Aimee Maree Forsstrom

Open Source Architect, Linux Administrator, Software Engineer, CMS Aficionado, Educational Researcher, Mentor, Public Speaker, Problem Solver, Future Thinker, Open Hardware Hacker, BitCoin Enthusiast, Disability Advocate, Inquisitive Mind, Eternal Student, Optimistic, World Wide Traveller


Current Work Focus

What have I been up to lately

Web Solution Design and Development

Web Solution Design and Development

Web Solution Design, CMS Development, Site Architecture

Recent Projects include: Solution Design for NSW State Library greenfield WCMS platform and third party integration points. Code Refactor and CiviCrm Integration for Australian Theatre Youth Project. WCAG & WAI-ARIA retrofit for various Drupal and Javascript (Polymer, Angular) websites.

Accessibility and Assistive Technology

Accessibility and Assistive Technology

Consultant, Software Engineer, Researcher

Inclusive Web Solution Design by enabling accessibility in the project lifecycle from design to development working with auditing companies to ensure com. Web Accessibility Engineer on retrofitting web applications with WAI-ARIA to meet WCAG AA. Screenreader testing and application development for web and mobile.

Open Source Software Management

Open Source Software Management

Web and Mobile Solutions

Working with Web Agencies, Enterprise and Government to build and/or skill up internal Web Development Teams for OpenSource CMS. Refactor and rescue Open Source CMS development projects to ensure use of community software development standards and OpenSource licensing structures.

Ada Lovelace

I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me...

Ada Lovelace

Areas of Focus

What i'm Passionate about

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Web Accessiblity

Web Accessiblity

Web and Mobile Accessibility design and development since 2005. Keep myself updated with WCAG, WAI-ARIA standards and participate in a11y discussions across various software communities. Lead various large Australian websites WCAG2.0 initiatives.

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Cognitive Design

Cognitive Design

Academic Research in areas of E-Learning and Cognitive Load Theory. Interaction and User Experience Field Research for Mobile and Web Applications. Workshop mentor and facilitator in the Pathways to Education and Employment for Young People with Disabilities.

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Technology Advocacy

Technology Advocacy

Advocacy through public speaking and workshops, providing support through forums and social media channels. Recent Talks: iOS Accessibility Architecture, JavaScript Frameworks and Accessibility, FireFoxOS Architecture

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Software Engineering

Software Engineering

Starting with C somehow ended up with a career writing HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Perl, PHP and to a less extent Python and Ruby. Languages I want to learn Rust, Go, Swift. Love the reduction of code errors through better design patterns.

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First started using Linux back in 1997 and have never looked back. Most professional experience is across Debian [Ubuntu] and then Fedora [RHEL]. Main focus over the years has been web and file services on Linux LAMP stacks.

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Development Life Cycle

Development Life Cycle

Open Source Web Release cycle management for Business and Government since 2008 working across geographically distributed teams. Enthusiastic about the reduction of barriers that PaaS environments bring.


Public Speaking

A Snapshot of some of my presentations and documentarys from Conferences I have been involved in


If you would like to see any of my slides that I have presented please visit slideshare


Where I have worked and what I have done

Over the past years I have focused in the area of solutions design and development life-cycles. During my career I have performed user research and qualitative analysis, lead large scale web platform integration projects, project officer on network infrastructure roll-outs and managed production cycles for Sydney 2000 Olympic Games licensed merchandise.

I enjoy travelling the world performing Open Source Advocacy and have been involved in small to large scale events talking to people about the benefits of projects like OLPC, Drupal, BitCoin, Linux, Open Web.

To Learn more about my professional background please visit my LinkedIn Profile or contact me for a copy of my Resume.


View Aimee Maree Forsstrom's profile on LinkedIn

Academic Experience

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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Post Graduate Certificate Global Project Management, Torrens University, 2016

  • Global Program Execution and Control

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

  • Cognitive Load Theory and Human Computer Interaction Research
  • WebSite Navigation Experiment
  • Commerce and Management Faculty Scholarship for High Academic Achievement

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

  • Holiday Letting Directory CMS project
  • Women in Technology Award for High Academic Achievement

Advanced Diploma in E Security, 2004

  • Cisco Networking Academy Certificate CCNP

Diploma in Network Engineering, 2002

  • Cisco Networking Academy Certificate CCNA

Advanced Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing, 2000

  • Just in Time Manufacturing


about me

Life is meant to be lived and Technology is my life

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A historic view

a look into my past

Interested in computers from a young age having received my first computer "Amstrad CGA" at the age of 8, coding small games in basic around the age of 11. Since then I have never looked back and have been privileged to watch the growth of Personal Computers, Networks and the birth of the Internet.

1997 was the start of my professional career in the fashion industry and commencing studies which lead to an Advanced Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing. Working within the areas of product development and production in fashion, gained experience on large projects such as the Sydney Olympic 2000 Games, launch of Katie's 1626 label and Crossroads label.

With the progression of computers into the workplace I retrained in the area of Network Engineering, focusing on e-mail systems and web server management. In late 2000 commenced formal Information Technology studies with a Scholarship in Network Engineering. Over the next four years completed various Diplomas and Certificates in Information Technology.

During my career within Network Engineering I received various types of exposure within National and International Enterprise, all with their own degrees of complexity in the areas of managing people and computers.

2003 I strengthened my skill-set through study and work performing e-business analysis for web development projects and studied Advanced Diploma in E-Security. Since 2005 I have worked within the area of Open Source web solutions architecture and web systems integration using PHP as my language of choice for web applications.

During 2009 to 2013 completed an Honours Degree in Cognitive Load Theory and its implementations for enhancing online instructional design. During this time I also performed field based UX research for various digital agencies throughout Sydney. In 2014 I worked in the User Advocacy Team supporting FireFoxOS and was part of the team performing User Research testing future support tools and methods.

Throughout my academic and working career I have focused on making technology work for people. A strong believer of simplistic user interface design and empowering people through technology. Beliving the Internet is still in its early stages, I find excitement with the knowledge of what is yet to come. Optimistic, enthusiastic and excited about what the future holds for the Internet and believe we are still at the very beginning of this technology with leaps and bounds still to be achieved.

World Wide

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

Aimee Maree and Kate RussellI believe that travel expands the heart and broadens the mind, I grew up in a bi-lingual family and enjoyed exposure to many cultures as a child and as an adult I chose to expand upon this exposure with travel.

I travel the world regularly to attend Technology and Education conferences where I have been privileged to meet some of the brightest minds in the Wider Technology and Open Source community. If I am not speaking or helping to organise an event I try to volunteer my time in anyway possible from room monitoring, to after conference cleanup, and social media advocacy.

My travels have taken me throughout Oceania, Asia, Europe and North America and I have lived on three continents and hold dual Citizenship between Australia and Malta.

Recent Engagements

2014 saw me travel across North America attending Open Source Bridge and OSCON to hold a children's coding workshop. Whilst living in Seattle I helped run the Seattle Girls App Camp week and then over to Chicago for LinuxCon America to present about FirefoxOS.

Made sure I did not miss Joomla Day Australia where I presented on Joomla and accessibility and headed over to Auckland NZ at the start of 2015 for LinuxConf to present on FireFoxOS. During this time I assisted PHP Australia Conference as their Code of Conduct Liaison.

Where was I?

Recently living in Portland and Seattle in America in 2014 where I did some work for Mozilla on their FireFoxOS Team. I am now currently living back in the Hawkesbury just outside of Sydney, Australia. During 2015 I was helping out the NSW State Library as the Solutions Architect for their Web Online Systems Integration Project.


Aimee Maree opening a door to a Tardis in GlasgowWhere am I now?

I am currently helping Marcel International Sydney office providing engineering oversight for web and mobile development projects in the capacity of Solution Design and Lead Software Engineer.

Where am I headed?

I would like to continue to focus in the area of Accessibility Engineering in the Web and Mobile application development space.

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


Recent Conferences

Conferences in 2015: PHP Australia (Organiser), WordCamp Brisbane, GovHack Australia, OSCON Portland/Amsterdam, LinuxCon Seattle (Speaker), LinuxCon Dublin (Speaker), Community Leadership Summit Portland, Fedora Flock America, Dev Nation Melbourne (Speaker), OSCON Amsterdam, Velocity Conf Amsterdam (Ignite Speaker).

Conferences in 2016: OSCON Austin, LinuxCon Berlin, Community Leadership Summit Austin, Dev Nation Melbourne (Speaker)

Upcoming Conferences

SeaGl Seattle LinuxConf Hobart, Scale, CSUN, OSCON Austin, LinuxCon Prague

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




Jeff Bezos

I believe there's more innovation ahead of us than behind us.

Jeff Bezos