OSCON 2010 BoF Sessions

See the list of already confirmed BoFs

What is a BoF?

Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BoFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BoFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic.

BoFs at OSCON will happen on the following evenings:

  • Monday, July 19
  • Wednesday, July 21
  • Thursday, July 22

How do I lead a BoF?

Sign up online in advance or check the BoF schedule board onsite at the Oregon Convention Center and sign up in any open slot. If you sign up online in advance, you will receive an email confirming the time of your BoF as soon as it is approved.

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BoF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may request services from Good Company Communications by completing the Audio Visual Order form (PDF) and sending the form to Good Company Communications.

How do I participate in a BoF?

If you would like to join the discussion in one of the BoFs, there is no need to formally sign up. You can check the list of pre-scheduled BoFs online (when the event gets closer), or check the BoF schedule board onsite at the Oregon Convention Center for topics and locations.

Moderating a BoF is open to attendees and speakers at the event. You must be registered to conduct a BoF. The moderator is not a speaker in the main program.

Scheduled Bofs

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Location: D135
Moderated by: Mike Trelfa
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
In a world where the internet is driving all things digital to free, why does it make sense to pay someone to increase the discovery of your application? In the virtual landscape, what are the scarcities that are created by the over-abundance of free? More importantly, what is the value of the scarcity? Read more.
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Location: D136
Moderated by: Graham Weldon
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
CakePHP, Symfony, Zend Framework, CodeIgnitor, Solaar, Lithium, you name it, the PHP Frameworks BoF is here to discuss the various frameworks and application development techniques that exist and are emerging in the PHP arena as more people move to PHP5 and PHP 5.3 support. Read more.
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Location: D137/138
Tags: education
Moderated by: Mel Chua
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
This BoF, run by members of the http://teachingopensource.org community and open to all, hosts discussion on two separate but interrelated topics: 1. Education about FOSS - turning students into FOSS contributors 2. Using FOSS in Education - tools, techniques, and stories. Anyone interested in open source and education, at any level, discipline, and role, is welcome to participate. Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Tags: society
Moderated by: Mark Murphy
Do you picture yourself one day taking the stage at TED to describe your app that gave millions of poor a hand up? The Internet and mobile devices are kindling a fire of socio-economic development in emerging markets -- and Open Source is like gasoline. We want to discuss the amazing possibilities for improving lives. Read more.
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Location: E143/E144
Moderated by: John Britton
Peer 2 Peer University and Mozilla Drumbeat are working together to develop the ultimate way to learn the craft of open and standards-based web development. This way is the P2PU School of Web Craft. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
Tags: cloud
Moderated by: Dave Nielsen
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
CloudCamp @ OSCON will include 5 min. Lightning Talks by open source project leads, an Unpanel and 1 round of Open Space Technology breakout discussions about topics proposed by the attendees. Read more.
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Location: D136
Moderated by: Graham Weldon
Mingle with CakePHP developers and users alike to discuss the movement of the framework as it emerges on its development towards the groundbreaking 2.0 version, and the new features that are in the recent release of CakePHP 1.3. Read more.
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Location: D135
Tags: database
Moderated by: Michael Widenius
MariaDB is a database server that offers drop-in replacement functionality for MySQL. MariaDB is built by some of the original authors of MySQL, with assistance from the broader community of Free and open source software developers. MariaDB offers a rich set of feature enhancements including alternate storage engines, server optimizations, and patches. Read more.
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Location: D137/138
Moderated by: Matthew Momjian
For attendees of the tutorial Introduction to 3D Animation with Blender, this will allow some time with the speaker and help with anything they may want. We will also look at some advanced, fun features of Blender. Read more.
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Location: D133
Jeffrey Osier-Mixon (Intel Corporation)
This birds-of-a-feather group discussion centers on finding ways to make the embedded Linux community more approachable and usable. Various individual communities will be discussed as well as the increasing use of social media. Read more.
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Location: D135
Moderated by: Ellen Ko
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
This is an opportunity for Google Summer of Code participants the from the past, present, and future to meet in person and discuss the program. An open question and answer exchange between mentors, students, and future participants is encouraged. Read more.
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Location: D137
Moderated by: Russell Nelson
We all know what is open source -- it complies with the OSI Open Source Definition. But what is Open Data? Let's bang out a definition of Open Data. Read more.
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Location: D136
Moderated by: Graham Weldon
For new and old developers in the Open Source arena, this BoF group is aimed at users that are interested in the techniques and approaches that have been used and can be adopted to manage and direct an open source project to success. Read more.
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Location: D138
Moderated by: Gabrielle Roth
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Get together with other PostgreSQL users & developers! Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Tags: health
Moderated by: Andy Oram, Brian Behlendorf, Deb Bryant, David Riley & Fred Trotter
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
A place for people working on open source projects in health care to discuss needs, barriers, and stresses, and for those interested in joining such projects to hook up. Read more.
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Location: E141
Moderated by: Ryan Betts
VoltDB is a new, in-memory, distributed, ACID compliant SQL store designed specifically for high-throughput transactional workloads. Curious to learn more? Come hang out with a VoltDB developer. We'll discuss what it's good at, why we made VoltDB, how it works and what use cases VoltDB solves. Read more.
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Location: E142
Moderated by: Mike Vermeulen
Open64 is a high performance open-source C/C++ and Fortran compiler suite providing advanced compiler optimizations and interoperable with gcc. This BOF is for developers, users and prospective users of Open64. We will summarize Open64 capabilities and recent improvements. We will also answer questions and get inputs of improvements you'd like to see in future versions. Read more.
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Location: E143/E144
Tags: cloud
Moderated by: John Mark Walker
The Open Cloud BoF is an opportunity to help define (and ultimately, implement) the Open Cloud, according to the Open Cloud Principles, as outlined here - http://opencloud.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/oci/ocp/open-cloud-principles.html We want to get developer, vendor, and hacker input on how to build momentum around the Open Cloud Initiative. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
Tags: marketing
Moderated by: Robyn Bergeron
FOSS code is developed in a radically transparent, participative, community-based manner - "the open source way" - which produces spectacular code. But these same FOSS projects are usually marketed traditionally, behind closed doors. What if we applied the principles of open source participation to the marketing of open source itself? Read more.
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Location: D133
Moderated by: Peter Zaitsev
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Discuss your experiences using XtraDB, Xtrabackup, Maatkit and Percona Server on this BOF, learn about their new feature and roadmap and contribute your ideas about features you would like to see being added Read more.
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Location: D135
Moderated by: Shaun Walker
This BoF will be focussed on how the open source movement is being embraced within the Microsoft developer community. Read more.
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Location: D136
Moderated by: Craig L Russell
The BOF will discuss the recently announced MySQL Cluster and details on how to access it from Java via ClusterJ, bypassing the JDBC and MySQL Server layers. In addition to basic insert, update, and delete operations, ClusterJ provides a criteria query language that directly maps to the underlying MySQL Cluster query language without the complexity of the native C++ API. Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Come discuss the additional features in MariaDB and what it means to you. Learn what it means to have various storage engines, speed improvements, how you'd use virtual columns, extended user statistics, pluggable authentication, storage engine specific CREATE TABLE, and lots more. All database geeks are welcome, and if you have more feature suggestions, this is the place to be. Read more.
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Location: D133
Tags: fedora
Moderated by: Larry Cafiero
The Fedora Project's Birds of a Feather brings together those who have an interest in Fedora, from the curious novice to the most hardcore user. Attendees can find out about Fedora, discuss various aspects of the project, and network with Fedora users. This BoF is open to everyone. Read more.
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Location: D135
Moderated by: Steve Bjorg
Interested in the MindTouch project? This BoF is where you can come to discuss the current state of the platform. Read more.
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Location: D136
Tags: php, community
Moderated by: Douglas Bell
Organizations, businesses, clubs, and all kinds of user groups around the world are using online bulletin boards to bring communities together, and phpBB is the most widely used free and open source bulletin board solution on the internet. Join phpBB users and team members from across the West Coast to learn more about phpBB and how you can use it to bring your community together online. Read more.
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Location: D137
Tags: education
Moderated by: Seth Anderson
The University of Kentucky's CECentral.com is an internally-developed learning platform that has been successful by leveraging open-source tools. Using CECentral as a case, this BoF will be a discussion of open source tools, developers and their utility inside academia and specifically, the potential for efficiencies and innovation that may not be possible with other alternatives. Read more.
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Location: D138
Tags: geospatial, gis
Moderated by: Rich Pinder
Free form discussion to identify major open source projects and activities in the GIS world. Though we can’t include a full introduction to the field of GIS, special emphasis will be made to highlight tutorials, documentation and reference books helpful to learn basics about the field – all with a focus on open source solutions. Listed as ‘intermediate’ – but EVERYONE is welcome. Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Tags: health
Moderated by: Andy Oram, Brian Behlendorf, Deb Bryant, David Riley & Fred Trotter
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
There are so many to choose from--but which standards in health care records facilitate effective interoperability and reaching out to small health care providers as well as patients? Which should open source advocates support? Read more.
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Location: E141
Moderated by: Ian Darwin
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
O'Reilly's Android Cookbook is being developed in the open, presenting how-to information along with code snippets illustrating the techniques. The book will have input from hundreds of contributors, able to view and comment on each others' recipes before the book is printed. And after the book is printed, all the recipes will continue to serve as an Android developer resource site. Read more.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Moderated by: Johnny Good
The crew from Good Company (OSCON's fab Audio/visual team) is hosting a Music Jam. Bring an instrument (or your voice) and let’s make some music. Read more.
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Location: E142
Moderated by: Chris Hughes
In 2010, one in six people lives on less than $1 a day. Networking technology has the power to change that. Come hear how one group is planning to tackle the problem and share your ideas on how to use technology to speed the pace of economic development here at home and across the world. Read more.
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Location: E143/E144
Tags: search
Moderated by: Peter Zaitsev
Come to learn the state of Sphinx Search Engine in 2010. Progress from last year, cool new features. Exchange experiences on running Sphinx in production and share what kind of feature you would like to see by the next year. Read more.
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Location: E143/E144
Moderated by: Peter Zaitsev
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Share experiences and learn best practices regarding using flash with databases, including Reasons to use Flash with databases; Using Flash as storage or as a cash; Flash Vendors and storage configuration. File Systems and Operating Systems. Read more.
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Location: D135
Moderated by: Dan Peterson
This is an opportunity for anyone involved or interested in wave, either a robot creator, extension builder, or if you are interested in federation, to get together and talk. Read more.
  • 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

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