Charlie co-founded search consultancy Flax and recently joined OpenSource Connections where he acts as a Managing Consultant and leads operations in the UK. He writes and blogs about search topics, runs the London Lucene/Solr Meetup and regularly speaks at, and keynotes, other search events across the world. He co-authored Searching the Enterprise with Professor Udo Kruschwitz.
Max is a Managing Consultant and Training Dean at OpenSource Connections, where he empowers search teams and helps companies solve difficult search relevance problems. He hosts the weekly Haystack LIVE! speaker series, bringing his deep practical expertise in search technology, natural language processing, business strategy, and growing engineering culture. He has over 20 years of experience directing delivery and strategy of large scale applications, with 8 of those years focussed on search.
Miles is founder and president of New Idea Engineering (NIE) which helps organisations evaluate, select, implement and manage enterprise search technologies. NIE works and partners with most major commercial and open source enterprise search and related technologies.
Helen is a taxonomy consultant. She works on taxonomy development projects, including taxonomy audits, ontology modelling, tagging initiatives, semantic publishing, metadata training and more. Her clients include the BBC, gov.uk, Financial Times, Time Out, RIBA and the Metropolitan Police. She writes and speaks regularly, and is the programme chair of Taxonomy Boot Camp London.
Agnes is the managing consultant and CEO of Search Explained. She specialises in information architecture and enterprise search. She shares her expertise on the Search Explained blog and has written and co-authored several books on SharePoint and Enterprise Search. She speaks at conferences and other professional events around the world.
Agnes is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2008, and Microsoft Regional Director since July 2020.
Eric Pugh is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSource Connections. Today he helps OSC’s clients, especially those in the ecommerce space, build their own search teams and improve their search maturity.
Fascinated by the craft of software development, Eric Pugh has been involved in the open source world as a developer, committer and user for the past twenty years. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and an active committer to Apache Solr. He co-authored the book Apache Solr Enterprise Search Server, now on its third edition. He also stewards Quepid, an open source platform for assessing and improving your search relevance.
Cedric is the CEO cofounder of France Labs, startup specialised in open source search engines and maker of Datafari, an open source enterprise search solution. He manages the company and handles the innovation and marketing aspects. In terms of ecosystem, he manages the open source business community at the largest association for IT entities in the French Riviera. He has been teaching entrepreneurship for 4 years at the Data Science European MsC of the EIT. Prior to that, he spent ten years at SAP in the research department. Cedric holds the French grande ecole diploma from Telecom SudParis, with the Eurecom certificate.
Martin is an information scientist and the author of Making Search Work and Enterprise Search. He has been involved with optimising search applications since the mid-1970s and has worked on search projects in both Europe and North America. Since 2002 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Information School, University of Sheffield and is currently working on developing new approaches to search evaluation.