Closing Keynote: Cause Award Honorees and Open Q & A with Elastic Founders

At Elastic, we passionately believe technology enables us to progress toward a better future, and are very inspired by the way people are applying our software in this way.

This year we launched our inaugural Elastic Cause Awards, which will recognize three projects that are using the Elastic Stack to advance the greater good, improve the human condition, and help the planet.

Come hear the stories of this year’s honorees. We know you’ll leave feeling just as humbled and fortunate as we do to be part of such a special community.

Leah Sutton

Leah Sutton is the Vice President of Human Resources at Elastic and responsible for all facets of HR. Prior to Elastic, Leah was the Senior Director of HR at Plum Organics where she was responsible for supporting the leadership team through a period of high growth and change post-acquisition by Campbell Soup Company. Prior to working at Plum, Leah spent five years with Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley-based clean tech. During her tenure at Bloom, she held various HR roles, including a stint in Bangalore as the HR leader for India and Asia Pacific. She was also a consultant at Deloitte and a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. Leah holds a BA in Anthropology & African Studies from the University of Wisconsin — Madison and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Adam Thompson

As Executive Director, Adam provides executive management for the entire organization as well as programmatic and strategic leadership in eHealth Africa's (eHA's) business development, research, private sector engagement, and health information technology. He is heading eHA’s lead country office in Nigeria and is further responsible for leadership in and oversight of eHA’s software, GIS, and IT systems.

Before founding eHA, Adam served as Research Specialist, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz and Associate Director for Programs and Instruction for the Global Information Internship Program at the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Paul Michael Privateer, Ph.D

Paul has taught science, technology and digital media courses at Georgia Tech and Arizona State University. A visiting professorship at MIT allowed him to complete his book on social mathematics and the nature of human intelligence. He is the founding director of and Seattle Data for Good, a 500+ member citizens service organization committed to using data science to solve significant social, economic, and environmental problems. He has appeared in the New York Times and on CNN, PBS, ABC, NPR, NBC and BBC4 for his work on using digital technology and data sciences for education reform and social improvement initiatives. His recent novel, The Oracles Virus, explores the new world of bio-digital genomics.

Michael Paley

President, IST Research

David Cavitt

David Cavitt is a Senior TechOps Engineer at IST Research and maintains the AWS Infrastructure, Elasticsearch Clusters, Configuration Management Toolsets, and the Integration of all the Software Applications IST uses within it's big data pipeline. He's been in the IT Industry for 15 years starting out in Web Development before becoming a Linux System Administrator for the Navy Warfare Development Command. After working in the Federal Contractor space for 7 years, he had the opportunity to further his passion in the Video Game industry and helped develop an educational video game as the Lead Artist, Animator, and Game Engine Integrations Engineer. In 2014, he moved back into the world of IT and went to work for Delta Dental of Virginia as a Linux Systems Administrator and Cloud Architect and Integrations Engineer. His responsibilities included maintaining an on-premise data center as well as designing and developing the architecture and toolsets for a hybrid-cloud solution. In 2016, David joined IST Research and continues to pursue his passion for all things Technology. David has also been a performing musician and song writer for over 20 years and loves touring the craft brewery scene in Virginia.

Marty Messer

Marty Messer has spent 20 years in the open source world helping customers get significant value from free software. Marty joined Elastic in April 2014, and is responsible for ensuring customer success and satisfaction. Previously, he held similar roles at Red Hat, Hyperic, SpringSource, and VMware.

Steven Schuurman

Steven provides leadership and support to the entire Elastic team to ensure they have what they need to be successful. Previously, Steven was CEO of Orange11, which was acquired by Trifork A/S in 2012. He also co-founded the internationally renowned open source software vendor SpringSource, which was acquired by VMware in 2009.

Simon Willnauer

Simon Willnauer is an Apache Lucene core committer, an Apache Software Foundation Member, and a co-founder of BerlinBuzzwords. Involved with Apache Lucene since 2006, he has contributed to several other open source projects within and outside the Apache Software Foundation, and in recent years led the design and implementation of numerous scalable software systems and search infrastructures.

Uri Boness

Uri Boness has over 12 years of open source Enterprise Java experience, many of which dedicated and focused on Apache Lucene related technologies. An active Apache Lucene community member, often with contributions to various open source projects in the Apache Lucene ecosystem. A consistent promoter and advocate of open source technologies and the founder of the Dutch Apache Lucene User Group. Previously, Uri served as the head of the search department at Orange11, where he helped drive and secure Orange11′s position as an internationally renowned leader in open source search technologies.