Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Keynote Speakers

Hear inspiring and illuminating presentations from experts and executives at OSCON.

 
Tiffani Bell

Tiffani Bell
Founder and Executive Director, The Human Utility

Tiffani Ashley Bell is the founder and executive director of The Human Utility, a platform bringing people together from around the world to help people in Detroit and Baltimore with their water bills. Since its founding in July 2014, the... Read More.

9:05am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
We live in an era where technology impacts more and more of our lives in deeper and deeper ways everyday. But, do we consider who is impacted and how? Are we thinking of how technology can help the less fortunate? This talk covers three lessons learned by a hacker who asked herself these questions and believes in better living through software. Full Details
VM Brasseur

VM Brasseur
Director, Open Source Strategy, Juniper Networks

VM (Vicky) Brasseur is the director of open source strategy at Juniper, where she leverages her nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and strong business background to help Juniper be successful through free and open source... Read More.

9:20am Thursday, July 18, 2019
You'll see a lot of companies on the OSCON 2019 keynote stage, each sharing how much they love free and open source software. You may even (sarcastically) think, "Gosh am I ever glad I got to hear from all of these Brands™!" VM Brasseur explains why this perspective isn't very helpful for the companies trying to do open source correctly. They need us—our knowledge, experience, and compassion. Full Details
Megan Byrd-Sanicki

Megan Byrd-Sanicki
Google Open Source Strategist, Google

Megan Byrd-Sanicki is a Google open source strategist. With a decade of experience stewarding and advising open source projects and communities, Megan champions open source within Google and the industry at large. In her free time, Megan avoids the San... Read More.

9:45am Thursday, July 18, 2019
The world has enough rock stars; let’s get some more docs stars. Join Megan Byrd-Sanicki to learn why docs is the superpower your project needs to grow adoption—and how Google supports open source with insights and programs that will help your project. Full Details
Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft
Vice President, Cloud Architecture Strategy, Amazon Web Services

Adrian Cockcroft is vice president of cloud architecture strategy at Amazon Web Services, where he focuses on the needs of cloud native and all-in customers and leads the AWS open source community development program. Adrian has had a long... Read More.

9:05am Thursday, July 18, 2019
Businesses that are based on open source technology are leveraging communities to get ahead of their competition. Adrian Cockcroft explores how the most successful open source-based businesses have turned the end user developer community and their partner ecosystem into a force multiplier for their own marketing and engineering teams. Full Details
Pedro Cruz

Pedro Cruz
Developer Advocate for Spacial Computing, IBM

Pedro Cruz is a developer advocate at IBM, a creative technologist, and an educator. He’s a self-taught developer with a passion for creating educational virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) apps, designing pixel-perfect UIs, and working on AI for Good.... Read More.

9:50am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Many IBM products and offerings have a solid foundation of open source—take a peek under the hood of IBM’s cloud platform and services and see for yourself. Pedro Cruz and Brad Topol outline the intersection between open source and natural disasters by sharing one of IBM's 2018 solutions. Learn how to get involved at Developer.ibm.com/callforcode. Full Details
Arun Gupta

Arun Gupta
Principal Open Source Technologist, Amazon Web Services

Arun Gupta is a principal open source technologist at Amazon Web Services. Previously, Arun built and led developer communities at Sun, Oracle, Red Hat, and Couchbase. He has deep expertise leading cross-functional teams to develop and execute strategy and in... Read More.

10:00am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Arun Gupta walks you through how AWS starts with customers and works backwards to solve their problems. Customer use of and dependencies on open source technologies have been steadily increasing over the years; this is why AWS has long been committed to open source, and its commitment to open source projects and communities continues to accelerate. Full Details
Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower
Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform, Google

Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his career in tech but most 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... Read More.

8:45am Thursday, July 18, 2019
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis and Kelsey Hightower open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis and Kelsey Hightower open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
Adam Jacob

Adam Jacob
Previous CTO, Chef

Adam Jacob has been a systems administrator for 25 years. He helped write Chef and Habitat, cofounded and is on the board of Chef Software, and is a passionate advocate for sustainable free and open source communities. He also... Read More.

8:50am Thursday, July 18, 2019
What is the emotional, intellectual, artistic heart of the free and open source software movement? As open source reigns ascendent as the dominant development paradigm in the world, we've lost touch with what makes it great. Adam Jacob draws on 13 years spent building the Chef community to explore what makes open source special. Full Details
Roger Magoulas

Roger Magoulas
Vice President, O'Reilly Radar, O'Reilly Media

Roger Magoulas is the vice president of O’Reilly Radar. Previously, Roger was the research director at O’Reilly, where he and his team built the company’s analysis infrastructure and provided analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers... Read More.

9:35am Thursday, July 18, 2019
Using aggregate analysis of O’Reilly online learning content usage and search data, Roger Magoulas shares key insights and trends that impact the technology tools ecosystem—trends you can use to help make decisions affecting your next project, your organization’s strategic direction, and your own career. Full Details
Alison McCauley

Alison McCauley
CEO, Unblocked Future

Alison McCauley is the CEO and founder of Unblocked Future, a consultancy that helps companies communicate their leadership at the forefront of emerging tech. She’s a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about the impact of emerging technology on... Read More.

10:05am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
In a world of increasingly complex challenges, the accelerated innovation of open source development is more urgent than ever. But nobody knows if it's enough. Join Alison McCauley to learn how blockchain technology offers new tools that could help extend the ethos of open innovation into new areas. Full Details

Paris Pittman
Developer Relations Program Manager, Google

Paris works in the Open Source Programs Office at Google. She is a co-chair of the Kubernetes Special Interest Group for Contributor Experience, maintains several contributor programs, and is on the organizing team for Bay Area Kubernetes. (PS – She... Read More.

9:40am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Your open source project is up and running - now what? Paris Pittman will walk through some of the practical, tactical work you can do to ensure your community doesn't just grow, but thrive. Through examples from multiple Google-supported open source communities, you'll learn how to create "gardeners" that do the hard but essential work that builds and sustains healthy communities. Full Details
Rachel Roumeliotis

Rachel Roumeliotis
Strategic Content Director, O'Reilly

Rachel Roumeliotis is a strategic content director at O’Reilly, where she 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. Rachel is a... Read More.

8:45am Thursday, July 18, 2019
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis and Kelsey Hightower open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis and Kelsey Hightower open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
Pete Skomoroch

Pete Skomoroch
Head of Data Products, Workday

Pete Skomoroch is the former head of data products at Workday and LinkedIn. He’s a senior executive with extensive experience building and running teams that develop products powered by data and machine learning. Previously, he was cofounder and CEO... Read More.

9:50am Thursday, July 18, 2019
Machine learning (ML) drove massive growth at consumer internet companies over the last decade, enabled by open software, datasets, and AI research. For many problems, ML will produce better, faster, and more repeatable decisions at scale. Unfortunately, building and maintaining these systems is difficult and expensive. Pete Skomoroch explores what you need to produce better ML results. Full Details
Brad Topol

Brad Topol
IBM Distinguished Engineer , IBM

Brad Topol is an IBM distinguished engineer, leading efforts focused on open technologies and developer advocacy. Brad is a Kubernetes contributor, serves as a member of the Kubernetes Conformance Workgroup, and is a Kubernetes documentation maintainer. Previously, he was... Read More.

9:50am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Many IBM products and offerings have a solid foundation of open source—take a peek under the hood of IBM’s cloud platform and services and see for yourself. Pedro Cruz and Brad Topol outline the intersection between open source and natural disasters by sharing one of IBM's 2018 solutions. Learn how to get involved at Developer.ibm.com/callforcode. Full Details
Kay Williams

Kay Williams
Principal Program Manager, Azure Office, Microsoft

Kay Williams is a principal program manager in the Azure Office of the CTO at Microsoft, where she works with teams across the company to connect, design, and deliver innovative solutions through open source communities. Previously, she spent many... Read More.

9:30am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Open source has become a cornerstone of many tech stacks. A good idea and few lines of code can be the start of the next big project, but many lose steam because they fail to foster a thriving community to shepherd the project in the years to come. Kay Williams explores key learnings for building strong open source communities based on Microsoft’s real-world experience with Kubernetes and VSCode. Full Details