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How can your business make the best use of open source software? Is it time to move from using software to sharing software, or do you want to build a business on open source models?

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Business | Computational Thinking
E145/146
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Paco Nathan (Liber 118)
Average rating: ***..
(3.29, 21 ratings)
Advanced math for business people: “just enough math” to take advantage of new classes of open source frameworks. Many take college math up to calculus, but never learn how to approach sparse matrices, complex graphs, or supply chain optimizations. This tutorial ties these pieces together into a conceptual whole, with use cases and simple Python code, as a new approach to computational thinking. Read more.
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Business
D139/140
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Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum (CSC))
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 8 ratings)
Most organisations have strategy documents full of implementation, purchasing, tactical and operational choices. Remove this and you're often left with a vague 'why' which normally boils down to copying everyone else. In this tutorial I'll demonstrate how a large number of companies are playing a game of chess in which they can't see the board and how you can exploit this. Read more.
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Business | Tools & Techniques
Portland 252
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Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.04, 28 ratings)
Getting software released to users is often a painful, risky, and time-consuming process. This tutorial sets out the principles and technical practices that enable rapid, incremental delivery of high quality and valuable new functionality to users. Read more.
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Business | Community
D136
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Wade Minter (TeamSnap), Andrew Berkowitz (TeamSnap), Bill Cernansky (ComedySportz)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 14 ratings)
Getting everyone in your company or development team on the same page can be a challenge. This on-your-feet workshop will teach fast, fun improv techniques for helping your group to bond, generate quality ideas and make quick decisions. Learn the secrets of applied improv from two professionals who have decades of experience working in open source, Internet startups and corporate training. Read more.
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Business
D137/138
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 2 ratings)
Developing freemium which involves OSS is not a trivial task. In this talk we’ll showcase Artifactory, which successfully combines open-source and Pro versions. We will talk about developing, building, testing, and releasing hybrid freemium application and will review the existing approaches, discussing pros and cons of each of them. Read more.
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Business
D137/138
Justin Miller (Mapbox)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
Mapbox is leading the way in open mapping. Large companies are switching to OpenStreetMap and open source software for mapping. Learn how Mapbox is running a business like you would run an open source project and how it is succeeding in a field dominated by large, well-funded players by being open. Read more.
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Business
D137/138
Patrick McFadin (Datastax)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 9 ratings)
One of the tenets of Open Source is “Free as in beer” but there is still a viable commercial model. There are many successful open source companies that, despite the fact they give away their product, still manage to make money. A lot of money. How can this be possible? Let’s explore some of the time tested strategies without compromising your core values. Read more.
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Business | Community
D137/138
Jason Hibbets (Red Hat), Gail Roper (City of Raleigh)
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(3.00, 1 rating)
Open source, open data, and open access, that's what the City of Raleigh is all about. But how did Raleigh go from open government resolution to an open data portal and a preference for open source software for IT procurement? Come to this session to learn how city government and citizens are working together to create an open source city. Read more.
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Business
D137/138
Austin Putman (Omada Health)
Average rating: ***..
(3.12, 8 ratings)
Learn how someone writes code by writing code with them. Using katas and pair programming on actual code allows you to get an honest look at the candidate's thought process and capabilities, while exposing them to your team's culture and key players. Help your evaluators be focused on what kind of people you actually want on your project by creating key prompts for them to check. Read more.
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Colin Charles (SkySQL Ab/MariaDB Foundation)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Asia is a huge untapped market for open source expansion, but it is very unlike North America or Europe. Learn differences within Asia, see open source proliferation in all markets, and most importantly get into thinking Asia expansion is prime. Read more.
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Vanessa Hurst (CodeMontage)
Average rating: ***..
(3.32, 19 ratings)
Technology moves too quickly for us to ever really stop learning - but how can we establish and maintain a culture of continuous learning in our business teams? And how can we ensure that continuous learning is effective? Read more.
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Business
D137/138
Boyd Stephens (Netelysis)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
Money Machines are small scale highly technical or craft based entrepreneurial excursions. The purpose of the Money Machine is to empower individuals with tools which will allow her/him/them to follow their geeky and nerdy passion of passions while enabling them to address the various financial necessities of life. Money Machines allow people to work in the manner of their choosing. Read more.
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Lars Kurth (Citrix Systems Ltd)
Average rating: ****.
(4.83, 6 ratings)
In this talk we will look at some of the basic dynamics playing out in open source communities and introduce some mental models explaining them. We will look at the Open Source Flywheel (inspired by Walton's Productivity Loop and the Bezos Flywheel) and the Open Source Community Funnel (inspired by Sales Funnels) to explain them. Read more.
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Business
D137/138
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
PayPal has recently moved their web application stack from a proprietary framework, resulting in weeks of training per developer and large maintenance costs, to an open source-based stack that allows our engineers to come in the door coding. This is the story of how we changed our enterprise culture and started giving back to the open source community. Read more.
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Vishwas Babu (Conflux Technologies)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
AngularJS is one of the most widely adopted open source Javascript frameworks in recent times. We use it for a not-so-typical use case: web apps to deliver financial services to the poor. In this case-study session, we analyze the pros/cons of AngularJS, establish why it was right for us, and go over our experiences using this powerful lightweight framework which adds value to our community daily. Read more.
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Business | Community
D137/138
Deb Nicholson (Open Invention Network)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
There's been a lot of talk about patent trolls, but how can the free and open source software community address the more complicated (and potentially more damaging) problem of anti-competitive litigation? Read more.
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Business | Community
Portland 255
VM Brasseur (shoeless consulting)
Average rating: ****.
(4.28, 18 ratings)
'Programmer' and 'Manager' are two different titles for a reason: they're two different jobs and skill sets. If you have managerial aspirations (or have had them foisted upon you), come to this session to learn some of the tricks of the managerial trade. Read more.
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Business
D137/138
Derek Sorkin (GitHub), Tim Tyler (Qualcomm)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
How can businesses take the best ideas from the open source community to improve their end product and the happiness of their developers? In this fireside-chat-styled session, Derek Sorkin from GitHub will talk with Tim Tyler about his experiences setting up a community inside Qualcomm that mimics an open source project. Read more.
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Business
F151
Moderated by:
Danese Cooper (PayPal)
Panelists:
Brian Behlendorf (Mithril Capital Management LLC), Richard Fontana (Red Hat, Inc.), Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 4 ratings)
Open Source licenses are mostly grounded in US Copyright Law, which requires 51% representation to claim standing in any copyright-related action (including defense against infringement claims as well as re-licensing). Yet, they are also a barrier to participation, since you often must have one in place before you make a substantial (or in some cases any) contribution. Read more.
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Karen Sandler (Software Freedom Conservancy)
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(3.75, 4 ratings)
Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, will discuss the peculiar tension in the intersection of free and open source software and corporate interest. Read more.
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Jason Strimpel (WalmartLabs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Often business and developer needs are at odds when developing public facing websites that need to be indexed. Business is concerned with factors such as SEO, visitor retention and bounce rates, while engineering is concerned with developer ergonomics, re-usage, separation of concerns, and maintenance. This talk will describe a solution that satisfies both business and engineering requirements. Read more.