• Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • BT
  • IBM
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zimbra
  • Atlassian Software Systems
  • Disney
  • EnterpriseDB
  • Etelos
  • Ingres
  • JasperSoft
  • Kablink
  • Linagora
  • MindTouch
  • Mozilla Corporation
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • OpSource
  • RightScale
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Tenth Planet
  • Ticketmaster
  • Voiceroute
  • White Oak Technologies, Inc.
  • XAware
  • ZDNet

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com.

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Now in its tenth year, OSCON returns to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon July 21-25, 2008, bringing together over 2500 experts, visionaries, and hackers in the trenches to explore all that open source has to offer. 2008 promises interesting developments in Linux, Java, Web, and open source infrastructure. OSCON will have tracks for Linux, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, Mobile, Databases, Desktop Applications, Web Applications, Administration, Security, People, Business, and Emerging Topics.

If the first ten years of OSCON were about opening the minds of big business to the philosophy of open source, are the next ten years about opening the minds of the open source community to the possibilities of its future? As the pace of technological innovation accelerates, OSCON provides a central place to gain exposure to and evaluate the new projects, tools, services, platforms, languages, software, and standards sweeping through the open source community. As open source becomes fully integrated into the corporate environment, OSCON helps to define, maintain, and extend the identity of what it means to be open source.

OSCON focuses on the substance of technology, not the shadow, filtering the information that most merits attention and preparing participants for curves and challenges in the coming year and beyond. OSCON is the place to be inspired and challenged, renew bonds to community, make new connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. OSCON has also become one of the most important places to make open source related announcements, and to unveil projects and products.

Open source is a fundamental principle at the core of many established and emerging technologies, driving the future of the computer industry. OSCON explores the open source technologies that are here to stay, what will broaden the foundation, and what will lead the way to unexpected places and innovations.

Experience OSCON 2008

OSCON has become a key meeting ground to see the jewels of open source on display. Through hundreds of sessions, tutorials, activities, and events, the tenth annual OSCON will bring you open source's best:

  • Hundreds of sessions encompassing 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 keynote presentations charting the evolution of open source and beyond
  • Quality time with over 2,500 fellow open source developers, hackers, experts, and users of all levels
  • An Expo Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools, projects, services, and products
  • A vibrant "hallway track" for attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors to debate and discuss important issues
  • The first ever Open Mobile Exchange at OSCON, a full day event of insightful conversations, demos, technical presentations, and panel discussions for everyone involved in building out the open source mobile space
  • OSCamp, an "unconference" open to all, where the program is created on the spot by the participants
  • Fun evening events and receptions, Birds of a Feather sessions, awards ceremonies, late night parties, OSCON activities around Portland, and plenty of networking opportunities to create new connections

Who Should Attend

OSCON welcomes everyone passionate about open source:

  • Developers and programmers
  • Sys admins
  • Hackers and geeks
  • Enterprise developers and managers
  • IT managers and CxOs
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Activists
  • Designers
  • Trainers and educators

Past OSCONs have brought together representatives from companies and organizations like:
ACS Inc., Adobe Systems, ADP, Alfresco, Amazon, Boeing, Christian Science Monitor, Cingular Wireless, City of Portland, craigslist, CSCI, Dell, Duke University, Federal Reserve Board, General Electric, Jobster, Kansas State University, Knova Software, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Lexis Nexis, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Los Alamos National Lab, Lund University Libraries, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Motosport, Mozilla, MySQL AB, Napster, Novell, Omni Hotels, Otsuka USA, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, PalmSource, Pentaho, Plaxo, Red Bean Software, Ruby Central Samsung, EW Scripps Company, U.S. Probation Office and Pretrial Services, University of Alaska, Verizon, WhitePages.com Inc., Xerox, and Zimbra

Past OSCON Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Media Partners have included:
ACM Queue, ActiveState, Advanced Micro Devices, Autodesk, Inc., Conference Guru, Covalent Technologies, Dell Inc., DevtownStation.com, Dr. Dobb's Journal, Enterprise Open Source Journal, Google, Greenplum, Griffin Technology, HP, Hyperic, IBM, Intel Corporation, IPTV Industry, Laszlo Systems Linux Journal, LinuxQuestions.org, Linux Pro Magazine, MacMinute.com, Methods & Tools, MindTouch, mixi.jp, Oracle, Port 25, Powell's Books, Roundabout Five, SDForum, Shopzilla, Six Apart Ltd., Solid, Sun Microsystems, Sys Admin, Technology Review, Inc., TechTracker, The 451 Group, The Open Technology Business Center (OTBC), The Women's Technology Cluster, Ticketmaster, Timbuk2 Designs Inc., VoIP-News.com, WiMAX Industry, Yahoo! Inc., and Zend Technologies, Inc.

OSCON Endorsements

"OSCON [2008] was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some." —Serdar Yegulalp, InformationWeek

"OSCON is a great opportunity for us to really get our geek on and meet with some of the industry's sharpest people. Love the 'Birds of a Feather' sessions. We had a great time at what we consider the best conference we get to attend." — Nick Thuesen, Senior Software Engineer, The New York Times

"I've recently been appointed to the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association (postgresql.us); I could never have gotten this without the connections I've made at OSCON over the years." — Michael Alan Brewer, University of Georgia

"...the annual Woodstock (or perhaps Coachella) of the open source crowd." —Zack Urlocker, Infoworld

"O'Reilly conferences are ground zero for the open source alpha geek tribe." — Jon Udell, Infoworld

"An amazing geek-a-thon...No better place on this earth to find out how to use all the cool new open source projects, and to see what's coming next." —Matt Asay, Infoworld

Hear what attendees and exhibitors had to say about their experiences at a past OSCON.

Program Committee

Aahz, PageDNA
Chris Adamson, O'Reilly
Kevin Altis, PythonCard
David Ascher, Mozilla
Anthony Baxter, Google and Python Software Foundation
Josh Berkus, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Michael Bernstein
Avi Bryant, Dabble DB
Chad Fowler, Ruby Central
Ask Bjørn Hansen, Develooper LLC
Amy Hoy, Hyphenated People
Arjen Lentz, Lentz Internet Services
Geir Magnusson, Joost
A. Elein Mustain, Pandora Media, Varlena, LLC
Anna Ravenscroft, Student, Stanford University
Kathy Robertson
Alex Russell, Dojo Toolkit
Craig Russell, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
George Schlossnagle, Message Systems
David Stanek
Simon St. Laurent, O'Reilly
Robert Spier, Google
Laura Thomson, OmniTI
Glenn Vanderburg
Jeff Waugh, GNOME/Waugh Partners
Simon Willison

Program Chairs

Allison Randal Allison Randal
is the architect of Parrot, on the board of directors of The Perl Foundation, and founder and president of Onyx Neon. She co-authored Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials, and has edited various O'Reilly books on dynamic languages including Perl Hacks and Programming PHP.

Edd Dumbill Edd Dumbill
has been messing around with computers for years. He's currently building Expectnation, a web-based conference management system. Edd has been part of various free software projects, including GNOME and Debian, and writes about open source and open standards. He's also chair of the European XTech web technology conference.

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