Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Convince your manager

You're eager to attend OSCON, and why not? You know it has the potential to help you work smarter, support your business objectives, and advance your career goals. But does your manager? Below are some resources that can help you get approval to attend.

Before the convention: Build support for your attendance

During the convention: Track your participation

The convention website and O’Reilly Events app have useful features to help keep track of your participation. Use the Personal Schedule feature to track the sessions you attend (you must be registered to access the Personal Schedule).

A few weeks before the convention, you'll receive a notification when the Attendee Directory becomes available. Start to note and contact the people you're interested in meeting.

During the convention, post about the sessions you attend on your social media channels. You’ll gain new followers, grow your network, and your colleagues will see what you're learning. The official Twitter convention hashtag is #OSCON.

After the convention: Create a report and share what you learned

Use your personal schedule information, your social media posts, and the convention Trip Report Template to create a report detailing what you learned. Supplement your own materials with speaker slides and keynote videos, posted during and after the convention. Search for news articles, blog posts, and #OSCON tweets for additional reference materials to include.

The Platinum and Gold passes also come with a video compilation of all recorded presentations, so you can watch them with colleagues who were unable to attend.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend OSCON

  • Immerse yourself in the open source community.
    Connect with the most original minds and language creators in the community. Dive into OSCON’s famous "Hallway Track," where open source pioneers, developers, hackers, and business leaders across a wide range of industries and organizations share ideas and brainstorm new approaches to old problems.
  • Save time and avoid pitfalls in your projects.
    Dissect detailed data case studies from companies like GitHub, Pivotal, and many more. Learn what worked (and what didn’t) for people who faced the same challenges you face. And shave hours of tedious trial-and-error from your most complex projects.
  • Solidify your job skills.
    Learn new techniques, time-saving tips, and technologies. Come away from OSCON with plenty of ideas you can use immediately to streamline your work and ensure success.
  • Get solutions to your biggest challenges that you can apply today.
    Make a list of your biggest headaches and compare it to the agenda. Odds are, the solutions await you. From infrastructure to security, architecture to leadership skills, it's all covered at OSCON.
  • Map out your future.
    Be among the first to know about the latest research, best practices, emerging technologies, and new approaches. Hear from open source’s brightest minds where the community is going—and how to get there from here.

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