Open Compute Project

New members on the Open Compute Project Foundation team

Monday, April 21, 2014 · Posted by at 11:03 AM

We’re excited to welcome two new additions to the Open Compute Project Foundation staff: Stephanie Loayza and Hugh Blemings.

Stephanie Loayza, Events Manager

Stephanie has worked in the tech industry as an executive assistant for several years at companies such as Google and Facebook. One of the roles that an EA typically fulfills for her team is that of event planner, and the same was true when the Open Compute Project was first started at Facebook. After successfully planning several OCP Engineering Workshops and OCP Summits IV and V, she is extremely excited to continue that role directly for the foundation.

Hugh Blemings, Director of Certification

Hugh has been working on free software in a professional capacity since 1999. Before joining the Open Compute Project, Hugh was manager of software development at M5 Network Security, a division of Northrop Grumman. Prior to M5, Hugh was manager of hardware enablement at Canonical for several years. A long stint at IBM’s Linux Technology Centre / OzLabs doing Linux on Power and a period at Linuxcare in the early days rounds out his professional free software history.

Hugh is the co-author of “Practical Arduino” and has contributed to various free software and open hardware projects over the years, including “gnokii” and the Linux kernel. Hugh previously served on the Linux Foundation’s Technical Advisory Board and is in his second term as Vice President of Linux Australia. He remains of the view that any day that involves a soldering iron, an oscilloscope, emacs, and a compiler is likely a fun one.

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie and Hugh to our team, and keep an eye out for them at future OCP Engineering Workshops and Summits!


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Update on OCP Tiered Membership and IC Elections

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 · Posted by at 2:30 AM

To All OCP enthusiasts,

I’m happy to announce that after months of work Tiered Membership is ready to roll out and members should begin getting custom emails from the Foundation starting Wednesday, April 23rd. All current members have been assessed based on their contributions for 2013 and 1st quarter 2014. The emails will explain what level the member has been assessed at and what action items are needed to achieve or maintain that membership level. If you have any issues with the level your organizations has been assessed at then please let Amber Graner know as soon as possible, so we can work with you to re-evaluate your status.

If your organization signed the OCP membership agreement prior to April 10th, 2014 then you will be sent the link to the new membership agreement.  If your organization’s membership has expired you will be sent a link to the new membership agreement and information on tiered membership as well.  Please remember that Memberships must be renewed annually.

Additionally, new web pages have been added to the OCP website which explain Membership levels and the requirements and benefits of each membership level as well as how to get involved in OCP.

It was our desire that the nomination phase of the IC elections would be concluded by now, however, it was contingent on all members being contacted and the point of contacts for each member organization being verified.   We are now in the process of verifying all member point of contacts and as noted in the last blog post about tiered membership and the IC elections, “the nomination phase will remain open until all members have been contacted.” Amber will contact all those who have been nominated and let them know what the updated timeline will be and she will issue another blog post with the updated timelines.

Look for exciting new features such as open badges and more to be integrated soon. We are also working on signature integration for both individual and corporate members. This integration will allow members to sign the membership and contributor license agreements as well as other documents from their personal or corporate profiles.  

We appreciate your understanding and any feedback as we roll out these new programs and website features. It’s exciting to see how we continue to grow and evolve as an organization and community.  

If you or your organization signed the membership agreement prior to 10 April 2014 and do not receive an email from the Foundation by Friday, 25 April, 2014, please let Amber know.

We look forward to the continued participation and amazing open innovations you bring to the industry!


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