July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Craft conference sessions

You need to work on you! We’ll present ideas on how to fail fast, say no, overcome impostor syndrome, and integrate your work into the open source community.

9:00am–12:30pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Over the past decade Damian Conway's popular "Presentation Aikido" class has explained and demonstrated the fundamentals of giving great presentations. In this, the long-awaited followup class, Damian delves even deeper into the art and science of presentation, revealing the subtle and unexpected techniques that can lift your presentations from great to extraordinary. Read more.
10:40am–11:20am Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Brian Proffitt (Red Hat)
Everything we do in technology - operating systems, applications, systems administration - is based on nothing solid and real, but rather conceptualizations and ideas that we make accessible through metaphors. In fact, far from being "non-creative," nerd-types may be among the most creative storytellers in history. Read more.
11:30am–12:10pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Portland 252
Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
There's always plenty to do in the world of free and open source software, but saying yes to it all eventually leads to burnout. Not every job, module or meeting is going to lead to more of the kinds of opportunities you want. When should you reinvent the wheel and when should you settle for something that's good enough? Read more.
1:40pm–2:20pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Portland 252
Leslie Hawthorn (Red Hat), Amye Scavarda (Red Hat)
While it’s easy to pay lip service to the idea of innovating by failing fast, humans are both neurally geared and financially incentivized to avoid failure. How can we create an environment that makes failing fast safe for the participants and their organizations? Read more.
2:30pm–3:10pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Mark Ferree (Varo Money)
It is not in your best interest to leave most of your work hidden away at your employer. GitHub has created a showcase for your work, and hiring managers will spend time looking through your work before you are invited to come in for an interview. I will cover strategies for increasing both the quality and quantity of your open source contributions to improve your open resume. Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Caskey Dickson (Microsoft)
Did you know that some development practices actively encourage flow while others prevent you from ever getting there in the first place? This talk will lay out the conditions of flow, what established programming techniques encourage it, and strategies for finding ways to create flow sessions in your daily development life, regardless of what your established software-development lifecycle is. Read more.
5:00pm–5:40pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Henrik Ingo (MongoDB)
As open source has become mainstream and a business, many companies face a knowledge gap and may not even realize it: most executives and sales managers have no particular experience in the dynamics of open source. Unfortunately, most open source folks have no experience in sales either! This session will help each group to understand, and apply, both the open source and sales parts together. Read more.
10:40am–11:20am Thursday, 07/23/2015
Una Kravets (IBM Design)
When designers and developers work together from the start, it produces better outcomes, more usable products, and increased adoption. But how can we get designers involved and wanting to participate in the open source community? In order to figure out how to fix it, we need to take a look at the barriers for designers and how we can work together to influence change. Read more.
11:30am–12:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Wade Minter (Custom Communications)
Modern software development places a high value on doing things The Right Way(tm). But what if you're just someone with an idea, some coding knowledge, and a nontrivial amount of intimidation? In this session, a sysadmin-turned-developer will take you through a battle with the demons of self-doubt, and help you discover the ONE CRAZY TRICK YOUR BRAIN DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW! Read more.
1:40pm–2:20pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Eli White (php[architect])
I've worked as a 100% remote employee for six different companies. Through this, I've learned the good, the bad, and the ugly about remote work (as well as time shifted asynchronous work). In this session we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of remote work, for both the employee and the company. Learn the tricks needed, both procedural and technological, to make this possible! Read more.
2:30pm–3:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)
In the next decade, data-driven feeds will become the primary tool with which we manage our lives. Access to that data—much of which lives behind walled gardens, or profitable arbitrage—is fast becoming a moral issue. In this session, Alistair Croll looks at the promises and perils of big data as it finds its way into our lives, and makes far too many unreasonable predictions along the way. Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Kyle Simpson (Getify)
Open source your job search and career. Open source finding and hiring candidates. Open source the talent pool. Read more.
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Kirsten Hunter (Akamai)
Many conference attendees come year after year without giving presentations. The sense that there's a high bar for perfection is pervasive, and people are afraid of being "wrong." Everyone has a story to tell about a problem they've solved or issues they've tackled. Learn how to share your experiences without fear, and join the speaker community! Read more.
10:00am–10:40am Friday, 07/24/2015
Patrick McFadin (Datastax)
You love using open source software. It's done right by you and now you want to contribute back. You get your patch all ready and... the boss says No! Don't feel alone. Enterprises everywhere are trying to figure this out. I'll walk you through the risks to business that actually exist and how you can help manage them. Maybe armed with this information your boss will say... Yes! Read more.
11:10am–11:50am Friday, 07/24/2015
Donna Benjamin (Red Hat Open Innovation Labs), Gina Likins (Red Hat)
Conflict can be constructive. Testing ideas by challenging them with alternatives is a useful process. But it can be uncomfortable and confronting for many people. Let's discuss how we can build a culture of respect to embrace the positive aspects of conflict and work together better. Read more.