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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Occupation: Linux Systems Engineer and Cloud Architect

Dan Hawke has been working in IT for 13 years in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  His main expertise is Linux infrastructure architecture and scalable cloud applications.  He currently spends his days working as a Systems Engineer for Activision.

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 in 2014, and moving to Vancouver in early 2017.

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, organising LCA Queer BoFs for the last three years running (2015-2017), 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 ^