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User Experience (UX)
Location: E147
Paris Buttfield-Addison (Secret Lab Pty. Ltd.), Jonathon Manning (Secret Lab Pty. Ltd.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 21 ratings)
In this workshop, you'll learn how to apply the art and science of constructing enjoyable, engaging games. This is entirely non-electronic; we're not talking about programming, game engine development, or how to approach a publisher with your totally rad idea about how you can have, like Mario only there's explosions. Everything you'll work on will be done with pens, paper, and human brain-meat. Read more.
Events
Location: Portland Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.48, 23 ratings)
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? We’ll find out at our annual Ignite event at OSCON. Read more.
Location: D135
Moderated by: Greg DeKoenigsberg
Users have high expectations of what private clouds can do for them. Sometimes the realities are less glamorous. In this session, we'd like to gather real private cloud warriors to tell war stories, show off battle scars, and share tips about how to make the reality live up to the hype. Read more.
Events
Location: See BoF Schedule for Locations
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
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 and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic. Read more.
Operations
Location: Portland 255
Joshua Timberman (Opscode, Inc), James Casey (Opscode, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.71, 31 ratings)
One of the most popular configuration and cloud management tools, Chef is a powerful platform for rapid provisioning and deployment of servers. Attend this tutorial to learn what benefits Chef can bring, how to get started and best use Chef to meet your needs. Read more.
Community
Location: D139/140
Christie Koehler (Mozilla / Stumptown Syndicate), Audrey Eschright (Elevated Code / Stumptown Syndicate), Sherri Montgomery (Open Source Bridge / Ignite Portland / Mentor Graphics)
Average rating: **...
(2.80, 5 ratings)
A fun, interactive, and comprehensive tutorial on how to host a successful code sprint, hackathon, (un)conference or workshop. Read more.
Python
Location: Portland 251
Nathan Yergler (Eventbrite)
Average rating: ***..
(3.09, 23 ratings)
Django is a popular, powerful web framework for Python. It has lots of "batteries" included, and makes it easy to get started. But all of the power means you can write low quality code that still works. Effective Django means building applications that are testable, maintainable, and scalable. This tutorial will introduce attendees to Django with an emphasis on testing, maintenance, and scale. Read more.
Events
Location: Expo Hall
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
Grab a drink and kick off the 15th edition of OSCON by meeting and mingling with exhibitors and fellow attendees. (Sponsored by Bluehost) Read more.
Events
Location: Exhibit Hall B
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 18 ratings)
Put a star on your calendar for the official OSCON attendee party. You'll see Exhibit Hall B transformed into an intergalactic planetary playland, complete with a planetarium, laser tag, interactive games, food, drinks, and much more. Trust us: you don't want to miss OSCON's 15th birthday party. Think legendary. With lasers. Read more.
Events
Location: Puppet Labs Headquarters, 926 NW 13th Ave. #210
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 8 ratings)
Join Puppet Labs for our OSCON "Open" House Party! We are excited to open our doors and show off our new headquarters and meet all our Puppet Labs friends. Read more.
Programming, Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland 255
Garrett Smith (CloudBees)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 39 ratings)
How do you know you've written a good program? There are a couple standards most people use: "works for me" and "all tests pass". If you can get to that point, you're code is in pretty good shape! This talk will go beyond "it works" to explore a programming technique where problems are systematically made obvious and code naturally becomes correct, clear, and maintainable! Read more.
Johnny Diggz (Geeks Without Bounds)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 6 ratings)
Overview of the open source tools and techniques employed by the Papa Legba camp in 2012 in Black Rock City, Nevada to build an ad-hoc private GSM cellular network and a preview of this year's plans. Read more.
Education
Location: F151
Nathan Dotz (Detroit Labs)
Average rating: **...
(2.82, 11 ratings)
Hackerspaces are changing the face of education by applying a DIY principle of Do-ocracy to deficits in the education systems around them and providing places where students can learn engaging topics useful in their lives and careers. Come learn how maker communities worldwide are helping to teach the world, and how we can legitimize the enrichment that goes on behind the shop doors. Read more.
Operations
Location: E146
Vladimir Vuksan (Fastly)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 6 ratings)
Talk will focus on some of the challenges of monitoring a CDN infrastructure and approaches everyone can use to get better at monitoring their own infrastructure using Ganglia including identifying metrics to track, using monitoring for enhanced communication inside the company and better understanding of ones own infrastructure. 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.
Education
Location: F151
Jon Roberts (Davis School District)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
With growing use of computers in schools, tightening district budgets, evolving learning objectives, and the plethora of available applications, it makes sense to leverage open source software to support public education. Hear of the tales of a hacker turned teacher as he uses a variety of purely open source tools and techniques to enhance math and computer education in an alternative setting. Read more.
Operations
Location: E146
Michael DeHaan (AnsibleWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)
Ansible is a radically simple data-driven configuration management, orchestration, and task management framework. It requires no agents on your remote machines, requires no bootstrapping, and works over SSH. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: E145
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 20 ratings)
Deployment can be a real bugbear for many web developers. From building something easy to deploy and manage; to coming up with a repeatable, consistent process; to continuous deployment…deployment can keep you up at night for months on end. In this talk I'll go through how to get better at deployment, best practices, and lessons learned. 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.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: Portland Ballroom
Tim Berglund (GitHub, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 43 ratings)
A quick and fun exploration of prime numbers, Markov chains, graph theory, the underpinnings of public key cryptography, and more. Down with continuous math! Up with the discrete! Read more.
Data
Location: Portland 256
Jesse Anderson (Cloudera)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 20 ratings)
Gaining insight on data is even more interesting when it comes from the NFL. See how I take play by play data, combine it with other datasets and gain insight from the data. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Jesse Vincent (keyboard.io)
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.
Operations
Location: E146
Jonathan Thurman (New Relic)
Average rating: ***..
(3.71, 17 ratings)
Puppet and Chef have grown to have their own conferences, but what about the other tools you use? Lets talk about some unsung tools of DevOps that you should be using to augment your existing toolset. Read more.
Mobile
Location: Portland 251
Lindsey Simon (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 9 ratings)
This talk is primarily for those who are comfortable developing Apps for the web who want to delve into mobile. We'll cover core architecture - frameworks, networking, retries and storage. On the UI front, learn what works and what doesn't from the front-lines and how to degrade gracefully on older devices. Learn which APIs to use and which to avoid to make a stellar app your users will love. 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.
Operations
Location: E146
Caskey Dickson (GOOGLE)
Average rating: ****.
(4.41, 17 ratings)
One of the simplest seeming problems is just keeping a daemon running. However, it turns out that keeping a long-lived service simply online can take more than you expect. There are a plethora of different tools for doing this, and each has their own unique failure modes and requirements. Come explore the pitfalls we've encountered and workarounds we use to keep a daemon running at all times. Read more.
Education
Location: F151
Regina ten Bruggencate (iPROFS / Duchess), Kim Spiritus (iPROFS)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 10 ratings)
This talk will highlight some of the great tools that are available to teach children how much fun coding is. Also some of the different formats used for reaching kids. Read more.
Events
Location: Expo Hall
Average rating: ****.
(4.27, 11 ratings)
Quench your thirst with vendor-hosted libations and snacks while you check out all the cool stuff in the expo hall. Read more.
Location: D137/138
Moderated by: Thomas Hatch
SaltStack is a new remote execution and configuration management software platform that is fast, scalable and open. Salt is used by thousands of systems administrators, cloud orchestrators and DevOps pros to manage millions of servers. Read more.
Location: E145
Moderated by: Clinton Dreisbach
It's not technical, but it's fun! Come meet other OSCON attendees interested in playing RPGs and play a game. No experience needed. I'll bring a favorite fantasy RPG; bring your own games, too. We can discuss the open source/open publishing movement in RPGs to be relevant. 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.
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Simon St. Laurent (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 12 ratings)
Distributed computing, resilience, and constant efforts to make code more maintainable are all driving interest in functional programming. The world needs more programmers who can tackle this. How can we make the craft seem less arcane? 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.
Business, Community
Location: D137/138
Deb Nicholson (Open Invention Network)
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 13 ratings)
Many projects would like to have more people doing more stuff, but delegating seems time-consuming. Meanwhile, new contributor enthusiasm is one of the most valuable commodities in the free software world. Great delegators know how to attract enthusiastic new people and maintain their momentum once they've arrived. Read more.
Events
Location: The Rose (111 SW Ash Street)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Join Media Temple for free libations, food, and swag from 6:00pm - 7:30p at The Rose. Come say hi and pick up some swag! Read more.
Location: D139/140
Moderated by: Shane Duan
Please join to learn and/or contribute to the topic around software metrics gathering and analyzing, as we celebrate the first release of Blueflood project. Blueflood is the component that has been the backbone of Cloud Monitoring from Rackspace and it is designed to meet the special need of cloud applications. Read more.
Events
Location: Jupiter Hotel (830 E Burnside St.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
Join us in celebrating the great year that the Apache CouchDB project had, welcoming new committers and pushing out many new releases. We'll be in the courtyard at the Jupiter Hotel with food trucks and signature cocktails. Drinks and distributed database clustering for all! Read more.
Keynotes
Location: Portland Ballroom
John Graham-Cumming (CloudFlare)
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 30 ratings)
Looking back on 30 years of programming: there's nothing new since 1983. Examples and implications. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland 251
John Downey (Braintree)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 23 ratings)
Once the realm of shadowy government organizations, cryptography now permeates computing. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get correct and most developers know just enough to be harmful for their projects. Together, we’ll go through the basics of modern cryptography and where things can go horribly wrong. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: E146
Vanessa Hurst (CodeMontage)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Last year in CNNMoney’s Best Jobs for Fast Growth, software jobs were 7 of the top 20, but averaged a “C” for benefit to society. We’re calling BS. Read more.
Business
Location: D137/138
Paul Brown (Multifarious, Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
This talk progresses through a succession of counterexamples (and a few examples) in combining business and open source. We will cover ways to divide your community, withhold value from your customers (paying and not), squander good will, and inhibit adoption. 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
Brad Fitzpatrick (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.45, 11 ratings)
Google's dl.google.com serves binary downloads for Chrome, Earth, the Android SDK, and thousands of other files. In this talk we discuss how and why the original C++ server was rewritten in Go and take a close look at its design, and introduce the new open source groupcache project. It is a great example of idiomatic Go code that uses the language and libraries very concisely and elegantly. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland 252
Matthew Garrett (Nebula)
Average rating: ****.
(4.72, 18 ratings)
People have been fascinated with random numbers for millennia. How far have we come in that time, and why are they so important? How did a medieval monk's work end up responsible for decades of questionable science? How is something we had no trouble doing before recorded history still causing problems in the cloud? All these questions, and more, will be answered. 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.
Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland 256
Dan Allen (OpenDevise, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 12 ratings)
Writing documentation is already hard enough. Why do we make it even more difficult by burying the content in XML or struggling with finicky WSYWIG editors? Drop the angled brackets and discover the zen of writing documentation in AsciiDoc. While the format is plain text, it can still output beautiful HTML 5, DocBook and PDF documents--or even a slide deck like the one used in this presentation! Read more.
Community
Location: Portland 252
Emma Jane Westby (Drupalize.Me)
Average rating: ****.
(4.30, 10 ratings)
In this session we'll explore how to give, and receive, useful critiques of our work. We'll talk about the different kinds of critiques that are necessary as an idea develops. The emphasis will be on reviewing subjective work, not the easy stuff like white space at the end of a line. 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.
Software Architecture
Location: D137/138
Josh Bressers (Red Hat Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 6 ratings)
Open source is often thought of as being secure. While in the past we've had very good luck with security, there's still plenty of room in the area of secure development in open source. Let's start the discussion about where we are today, where we want to be, and how to best get us there for secure development in open source. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: Portland 256
Jason Levitt (Spirit.io), Clayton Aynesworth (Alternative Healing of Austin)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 9 ratings)
The time people spend sitting in chairs has increased substantially over the past 30 years, and related health issues such as obesity and musculoskeletal disorders are also on the rise. This is an area of concern for all who sit in chairs a lot, especially those in the computer industry. In this session, we'll look at recent research, and tools for mitigating the effects of sitting too much. Read more.
Keynotes
Location: Portland Ballroom
Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 23 ratings)
A discussion of community building from a psychological perspective. How to recruit people into your project, external and internal motivations, what people regret, self-fulfilling prophecies, confirmation bias, and more. Read more.
Events
Location: Portland Ballroom Foyer
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
Take the opportunity to network one last time and exchange contact information with one another. Drinks and snacks provided. Read more.

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