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Convince Your Manager

You want to come to OSCON, and why wouldn't you? OSCON is the annual event covering all things open source. It's not about one language, one set of tools, or one philosophy. At OSCON, you deal with all the pieces of the open source stack, exactly as you do in your work.

Plus, you know that what you learn at OSCON will be worth the investment of your time away from the office, many times over. If you're worth your salary now, you'll be even more valuable after OSCON.

But convincing your boss to send you can be a hassle. You've got to send emails and have "the discussion" about why you should go. It almost makes you want to say, "My boss would never send me anyway" and be done with it. And then another year goes by, and no OSCON.

So here are three steps to make it easy:

1) Prepare in advance

  • Start with the Request to Attend Email (open and customize it).
  • Review the Top 5 Reasons to Attend OSCON in 2014 so you're ready for a face-to-face discussion.
  • Start the approval process early to get the best possible price; review the list of discounts to see if you qualify (managers think highly of this). Our TEAM discount is the most popular, saving your company 20 to 30 percent depending on the number of people you send.

2) Be ready to demonstrate the value

  • With the OSCON app (or on the website) you can note the sessions you plan to attend using the Personal Schedule (accessible once you've registered). After OSCON, we'll send you a recap of the sessions you attended, which makes compiling your Trip Report much easier.
  • A few weeks before OSCON, the Attendee Directory becomes available. Use it to note and contact people you're interested in meeting.
  • Posting about your sessions on social media is a great way to record your personal OSCON experience. It also let colleagues see what you're learning. Review your posts after the conference for a recap. The official Twitter hashtag is #OSCON.

3) Post-OSCON: Share what you learned

  • Use your Personal Schedule, social media information, and the OSCON Trip Report Template to create a report detailing what you gained from the conference. Supplement it with links to speaker slides and keynote videos posted during and after the event.
  • The 5-day All Access Pass is the best value for OSCON and comes with a Complete Video Compilation of all recorded tutorials, keynotes, and sessions, so you can catch up on any presentations you missed and share with co-workers who were unable to attend.

Top Five Reasons to Attend OSCON 2014

  1. Get straight to the epicenter of all things open source and get better at what you do. OSCON is not one language or set of tools, but the entire open source ecosystem—the full stack—so you can explore, experience, and learn how all the pieces go together, just as you do in your work. Your time at OSCON will absolutely make you better at what you do. You'll take away skills and knowledge that you can apply immediately to your work.
  2. Learn from the best and make valuable connections. At OSCON, you'll hear from the best and most original minds in your field, including creators of the tools and languages you're using. The people you meet at OSCON may turn to out to be the most valuable connections in your career.
  3. Get solutions to your biggest challenges that you can apply today. Make a list of your biggest headaches and compare it to the OSCON program. Odds are, the solutions await you. From security to mobile devices and the cloud, and the ongoing challenges of growing open source communities, it's all covered at OSCON.
  4. See the latest developments, products, services, and career trends. At OSCON, you'll see first-hand how others—from start-ups to innovators to some of the world's most successful companies—are using open source technologies to achieve their goals. You'll identify the products and technologies that matter most to your work, and learn how other organizations structure their work, build teams, and plan for the future.
  5. Hear it first at OSCON. From the beginning, the open source revolution has shaped the way the world uses software. And some of the biggest innovations in the open source ecosystem have been announced at OSCON—so when you're there, keep your eyes and ears open. You'll see new ideas and directions emerge, and you'll be present when the latest research, best practices, technologies, and analytic approaches are unveiled.

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