Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

OSCON in 2018

Who Should Attend | Experience OSCON | What People Are Saying | Program Chairs | Program Committee

OSCON is back in Portland, bringing the complete coverage of open source technology and projects, no matter the origin or affiliation. Rather than focus on a single language or aspect, our program solely focuses on projects in areas of innovation including AI, infrastructure, blockchain, edge computing, architecture, and emerging languages.

This year we introduce a new type of learning experience in the form of live coding sessions (no slides allowed!) from the likes of Joel Grus, Josh Long, and Eve Porcello on how to build a deep learning library, reactive spring, and GraphQL. See these speakers solve problems and overcome demo issues to show you exactly how to get to the best possible outcome. Good programming isn't magic!

Also new this year—the OSCON Business Summit designed specifically for executives, business leaders, and strategists. The high-level case studies presented will feature the most promising and successful developments in open source for the enterprise. You'll get an insider's look at the open source implementations that will have the most profound impact on your business.

OSCON: Ground Zero for the evolution of Open Source

For 20 years, OSCON has been the focal point of the open source movement. The inception of OSCON came from an event focused on Perl and grew to cover the other scripting languages. It has since evolved into the destination for all things free and open. The event has also provided a platform for the launch of major initiatives such as Kubernetes 1.0 and OpenStack—both announced at OSCON.

Today, OSCON continues to be the catalyst for innovation, bringing together large corporations and grass-roots communities to share insights and foster change. Open source helps technology to thrive, and in its 20th year, OSCON continues on with the tradition of bringing you the latest technological advances and a path to successfully implement open source in your workflow.

Who Should Attend

OSCON welcomes anyone who's passionate about open source:

  • Software developers and programmers
  • Software architects
  • Systems engineers
  • CxOs and technical leads
  • Designers
  • DevOps practitioners
  • Hackers and geeks
  • Analysts
  • IT Managers
  • Enterprise developers and managers
  • Entrepreneurs and business development professionals
  • Community leaders and managers
  • Activists
  • Trainers and educators
  • Vendors and suppliers in the open source ecosystem

O'Reilly is committed to promoting diversity and to creating a safe and productive environment for everyone at OSCON, and at all of our events.

Experience OSCON

OSCON will educate, provoke, and inspire, with:

  • Over a hundred sessions covering the full range of open source languages and platforms
  • Practical tutorials that go deep into technical skills, new features and applications, and best practices
  • Inspirational (and relevant) keynote presentations
  • Thousands of open source developers, hackers, experts, vendors, and users of all levels—many of whom share your interests
  • An Expo Hall packed with an impressive array of open source projects and products
  • A vibrant "hallway track" where attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors debate and discuss important issues
  • Fun evening events and receptions, Birds of a Feather sessions, awards ceremonies, late night parties, OSCON activities around town, and plenty of networking opportunities for everyone

What People Are Saying

The part of OSCON that left the greatest impression on me was the impact of Open Source contributions. Once considered a plaything, open source contributions now impact the industry on a massive scale, and many of the technologies we have would not exist without it.”
—Kimberly Stanley, MSIM, Software Engineer, CDK Global
OSCON was a great opportunity for me to explore and learn from other companies and industries that open source is a true viable alternative to some of the paid models and that collaborating on software still works till this day. Plus the presenters made me laugh!”
—John Calderon, Virgin America/Alaska Airlines
I highly recommend this conference to anyone who is looking to change their technology footprint. It is an excellent place to understand new technologies and to meet people who have been through a similar change to gain insight into their journey.”
—Julian Birkett, Principal Architect, CDK Global
One of the most useful points to me was understanding the current trends in the IT world and also how major players solve subtle problems which I cope with in my daily work as well. This was my first experience with an Open Source related conference, and honestly I didn't consider it useful before. But OSCON has really changed my mind and I'm going to propose the ideas I've learned to my company. Huge thanks for that!”—Anton Fenske. Klarna AB, Stockholm
For everyone in the data-related business (nowadays that's everyone!) this is the go-to event. You get the perfect overview as a beginner and excellent in-depth information from the specialists when you've become an expert yourself. This is the compass to follow!”
—Alexander Czernay, Director Business Intelligence, Razorfish

Program Chairs

Rachel Roumeliotis

Rachel Roumeliotis

Rachel Roumeliotis, Vice President of Content Strategy at O’Reilly Media, Inc., 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 of 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.

Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman

Scott is a web developer who has been blogging at hanselman.com for over a decade. He works on Azure and ASP.NET for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland. Scott has three podcasts, hanselminutes.com for tech talk, thisdeveloperslife.com on developers' lives and loves, and ratchetandthegeek.com for pop culture and tech media. He's written a number of books and spoken in person to almost a half million developers worldwide.

Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his career in tech, and enjoys leadership roles focused on making things happen and shipping software. Kelsey is a strong open source advocate focused on building simple tools that make people smile. When he is not slinging Go code, you can catch him giving technical workshops covering everything from programming and system administration, to his favorite Linux distro of the month (CoreOS).


Program Committee

  • Jon Bolt (NSA)
  • Lorinda Brandon (Capital One)
  • Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions)
  • Danese Cooper (PayPal)
  • Lindsey Dragun (Weight Watchers)
  • Ted Dunning (MapR Technologies)
  • J. David Eisenberg (Evergreen Valley College)
  • Rikki Endsley (RedHat)
  • Arun Gupta (Amazon)
  • Ben Halpern (The Practical Dev)
  • Leslie Hawthorn (Red Hat)
  • Joe Henderson (Undisclosed Financial Institution)
  • Kathy Lee Bonneville (Power Administration)
  • Justin Martenstein (Context Relevant)
  • Nate McCall (Apache Cassandra)
  • Alex Moundalexis (Cloudera)
  • Quinn Murphy (GitHub)
  • Irakli Nadareishvili (Capital One)
  • Martin Omander (Google)
  • Simon Phipps (Public Software CIC)
  • Elson Rodriquez (Intel)
  • Kishau Rogers (Websmith Group)
  • Nithya Ruff (Comcast)
  • Craig L. Russell (Oracle Corporation)
  • Peter Scott (Pacific Systems Design Technologies)
  • Anjuan Simmons (Assemble Systems)
  • Robert Spier (Google)
  • James Turnbull (Empatico)
  • Kirby Urner (4D Solutions)

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