July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Wednesday opening welcome

Sarah Novotny (Google), Rachel Roumeliotis (O'Reilly), Matthew McCullough (GitHub)
9:00am–9:05am Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Portland Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.30, 33 ratings)

Program chairs Sarah Novotny, Rachel Roumeliotis, and Matthew McCullough open the first day of keynotes.

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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. Sarah has also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery, for Meteor Entertainment and Chef. She regularly talks about technology infrastructure and geek lifestyle. Sarah 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.

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Rachel Roumeliotis


Rachel Roumeliotis, a strategic content director at O’Reilly Media, leads an editorial team that covers a wide variety of programming topics ranging from full-stack, to open source in the enterprise, to emerging programming languages. She is a programming chair for OSCON and O’Reilly’s Software Architecture Conference. She has been working in technical publishing for 10 years, acquiring content in many areas including mobile programming, UX, computer security, and AI.

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Matthew McCullough


Matthew McCullough, Training Pioneer 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 these activities provide him avenues for sharing success stories about 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.

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Josh Simmons
07/25/2015 4:17pm PDT

Hi Dana, the first thing to know is that people were able to opt out by going to Customer Service. We had signage at registration and included information about the RFID tags in attendee emails. We also posted this page where you can find more information: http://www.oscon.com/open-source-2015/public/content/rfid-info

I hope that clears things up.

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Dana Moser
07/25/2015 3:42pm PDT

The lack of transparency with respect to getting “chipped” with an RFID tag was more than a little bit creepy. I didn’t receive any official description (only rumour) about what was going to be done with the information collected about my physical movement, and there didn’t seem to be any methods for “opting out”…