our Platinum sponsor, Intel.

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