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There are some talks that are just too interesting to limit the audience. Join us in the Main Stage for a collection of jaw dropping talks across all topics.

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Portland Ballroom
Ethan Brown (Pop Art), Kate Rafter (AUTOMAL)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
You check out the schedule, and you note with excitement that there's a presentation called DIGITAL DANCING. You grab your stuff and head for that conference room. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
Scott Hanselman (Microsoft)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
A lot has changed at Microsoft. Azure has 1000 Linux VMs to choose from, there's RESTful APIs abound, and more OSS than ever before. What are Microsoft's web folks thinking and how are they developing software today? Is is a good thing? Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
Kristen Dedeaux (Kristen Dedeaux Consulting )
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
So you know Java, Scala, Python, and Perl, but do you know the correct usage of a semicolon when it comes to the English language? Writers and engineers alike often fall victim to grammatical blunders that can obscure their intended message. Fortunately, there are some simple ways of spotting and correcting these errors. Once learned, your writing will improve and your readers will thank you. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
Andrew Clay Shafer (Pivotal)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
No one size fits all formula can be applied to build a business around open source, and attempting to do so may end in humiliation and disaster. There is no doubt that 'Open Source' has impacted the dynamics of all manner of business, but building a business on 'Open Source' is not a solved problem. A guided tour of open source business models, real and imaginary. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
Pete Hunt (Facebook / Instagram)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
Instagram.com renders almost all of its UI in JavaScript. I'll talk about how our packaging and push systems work in great detail, which are clever combinations of existing open-source tools. Anyone building a large site using lots of JavaScript would find what we've learned interesting! Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
VM Brasseur (shoeless consulting)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Hiring remote workers is great for filling those holes on the team...but if you don't have the correct infrastructure in place you're just setting yourself--and your team members--up for a world of hurt. This session will detail how our engineering department went remote and thrived because of it. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia)
Online services like 'If This Then That' (IFTTT) are great for automating your life. However they provide limited ways for the end-user to add their own services, and often require credentials that one may normally wish to keep secret. The 'exobrain' project allows for service integration and extension on a machine *you* control. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
Design is a process, not a product. What processes do successful data designers follow, and how can we all benefit by open-sourcing our processes (to make better products)? Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
James Pearce (Facebook)
Open source has always been a huge part of Facebook's culture. But in 2013, we rebooted our portfolio and launched a unique suite of internal tools & instrumentation to support hundreds of repos, thousands of engineers, and tens of thousands of contributors. The result? Better-than-ever community adoption - and an open & responsible stewardship, attuned to our ethos of hacking & moving fast. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
Steve Heffernan (Brightcove, Video.js)
Every open source project is a unique snowflake of technology choices, coding style, and communication channels. Learning not only how, but the 'correct' way to contribute to each new project can be a blocker for would-be contributors. This talk will give practical examples of how you can reduce the learning curve for new contributors and improve the quality of first-commits. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
In this talk, Andrew will delve deeper into the technical and philosophical underpinnings of live-coding as an artistic performance practice. Using his own Extempore language as a reference, Andrew will demonstrate, in a very hands on way, how live-coding works in practice, from both an end-user perspective, as well as a systems design perspective. Read more.
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Portland Ballroom
David Uhlman (clearhealth inc.)
Hacking Healthcare author David Uhlman will show you how to 3D print your body parts, order your own lab work, build a DNA analyzer, tour an array of personal monitoring devices for fitness, health and open biology projects, stop eating altogether by switching to soylent. Also tips on what insurance to get, navigating hospitals and finding the right doctor. Read more.
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Main Stage | Open Hardware
Portland Ballroom
Tina Coleman (Next Century Corporation)
Furby's are back and more annoying than ever. Forget about a traffic light flashing or an email. When that Furby starts jabbering, you'll do ANYTHING to fix that build quickly. This talk will connect an Arduino board with Jenkins continuous integration framework and out to the Furby to let it annoy your development team, rather than you! Read more.