Thomas Karopka has a background in Electronic Engineering. He started his career in the Telecommunication Industry in the early nineties. In 2002 he joined academia and worked in research in the area of bioinformatics and computer linguistics. Since 2007 he works in the domain of eHealth and assistive technology. He currently works as a project manager for eHealth at BioCon Valley GmbH and as Digital Health Expert for ScanBalt fmba. BioCon Valley is the cluster management organisation for health economy in the Federal State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. ScanBalt acts as a think tank and accelerator for health and bio economy in the Baltic Sea Region. Thomas is currently chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Open Source Working Group (IMIA OS WG), chair of the Libre/Free Open Source Software Working Group of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI LIFOSS WG) as well as co-chair of the Collaborative Care Team in Open Source WG of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH CCTOS WG).