Thought some of you guys might be interested in this:
Matthew Szulik, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Red Hat,
will speak at the University of Texas at Austin on Tuesday, February 28,
2006, at 7:00 p.m. in Welch 2.224. His talk, titled Open for Change will
address open source technology. This free presentation is open to the UT
community and sponsored by the UT IEEE Computer Society.
As a vehicle for economic and social change, the power of open source is
immeasurable, said Szulik. It's changing how people learn, how developers
create, and how companies do business.
In the talk, Szulik will share his vision of how the open source model is
allowing greater affordability and access to technology, from the world's
largest organizations to its poorest societies.
Szulik has been leading early-stage technology companies, such as Interleaf,
MapInfo, and Red Hat, into global, publicly traded firms for more than 20
years. In 1998, Szulik and Red Hat founder Bob Young developed a shared
vision that the collaborative approach of open source and a great brand
could redistribute the economics of the technology industry from vendor to
Following successful public offerings in 1999 and 2000, Red Hat has
developed global partnerships with Oracle, IBM, Dell, Intel, and HP to
deliver products based on open source technology. Today, Red Hat is the
leading provider of Linux and open source technology to the enterprise and
is positioned to be the defining technology company of the 21st century.
Szulik is passionate about improving the educational opportunities for
students worldwide through open source, and he is a spokesperson to
industry, government, and education leaders on open source computing.
He is the Chairman of the Science and Technology Board for the State of
North Carolinas Economic Development Board. He is a past Chairman and an
Executive Director of the North Carolina Electronics and Information
Technologies Association. Szulik was recently recognized by CIO Magazine
with its 20/20 Vision Award and was named one of the 50 Most Powerful People
in Networking by Network World Magazine.