“Our team helped take Linux into the embedded world. And as Linux finds its way into ever more devices, there is no company better qualified to help design, build and support your embedded Linux development.”
Beth ‘Pidge’ Flanagan
CEO/CTO, co-founder and chair of the board of Togán Labs.
Beth Flanagan or Pidge as she is known in the open source world has been working as an implementer, developer and tech leader for the past thirty years. She was the former release manager for OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project. She co-founded Togán Labs in 2016 with Aoife Fitzgibbon-O’Riordan and Paul Barker and has grown it from a small idea around a kitchen table to an international firm dedicated to bringing boutique embedded solutions to the embedded market.
She lives up a bóithrín in rural Leitrim with her cat, Syn, a flock of ducks and an office packed full of hardware. She has a habit of presenting cute nonsense embedded hacky demos at various conferences from semi-autonomous blimps to Yocto Project powered DJ setups.
Chief Operating Officer
Sinéad’s background is as a software engineer who can also speak people. This rare and invaluable combination of skills brought her on board at Togán Labs as the technical marketing person. This means Sinéad bridges the space between the client’s need and vision, and the developer’s understanding and delivery of the perfect custom, fine-tuned end product. From there, it was a natural progression to the role of Chief Operating Officer, where she is responsible for strategic direction and business development, directing business operations and operations management.
Outside work, Sinéad acts as a combination PA and body servant to her two small daughters. Her family contains an unreasonable amount of animals, to which she would like to add some alpaca. She lives in the rural midwest of Ireland and loves it. She also writes for Feminist Ire and sticks her nose into various feminist activist projects in Ireland ó ám go chéile.
Chief of Staff
A recent addition to the Togan Labs team, Niamh brings an impressive toolkit from her experience as an entrepreneur and business advisor. Her skills and qualifications across diverse business functions from HRM to leadership strategy combine with a bootstrapping mentality that means she has fit right into the world of open-source software development.
When she is not busy keeping the dreamers of Togan Labs on the straight and narrow, Niamh is a proud and active member of her local Arts Management community, where her business, digital marketing and eCommerce expertise contributed to the successful rebranding of the 45 year old local arts festival to the new and improved ‘Westival’ and bring it to the fore of the Irish festive arts scene, winning Best Small Festival 2019.
Katrina (alias Igorina)
Contracted Skunkworker/developer of miscellanea
Currently dwelling within a hacker space somewhere in the USA, igorina can frequently be found learning a new programming language or tool to accomplish whatever is thrown at her.
Her first computer was a shoe box filled with reclaimed components running Slackware Linux 3.5 in 1998. She’s been using Linux ever since, often with minimalist distro’s using obscure Window Managers.
Outside of Computer Science, her academic studies included a heavy focus on Systems Science/Complex Systems. This introduced her to many of her current hobbies: Graph theory and Networks, Fuzzy logic, Agent Based Modeling, and constructing simulations using R, C++, and Python to study self organizing systems.
Katrina holds a multi-pass in development, ranging from web apps and SQL to C and Assembly Coding. As such, she is our “skunkworks”. She’s also an Open Source License geek.
Since working for Togan Labs, she has worked on a variety of projects, including License Compliance using the Fossology framework, Yocto builds, demonstrations, Oryx development, and attempting to pass on her love of meetings to the rest of the team.
When we have an idea that needs to be fleshed out, we summon her.
Senior software developer
Trevor has been fascinated with computers since his first computer, an Apple //e, in 1983. Back then he was fortunate to have a family friend show him how to program. From that point on, Trevor can’t think of a time when he wasn’t programming computers, thinking about programming them, learning something new about them, or otherwise tinkering with them in some way.
He started using Linux in 1993 when his university decided to setup a lab of Linux machines for student use. Since most of the professors and students scoffed at it, the Linux lab was almost always empty, making it the obvious choice for getting assignments done. The university IT staff also ran frequent install-fests on weekends; it wasn’t long before Linux, or OpenBSD, was running on all of Trevor’s computers at home.
Over the years he has attended numerous technical conferences/Meetups, and enjoys presenting at them as well as meeting other technical people. As a long-time user of Linux, Trevor is enthusiastic about Open Source. He is an active contributor to various projects and has served as a mentor for Google’s GSoC program for BeagleBoard.org. At home he is a big fan of the “maker” movement, and always has a project or two in progress.
An expert in open source strategy, developer community building, and cultivating sustainable businesses, Leslie Hawthorn has been an advisor to Togan Labs since the company’s inception. During her 15+ years working in the technology industry, Leslie has developed, honed and shared open source expertise spanning the Enterprise to NGOs, including senior roles at Google, Red Hat, the Open Source Initiative, the OSU Open Source Lab and several startups, including Elastic.
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, she and her family now call Europe home, though she travels worldwide to keynote about open source, and building products and teams that are built to last. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @lhawthorn.
Board Chair: Elizabeth Flanagan
Board Secretary: Aoife Fitzgibbon O’Riordan
Board Member: Sinéad Redmond
Employee Representative: Trevor Woerner
Board Advisor: Leslie Hawthorn