Pete Fein is a software engineer and Internet activist with more than 15 years of experience in open source development. His work and global impact has been featured in a number of major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Guardian, BBC, and The Washington Post.
Pete contributed significantly to some of the largest online activism projects in recent years, from providing wide-ranging technical support during the Arab Spring to helping enact hardware export policy in the European Union.
He is also the founder of the software firm Systema Development. As a subject matter expert in Python, full text search, big data engineering, and distributed systems, his company has worked with clients across a range of industries including trading, finance, medical devices, health care and academia. He also advises on architecture for large-scale projects and assists clients in hiring world-class technical teams.
Pete currently leads development for The Open Syllabus Project, the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi. Based at Columbia University, The Open Syllabus Project presents publicly searchable information from more than a million university courses around the world.
Pete has been a featured speaker at the conferences of Google, Mozilla, Pycon, Yale Law School, and many others. He previously served as the Chief Technology Officer of the jobs search engine Juju. He is the author of Twiggy, a next generation Python logger which is included in several Linux distributions. Pete is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a dual-degree in Computer Science and Economics.