I nominate two possibilities:

Jeff Patterson
CEO of Safari Books

Safari Books is the online host of the O'Reilly Book series.  Jeff is a very down-to-earth guy but is also 'geeky' enough to work with this crowd.


Jeff Patterson joined Safari Books Online from CMP Technology LLC, where he served in a number of senior executive positions over nine years. His most recent position was president of the Business Technology Group that included leading IT media brands such as InformationWeek, TechWeb and the Web 2.0 Conference. 

Prior to CMP, he co-founded Beacon Technology Partners LLC, a market research firm specializing in measuring IT audience behavior and attitudes, and held management positions in media, manufacturing and advertising companies including Cahners Publishing Company (now Reed Business Information); National Semiconductor; Foote, Cone & Belding/San Francisco; Raychem Corporation; and Pinne, Garvin & Hock/San Francisco. Jeff earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tim O'Reilly
Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media

We can dream, can't we?  In case you don't see the connection, he is the CEO of O'Reilly, home of the technology series of books named after him and author of  I've tried to get him for a keynote for a conference and he accepted but the conference decided to go another route so I know he will consider keynotes for technology crowds.


Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. The company also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source, open standards, and sensible intellectual property laws.

Since 1978, Tim has led the company's pursuit of its core goal: to be a catalyst for technology change by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of "alpha geeks" and other innovators. His active engagement with technology communities drives both the company's product development and its marketing. Tim has built a culture where advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism are key tenets of the business philosophy.

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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Suggest a keynote speaker for Code4Lib 2010!

Hi folks,

The time has come once again to commence discussion of possible keynote speakers 
for the upcoming Code4Lib 2010 conference in Asheville!

If you've got any suggestions for a speaker who'd be engaging, knowledgeable, 
and foolhardy enough to accept this high honor, throw their names to the list 
for discussion.

We here at Code4Lib 2010 World Headquarters, deep under the sea, will accept 
nominations until *September 16, 2009*. Shortly thereafter we will open the 
polls for online voting.

All suggestions and comments are welcome! Discuss away!

Andreas Orphanides
Code4Lib 2010 Keynote Speakers Committee