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Jim Hall


Volunteer History


Annual government IT Symposium.

Served on program committee. Government IT Symposium brings together over 1,000 IT leaders and professionals from across the spectrum of government agencies and systems, along with their private and civic sector partners, for three days of engagement, inspiration and information.

GNOME FOUNDATION—Board of Directors

Governance for free software graphical desktop project. 501(c)(3)

Served as Director on Board of Directors. Provide direction and governance for GNOME project, a free software project. Hired new GNOME Executive Director.

2014–present GNOME

Free software graphical desktop project.

Usability testing, in partnership with GNOME Design team. Usability test results provide continuous improvements in GNOME desktop, including updates to Gedit editor.

Summer, 2016; Summer, 2015; Spring, 2015 OUTREACHY

Non-profit to help underrepresented groups get involved in open source software. 501(c)(3)

Mentor usability testing for GNOME. Outreachy is formerly known as Outreach Program for Women. Usability test results were used to improve GNOME desktop, including new Settings application.


National conference for higher education. Mostly focused on technology.

Served on Program Committee. Provide input on program content, session formats, and in suggesting speakers. This team also reviews and evaluates session proposals, exercising a major influence on the content of EDUCAUSE Connect 2014. Members take active roles at Connect, such as convening sessions, facilitating discussions, and introducing speakers.


Advisory board for University of Minnesota program.

Served on advisory board as practicing member. The Technical Communication Advisory Board is a group of business leaders who provide pathways to experiential learning opportunities for students. Opportunities can include networking, mentoring, internships, and case competitions.


Open source implementation of DOS operating system.

Founder and Project Coordinator (equivalent to Executive Director). Lead collaborative international development efforts, build engagement with online developer community. Created initial set of utilities, add-ons, and developer libraries, including a library to support international languages. Webmaster, including web development and databases.