OSCON Birds of a Feather Sessions

See Scheduled Bofs

What is a BoF?

Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BoFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BoFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic.

BoFs at OSCON will happen at the following times:

Evening BoFs

  • Monday, July 25
  • Wednesday, July 27
  • Thursday, July 28

How do I lead a BoF?

Sign up online in advance or check the BoF schedule board onsite at the Oregon Convention Center and sign up in any open slot. If you sign up online in advance, you will receive an email confirming the time of your BoF as soon as it is approved.

Moderating a Birds of a Feather talk is open to attendees and speakers at the event. You must be registered to conduct a BoF. The moderator is not a speaker in the main program.

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BoF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may request services from Good Company Communications by completing the Audio Visual Order form (PDF) and sending the form to Good Company Communications.

How do I participate in a BoF?

If you would like to join the discussion in one of the BoFs, there is no need to formally sign up. You can check the list of prescheduled BoFs online (when the event gets closer), or check the BoF schedule board onsite at the Oregon Convention Center for topics and locations.

Submit a proposal

Scheduled Birds of a Feather Sessions

Location: A103/104
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Dave Stokes
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
MySQL users! Come talk about the latest software, bring your complaints, and get some free goodies. The MySQL Team wants to meet with you and get your input for the future of MySQL. Read more.
Location: A105
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Brendan Gregg, Dave Pacheco
This DTrace Community BoF will provide an open discussion opportunity for developers and users of DTrace on all platforms (including Illumos, Solaris, MacOS, BSD, and Linux) to talk all things DTrace. Come discuss new ideas for DTrace, share DTrace war stories, hear what other people are working on, and meet community leaders like Brendan Gregg, co-author of the new DTrace book. Bring questions! Read more.
Location: A106
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Dave Nielsen
PaaS is hot. Open PaaS is hotter. This CloudCamp will be dedicated to Open Platforms in the Cloud. From PaaS to NoSQL to Message Queues, we will explore the latest open technologies to help your site scale to meet the elastic demand that is inherent in web-based apps. Read more.
Location: C124
Moderated by: Justin Early
Writing code for EcmaScript 5, NodeJS, JQuery, Dojo? Come see a demonstration on how VJET JavaScript IDE helps you code faster, discover problems earlier, search the code base, run and debug all within Eclipse VJET JavaScript IDE. Read more.
Location: C123
Moderated by: Jeffrey Osier-Mixon
The Yocto Project™, shepherded by the Linux Foundation, is an open source collaboration project that provides templates, tools and methods to help you create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products regardless of the hardware architecture. This BoF is a place for people to learn about the Yocto Project and discuss embedded Linux tools solutions. Read more.
Location: C121/122
Moderated by: John Mark Walker
GlusterFS is an open source scale-out NAS solution. The software is a powerful and flexible solution that simplifies the task of managing unstructured file data whether you have a few terabytes of storage or multiple petabytes. In this BoF, we'll discuss the GlusterFS architecture, roadmap and share recipes for deploying at scale. Read more.
Location: A107/108
Moderated by: Mike Amundsen
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
HTTP continues to be the dominant application-level protocol for the Web today; How long will that last? As the browser becomes more powerful and Mobile device use continues to grow, is REST the right way to build Web apps today? Attendees are invited to join in a lively discussion regarding the current state and future of HTTP and the REST style Read more.
Location: C125/126
Moderated by: Linda Halligan
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and Free Software, and for women and men who want to support women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers. Read more.
Location: A105
Moderated by: Jason Goldwater
This session is to discuss the future of open source development in area of health information technology. Specifically, we are looking to idenitfy way in which the open source framework can help with accessiblity, ease of use, and the creation of a community that can continually develop and support health technologies in the future. Read more.
Location: D135
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Brian Aker
BoF for those wanting to discuss the Drizzle Database Server, where it fits it, what it can do, it’s current status etc. There will be many people of the Drizzle community present, so it’s an excellent time to chat! Read more.
Location: D136
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Diane Mueller
Come discuss about building and deploying Python & Perl application on ActiveState's cloud platform - Stackato; Diane Mueller (ActiveState) will give a brief overview, discuss lessons learned & best practices along with some of the challenges faced building on the Cloud Foundry Open Source project. Connect with other Stackato community members,discuss pros & cons, give feedback Read more.
Location: D137
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Sam Thompson
Several phpBB team members and I will be giving mini-talks on what it takes to run an online community and how to make it successful. We will be opening the floor for a meet-and-greet style Q&A for the last half of the session. Read more.
Location: D138
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Sastry Malladi
Turmeric is a new comprehensive open source SOA platform, originally developed internally by eBay and open sourced for general community usage. This session is intended to introduce Turmeric, what's so special about it, and engage in a discussion on how you can benefit and contribute. Read more.
Location: E145/146
Moderated by: Dan DeBrito
Share/exchange/learn customization of the vim text editor. Read more.
Location: E143
Moderated by: Sheeri Cabral
Working on open source is a virtual craft....do you also have a physical craft? Whether you knit, spin, crochet, weave, build robots, sculpt clay, paint with watercolors, scrapbook, do beadwork, arrange flowers, bedazzle clothing or have some other craft, join us and spend an hour working on your craft in a crafty environment. Read more.
Location: E142
Moderated by: Jeff Osier-Mixon
2nd Annual embedded Linux BoF covering news, tools, and techniques related to embedded Linux, particularly BitBake, OpenEmbedded, and the Yocto Project. Read more.
Location: D139/140
Moderated by: Curtis Lee Fulton
Client-siders: learn how to reuse your company's existing Java code base by using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) Java-to-JavaScript cross-compiler and special “shaded” versions of Maven artifacts. Read more.
Location: E141
Moderated by: Arvind Jayaprakash
How do you collect, aggregate and disaggregate business/product metrics as and when it happens at scale? Do just rely on hbase/cassandra counters? Or perhaps a CEP based solution? Maybe just mysql works for you? Read more.
Location: D135
Moderated by: Reid Carlberg
The Force.com platform from salesforce.com helps enterprises around the world rapidly develop, deploy, and scale applications. We'll do a quick review of the platform and then take a tour through some of the most popular Open Source apps available as part of salesforce.com's leading PaaS offering. Read more.
Location: D135
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Brain Aker
Many people view topics like Map/Reduce and queue systems as advanced concepts that require in-depth knowledge and time consuming software setup. Gearman is changing all that by making this barrier to entry as low as possible with an open source, distributed job queuing system. Read more.
Location: D136
Tags: bof
Moderated by: Clint Byrum
With the cloud's ability to rapidly provision and unprovision servers, new ideas for scaling and availability are forming around something called service orchestration, that builds on top of the ideas of config management and "Infrastructure as Code". Read more.
Location: D138
Moderated by: Jeremy Brinkley
Open source solutions (like Nagios) for monitoring system and service availability and performance present unique challenges when scaling up to large and/or distributed installation. What tools are needed or desirable for dealing with large numbers of monitored nodes in different management scenarios? Read more.
Location: D137
Moderated by: Nathan Bergey
Open source, it's not just for computers anymore. From plans to build your own cheap scanning tunneling microscope, to sites that crowdsource astronomical discoveries, and open source/open hardware rockets, science is opening up. Come talk about interesting projects and the unique challenges of open science. Read more.
Location: E141
Moderated by: Sebastian Dziallas and Mel Chua
This BoF, run by members of the http://teachingopensource.org community and open to all, hosts discussion on two separate but interrelated topics: 1. Education about FOSS - turning students into FOSS contributors 2. Using FOSS in Education - tools, techniques, and stories. Anyone interested in open source and education, at any level, discipline, and role, is welcome to participate. Read more.
Location: E142
Moderated by: Dhiraj Bokde
A brief discussion of ActiveMQ features for clustering and high availability and an opportunity to discuss how other users are using these features. Read more.
Location: E143/144
Moderated by: Jeremie Miller
Come hang out w/ a bunch of the folks from the Locker Project and hack on getting your locker running, build new connectors, create apps atop your personal data, talk about the future where lockers connect peer-to-peer! Read more.