EclipseCon 2007 March 5-8, Santa Clara California

Higgins BoF

Mary Ruddy (, Paul Trevithick (


Wednesday, 20:45, 1 hour 15 minutes | Room 206


The Higgins birds-of-a-feather session is an opportunity for Higgins users, extenders and committers to have an informal chat about our mutual interests and future directions. In addition to current contributors and users, potential contributors and representatives of projects that are considering consuming Higgins components are encouraged to attend.

About Higgins: Higgins is an identity abstraction framework. The project is developing an extensible, platform-independent, identity protocol-independent, software framework to support existing and new applications that give users more convenience, privacy and control over their identity information. Higgins makes it easier for developers to write applications that support multiple identity protocols such as Microsoft Vista's new CardSpace protocol.

Mary is Co-founder of and Co-initiator of the Eclipse Foundation's Higgins Project Mary's day job is VP Marketing and Business Development for Parity Communications ( Previously Mary was VP Strategic Marketing at Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:PMTC) where she was responsible for developing a new product that integrated Product Lifecycle Management and Customer Relationship Management features. Prior to that she was VP Advanced Products at Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) where she was an early employee. Mary has spent her career evolving infrastructure software and creating applications on top of it (rule-based, role-based, networked systems that cross organizations and have a customer facing element.) Mary has a degree in Mathematics from Smith College and a MSM from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

In the last few years my work has focused on creating open source infrastructure for the "social web." A user-centered networking layer that gives people more control over their digital identities across a wide variety of computer-mediated contexts (e.g. email, IM, e-commerce, shared spaces, and enterprise directories). I'm currently CEO of Parity Communications (, co-founder of, technical project lead of the Higgins project (, co-founder of and founder of I've been involved in the process of inventing software, consulting, building companies, and launching new products for the past 20+ years in partnership with Apple, Verizon, IBM, Xerox, Agfa, Fidelity, the DoD, the Berkman Center and others. Previously I was president of Bitstream (NASDAQ:BITS) and CEO and co-founder of Archetype, Inc. and Lightspeed Computers before that. I've been honored to participate in a number of standards efforts over the years, was granted the Seybold Industry Vision award in '99, did research at the Media Lab in the early 80's, and graduated from MIT.

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