• 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

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Schedule: People sessions

Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Gavin Doughtie (Google), Andrew Hyde (TechStars)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 16 ratings)
Interested in doing your own startup company, or starting a new project within your existing company? This 3-hour tutorial walks you through a compact version of the Startup Weekend experience, which has seen multiple companies go from nothing to a running prototype in 54 hours. Read more.
Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Michael Schwern (eval Empire), Selena Deckelmann (PostgreSQL), Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Andy Lester (petdance.com), Kirrily Robert (Freebase.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.94, 17 ratings)
Whether we like it or not, no matter how much you immerse yourself into technology, you have to deal with other people. Geeks tend to be bad at people, and there are few resources to learn from. This tutorial gathers together lessons from some of the best geeks who have learned to deal with people to make yourself or your project run smoother and happier. Read more.
Location: D137 Level: Novice
Pia Waugh (Waugh Partners)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
All over the world women are discovering that they have special abilities, and that they are not alone. Come on a journey to hear about some of the amazing women in FOSS, their achievements, how you can get involved, and how to get more women involved both in FOSS and ICT. Waugh also draws from her experience talking to thousands of school girls about ICT careers. Read more.
Location: D133 Level: Novice
Jeff Waugh (Waugh Partners), Pia Waugh (Waugh Partners)
What have they put in the water Down Under? Australia punches far above its weight in the open source community, producing some of its most prolific and innovative developers from one of the largest pools of contributors per-capita... Find out why Aussies rock open source from the world's first nation-wide industry and community survey. Read more.
Location: Portland 252 Level: Intermediate
Ted Leung (The Walt Disney Company)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 5 ratings)
Interested in starting or participating in an open source project? Here are some ways to make sure that your project will fail or have an unhealthy community. Read more.
Location: Portland 252 Level: Novice
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.), Shane Warden (O'Reilly Media), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock), Karl Fogel (Open Tech Strategies, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
This panel of career open source geeks has ample experience in open source community disasters and failed projects, and how they happen. Join them for examples, stories, and Q&A around why projects fail and how you can identify bad trends before your project crashes. Read more.
Location: D135 Level: Novice
Jono Bacon (Canonical Ltd)
The Ubuntu community is where the spirit of Ubuntu comes to life. Learn how it all works, and how you can get involved. Read more.
Location: E146 Level: Novice
Audrey Eschright (Recompiler Media), Selena Deckelmann (PostgreSQL), Michael Dexter (The BSD Fund), Sulamita Garcia (Intel)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
The open source movement is global, but interesting and exciting things happen at the local scale too. In this panel, community organizers will talk about the social and technological tools they use to to gather, collaborate, and learn. Read more.
Location: Portland 256 Level: Novice
Alan Carter (Consultant)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 7 ratings)
Open source projects have much lower management and process overhead than commercial efforts. When commercial teams "gell" they can achieve huge productivity gains across the product lifecycle. Recent neuroscience shows that stress impairs cognition in ways that fit precisely with practical experience. By reducing stress and building self-confidence we can improve productivity. Read more.
Location: Portland 255 Level: Intermediate
Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock)
Average rating: ****.
(4.23, 13 ratings)
All software has users, though most developers have forgotten how to respect them, trust them, or "sell" their software to them in an exciting (but honest!) manner. This talk will focus on anecdotes and strategies for keeping software design uncomplicated, making software fast, and putting usability above programming convenience. Read more.
Location: D139/140 Level: Novice
Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia)
Average rating: ****.
(4.88, 16 ratings)
As technical professionals we excel at understanding protocols, standards, file-formats, and APIs. Whenever there is a doubt, one merely needs to read the fine manual or source code. Unfortunately the reference manual for humans was lost a long time ago, and the source code is poorly documented. We've been struggling with inter-human communication ever since. Read more.
Location: D135 Level: Novice
Andrew Harris (Teens on Linux.org)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
A talk given by Andrew "Tuna" Harris, the 15-year-old founder of TeensOnLinux.org, and Samuel Baldwin, a 15-year-old hacker from Boston. This is not a suggestion on creating yet another Ubuntu-based distribution, but rather an insight on marketing Ubuntu and FOSS in general to teens. Read more.
Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Elaine Wherry (meebo)
Average rating: ****.
(4.21, 19 ratings)
From our recruiter moving to Mexico, to hitting a candidate in the eye with a fingerblaster rocket, Meebo has encountered every imaginable hiring obstacle. From Meebo's hiring history, you will learn our best interview techniques, how we evaluate candidates, and how our engineering team developed a hiring process that allows us to maintain a high bar while still allowing time to write code. Read more.
Location: D139/140 Level: Novice
Emma Jane Westby (UN-OCHA)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
A slightly raucous but very fun look at female participation in open source computing. This presentation includes a subversive tour of the well-known articles and statistics about women in open source and finishes with tangible solutions that really do get more women engaged in technology. Read more.
Location: E145 Level: Novice
Bryan O'Sullivan (Serpentine Green Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
The Haskell programming language has grown rapidly in popularity over the last several years. In this tour, we'll introduce you to some of its most seductive aspects: expressiveness, elegance, and versatility. Just as vital is the community around the language: we'll show you the mix of people and ideas that make Haskell uniquely appealing. Read more.
Location: D139/140 Level: Novice
Sara Ford (Microsoft Corporation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Today’s developer ecosystem is fragmented based on business models, developer tools, and technologies. Imagine an ecosystem for all developers to collaborate, regardless of technology or platform. This talk outlines a roadmap towards this stronger open source ecosystem through infrastructure, project incubation and sponsorship, and support for open source as a collaborative development model. Read more.
Location: E146 Level: Novice
Zak Greant (LexPublica)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Hackers and makers, inventors and innovators, evangelists and activists, CXOs and entrepreneurs: each year thousands of us make our rounds on the FOSS conference circuit. Arriving through environment-punishing air travel, we descend into a banality of over-packaged shwag, glossy brochures, disposable cups, and hotel stays. We're a principled, smart and innovative lot—we can do so much better. Read more.
Location: Portland 251 Level: Intermediate
Brian Aker (MySQL), Rob Lanphier (Wikimedia Foundation), Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk), Theodore Ts'o (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Are software projects dominated by a single company still open source, or is an OSI-approved license good enough? Does a project need to be "organic" to be truly open source? What does "organic" even mean in this context? Panelists with a range of viewpoints will discuss these topics. Read more.
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