All Things Open conference preview

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The dates of October 23-24 have been circled on my calendar for a while. Why? Because All Things Open is coming to Raleigh, NC. It’s the first open source-focused conference of it’s kind to come to the capital of North Carolina. I’m also excited because having the conference come to Raleigh fulfills one of the five pillars in my definition of an open source city.

Having an open source conference like All Things Open come to Raleigh is a dream come true. I remember speaking at the SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) two years ago when the organizers from POSSCON were in my session. I had mentioned that Raleigh needed an open source conference. Fast forward to a few months ago, when I got a call from the organizers asking for recommendations on dates and locations to host an open source conference in Raleigh. Next thing I know, All Things Open is a legit conference with an amazing speaker line-up.

My schedule will be jam-packed during the conference. Of course, it's always great to meet everyone at the welcome reception which is being held on Tuesday evening, October 22 at Jimmy V's Osteria & Bar. 'Osteria' is the Italian word for a place serving wine and simple food (yes, I had to look that up).

When the conference begins Wednesday, attendees have some tough choices to make about which sessions to choose. However, there is really something for everyone. Here are the six tracks:

  • Developer (two tracks) — for developers, programmers, and designers
  • Operations (two tracks) — for engineers, scientists, system, and database administrators
  • Business — for CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, CIOs, and IT managers of all types
  • Emerging — for anyone wanting to learn more about what's next

The team, community moderators, and community members have been hard at work interviewing over 20 of the speakers coming to the All Things Open conference. We’ve conveniently assembled all of them in this eBook (ePub and ODT formats available).


The keynote speakers look amazing. Andy Hunt, The Pragmatic Programmer, who wrote Pragmatic Thinking and Learning, and Whurley, Co-Founder and General Manager at Chaotic Moon Labs, will kick things off. Then Lee Congdon, Red Hat CIO, will be speaking after our lunchtime Tweet-up (more on that below). I may have seen a draft of Congdon's keynote, and I think that everyone will enjoy the things he'll be sharing.

On the second day, Angela Byron and Jessica McKellar will be sharing their thoughts on Women in Open Source. Last but not least, Chris Dibona, from Google, who recently told us why open source is brutal, will be delivering a keynote presentation. Tweet-up

The team is hosting a Tweet-up during lunch on the first day of the conference. It will be a great chance to meet the team as well as the community members, you know, the people behind the avatars, who will no doubt be showing up in the #ATO2013 Twitter feed before, during, and after the conference. Check out what they have to say about the conference there! Also, at the Tweet-up we will have some cool giveaways—follow along at #oswtweetup.

More details and register for the Tweetup on EventBrite.


As I mentioned above, attendees will have six session tracks to choose from. The team will divide and conquer to maximize our coverage of the event. Here are the sessions I have stars next to so far:

  • Developer 1 track — Chris Aniszycyk: Twitter
  • Operations 1 track — Greg DeKoenigsberg: Amazon Web Services, Private Cloud, and Open Source
  • Business track — Josh Wills: Revolutionizing Business: a Hybrid Approach to Open Source Innovation
  • Emerging track — Joanne Rohde: Why Health IT is so Bad (and how open source can help)

Check out our live coverage of the event: during the conference, be sure to follow @opensourceway for live tweets, and check the site for keynote and daily session recaps.

Jason Hibbets is a Community Director at Red Hat with the Digital Communities team. He works with the Enable Architect, Enable Sysadmin, Enterprisers Project, and community publications.

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