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Experience OSCON | Who Should Attend | Why Attend | What People Are Saying | Program Chairs

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Once considered a radical upstart, open source has moved from disruption to default. Its methods and culture commoditized the technologies that drove the Internet revolution, and transformed the practice of software development. Collaborative and transparent, open source has become modus operandi, powering the next wave of innovation in cloud, data, and mobile technologies.

OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. In the early days, this trailblazing O'Reilly event was focused on changing mainstream business thinking and practices; today OSCON is about how the close partnership between business and the open source community is building the future. That future is everywhere you look.

Now in its 16th year, OSCON is the best place on the planet to prepare for what comes next, from learning new skills to understanding how new and emerging open source technologies are going to impact how we live, work, and do business. In keeping with its O'Reilly heritage, OSCON is a unique gathering of all things open source, where participants find inspiration, confront new challenges, share their expertise, renew bonds to community, make significant connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. The event has also become one of the most important venues to unveil ground-breaking open source projects and products.

Experience OSCON

Through hundreds of sessions, tutorials, activities, and events, OSCON 2014 will educate, provoke, and inspire, with:

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  • Hundreds of sessions covering 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 (and relevant) keynote presentations
  • Over 3,000 open source developers, hackers, experts, vendors, and users of all levels—many of whom share your interests
  • An Expo Hall packed with an impressive array of open source projects and products
  • A vibrant "hallway track" where attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors 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 for everyone

Who Should Attend

OSCON welcomes anyone who's passionate about open source:

  • Developers and programmers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • CxOs
  • Designers
  • Sys admins
  • Hackers and geeks
  • Analysts
  • IT Managers
  • Enterprise developers and managers
  • Entrepreneurs and business development professionals
  • Community leaders and managers
  • Activists
  • Trainers and educators
  • Vendors and suppliers in the open source ecosystem

O'Reilly is committed to promoting diversity and to creating a safe and productive environment for everyone at OSCON 2014, and at all of our events.

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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:

  • Learn techniques you can use to write great code.
  • Get the information you need to migrate from expensive commercial installations to more efficient, cost-effective open source solutions.
  • Explore innovations in system and network administration that your company can start implementing immediately to increase efficiency.
  • Master essential techniques and advanced tips to scale and optimize your systems for trouble-free, time-saving performance.
  • Learn how to maximize productivity, increase ease of use, and lower the cost of deployment, from databases to cloud computing.
  • Get exposure to the most promising projects and people to give you first-mover advantage in analyzing new tools and software.
  • Stay ahead of the curve with new technologies, platforms, and languages like HTML5, Android, Node.js, Clojure and OpenStack.
  • Receive hype-free guidance that will help your business build a solid footing for future success.

What People Are Saying

"It's hard to explain the sort of impact that a good conference can have on your career and even your life, but we can't express how much you should go to one in order to gain inspiration, have fun and learn a whole bunch of new stuff you can take back to your workplace." Martijn Verburg, London Java Community

"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

"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, Open Source Initiative

"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

Program Chairs

Matthew McCullough

Matthew McCullough

Matthew McCullough is Vice President of Training for GitHub, is an energetic 15 year veteran of enterprise software development, world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of a US consultancy. All of these activities provide him avenues of sharing success stories of leveraging Git and GitHub. Matthew is a contributing author to the Gradle and Jenkins O'Reilly books and creator of the Git Master Class series for O'Reilly. Matthew regularly speaks on the No Fluff Just Stuff conference tour, is the author of the DZone Git RefCard, and is President of the Denver Open Source Users Group.

Sarah Novotny

Sarah Novotny

Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Novotny has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for Amazon.com and the ill fated Ads.com. In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko, was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She's also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.

Novotny regularly talks about technology infrastructure and geek lifestyle. She is additionally a program chair for O'Reilly Media's OSCON. Her technology writing and adventures as well as her more esoteric musings are found at sarahnovotny.com.

Simon St. Laurent

Simon St. Laurent

Simon St.Laurent has spent most of his career explaining technology. He is co-chair of the Fluent and OSCON conferences, a Senior Editor at O'Reilly, and a web developer. He has written over a dozen books, including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails, XML Elements of Style, and XML: A Primer. He spends his spare time making objects out of wood and presenting on local history.

 

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