Aimee Maree Forsstrom

So just who is Aimee Maree?

Computer Scientist, Open Web Architect, Linux Administrator, Accessibility Engineer, CMS Aficionado, Instructional Designer, Computer Interaction and Human Cognition Researcher, Disability Advocate, Youth Mentor, Public Speaker, Problem Solver, Future Thinker, Costume Artist, Creator/Maker/Hacker, Part of the 3D Printing Revolution, Dedicated Gardener, Inquisitive Mind, Eternal Student, Optimistic, World Wide Traveler


Current Work Focus

What have I been up to lately

Open Source Licensing

Open Source Licensing

Software Licensing Compliance, Open Source Licensing Consultation

Assistance with releasing projects under Open Source Licenses for Start-ups and Business. Software Licensing compliance audits.

Web Accessibility Engineering

Web Accessibility Engineering

Consultant, Software Engineer, Researcher

WCAG & WAI-ARIA audit and code retrofit for existing sites. WCAG compliant Joomla, WordPress, Drupal template development.

Technology Research

Technology Research

Workshop Design, Field Surveys, Research Reports

Curriculum development for Technology workshops. Online experiment design and outcome reporting. Trend sentiment reports.


If you would like to see any of the slides that I have presented please visit SlideShare


Where I have worked and what I have done

During my career I have aimed to expand my horizons by walking a non-lineal path, seeking new exposures and experiences rather than climbing a ladder. This approach has seen me take opportunities that have pushed the limitations of my knowledge and enabled me to grow my skills in a variety of roles. These many roles have seen me; performing user research, developing content management systems, developing messaging security policies, network infrastructure rollouts, software licensing management, compliance audits, research officer for software beta pilots and managing production cycles for licensed merchandise.

Having spent most of my career performing Open Source and Web Accessibility Advocacy these areas will always remain a focus for me. Though recently you will also find me discussing the intersection of Technology, Society, and Law. Always enjoy talking to people sharing my knowledge, but my greatest love is learning from others.

aimee @ linux.com
LinkedIn Profile

Academic Experience

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

Currently studying Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Western Sydney University


Post Graduate Certificate in International Project Management, Torrens University, 2019


Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology with Honours, Southern Cross University, 2009 - 2012

Cognitive Load Theory and Human Computer Interaction Research.

Commerce and Management Faculty Scholarship for High Academic Achievement.


Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Computing, Southern Cross University, 2007 - 2008 

Industry Project - Holiday Letting Content Management System for ByronBay.com

Women in Technology Award for High Academic Achievement.


Advanced Certificate in Web Development, 2006

Development of custom Content Management System Framework.


Advanced Diploma in E Security, 2004

Cisco Networking Academy; CCNP.


Diploma in Network Engineering, 2002

Cisco Networking Academy; CCNA.


Advanced Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing, 2000

Paper - Benefits of Just in Time Manufacturing.


Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.

Ada Lovelace

World Wide

Where have I been? Or maybe where am I going...

Aimee Maree and Kate Russell

I believe that travel expands the heart and broadens the mind and have spent a large part of my technology career traveling the world to work, attend Technology conferences and partake in Open Source community events. If not speaking or helping to organise an event I try to volunteer my time in any way possible from room monitoring, to after conference clean-up, and social media advocacy.

Where have I been?

During 2010 and 2012 I was travelling around Europe and Malta, where I became involved in the Bitcoin community helping run BitCoin 2012 conference, mentoring for Mozilla Student Open Data projects, helping out on World Web Foundation projects, running EU Communications Law workshops, performing advocacy for One Laptop Per Child and Open Source dual licensing initiatives. In 2014 I moved across to Portland and Seattle (USA) working for Mozilla on their User Advocacy Team focusing on FireFoxOS. During 2015 I was aiding NSW State Library as the Solutions Architect for their web presence upgrade project.

Between 2016 and 2017 saw me involved in developing Accessible Web Solutions and retrofitting accessibility for existing projects throughout Sydney and Brisbane, involved in Architecture and Development for Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 and ING online banking accessibility update.

In 2018 I was involved with "Codifying Law" projects with various Law and Finance start-ups. I was also running up and down the North Coast of NSW rolling out pop-up mobile networks for large scale music events.

Currently I am studying a Law degree to help strengthen my work in Open Source Licensing and emerging technology laws and societal implications. The Law degree I am undertaking is a Bachelor's Degree in Law at Western Sydney University where I am a proud member of "The Academy".

Where am I headed?

Who knows where the future will take us and what it is holding, sometimes the journey is more important than the destination ...

Geek Chatter

blog posts from conferences and technology discoveries

If you would like to read more about my conference visits or discussions about the latest technology I am playing with you can visit my blog