Bruno De Bondt
Bruno De Bondt is Canada's National Observer's incomparable technology lead.
Our publishing platform lives on 'drupal' software and Bruno is a brilliant master of drupal development.
He built and evolves our mobile-friendly site, and provides support and strategic advice that keeps us on the cutting edge of rapidly changing technology. He has heroically guided us through a few weird and troubling bot attacks that crashed our site just as we were publishing key investigations.
But this is only part of what he does.
Bruno is the co-founder with his partner, Ariane, of Textillia, an online community and database for all manner of sewing and fabric enthusiasts.
He's been active in the open source web development and independent media communities for many years, and has even co-authored a couple books on Drupal and media activism.
All this, while swimming and doing yoga, learning to grow vegetables, singing as a tenor in a classical choir, and hoping somehow it will finally snow again this winter so he can go snowboarding. He has a deep passion for independent media, and has co-authored two books on media-activism and open source software, Drupal 7 and Media Activism Manual: Don't hate the media, be the media.
He was the technical lead for a major participatory news site in Belgium before moving to Canada.