OSCON 2013 preview

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The 15th year of OSCON (Open Source Convention) kicked off last night with an opening reception at the Expo Hall. This year's theme is Everything Open. And, the tracks reflect that: business, cloud, geek lifestyle, community, open hardware, tools & techniques, mobile, programming languages like PHP, Python, Perl, Java, and Javascript, and much more.

Not at OSCON this year but want a taste of the open source goodness? The keynote sessions will be live streamed this week, Wednesday through Friday. The schedule looks like it's packed with open source experts. The part I'm most looking forward to? The keynotes are 10-15 minutes a piece, so that means no long-drawn-out presentations. And hopefully no product pitches.

I've been at Red Hat for 10 years and this is my first OSCON—and my first time in Portland, OR. I can't wait to get started! And, I'm really excited about meeting some of the other folks that will be attending.

Going through the agenda, I took some time to build out my schedule. I'd love to meet new people interested in talking about Opensource.com, Life at Red Hat, community management, or my book: The Foundation for an Open Source City. Find me in a session, at lunch, or at one of the evening events. You can tweet to me @jhibbets.

Here are some of the sessions I'm looking forward to. Notice that a few of the time slots present some tough choices to make!


  • 10:40 am session: 10 Secrets to Sustainable Open Source Communities, Elizabeth Leddy (East of Eaton)
  • 11:30 am session: Using Open Source in the Classroom Every Single Day, Jon Roberts (Davis School District) 
  • 1:40 pm sessions:
    • Should Campaign Technology be Open Sourced? OSS During a Presidential Election, Ryan Resella (Upworthy) 
    • Developers + Designers: Collaborating on your Open Source project, Mark Lavin (Caktus Consulting Group), Julia Elman (Caktus Consulting Group) 
    • How to Recruit, Hire, and Retain a Diverse Team, Rikki Endsley (USENIX Association) 
    • Raspberry Pi Hacks, Ruth Suehle (Red Hat), Tom "spot" Callaway (Red Hat) 
  • 2:30 pm sessions: 
    • Burnout and Bickering: a Community Manager's Guide to Conflict, Jono Bacon (Canonical Ltd) 
    • Doing Data Science On NFL Play by Play, Jesse Anderson (Cloudera) 
  • 4:10 pm sessions:
    • Become a Digital Humanitarian Open Data and Open Source for Good, Moderated by: Kate Chapman (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)
    • The Legal Side of the POSS World, Richard Fontana (Red Hat, Inc.) 
  • 5:00 pm session: Crowdfunding FOSS Companies, Fred Trotter (FredTrotter.com), Ashish Patel (Not Only Dev), Rick Trotter (Not Only Dev), Renee DiResta (OATV), Clayton Trotter (University of Alaska) 


  • 10:40 am session: Create More Value Than You Capture, Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
  • 11:30 am session: Open Government as Open Source, Jeanne Holm (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA) 
  • 1:40 pm session: Open Sourcing Hardware with GitHub, Christopher Clark (SparkFun Electronics Inc.) 
  • 2:30 pm sessions:
    • Open Source Automotive Development, Jeff Payne (OpenCar, Inc.), Sam Skjonsberg (OpenCar, Inc.) 
    • Can Evil Corporations Embrace Open Source?, Simon Phipps (Open Source Initiative) 
    • Creating a User Journey for Your Open Source Community, Francesca Krihely (10gen) 
    • Everything Counts, Mari Huertas (Obama for America) 
  • 4:10 pm session: Choose Your Own Adventure - Growing Your Own Career in Open Source, Amye Scavarda (Acquia), Leslie Hawthorn (Red Hat) 
  • 5:00 pm session: Hardware Hacking With Your Kids, Dave Neary (Red Hat)

I'm ready to experience open source. I'll be live blogging (and tweeting, follow #oscon and @opensourceway) from the event to take you along with me at my first OSCON.

Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets is a Principal Program Manager at Red Hat with the Digital Communities team. He works with the Enable Architect, Enable Sysadmin, Enterprisers Project, and Opensource.com community publications.

1 Comment

It is great that the keynotes are being live streamed. I haven't been able to attend conferences in the last few years. The last one I attended was the <a href="http://www.open-ils.org">Evergreen</a> 2010 Conference, and that was because it was local. So, I'm always happy when I get the opportunity to keep up with the industry with out having to spend money. Of course, not attending means I do miss out on the networking and being able to talk to people about "life at [various employers]", etc.

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