OSCON Town Hall

Location: D133
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)

OSCON belongs to its attendees, and we want to hear what you think of this year’s show. Join the organizers to talk about what you loved and hated about OSCON, and what you’d like to see next year.

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Edd Wilder-James


Edd Wilder-James is a strategist at Google, where he is helping build a strong and vital open source community around TensorFlow. A technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California, Edd previously helped transform businesses with data as vice president of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference and chaired the Open Source Software Conference for six years. He was also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing online intellectual property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME and created the DOAP vocabulary for describing software projects. Edd has written four books, including Learning Rails (O’Reilly).

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Sarah Novotny


Sarah Novotny is an open source community manager at Google. Sarah’s recent technological focuses include open source, cloud and utility computing, infrastructure automation, and data (big and small; relational and nonrelational). Her calling lies in sharing her excitement about technology and coalescing a group around a consistent vision. She loves meeting people and rapidly assessing what information she needs to impart in order to draw them into the vision or story that she has to share. Sarah enjoys bridging the gap between the business world and the tech world. Her background includes leading operational IT and development teams and external-facing work in biz dev, sales engineering, customer support, and, of course, public speaking.

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Jason Phillips
08/16/2011 10:20am PDT

This was originally scheduled as a keynote type event. This would have been better to accommodate more people and show the importance of getting attendee feedback. Otherwise though the smaller room meeting worked out well.

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Suzanne Axtell
07/29/2011 6:41am PDT

Thanks for pointing out the lack of rating capability, Michael, we’ve fixed that. Thanks too for your feedback and suggestions, we appreciate it! Please let us know (tweet, survey, email, more comments here) if you have additional thoughts.

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Michael Downey
07/29/2011 5:25am PDT

Hmm, ironically I can’t rate this session but thanks for having it. It seems that the leadership is going to actively work on the feedback shared by participants next year.

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John Fitzpatrick
07/29/2011 4:47am PDT

As a repeat attendee, oscon is a year-round event. From planning for the next to sharing from the last, oscon lives for twelve months. How can we build the long-term oscon community?