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  • Benito Gonzalez

    Benito Gonzalez

    Benito Gonzalez is a Software Architect, with 30 years of professional experience. Benito has been at Unicon since 2015. Mr. Gonzalez has knowledge and experience in enterprise software development, especially around higher education. Supported clients range from community colleges up to major universities. He has experience with end-to-end management of institution web services. Mr. Gonzalez's uPortal work supports a variety of higher-ed institutions, from community colleges to major universities such as University of California, Riverside, and Texas A&M. Work ranges widely as well. Some efforts are simple maintenance and small enhancements. Other client projects have included complete major upgrades and redesigns. With web development evolving quickly, Benito has become adept with the latest standards like Web Components. He is also a regular presenter at Apereo Foundation events. Mr. Gonzalez is also a member of the uPortal Steering Committee and the chair of the Apereo Incubation Work Group. Benito has branched out into Ed-Tech evaluations and technical due-diligence reviews, along with developing various technology rubrics to evaluation software systems.

  • Laura Fernandez Moran

    Laura Fernandez Moran

    Laura is a Strategic Project Manager and Software Developer at Unicon. She specializes in strategic initiatives and joined the company in 2022. With over 15 years of experience in software development and academic administration in higher education, Laura has worked in various domains such as marketing technology, teaching and learning, student information systems, and identity management. Prior to joining Unicon, she held the position of Manager of Student Systems at Rice University. In this role, Laura was responsible for overseeing student administrative software and technical processes for multiple offices, including the Registrar, Cashier, Financial Aid, Admissions, and Academic Advising. Since 2008, Laura has been actively involved with the Apereo Foundation, contributing in various capacities as an advocate of Open Source Software and Communities. She has served on the Board of Directors, acted as Chair of the Conference Planning Committee, participated in the uPortal Steering Committee, and contributed to the Incubation Working Group. Her dedication and contributions to the foundation led to her receiving the Apereo Fellows Award in 2012.

  • Patrick Masson

    Patrick Masson

    Patrick joined Apereo as Executive Director in January 2023, serving previously as Interim General Manager of the Foundation. Prior to Apereo, Patrick served as General Manager for the Open Source Initiative after working within higher education IT for over twenty years, including roles as CIO within the State University of New York and CTO at the University of Massachusetts' Office of the President. Before these, he served as the Director of Technology at the SUNY Learning Network and Director of the UCLA Media Lab. Patrick is an adjunct instructor with SUNY Albany's College of Computing and Information and speaks frequently on topics related to open source software, open education, and educational technology. Patrick is the co-founder of EDUCAUSE's "Openness" Constituency Group and served on his local school board from 2014-2018.


The Apereo Incubation program’s mission is to assist open source software projects in adopting sustainable practices. Attendees will take away strategies implemented by Apereo in Higher Education open source projects, with governance strategies, understanding incubation, evaluation of a project, and guidance of its progress. This session is for those who are interested in nurturing and/or implementing best practices in their own open source software projects and forming supportive connections within this open source community.