FOSS Backstage Design

Abhishek Sharma


  • Stewarding Usability for Humanitarian Open Source Software
Anton Lovchikov

Product designer at Evil Martians, focusing on interfaces for developer tools, with a technical background in creating developer-friendly solutions without compromising aesthetics. Building pet projects in Swift and Unity, home-brewing beer, and making cheese on Earth.

  • Devs in mind: how to design interfaces for developer tools
Aparna Sundar

Aparna Sundar is a Senior Researcher at OpenSearch Project. She has decades of experience in the field of research and design. She actively publishes in cognitive science journals. Aparna gives talks in various domains including Technology, Psychology and Marketing.

  • Increasing the human element in open source software
Carolina Portugal

I’m passionate about innovation with a people-centric approach. Maker, nomad and daydreamer. Always looking for new experiences.

  • Building an Open Source Community Beyond the Code
Christopher Hunter

In his role as a UX designer at Ura Design, Christopher integrates his background in the performing arts to offer a distinctive and human-centric approach to design. Specializing in comprehending user motivations and nurturing authentic connections, he actively engages in open source projects, enhancing platforms for broader accessibility.

  • Conducting a UX Heuristic Analysis in Open Source Projects
  • The Power of UX Heuristics in Open Source Projects
Elena Alcalde

Committed to using communication as a tool for positive change, I'm proud to be part of the impactful Kaleidos and Penpot Community team.

  • Building an Open Source Community Beyond the Code
Gleb Stroganov

I am a product designer with more than 13 years of experience in digital and product design based in Lisbon, Portugal. I joined Evil Martians in 2020 and continue my route in helping startups and businesses to grow and expand their service quality among the new users. We are working and solving design problems in multiple areas, from blockchain technologies and web-rtc services to cashback services and professional advanced services. Working with big brands like Ebay and new fast growing companies.

  • Designing UIs without a UI designer
Katie Wilson
  • Stewarding Usability for Humanitarian Open Source Software
Marit Brademann

Marit is works as UX Lead with Ura Design. With 12 years of exprience in digital product, and organisational discovery, design and development, she identifies with being a facilitator, designer, product lead and thought leader. Her topics are responsible tech, collaborative process design and ethical UX design.

  • Conducting a UX Heuristic Analysis in Open Source Projects
  • The Power of UX Heuristics in Open Source Projects
Nancy Reyes

Nancy Reyes Flores is a web accessibility evangelist in Latin America and a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competency. She has taken leadership in projects working to make websites and apps accessible.
In 2017 founded Accessibility Lab, an organization specialized in digital accessibility and social inclusion for people with disabilities, promoting a new ecosystem: internet for all.
She has collaborated with the Mexican government and other private sector companies.
She also works with non-profit organizations on behalf of the rights for people with disabilities.
She focuses on perspectives and challenges to accomplish digital inclusion.
Nancy is a member of Digital Accessibility Ambassadors, Mexican Council of Accessibility and Inclusion, and Mexican Society of Accessible Technologies and Universal Design. She is also co-chair for the program category, Human Rights-Centered Design on RightsCon Costa Rica Program Committee.

  • Web-accessibility for open-source privacy & security tools
Nuna Dionísio

I'm Nuna Dionísio, a UX Product Designer. I've worn different hats, from communication design to managing a UX team, all fueled by my love for crafting remarkable user experiences. Working in the open-source world, I tackle challenges head-on. I'm a firm believer in transparent, user-centered design and my goal is to keep transforming the open-source landscape, ensuring it's user-friendly and a delight for all.

  • A user-centric (r)evolution
Pedro MC Fernandes

A hands-on creator in spirit inspired by all sorts of arts, creativity, and visual expression. Has experience working in various industries, like industrial, graphic, architectural, and fashion design, but with a more recent focus in tech, as a product designer at Percona.

  • Re-thinking product adoption through documentation design
Raashi Saxena

Raashi Saxena is a trainer and strategy consultant for the Accessibility Lab with extensive experience as a technologist, social impact innovator, and practitioner. She serves in a number of advisory roles, including for The Internet Rights & Principles Dynamic Coalition, Missions Publiques’s “We, the Internet" Project, and Threading Change, a sustainable fashion non-profit. As an international speaker, Raashi has spoken on panels and conferences across Africa, Asia, and Europe. She was highlighted as an expert in Mozilla's 2022 Internet Health Report and Pew Research Center's 2021 Report on Digital Spaces. Recognized by World Economic Forum as one of the Six Inspirational Young Female Leaders, Saxena is currently the Curator of Global Shapers Bengaluru Hub and is one of the 300 leaders of the 2020 Women Deliver Young Leaders Program represented by 96 countries. Raashi is based in Bangalore, India.

  • Web-accessibility for open-source privacy & security tools
René Kriegler

René has worked in search for almost 17 years, including on projects for some of the top 10 German e-commerce sites. He is co-founder and co-organiser of MICES (Mix-Camp E-commerce Search), an event that brings together the e-commerce search community each year. He created and maintains the Querqy open source library for query rewriting. René is co-initiator of the Chorus project – an open source software stack that combines Querqy with other powerful tools to build e-commerce search and to measure and improve search quality. He works as Chief Strategy Officer at OpenSource Connections.

  • The power of adding a story to your demo
Samira Gibson

Philly native, wife, dog mom (x3), volunteer skateboard instructor, and I'd totally love to see Captain Seven of Nine in a new Star Trek Voyager spin-off. Designer & Dev

  • Building the Holodeck: XR for Designers
Victory Brown
  • Designers as Multifaceted Contributors