July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Ignite OSCON (Sponsored by Bluehost)

5:30pm–7:00pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Events Portland Ballroom
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If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? Would you talk about your latest passion? Describe the trip of a lifetime? Teach a hack? We’ll find out at in this high-energy, fast-paced, technology show-and-tell. Any topic is fair game as long as it’s interesting, from technology to culture to business to science fiction. Speakers are limited to 20 slides, which automatically advance after 15 seconds—that’s the fun of Ignite!

Ignite will be hosted by Justin Martenstein, and Paul J. Fenwick.

The “E” Word
Emma Jane Hogbin Westby
Empathy is a tool you can use to understand what motivates your team; to spot blockers before they become a problem; and to get a “health check” on the projects you oversee. Sounds useful doesn’t it? Learn how to use empathy safely in the workplace from beginner techniques to advanced.

Crossing the chasm with a high performance dynamically scalable open source platform for real-time big data in-memory analytic applications as a service in the cloud at the speed of business
Mark Madsen
Many open source projects are seeking commercial backing and growing into businesses – e.g. Spark, Cassandra, Hadoop. How do you market your project or product to investors or to enterprises? What should your pitch deck or customer presentation look like? This talk will show you the archetype (based on watching hundreds of these presentations) and exactly how not to do a presentation like this.

First Impressions (the value of the "noob”)
Emily Dunham
Does your project need more contributors? Have you ever considered helping a project, but not followed through because you’re scared you don’t know enough? Through years of coaching novice open source contributors, I’ve optimized a powerful line of logic for getting past those initial hurdles of impostor syndrome, and now I’d like to share it with you.

Competing with the World in SDN !!
Ramya Bolla
I’ll talk about how our CodeChix team of 5 women engineers worked towards a submission for an international competition on networking (ONF Driver Competition). It’s a team of all women professionals – not students or independent contractors. I believe this is the first all-female team with these credentials to submit to an international competition!

What we design, designs us
Nikki Baidwan Piplani
Every choice we make, every action we take shapes the world around us and in turn that world shapes our own actions and thoughts. Lets have a conversation about the choices we make and how those choices shape our surroundings and us.

Design Accessibly – Color Contrast tips and tools
Cathy O’Connor
This talk will show why designing with sufficient color contrast is important, and will cover tips and tools you can use to help assess and improve the visual contrast between the content and the background of your app or service. Learn how to improve the usability and readability of your app for differently sighted users and everyone.

Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be rock star developers
Rikki Endsley
Why would anyone intentionally hire a rock star developer? Rock stars are known for being high maintenance, unreliable, over-paid, and difficult to work with. Instead of rock star developers, open source needs a lot more Willie Nelsons.

People Before Profits: How Putting Employees First Drove 300% Revenue Growth in One Year
Jeffrey Papen
Building a profitable business doesn’t demand a Wall Street mentality. Focusing on improving margins by cutting staff and perks leads to disillusionment, low morale and ultimately, customer turnover. Instead, companies that focus on their people ahead of the bottom line can drive long-term growth that benefits everyone. Learn successful strategies to put this philosophy into practice.

Ten Steps to a Better README
Mike Jang
One barrier to the adaption of Open Source products is the lack of documentation. Many projects can benefit from a good README. Unfortunately, many READMEs suggest that you read their source code for documentation, and that frustrates many potential users. A developer can write better READMEs by following the basic structure that I’ll lay out in my talk.

Why I don’t use the GPL
Shane Curcuru
I won’t use the GPL for new software, and you maybe shouldn’t either. “Heretic”, comes the cry from the back of the room! But no – I bleed and believe in open source and the public good as much as you do. The difference is, I want to share my code with everyone not just the believers.

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E. Dunham
07/21/2015 3:04am PDT

When and where will the videos of the talks be available?

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Josh Simmons
07/08/2015 3:00am PDT

@Judy: I’m happy to say that, yes, all attendees are welcome to join us at Ignite :-)

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Judy Zettle
07/07/2015 11:55pm PDT

Is this open to people with a Silver pass (Tues – Thurs)?