• 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.

Media Partner Opportunities

Download the Media & Promotional Partner Brochure (PDF) for more information on trade opportunities with O'Reilly conferences, or contact mediapartners@oreilly.com.

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com.

OSCON Newsletter

To stay abreast of conference news and to receive email notification when registration opens, please sign up for the OSCON newsletter (login required).

Contact Us

View a complete list of OSCON 2008 Contacts

Form an Orderly Queue, Ladies

Location: D139/140 Level: Novice
Presentation: external link
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

You may have noticed that women are the unicorns of the open source world. Statistics and studies have been compiled on our presence (and our absence) within the community. In this presentation Emma Hogbin will lead you through the current landscape for women in open source. On our journey we will examine the usefulness and pitfalls of what we have created to protect and encourage women—specific attention will be given to the tools, communities, and documents that have been developed over time.

Drawing on personal experience, Hogbin will present you with real solutions that have worked in her community. Explore absolutely new ways of thinking about the gender gap and learn how to take the next step towards really increasing the number of women in open source computing.

Photo of Emma Jane Westby

Emma Jane Westby


Emma Jane Hogbin is a Canadian Internet consultant, F/LOSS advocate and the conference chair of HICK Tech: The Rural and Modern Technology Conference. After spending ten years in Canada’s largest city working as a college professor and open source Web developer, Emma brought her urban Web 2.0 experiences back to the country. She has been learning about the real impact of community on technology ever since. Emma is a member of Ubuntu Women and contributes to the Ubuntu documentation project.

OSCON 2008