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

Ignite OSCON (sponsored by PayPal)

5:00pm6:30pm Monday, May 8, 2017
Location: Ballroom G
Average rating: ****.
(4.88, 8 ratings)


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If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? Would you pitch a project? Launch a website? Teach a hack? We’ll find out at our annual Ignite event at OSCON. Any topic is fair game as long as it’s interesting, from technology to culture to business to science fiction. Speakers are limited to 20 slides, which automatically advance after 15 seconds—that’s the fun of Ignite!

The call for proposals (CFP) is closed.


  • 5:25pm Welcome
    (Paul Fenwick)
  • PayPal goes to the movies
  • (Duane O’Brien)

  • Role model ladders: Concrete steps to attracting and retaining women in STEM careers
    (Nicole Bryan)
  • Attracting and retaining women in technology is critical for continued innovation in technology. Nicole outlines concrete steps based on creating role model ladders that will absolutely help any organization get and keep women in technology.

  • Document RESTful APIs effortlessly
    (Emily Gu)
  • A good API encourages developers to use it and share it with others. Each successful API usage leads to greater engagement and more contributions from developers. The bottom line is that if you want to share your APIs with your customers in a concise and consistent way for greater user experience, documentation is essential.

  • Speaking tips from dictators
    (Tim Nugent)
  • We all have our favorite speakers—people who captivate our imagination, take over our thoughts, and leave us thinking about the world in a new way. But even the best speakers are amateurs compared to the masters of capturing minds. Tim shares tips from the greatest public speakers of all time: dictators.

  • The first bite: A story about love and cupcakes
  • (Nada Ashraf)

  • Empathy is killing your community
    (Jason Yee)
  • Open source communities often promote empathy as a way to foster openness and inclusion. Unfortunately, the very nature of empathy causes it to work against these goals. Jason explains why our communities need less empathy and more compassion-driven processes.

  • Beyond the sum of their parts: The multiplicative effect of hiring with diversity in mind
    (Alice Albrecht)
  • While we collectively build the future, it’s more critical than ever that we leverage all facets of human intelligence, creativity, and experience. Alice walks through an example of how she has created a system and space to harness the multiplicative benefits of attracting, hiring, and retaining diverse talent.

  • “Sticky situation: The serious business of stickers in open source
    (Rikki Endsley)
  • Stickers are serious business in open source communities, so I polled readers and found out what community members like (and don’t like) in a sticker, their “rules” for collecting and displaying them, and best practices for designing, ordering, and sharing project and community stickers. Find out what sticks out when it comes to stickers.

  • Tech interviews stink
    (James Thompson)
  • Technical interviews stink. White boarding, take-home exercises, and questionnaires produce mixed results and won’t help you learn everything you need. The time has come to do something different. James explores helpful ways to conduct better technical interviews that will benefit you and your candidates.

  • Mommy MBA; or, Everything I know about business, I learned from being a mom
    (Kasey Byrne)
  • When asked, Kasey credits education, hard work, and luck for her success and mentions her children only if pressed. But it turns out that she’s learned a lot from being a mother. It’s a hard job, and like all hard jobs, the growth potential is huge. And it’s completely relevant to anyone in the working world. Who among us hasn’t seen a full-on toddler tantrum at the office?

  • Closing remarks
    (Paul Fenwick)