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Mobile
Location: D136
Tim Anglade (Apigee)
Average rating: ***..
(3.63, 19 ratings)
An introduction to mobile app development for novices. 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.
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.
Open Hardware
Location: E145/146
Alasdair Allan (The Thing System, Inc.), 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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Open Hardware
Location: E145/146
Philip Lindsay (rancidbacon.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.45, 20 ratings)
Have you always wanted to create hardware devices to interact with the real world? When you attend this workshop you will: set up an Arduino board and software; learn how the Arduino fits into the field of physical computing; and make your Arduino respond to button presses and blink lights. Hardware is fun! Note: Cost of the kit (USD $57) is included in the registration price for this tutorial. 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.
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.
Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland Ballroom
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 40 ratings)
Once again Damian Conway returns from the untamed wilderness of deepest Vim, bringing with him yet another collection of tips, tools, and tricks to make your text editing still more unspeakably powerful. 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.
Java & JVM
Location: Portland Ballroom
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.05, 42 ratings)
Learning the syntax of a new language is easy, but learning to think under a different paradigm is hard. This session helps you transition from an object-oriented imperative programmer to a functional programmer, using Java, Clojure and Scala for examples. 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.
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.
Mobile
Location: Portland 251
Renaun Erickson (Adobe)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
Did you know that you can use your web development skills to create mobile apps? PhoneGap (aka Apache Cordova) is an toolset that enables you to build cross-platform mobile apps using 100% web standards technologies – HTML, CSS & JavaScript. In this session we'll cover everything from "what is PhoneGap", to debugging and development environments, to building your first PhoneGap application. 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.
Education
Location: F151
Brian Capouch (Saint Josephs College)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
An outreach project at Saint Joseph's College strives to bring low-cost Android-based technology to a wide swath of the college community. Various projects are using Android smartphones as sensors, data collection and media generation, as well as providing an alternative to carrier-based telephony, SMS, and Internet bandwidth. 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.
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.
Business
Location: D137/138
Jennifer Urban (UC-Berkeley)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
The Defensive Patent License (DPL) is a new legal mechanism to protect innovators by creating a patent network that is committed to defense and "de-weaponizing" patents. It draws from the theories and values of F/OSS licensing to create obligations that "travel with the patent"--preventing troll from taking over open technologies and pulling them out of the public domain. 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.
Events
Location: See BoF Schedule for Locations
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 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.
Keynotes
Location: Portland Ballroom
Average rating: **...
(2.74, 23 ratings)
Come hear some thoughts about how licensing models affect building an open source community and how their use has evolved over time. 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.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Federico Lucifredi (Canonical | Ubuntu)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 10 ratings)
This session aims to give you the tools to import the real world into the programming scope of your trusty $30 microcontroller, by covering the technology fundamentals and integration essentials of a wide variety of sensors, as well as providing a few alternative power schemes, some actuator examples and even mobility options to increase the variety of your design arsenal. Read more.
Mobile
Location: Portland 251
Mike Wolfson (Epocrates)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Android development is challenging. Fortunately, the developer tools provide a great deal of support, making the job more manageable, and a lot easier. I will show you many essential tools, tips and techniques that will increase your development productivity, and improve the quality of your code. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: F151
Kirsten Hunter (Akamai)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
The Quantified Self movement is all about keeping measurements about your life in order to track progress in various ways. As geeks we all enjoy playing with new toys, and there are a variety of devices and applications out there to help measure steps, activity and fitness. Combining the data from these devices can help you build tools to track your fitness in a way that makes sense for you. Read more.
Data
Location: Portland 256
Calvin Sun (Twitter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
MySQL 5.6 is simply a better MySQL with improvements that enhance every functional area of the database kernel. There are many new features in the InnoDB storage engine, including: better performance and scalability, online DDL, persistent statistics, NoSQL access, and many more. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Jonathan Oxer (Freetronics)
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 8 ratings)
The ArduSat project will launch two Open Source cubesats into orbit in 2013, carrying a payload combining an extensive sensor suite and cameras with a multi-node processor platform based on Arduino. Hobbyists and students will be able to design experiments using regular Arduino hardware, ready to be uploaded and executed on the satellite. Learn about the satellite and how it works. 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.
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.
PHP
Location: D139/140
Justin Hileman (Presentate)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 12 ratings)
It's sad that in 2013, var_dump and die are still two of the most common debugging and reflection techniques in PHP. Let's explore the state of interactive debugging in PHP, compare it with what's available in other languages, and apply this with practical tools and techniques which can be used today. Read more.
Open Hardware, Programming
Location: Portland 255
Jeff Payne (OpenCar, Inc.), Sam Skjonsberg (OpenCar, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 6 ratings)
We'll cover OS development for a new market: automotive apps. In-car apps are poised to explode for open source developers. The market is transforming from an inefficient, proprietary model to an HTML5-based “app store” model. To enter and participate in this new target category, developers need access to automakers, automotive systems, and knowledge of industry standards and platforms. Read more.
Business, PHP
Location: D139/140
Cassandra Wolff (Softlayer an IBM Company)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
In this 40-minute session, I’d like to discuss the basic business needs in several use-case scenarios that would demonstrate the flexibility of an open-source platform called Drupal, which has made a breakthrough in the CMS community for its extreme flexibility and scalability in rapid development. Read more.
Business
Location: Portland 251
Brady Forrest (Highway1)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
You've come up with the next gadget, Kickstarter has found you customers and proven the demand. Now, you're a victim of your own success & you have to get 10,000 made. In this session, Brady Forrest will explain how companies tackle the challenges of actually making something—and the hard realities of scaling your initial prototype to thousands of finished products. Read more.
Data
Location: Portland 256
Dimitri Fontaine (2ndQuadrant)
Average rating: **...
(2.40, 5 ratings)
Once a Top-10 internet audience site. 32 million users. Billions of photos and comments, more than 6TB of them. Migrating away from MySQL to PostgreSQL! Read more.
Sean McGregor (The Privly Foundation), Jennifer Davidson (ChickTech)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
Come learn how to take back your internet privacy on services you hate to trust, but love to use! We created Privly, an open source privacy stack, to allow you to post private content to any website without trusting the host site. We will cover how Privly is a general solution to internet privacy, discuss the beta, and describe a new type of app infrastructure. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Andrew Cencini (Bennington College), Steven White (Nebula)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
The OpenCompute Hardware Hackathon was designed to bring together electrical, mechanical and software engineers in order to design a novel, low-cost hardware contribution to the OpenComptue project. In this talk, we discuss our team's winning submission, as well as the ideas, people, tools and process that went into the hack. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: F151
Wesley Hales (Shape Security)
Average rating: ****.
(4.38, 8 ratings)
How can you keep the audience engaged and motivated throughout an entire presentation? It’s simple: keep them on their smart phone. The days of asking the audience to raise their hand for an on-the-fly survey is over. An entire stream of engagement platforms for presentations are coming, and this talk will prepare you for the future. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: D135
Rupa Dachere (CodeChix)
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 9 ratings)
Have you ever found yourself obsessively checking UPS or FedEx tracking site to see if your package finally got delivered at your doorstep? Or wondered when your contractor/gardener showed up to do their job? Come join me to learn how to build your own gadget to notify you when your package or contractor shows up at your doorstep! Read more.
Events
Location: See BoF Schedule for Locations
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.
Mobile
Location: D139/140
Tomomi Imura (Nokia USA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)
Showcasing the capabilities of the Web platform and more specifically of the subset of features that mobile platforms can take advantage of, by using an open source mobile app called Coremob Camera, using HTML5 to explain the real-life use cases of HTML5 in mobile. The technology behind the app is purely in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Read more.
Data
Location: D135
Joakim Recht (Tradeshift)
Average rating: **...
(2.12, 8 ratings)
Going from a transactional SQL/ACID-based system, to a scalable NoSQL-based system can be both scary and somewhat mysterious. Many developers don't believe it can be done. It can, however. In this talk, we'll see how and to what degree. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland 256
Dan Allen (OpenDevise)
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.
Data
Location: D135
Christophe Pettus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.58, 12 ratings)
With the addition of JSON functionality, PostgreSQL can hold its trunk high when compared to non-SQL databases. We'll explore the ways you can use the non-structured-data features of PostgreSQL, how they perform... and when you shouldn't use them. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: E146
Scott Berkun (Berkun Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Imagine a workplace with no email, where everyone works from home, and new software is released dozens of times a day. This is life at WordPress.com, the 15th most popular website on the planet, where Berkun managed a team of programmers from 2010 to 2012. He'll share insights into creativity, management and applying open source ideals to the world (the subject of his forthcoming book.) 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.
Mobile
Location: D139/140
Joe Bowser (Adobe Systems)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
This talk will review various approaches to testing a hybrid application, such as a PhoneGap application, on Android. It will explore the development of testing techniques for Apache Cordova, the open source framework that Adobe PhoneGap is based on, with a focus on both unit testing and functional testing. 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.

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