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Open Hardware
Location: E147
Bill Richardson (Google, Inc), Stefan Reinauer (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 7 ratings)
Coreboot is a GPL'ed BIOS that is now available in Chromebooks. In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to tear into a chromebook and rebuild it from the firmware up to a login prompt. Not for the faint-hearted but you *will* learn a lot! Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 256
Francesc Campoy Flores (Google Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.20, 25 ratings)
Go is an open source programming language, developed at Google. Optimized for systems programming, Go combines the ease of a dynamic language with the safety of a statically compiled language, along with support for networked and multicore programming. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: E145/146
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks)
Average rating: **...
(2.88, 16 ratings)
This hands-on workshop will walk you through building a simple distributed sensor network. Using an Arduino board, off-the-shelf sensors, and XBee radios, we'll show you how to put together an individual sensor platform (commonly known as a "mote") and how to network more than one of these platforms together to build a small scale distributed network. Read more.
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JavaScript & HTML5
Location: Portland 256
Kyle Simpson (Getify Solutions)
Average rating: **...
(2.43, 47 ratings)
The HTML 5 standard offers powerful features for writing full fledged applications. This tutorial focuses on the newest and most powerful of these: storage, web sockets and WebRTC. Read more.
Mobile
Location: Portland 251
Jono Bacon (XPRIZE Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 6 ratings)
Ubuntu is the first platform to cover phones, tablets and PCs with a single OS and a family of closely related interfaces. This presentation will introduce you to the Ubuntu system and cover the design and development of applications that work on phones, tablets and the desktop. Hosted by the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, together with design and engineering leads. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: Portland 251
Matt Biddulph (Product Club)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 13 ratings)
Learn how to build a fully functional GSM phone capable of voice, SMS and data. All you'll need is a SIM card, an Arduino, a few cheap hardware components and a soldering iron. We'll talk about writing a realtime state-machine to act as an operating system, and how to embed this GSM functionality in your own non-phone hardware devices. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Edward Snajder (Jive Software)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
RepRap 3D printing is the concept of making printers that are made from printed parts. I’ll show off my Open Source Huxley model, built from a kit, and discuss the joy and tears associated with building a printer from parts. We'll discuss the hardware, software, where things are now and how bright the future is for 3D printing. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Johan Euphrosine (Google)
Average rating: **...
(2.85, 26 ratings)
It's widely accepted that learning any new programming language will improve your programming skills in general, but we don't often talk about how. This talk will cover some of the my takeaways after learning Go that have improved my Python and Java skills, as well as cover some bits about why Go is a great choice for those itching to learn a new language. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Ruth Suehle (Red Hat), Tom "spot" Callaway (Red Hat)
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 17 ratings)
Tom Callaway and Ruth Suehle, authors of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, expected spring 2013) will share hints and tips for hackers ready to bring their ideas to life with the Raspberry Pi, They'll cover the important basics of doing tricks with your Pi and go on to talk about a few fun projects, from game emulators to cameras in the sky. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Jesse Vincent (Keyboardio)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)
Come learn how to design your own keyboard. We'll talk about everything from open source microcontroller firmware options to the basics of fabrication and soldering. You'll walk away from this talk with everything you need to know to build a keyboard from scratch -- even if you've never touched a soldering iron. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Francesc Campoy Flores (Google Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 13 ratings)
In this talk we share these "best practices" by building a Go library from the ground up, at each stage discussing the decisions we made and why we made them. In this way the audience should gain an understanding of how to effectively design, build, test, and package their own Go programs and libraries. Read more.
Cloud
Location: F150
Ross Gardler (Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
A growing number of OSS technologies are available as services on Windows Azure, including database services for MySQL, MongoDB, and CouchDB developers, enterprise search based on Solr/Lucene, caching via the memcached wire protocol, and others. In this session you'll see examples of how to take advantage of these services from applications running on any cloud platform. Read more.
Cloud
Location: F150
Kirsten Hunter (Akamai)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 6 ratings)
The ability to create quick prototypes is fantastic, whether you're at a hackathon, trying to create a proof of concept for work, or just playing on your own. This talk will show you how to create quick applications using python, php and node.js on Heroku, Appfog and Nodejitsu. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Federico Lucifredi (Canonical | Ubuntu)
Average rating: **...
(2.64, 11 ratings)
A quick intro to embedded Linux development and a survey of the capabilities and limits of the most interesting hardware available for experimenting by hardware hackers, and the skills needed to make effective use of it. Ranging from Plug Computers to bare development boards, miniaturized systems and rooted hard drives, the ever-growing bestiary of ARM devices at our disposal for projects is fun! Read more.
Cloud
Location: F150
Jeffrey Peckham (Pivotal)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 5 ratings)
Bosh is an open source cloud orchestration tool chain, which will let you deploy your application to a number of clouds, and manage the whole application lifecycle - release engineering, VM creation, VM resizing, operating system upgrades, database & application upgrades. Read more.
Cloud
Location: F150
Chandra Krintz (UCSB and AppScale Systems)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
In this talk, we present AppScale, an open source implementation of Google App Engine -- think Google's cloud platform under your control. AppScale executes App Engine apps without modification, automatically manages and scales apps and their service ecosystems, and enables developers to plug in different service alternatives (e.g. NoSQL, SQL, analytics, search,..) without rewriting their code. Read more.
Software Architecture
Location: D137/138
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.53, 15 ratings)
This session talks about the tension between architecture & design in agile projects, discussing two key elements of emergent design (utilizing the last responsible moment and harvesting idiomatic patterns) and how to de-brittlize your architecture, so that you can play nicely with others Read more.
Business
Location: E142
Nick Pudar (General Motors)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Hear first-hand how automakers are re-thinking their structure and business models to move in-sync with the broader connected ecosystem and consumer trends. Explore how the GM SDK will expand access to the infotainment environment and engage the developer community through enabling multiple opportunities for app monetization. Read more.
Operations
Location: Portland 255
Solomon Hykes (dotCloud)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 12 ratings)
Compared to KVM or Xen, LXC has very low overhead since it runs processes within a common host kernel, instead of emulating complete machines. LXC relies on kernel namespaces (providing isolation), and control groups (ensuring fair sharing of resources). We will detail their respective roles. We will also show how to use unioning filesystems for fast & lightweight provisioning of environments. Read more.
Cloud
Location: F150
Eric Redmond (Basho)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 14 ratings)
Scalability today is no longer a question of architecture, or programming language, but instead two things: message passing and data distribution. With the following patterns under your belt, anyone is well on their way to solving both. * Message patterns: request-reply, publish-subscribe, push-pull, exclusive pair. * Data structures: DHTs, Vector clocks, Merkel trees, CRDTs. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Christopher Clark (SparkFun Electronics Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Releasing the source is only half the battle. Collaborating with the community to improve it is what can set an open source project apart. This session details the challenges faced by SparkFun Electronics as it pumped an entire catalog of open hardware projects into GitHub and began collaborating with the community to fix bugs, add features, and advance the technology. Read more.
Cloud
Location: F150
Daniel Jacobson (Netflix)
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 11 ratings)
Netflix has seen tremendous growth in recent years, supporting 800+ device types for more than 30M streaming customers. This growth presents amazing technical challenges. At the center of it all is the Netflix Internal API, quietly handling billions of requests a day. In this session, I will discuss the challenges & solutions, including cloud development, resiliency, scaling, UI support & more. Read more.
Operations
Location: E146
Gustavo Franco (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.29, 7 ratings)
How the Go programming language can help you to build reliable, scalable and easier to maintain systems. Read more.
Cloud
Location: F150
Uri Cohen (GigaSpaces Technologies), Nati Shalom (Gigaspaces)
Just developed a new feature, and looking to try it out? The process of testing new features can be tedious and time consuming. This session will present a new open source solution that enables you to demo your features as a service with a javascript embed code. Read more.
JavaScript & HTML5
Location: Portland 252
Faisal Abid (Dynamatik, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.58, 31 ratings)
Almost everyone has heard about Node.js, but lots of people dismiss it as being just "Javascript". In this talk, you'll learn about what Node.js is, why its important you understand it and learn why it's the most powerful web technology in recent years. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Dana Moser (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Digital Media educator Dana Moser will take you through a number of popular options for open source software-based interactions with the Arduino microcontroller and the Raspberry Pi. Includes Processing and PureData (Pd) programming environments for multimedia development. Read more.
Cloud
Location: E142
Steven Pousty (Red Hat OpenShift), Grant Shipley (Red Hat)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
Learn all about OpenShift Origin – the FOSS platform as a service (PaaS). This session is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about the cool things we do under the hoods to make a true multi-tenant secure PaaS. Read more.
Cloud
Location: E147
Kevin Kluge (Elasticsearch)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
Apache CloudStack, a project in Incubation, helps an admin or devops engineer build an IaaS cloud. This talk provides a technical description of the CloudStack feature set, deployment options, and integration points with the data center. The project's status and possible future directions will be presented as well. Read more.
JavaScript & HTML5
Location: Portland 252
Stephan Hochdörfer (bitExpert AG)
Average rating: ***..
(3.47, 17 ratings)
There has been a strong connection between the terms "web" and "online" for years. The rise of HTML5 and the support of offline mode in most modern browsers changed the play of the game. This session will introduce different ways of storing data on the client as well as highlighting the limitations. Read more.
Python
Location: D136
Caleb Madrigal (SpiderLogic)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 13 ratings)
Learn about what has been called "most important numerical algorithm of our lifetime" - the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). In this talk, you will get foundational knowledge of the Fourier Transform and learn how to use Python to extract useful information from sound clips. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Jason Brittain (eBay Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.33, 18 ratings)
BASH is a simple multiplatform alternative to Perl, Python, and Ruby. Join Jason Brittain of eBay's Platform Frameworks group to hear why you should consider using BASH, and when it's the right choice over other programming languages. You'll also see several code example tips and tricks for coding your common modern tasks in BASH. Read more.
Software Architecture
Location: D136
Andy Grover (Red Hat)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 4 ratings)
The development of GNU/Linux has resulted in major parts of the platform evolving away from UNIX's core tenets. Read more.
Education
Location: D139/140
wesley chun (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 9 ratings)
Google's mission is to organize the world's information & make it universally accessible & useful. Education's in our DNA, so we gladly provide resources for coders, students & teachers: teaching tools, developer products, education events, research grants, academic awards/prizes, support, coding competitions, etc. In this talk, I'll give an overview of some of our current education programs/tools Read more.
Community
Location: D135
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
In this session, a high level overview of the OpenStack Infra Review and CI systems will be presented, and the workaday life of an OpenStack code contributor and an OpenStack code reviewer will be described. We will then solicit questions from the audience, and hopefully explore ways that this system can help your project. Read more.

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