Gunnar Hellekson

Technology Strategy and Advocacy

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A technology executive focused on open source development, collaborative innovation, and hard problems.


Activities and Awards

FCW Fed 100 Award, 2010
FedScoop 50 Award, 2012
Government Technology Opportunity in the 21st Century, Commissioner
SIIA, Software Division, Board Member
SIIA, Public Sector Innovation Group, Board Member
Open Source Election Technology Foundation, Board Member
California Civic Innovation Project, Advisor
Open Technology Fund, Advisor
X-Lab, Advisor
Open Source for America, Founder
Military Open Source Working Group, Founder, Editor, Government Channel
"History of Open Source in the US Government", an interactive timeline of every major event and software release in US Government history.
"Dave and Gunnar Show" a weekly podcast on open source, privacy, and government.
"Let's Talk Calmly About Security and Privacy" a podcast on national security and surveillance with Matthew Burton.


Red Hat: Director, Product Management, Linux and Virtualization 2015-present
Runs the product management teams for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, Red Hat's flagship offerings in linux, virtualization, and containers.

Red Hat: Chief Strategist, US Public Sector 2010-2014
Set direction for sales and product teams in the US Federal, state, and local markets for a $1.5 billion open source technology business, contributing to an average 20% growth each year.

Red Hat: Lead Architect, US Public Sector 2006-2010
Managed a team of 12 systems architects delivering 20% growth and met or exceeded sales targets for 16 consecutive quarters.

Core Services: Director, Research and Development 2005-2006
Responsible for all internal development projects at an Oracle Applications service provider.

Jodie Lane Project: Founder and Executive Director 2004-2005
Managed a coalition of community groups to respond to safety problems in New York’s electrical system. The group successfully negotiated signifcant reforms at the New York City Council and the New York Public Utility Commission.

Five Points Consulting: Managing Partner 2003-2005
A boutique business and technical consultancy, tailored to small- and medium-sized not-for-profit organizations.

Company of the Far Countries: Vice President, Technology 1999-2002
Managed development and IT operations for an online giftware wholesaler.

Trilux: Senior Developer 1996-1999
Developed, produced, and maintained web sites for diverse set of clients.


"Are Containers and Virtual Machines Really Competitors?, Virtualization Review, 10 June 2016
"Open source software gains traction in federal IT", FedScoop, 10 November 2015
"Migrating to New Technology While Maintaining Old IT", FedTech, 28 July 2015
"Where the cloud fits in the future of government IT operations", American City & County, 30 March 2015
"A new take on the cloud divide: 'It's pets and cattle'", Federal Computer Week, 12 February 2015
"2014: Year of Open Source Miracles",, 25 November 2014
"5 agency IT predictions for 2015", Federal Computer Week, 3 October 2014
"Red Hat Cloud for Government", FedScoop, 22 September 2014
"Red Hat’s Gunnar Hellekson talks open source", FedScoop, 10 September 2014
"GSA’s open source first approach gives more software options, better savings", FedScoop, 6 August 2014
"'Provider Sprawl' Complicates Government Move to Cloud", CIO Magazine, 4 August 2014
"Should Governments Switch to Open Source?", FutureGov Asia, 24 March 2014
"Revolution of Choice", WashingtonExec, 19 February 2014
"DISA to take responsibility for DoD's core data centers", Defense News, 1 October 2013
"Survey says platform-as-a-service can save $20.5 billion in IT", Federal Computer Week, 20 November 2013
"Red Hat’s Gunnar Hellekson on the evolution of open source", FedScoop, 13 November 2013
"Why is PaaS better for managers?", FedScoop, 30 October 2013
"Avoiding Cloud Lock-In", InformationWeek, 17 October 2013
"Clavin seeks to make its mark in open-source world", Washington Post, 2 June 2013
"Open Source by Default?", FutureGov Asia,29 April 2013
"Open source policy no guarantee governments will actually use open source", FierceGovernmentIT, 28 January 2013
"How Linux reads your fingerprints, helps national security",, 23 December 2012
"Red Hat Public Sector Chief Technology Strategist Gunnar Hellekson Wins FedScoop 50 Industry Leadership Award", 29 November 2012
"7 Questions to Ask Open Source Vendors", Campus Technology, 11 September 2012
"Is NSA's Accumulo open source or Google knock-off?", Government Computer News, 20 July 2012
"NSA Mimics Google, Pisses Off Senate", Wired, 17 July 2012
"Industry Leaders Shoot It Out Over Cloud", FedScoop, 4 May 2012
"OSFA: Open Source Key to 'Shared First'", FedScoop, 9 February 2012
"Interview", Federal News Radio, 9 February 2012
"Why Open Source is an Important Option", FedScoop, 4 January 2012
"Red Hat finds its feet in cloud gold rush", The Register, 8 November 2011
"Fear and Technology in K-12", edtech Digest, 18 July 2011
"VA-DoD joint EHR to be commercial, not necessarily proprietary", FierceGovernmentIT, 2 May 2011
"Executive Spotlight", ExecutiveBiz, 23 June 2010
"Q&A: Gunnar Hellekson on open source adoption in government", FierceGovernmentIT, 8 September 2010
"Red Hat lead architect on open source software in government", GovFresh, 20 April 2010


"Moving Red Hat Enterprise Linux into a New World", Red Hat Summit, 2016
"New Paradigms in Application Development", FedInsider and George Washington University, 12 February 2015
"US Government vs. Open Source", Salon du Logiciel Libre du Québec, 17 September 2014
"We Can Do More When We Work Together", Lowering Cost of Government IT Summit 2014, 25 August 2014
"Bombers in the Data Center: Lessons from World War II", Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit, 10 June 2014
"The Future Has Never Been So Open", Alamo AFCEA, 19 November 2013
NC Datapalooza, May 2013
"US Government vs. Open Source: A History and Lessons Learned", OSCON 2012, 19 July 2012
"tech@State", US State Department, 7 February 2011
"Applying Open Source Principles to Federal Government", OSCON 2009, 9 July 2009