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If the first years of OSCON were about opening the minds of big business to the philosophy of open source, are the years ahead about opening the minds of the open source community to the possibilities of its future? As open source becomes fully integrated into the corporate environment, OSCON helps to define, maintain, and extend the identity of what it means to be open source.

OSCON focuses on the substance of technology, not the shadow, filtering the information that most merits attention and preparing participants for curves and challenges in the coming year and beyond. OSCON is the place to be inspired and challenged, renew bonds to community, make new connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. OSCON has also become one of the most important places to make open source related announcements, and to unveil projects and products.

Open source is a fundamental principle at the core of many established and emerging technologies, driving the future of the computer industry. OSCON explores the open source technologies that are here to stay, what will broaden the foundation, and what will lead the way to unexpected places and innovations.

"For those who have not been to OSCON, it's a great technical conference covering the whole spectrum of open source, including Linux, MySQL, the LAMP stack, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails, middleware, applications, cloud computing, and more. OSCON always has great keynotes, tutorials, and evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. As with many conferences, a lot of the meat takes place in hallway conversations and impromptu sessions."
- Zack Urlocker, InfoWorld

Experience OSCON

OSCON has become a key meeting ground to see the jewels of open source on display. Through hundreds of sessions, tutorials, activities, and events, the twelfth annual OSCON will bring you open source's best:

  • Hundreds of sessions encompassing the full range of open source languages and platforms
  • Practical tutorials that go deep into technical skills, new features and applications, and best practices
  • Inspirational keynote presentations charting the evolution of open source and beyond
  • Quality time with over 2,500 fellow open source developers, hackers, experts, and users of all levels
  • An Expo Hall featuring the latest tools, projects, services, and products
  • A vibrant "hallway track" for attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors to debate and discuss important issues
  • Fun evening events and receptions, Birds of a Feather sessions, awards ceremonies, late night parties, OSCON activities around town, and plenty of networking opportunities to create new connections

O'Reilly is committed to promoting diversity at OSCON 2010, and at all of our events. Read more.

Who Should Attend

OSCON welcomes everyone passionate about open source:

  • Developers and programmers
  • Engineers
  • Designers
  • Sys admins
  • Hackers and geeks
  • Enterprise developers and managers
  • IT managers and CxOs
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Activists
  • Trainers and educators

Why Attend?

No matter the economic climate, a strong technology foundation is the key for moving your business and projects forward. In just five information-packed days (and nights) OSCON gives you the tools you need to succeed by:

  • Offering actionable techniques for elegant, quality coding
  • Empowering you to migrate from expensive commercial installations
  • Exploring innovations in system and network administration that are ready for you to integrate immediately to increase efficiency
  • Presenting essential techniques and advanced tips to keep your system scaled and optimized for trouble-free, time-saving performance
  • Teaching you how to maximize productivity, increase ease of use, and lower the cost of deployment, from databases to cloud computing
  • Exposing you to the most promising projects and people to give you first-mover advantage in analyzing new tools and software
  • Highlighting ahead-of-the-curve open telephony and mobile technologies
  • Offering hype-free guidance to give your business a solid footing for success

Past O'Reilly Open Source Conventions brought together representatives from companies and organizations like:

ACS Inc., Adobe Systems, ADP, Alfresco, Amazon, Boeing, Christian Science Monitor, Cingular Wireless, City of Portland, craigslist, CSCI, Dell, Duke University, Federal Reserve Board, General Electric, Jobster, Kansas State University, Knova Software, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Lexis Nexis, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Los Alamos National Lab, Lund University Libraries, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Motosport, Mozilla, MySQL AB, Napster, Novell, Omni Hotels, Otsuka USA, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, PalmSource, Pentaho, Plaxo, Red Bean Software, Ruby Central Samsung, EW Scripps Company, U.S. Probation Office and Pretrial Services, University of Alaska, Verizon, WhitePages.com Inc., Xerox, and Zimbra

Past OSCON Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Media Partners have included:

ACM Queue, ActiveState, Advanced Micro Devices, Autodesk, Inc., Conference Guru, Covalent Technologies, Dell Inc., DevtownStation.com, Dr. Dobb's Journal, Enterprise Open Source Journal, Google, Greenplum, Griffin Technology, HP, Hyperic, IBM, Intel Corporation, IPTV Industry, Laszlo Systems Linux Journal, LinuxQuestions.org, Linux Pro Magazine, MacMinute.com, Methods & Tools, MindTouch, mixi.jp, Oracle, Port 25, Powell's Books, Roundabout Five, SDForum, Shopzilla, Six Apart Ltd., Solid, Sun Microsystems, Sys Admin, Technology Review, Inc., TechTracker, The 451 Group, The Open Technology Business Center (OTBC), The Women's Technology Cluster, Ticketmaster, Timbuk2 Designs Inc., VoIP-News.com, WiMAX Industry, Yahoo! Inc., and Zend Technologies, Inc.

OSCON Endorsements

"The premier open source gathering around." JD Lasica, SocialMedia.biz

"OSCON is quite possibly the world's pre-eminent gathering of people who think practically about better ways to create computer programs." Tim Bray

"Oh, OSCON, we really do heart you here at NYTimes.com. You provide such great opportunities to mingle with developers and hear about all the new and exciting open-source technologies." Ben Gerst, Open: All the Code That's Fit to printf()

"OSCON – what a great event! The O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON 2010) is over for another year, and if you were lucky enough to attend you’ll know how good this year’s event was. OSCON brings together people from a wide variety of computing backgrounds, as well as leaders from the education, government and business worlds. This creates an open and inspirational environment where you can learn, meet others and become partners in collaboration." arunabh, The Symbian Blog

"One of the most widely talked-about tech conferences every year is the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), and with good reason. [It] pulls in attendees from all over the country with varying levels of technical experience from activists and developers to IT managers and sysadmins. The presentation schedule is packed with an insane amount of talks and seminars. The breakout sessions run the gamut from Teaching Open Source to Managing Open Source Projects. While there are dozens of tech events to attend every year, I consider the main draw of this one to be it's approachability for computer users of every level. Hobbyists can get their geek groove on with an intro to 3D animation with Blender while engineers get their hands dirty tinkering with Rails 3. Some of the sessions are led by state senators while others are managed by college professors or corporate VIPs. There's a little something for everyone led by a lot of people from everywhere. It would be pretty hard to attend OSCON and walk away without a barrelful of actionable information and some new skills to add to your arsenal." Lisa Hoover, Intel (Diamond Sponsor, 2010)

"Rackspace Goes Big At OSCON 2010: As committed as we are to open standards, there’s no better place for us to be at then O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention 2010." Angela Bartels, Rackspace (Gold Sponsor, 2010)

"OSCON is an incredible place to find out how to use all the cool new open source projects, and to see what's coming next. As we are researching, implementing, and contributing profoundly to the Open Source community, it is an excellent opportunity to showcase our cutting-edge work in this domain, while we network with peers, partners and prospects." Pankaj Mittal, Sr. Vice President & CTO, Impetus (Silver Sponsor, 2010)

"OSCON is my favorite conference to go to; I’ve attended twice in the past and always have been blown away by the vast open source community that comes out to participate." John Mertic, Software Engineer, SugarCRM

"Probably the most important Open Source conference in the country." Fred Trotter

"Once again, MindTouch will play a part in sponsoring the annual OSCON conference, being held this year in Portland, OR. We look forward to this annual event as it's a great way to keep connected with our open source community." Woody Pewitt, Mindtouch

"It's a great opportunity to get out of your particular technology bubble and experience what the rest of the tech world has to offer...A splendid time is guaranteed for all!" Joshua Marinacci, Java.net

"Another year, another OSCON. I think three years of attendance is enough for us to declare OSCON an annual event for NYTimes.com. What makes OSCON worth the trip? For starters, the sessions — of course. But there’s more to OSCON than just sessions. We all really enjoyed the engaging dialogue with other attendees and speakers. For me, OSCON conversations are the gasoline for my motivation engine. Talking with others is great way to get a feel for the industry’s pulse. In short, it was another awesome OSCON. We can’t wait for next year!" Nick Thuesen, Senior Software Engineer, NYTimes.com

"OSCON 2009: One of the greatest weeks in my Microsoft Career. Yep, it’s a bold statement to make, but I like to live life in capital letters. Last week at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention was truly epic. The Community Leadership Summit + OSCON 2009 epitomized everything I’ve ever wanted to do in community as a Microsoft employee." Sarah Ford, Microsoft

"Why does every open source developer, entrepreneur and evangelist want to be at OSCON every year? OSCON continues to be the only open source technology conference in the US where everyone can meet their friends, colleagues and fellow community members to talk technology and discuss where open source is heading. OSCON still manages to attract the combined free and open source community. There are developers, community activists, and leading technologists from local and global open source projects and organizations, all interested in leveraging open source software and in practicing collaborative innovation." Alolita Sharma, Open Source Buzz

"...expectations were not only met, but even surpassed: OSCON 2009 was a real blast, the kind that you don't ever want to miss again." Jorge G. Mare, Haiku Blog-O-Sphere

"While OSCON is one of the most in-depth open source shows of the year, it's proven to also be a place were people come to meet others, and collaborate with old friends." Mark Hinkle

"For those who have not been to OSCON, it's a great technical conference covering the whole spectrum of open source, including Linux, MySQL, the LAMP stack, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails, middleware, applications, cloud computing, and more. OSCON always has great keynotes, tutorials, and evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. As with many conferences, a lot of the meat takes place in hallway conversations and impromptu sessions." Zack Urlocker, InfoWorld

"OSCON is one of the must-attend open source conferences held each year." OStatic

"As Tim says, one never has trouble finding an interesting conversation at OSCON...the content, both hallway and in-session, shined... there are people I literally see only at this event every year, and while remote collaboration is all well and good, it’s nice to have a beer with people every so often." Stephen O'Grady, tecosystems, RedMonk

"For the past few years, we at NYTimes.com have been attending OSCON. It has become the premier conference for us because it offers so many opportunities to engage with fellow developers. We’ve met new friends, given talks, led Birds-of-a-Feather sessions..." Derek Gottfrid, NYTimes.com

"OSCON has a major problem: There’s way too much to do! So far, this week has been chock full of excitement." Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier, DissociatedPress, Novell's openSUSE Community Manager

"OSCON [2008] was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some." Serdar Yegulalp, InformationWeek

"Speaking at conferences like linux.conf.au and OSCON is great fun. It's challenging to speak to an audience that's so diverse that it includes both the creator of the Linux kernel and students who just discovered it exists. It's humbling to know that the intelligence and achievement in the audience dwarfs anything I've ever done." Simon Phipps, Sun

"OSCON is a great opportunity for us to really get our geek on and meet with some of the industry's sharpest people. Love the 'Birds of a Feather' sessions. We had a great time at what we consider the best conference we get to attend." —Nick Thuesen, Senior Software Engineer, NYTimes.com

"I've recently been appointed to the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association (postgresql.us); I could never have gotten this without the connections I've made at OSCON over the years."—Michael Alan Brewer, University of Georgia

"...the annual Woodstock (or perhaps Coachella) of the open source crowd." Zack Urlocker, Infoworld

"O'Reilly conferences are ground zero for the open source alpha geek tribe." Jon Udell, Infoworld

"An amazing geek-a-thon...No better place on this earth to find out how to use all the cool new open source projects, and to see what's coming next." Matt Asay, Infoworld

Program Chairs

Allison Randal Allison Randal
has developed everything from games, linguistic analysis tools, and e-commerce sites, to shipping fulfillment, compilers, and database replication systems, has worked as a language designer, project manager, author, editor, publisher, consultant, and president of an open source software foundation. She's currently architect and lead developer of Parrot, chairman of the Parrot Foundation, and on the board of directors of The Perl Foundation.

Edd Dumbill Edd Dumbill
has been messing around with computers for years. He currently leads the design and implementation of conference software at O'Reilly. Edd has been part of various free software projects, including GNOME and Debian, writes about open source and open standards, and was chair of the European XTech conference.

Program Committee

  • Aahz, PageDNA
  • Chris Adamson, O'Reilly
  • Kevin Altis, PythonCard
  • Josh Berkus, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • Michael Bernstein
  • Avi Bryant, Dabble DB
  • Pat Eyler
  • brian d foy, The Perl Review
  • Ask Bjørn Hansen, Develooper LLC
  • Arjen Lentz, Open Query
  • A. Elein Mustain, Pandora Media, Varlena, LLC
  • Anna Ravenscroft, Student, Stanford University
  • Kathy Robertson
  • Sam Ruby, IBM
  • Alex Russell, Dojo Toolkit
  • Craig Russell, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • Kevin Shockey, DóndeEs
  • Peter Scott, Pacific Systems Design Technologies
  • Simon St. Laurent, O'Reilly
  • Robert Spier, Google
  • Laura Thomson, Mozilla Corporation
  • Phil Tomson, Mentor Graphics
  • Glenn Vanderburg, Relevance, Inc.
  • Bruce Williams, FiveRuns
  • Simon Willison
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • (mt) Media Temple, Inc.
  • ActiveState
  • CommonPlaces
  • DB Relay
  • FireHost
  • GoDaddy
  • HP
  • HTSQL by Prometheus Research
  • Impetus Technologies Inc.
  • Infobright, Inc
  • JasperSoft
  • Kaltura
  • Marvell
  • Mashery
  • NorthScale, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • OpSource
  • Oracle
  • Parallels
  • PayPal
  • Percona
  • Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
  • Rhomobile
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • SourceGear
  • Symbian
  • VoltDB
  • WSO2
  • Linux Pro Magazine

Sponsorship Opportunities

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