Geir Bækholt

Nomination for Geir Bækholt (aka. "elvix") of Plone Solutions AS, Norway.

Geir Bækholt, also known as 'elvix' in in irc to some 

  • I have been a Plone contributor in some form since the start of the project five years ago. During that time i have contributed user interface design, CSS, javascripts, bug fixes, core components in Plone itself and add-on-products.
  • Managing director and co-founder of Plone Solutions AS, a Norwegian, but internationally oriented Plone consultancy and development company. My job involves managing a distributed workforce currently spanning 3 continents, 7 countries and 9 timezones. The company has close ties to the Plone community and contributes a fair share to the development of Plone and its surroundings. 
  • An all-hands type person who enjoys working with people and organisations as much as writing code. I have a diverse background in marketing, design/art, sociology, film-science and web-applications. I worked 5 years with large scale web-applications in the gaming industry before i started doing Plone full-time.
  • In April 2006, Arranged the Archipelago Sprint, gathering 40 developers from around the world, spearheding the development of what will become Plone 3.
  • Speaker at all Plone Conferences but the first.
  • Currently collaborating with a regional university college on introducing more Open Source and Plone/Zope development into their master-level-studies.
  • Has a large interest in Open source business models, patents, marketing and licensing. Makes an effort of improving government- and general public awareness on Open Source in Norway.  
  • Even though i probably represent developers and small businesses best, i meet and work with a lot of people in universities, government organisations, NGOs and larger companies, – and get to share their challenges and experiences with Plone, both on a technical and on an organisational level.

Seconded by Martin Aspeli