Schedule: People sessions

Community, humans rather than technology or processes, marketing as an architecture of collaboration.

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Location: Meeting Room J2
Jim Brandt (Best Practical Solutions)
Average rating: ***..
(3.54, 13 ratings)
In difficult financial times, all businesses are looking to do more with less. Automating repetitive tasks with computers is one way to do this. This tutorial will discuss how to use open source tools to implement workflow using real-world examples. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Jim Brandt (Best Practical Solutions)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
While the OSCON conference materials are a great resource, much of the benefit from OSCON comes from the hallway track. This talk will educate first-timers on how to get the most out of OSCON. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A7
Hyrum Wright (WANdisco, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
To most users, unreleased software is non-existent software. Even when the source code is freely available, most users desire, or even require, releases which are provided and blessed by the project. In this talk, I'll discuss release management, who does it, how it's done, and what happens when things go wrong. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B2
Bryant Patten (National Center for Open Source and Education)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
The new U.S. technology standards for K-12 schools are all about 21st Century Skills - problem solving, collaboration, authentic work. This talk, targeted at FOSS project leaders and community managers, is about getting students to contribute to Open Source software projects and how FOSS projects can help with this effort. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Jono Bacon (Canonical Ltd)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
In his new talk Building Belonging, Jono Bacon explores the underlying recipe behind what makes great community and talks about many of the concepts that he and his team have used as part of the Ubuntu community. The presentation takes a fun, amusing and anecdote laden tour-de-force of community in a way that any community can implement. Be sure to be there! Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Cat Allman (Google), Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch)
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 7 ratings)
Leslie Hawthorn and I co-present this talk for beginners who are interested to getting involved but don't know where or how to start. We cover the basics of: -why you might want to get involved -what you can get out of participating -more than coding is needed -how to chose a project -how to get started -etiquette of lists and other communication -dos and don't of joining a community Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B2
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Open Invention Network (OIN) has collaboratively unveiled the free Linux Defenders program, which is designed to make prior art more readily accessible to patent and trademark office examiners, as well as increase the quality of granted patents and reduce the number of second-rate patents. Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN, will demonstrate how to use the program and discuss its benefits. Read more.
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Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 16 ratings)
A pervasive elitism hovers in the background of collaborative software development: everyone secretly wants to be seen as a genius. In this talk, we discuss how to avoid this trap and gracefully exchange personal ego for personal growth and super-charged collaboration. We'll also examine how software tools affect social behaviors, and how to successfully manage the growth of new ideas. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
One of the most commonly mentioned benefits of open source is: "Users can fix bugs themselves!" But what if you aren't a programmer? This talk will take non-programmers through the basics of searching bug reports, filing good bugs, tracking down what's causing a bug, and maybe even fixing it yourself, all without any prior programming experience. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B2
James Tillman (Elections by the People Foundation, Inc.), Richard Benham (Elections by the People Foundation, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Over the last few years, developments in the use of Open Source for creating efficient, verifiable, and trustworthy voting systems present viable approaches to solving technical problems in elections systems. The next wave of development will build on these recent achievements in the field by integrating them into the real, often messy, world of election administration and law. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
Robin Rowe (Linux Plus Magazine)
Average rating: *....
(1.86, 7 ratings)
In the Year 2020 the user interface will look completely different from today. What will that be and how can FOSS lead the way? Read more.
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Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Danese Cooper (Open Source Hardware Association), Greg Elin (Sunlight Foundation), Brian Behlendorf (Mithril Capital Management LLC), Silona Bonewald (SLC), Michael Tiemann (Open Source Initiative)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
Panel of movers and shakers in the movement to open government using the principals of Open Source. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Justin Erenkrantz (The Apache Software Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
In most open-source projects, often left unsaid is how to effectively contribute within the accepted "societal norms" of a project. Do not become a poisonous person and instead learn how to constructively contribute to your favorite open source project! Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Danny O'Brien (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)
Why do we trust our most personal diary entries with only our closest friends -- and distant machines of a faceless social networking service? Why do you hand over to Amazon files and passwords that you wouldn't tell your own mother? EFF's Danny O'Brien explains why innovation still comes from the edge of our networks -- and how the next generation of free software will help. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Deborah Bryant (Red Hat), Bjorn Freeman-Benson (New Relic), Greg Lund-Chaix (Squishymedia), Clay Johnson (InformationDiet.com), Aleksandar Totic (Open Source Digital Voting Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Open source shares critical values with government and public education that make them function in the ideal; meritocracy of ideas, transparency, collaboration. But where is the sweet spot in the confluence of these social, technical, and public policy ideals? And where is the opportunity for the citizen developer to get involved? Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Benjamin Mako Hill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
This talk provides a humorous description of an argument in favor of free and open source software based on what I call "antifeatures:" functionality that technology developers charge users to not include. From DRM to crippled OSes to digital cameras, I will show off many of the most egregious antifeatures and describe how open source both makes them impossible and helps users work around them. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Danese Cooper (Open Source Hardware Association), David Smith (REvolution Computing)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 14 ratings)
Risk and chance play a huge part in our daily lives, yet the human brain doesn't come pre-loaded with the right software to make intuitive decisions about them. This talk is to provide some illumination in the basic principles to help you understand and quantify risk, and to introduce you to the open-source language R, an essential tool for finding statistical solutions to your own problems. Read more.
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Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Rolf Skyberg (eBay, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 16 ratings)
Everybody wants innovation. Innovation is believed to be magical unicorn which will lead the way to success and riches, but this is easier said than done. In this talk I'll discuss lessons learned from two years driving innovation on eBay's Disruptive Innovation team; which strategies worked and which didn't, and what questions you should start asking first when someone tells you to "go innovate"! Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Brian Aker (HP), Monty Taylor (HP), Mark Atwood (HP), Ronald Bradford (EffectiveMySQL), Eric Day (craigslist), Patrick Galbraith (Blue Gecko)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
In this panel talk a number of core Drizzle developers will explain where development sits today, critical tools involved, best practices that were used to get here, and how a vibrant open-source developer community has been built. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Louis Suarez-Potts (Oracle / OpenOffice.org)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
OOo has succeeded in engaging thousands of contributors around the world. Many are not technical. How was this done? As well, governments are now adopting OpenOffice.org: Why? And, how do the local and localization communuties contribute to this adoption? Finally, what lessons can other Foss projects take from OpenOffice.org's accompishments? Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Dave Neary (Red Hat)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Most companies who start working with free software projects have trouble. They run over common stumbling blocks. Questions go unanswered, patches go unreviewed. Why does it take so much time and evergy to be a good citizen? This presentation will outline the problems, and will give some metrics which you can use to evaluate a community's health before marrying them. Read more.
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Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Come see your favorite open source projects for updates on what they've been doing while you were out partying (or job-hunting) all year. What has Mozilla been up to? What's going on with the FreeBSD Kernel? Have MySQL and PostgreSQL finally killed each other off? Join us for a 1 1/2 hour session of 5-minute project updates, combined with both intentional and unintentional humor. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Michael Schwern (eval Empire)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 13 ratings)
Geeks have a special relationship with The Truth. Nothing is more important than correcting a falsehood, no matter how small, and nothing is more odious than not telling The Truth. Unfortunately the meaning is often mangled and the end result is the opposite, a lie. This leads to misunderstanding, mangled interfaces and the myth of the stupid user. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Stormy Peters (GNOME Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
While consumers and the open source community don't interact often, users are important to projects because users test software, spread the word, motivate developers, lend credibility, contribute financially and participate in users groups. Come learn why users are important to an open source project and how they can be more involved. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Jacinta Richardson (Perl Training Australia)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
The president of your committee is doing most of the work and none of the management. The secretary hasn't written the minutes for any of the meetings for the last 6 months (you wrote the last 4 agendas). The treasurer can't access the bank account, and you haven't heard from your publicity officer since you started planning the big event. Welcome to the fun of volunteer communities! Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B2
Addison Berry (Lullabot)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 6 ratings)
Many people view Open Source documentation as something they have to suffer if they want to use a free product. As Open Source code spreads faster and further in the great, wide world, we need to up the ante on documentation as well to keep fanning the flames. We'll take a look at how one community, the Drupal project, is trying to raise the bar and how others can learn from their ups and downs. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Andy Lester (petdance.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 8 ratings)
An engaging, frank discussion of the job interview, its failings, and how to make it work for all involved. Effective interviewing reframes the interview as what it really is: The candidate's first day on the job. This session, aimed at the specific needs of the technical professional, shows how manager and candidate must work together for their common benefit. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
Esther Schindler (It Expert Voice), Steven Vaughan-Nichols (ZDNet), Joe Brockmeier (Red Hat), James Turner (O'Reilly Media), Jennifer Cloer (Page One PR)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Plenty of FOSS projects yearn for visibility, within the tech press or in the larger world. But few know how to respond when a journalist indicates interest. These experienced writers and editors will explain how your project can get attention and present itself in the best possible light. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Kirrily Robert (Metaweb), Yoz Grahame (Linden Lab), Jason Douglas (Metaweb)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
The term "Folk Computing" was coined 20+ years ago to describe how people learn to program by copying and experimentation. Learn how open source licenses, hosted development environments, and other folk programming concepts lower barriers to entry and help people get up to speed as coders. We'll also be showing off some modern folk programming platforms, from Yahoo Pipes to the OLPC and beyond. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J2
Robert Treat (OmniTI)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Everyone agrees that we need coding standards, but they often overlook the need to define a naming standard for thier SQL and database related items. This talk we not be a top-down explination of "the right way to do it", but rather we'll explore the key issues you need to be aware of, from all sides, and help you determine the right standards for your organization. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
Marshall Kirk McKusick (Marshall Kirk McKusick Consultancy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
This talk will tell the story of the the FreeBSD project which started from the open-source release of 4.4BSD-Lite from the University of California at Berkeley. The FreeBSD project patterned its initial community structure on the development structure built up at Berkeley. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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