Dan Hawke


Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation: Linux Technical Consultant and Systems Administrator

Dan Hawke has been working in IT for 13 years in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  His main expertise is Linux server infrastructure and architecture, deploying scalable web applications behind hardware load balancers and firewalls.  He currently spends his days as a Technical Consultant for OSS in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dan is originally from Auckland before moving to the United Kingdom to study at the University of Birmingham, then lived and worked in England while travelling Europe. After returning to New Zealand he settled in Christchurch in time to experience the 2010-2011 earthquakes, subsequent disaster recovery and rebuild, before returning to Auckland.

Outside paid employment, Dan is a privacy advocate and runs a series of honeypot email addresses to detect data breaches, working with affected companies. Dan is also an advocate for the Queer[1] community, and was Conference Co-Ordinator and M.C. for the 2010 UniQ Conference at The University of Canterbury[2]. For hobbies, he is a keen cyclist, keeps abreast of sustainable transport initiatives, and travels regularly.

  1. Queer is a reclaimed word used as an umbrella term to describe our rainbow family identities that includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Takatapui, Fa’afafine, Fakaleiti, Pansexual, Asexual and Gender Queer. ^
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UniQ ^