Two World-Class Book Signings at GWO 2016

We absolutely love technical books, the physical kind you can hold and write in. So, we’re extremely happy to announce two (2) world-class book signings at the conference this year.

Each signing will take place on Wednesday, March 16 and will feature authors that are well respected, national level thought leaders. Be sure to get in line early to get a book signed. Both are truly excellent – you won’t be disappointed!

Book signing #1:

Featured author: Rommel Garcia, Senior Solutions Engineer, Hortonworks

Book title: Virtualizing Hadoop: How to Install, Deploy, and Optimize Hadoop in a Virtualized Architecture

Book summary: Hadoop was purposely designed for bare metal deployments but demand for virtualizing Hadoop, particularly private/public cloud deployments, is growing fast. The book addresses the challenge on making Hadoop work on virtualized infrastructure along with best practices to ensure that success in this type of deployment is guaranteed.

Number of books available: 25

Time: 2:50 pm EST, immediately following Rommel’s talk on the Big Data track (Open Source Security Tools for Big Data)

Location: Beside the Sticker Exchange Table, second floor, right by the stairs and elevator

Book Signing #2:

Featured author: Azat Mardan, Technology Fellow, Capital One

Book title: Express.js Deep API Reference

Book summary: Express.js Deep API Reference is your short, concise guide to Express.js APIs. This flexible Node.js web application framework provides a robust set of features for building single, multi-page, and hybrid web applications.

Number of books available: 10

Time: 2:50 pm EST, immediately following Azat’s talk on the Back-End Developer track (You Don’t Know Node.js)

Location: Beside the Sticker Exchange Table, second floor, right by the stairs and elevator

Parking Directions for GWO 2016

For attendees and participants driving to the conference this year parking will be an important part of your experience. We’re happy to offer complete details below.

For Day One, Wednesday, March 16

The event will take place at the Georgia Tech Conference Center, located at 800 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Option #1:

Parking Garage adjacent to the Conference Center – 770 Spring Street NW
*Also known as E-81 Tech Square since it’s part of the Georgia Tech system

Rates:

  • 0-1 hour $1.50
  • 1-2 hours $3.00
  • 2-3 hours $6.00
  • 3-4 hours $9.00
  • 4-5 hours $12.00
  • 5+ hours $15.00
  • All day parking – $15.00

Option #2:

Centergy Parking Garage – 815 Williams Street Atlanta, GA 30308
This is located beside The Garage and is across the street from The Conference Center

Rates:

  • First hour – $2.00
  • Each additional hour – $2.00
  • Daily max – $12.00

Option #3:

Public parking garage – 725 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30308 – contact number is 404-597-0824
This is located two blocks from The Conference Center and is a short walk. *Please note the entrance is off of 3rd Street

Early Bird parking option – Arrive before 9:00 am and leave after 3:00 pm and the cost is just $5.00

For Day Two, Thursday, March 17

The event will take place at the The Garage @ Georgia Tech located at the base of the SQ5 tower on the north side of Centergy between Spring Street and the Centergy Parking Deck. Physical address – 848 Spring Street NW, Suite G, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Option #1:

Centergy Parking Garage – 815 Williams Street Atlanta, GA 30308
This is located beside The Garage and is across the street from The Conference Center

Rates:

  • First hour – $2.00
  • Each additional hour – $2.00
  • Daily max – $12.00

Option #2:

Parking Garage adjacent to the Conference Center – 770 Spring Street NW
*Also known as E-81 Tech Square since it’s part of the Georgia Tech system

Rates:

  • 0-1 hour $1.50
  • 1-2 hours $3.00
  • 2-3 hours $6.00
  • 3-4 hours $9.00
  • 4-5 hours $12.00
  • 5+ hours $15.00
  • All day parking – $15.00

Option #3:

Public parking garage – 725 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30308 – contact number is 404-597-0824
This is located two blocks from The Conference Center and is a short walk. *Please note the entrance is off of 3rd Street

Early Bird parking option – Arrive before 9:00 am and leave after 3:00 pm and the cost is just $5.00

World-class Socials and Networking Opportunities – Made possible by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

We firmly believe networking and meeting new people in the ‘open’ space, and in the technology profession overall, is incredibly important. And to do it in a fun and relaxing environment is important as well.

It’s in this spirit that we’re proud to announce multiple socials will take place at the conference on March 16 and 17. Take a look at everything we’re offering and consider joining us. If you’ve attended any of our events you know these are a great time, and can be extremely productive.

Wednesday, March 16
Location: Foyer area of Georgia Tech Conference Center, second floor

5:15 to 6:30 pm, immediately following programming

After a long day of programming featuring 4 keynotes and 55 sessions the world-class team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise will make pizza and drinks available in the foyer area of the Conference Center. Feel free to stick around, relax a little, and meet new people before heading home or back to your room.

Thursday, March 17
Location: The Garage @ Georgia Tech – 848 Spring Street NW, Suite G, Atlanta GA 30308

4:15 to 6:00 pm, immediately following programming

Day two will feature 12 extended workshops and 6-8 Lightning Talks hosted by Opensouce.com. Afterwards, Hewlett Packard Enterprise will once again make pizza and drinks available to everyone in attendance. We’ll bring a pizza food truck in to serve the food and a mobile drink truck to serve drinks!

Lightning Talks to Take Place Thursday, March 17

Opensource.com is excited to host a lightning-fast hour at Great Wide Open! Our lightning talk session will be held at The Garage @ Georgia Tech’s main stage, 11:15 am on Thursday, March 17.

Been to a lightning talk before? Don’t miss out! Speakers have just five minutes to enlighten us with a burst of information about their open source passions and projects. This session is quick and edgy, yet informative—even intellectual.

Share what you learn and see what others are enjoying with the #GWO2016 hashtag. We’ll have amazing speakers lined up, and you’ll definitely want to share what you’re learning on social media.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Not that Weird: Open Source Tools for Creatives – Jason van Gumster – Feral Creative
  • Open Source Visualization Tools for Hadoop with Rommel Garcia – Big Data Engineer, Hortonworks
  • Open Source On My Mind: How Georgians Benefit from a Centralized Drupal PaaS with Kendra Skeene – Director of Product, GeorgiaGov Interactive
  • Developers: How to Find Your Dream Job with Azat Mardan – Technology Fellow & well known author, Capital One
  • How Not to Get Help with Emily Dunham – DevOps Engineer, Mozilla
  • Unexpected Outcomes of Getting Involved with Ginny Ghezzo – Program Director, Client Relations @ IBM
  • Getting Students Started in Open Source with Chris Aniszczyk – Executive Director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Can’t wait? Check out our lightning talks from All Things Open 2015:

 

Conference T-Shirts – Available to the first 400, thanks to The Linux Foundation

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Thanks to Mark Hinkle and The Linux Foundation, the first 400 people to register and/or check in at the conference on Wednesday, March 16 will receive a free official conference t-shirt!

Every year, and at every event we host, we make t-shirts available to a limited number of attendees. We also go the extra mile, and spend the extra money to ensure the shirt is a quality soft-fabric American Apparel version that looks and feels fantastic.

In addition, we’ll have both male and female options in heathered red and heathered green. This is extremely important as most events only make available a male version, or perhaps a general/generic version that does not fit ladies. We want everyone to feel welcome, and part of that is making sure the shirt is appropriate for everyone.

We’d like to thank Mark for his gracious support of the event and for making the shirts possible. He’s one of the good guys and has been a long-time supporter and friend. In addition, The Linux Foundation is a world-class organization doing amazing things to support the community.

Be sure to arrive early on the 16th to ensure you receive an official conference shirt! Registration opens at 7:00 and will be located in the lobby of the Georgia Tech Conference Center, programming starts at 8:45 am sharp.

Christian Heilmann, Top Javascript Expert, Added to Speaker Lineup

We are extremely proud to announce Christian Heilmann has been added to the conference speaker lineup this year.

For those unfamiliar, Chris is one of the foremost Javascript and front-end experts in the world today. With 20 years of experience in web technology and a background as a Front End Architect, he’s the author of multiple books on Javascript, API design, accessibility, and scalable front-end technologies. He also speaks and keynotes technology conferences around the world.

Chris comes to us courtesy of Microsoft where he serves as Senior Program Manager, Developer Experience and Evangelism. Microsoft is a supporter of the event and strongly supports the open web. Prior to Microsoft, Chris served as Principle Developer Evangelist at Mozilla, and before that in multiple developer and architect positions with Yahoo.

Chris will deliver a keynote talk on the morning of Wednesday, March 16. He’ll also deliver a session talk later that same day.

He can be found at @codepo8 or at www.christianheilmann.com.

Volunteers Needed for GWO 2016!

Behind every great event you’ll find a good number of world-class volunteers working hard to make it all possible, and we’re no different.

If you would like to volunteer to work at this year’s conference, sign up and choose your preferred shift. In exchange for four hours of work on either Wednesday, March 16 or Thursday, March 17, you’ll receive the following:

  • A free pass for the entire day. You work four (4) hours, you can attend the remainder of the day’s sessions and all socials
  • Free lunch
  • Free t-shirt
  • Opportunity to work with a world-class team and meet lots of new people

So, please sign as soon as possible if you’re interested. We’ll respond quickly and move forward accordingly.

Keynote Speakers Announced for Great Wide Open 2016

The team at Great Wide Open is extremely proud to announce keynote speakers for this year’s conference. Each speaker selected is known on a world-wide scale and has made multiple contributions to open source, the community, and to technology in general over the course of years and continues to do so.

Keynote talks will take place on the main stage on the morning of Wednesday, March 16 at the Georgia Tech Conference Center in downtown Atlanta.

Kelsey Hightower, Developer Advocate at Google Cloud Platform

Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his career in tech, and enjoys leadership roles focused on making things happen and shipping software. Kelsey is a strong open source advocate focused on building simple tools that make people smile. When he is not slinging Go code, you can catch him giving technical workshops covering everything from programming and system administration, to his favorite Linux distro of the month.

Danese Cooper, Distinguished Member at Paypal, Past CTO at Wikimedia Foundation

Danese Cooper has a long history of successfully combining work in social justice and digital inclusion with leading open source advocacy at some of the largest global technology companies. She joined PayPal as a distinguished member, technical staff-open source as of February 2014. She also runs DaneseWorks, an open source consultancy whose clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Numenta, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia, AutoDesk, and if(we) Inc. Prior to founding DaneseWorks she was CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation (home of Wikipedia). Since 1999, Danese has been involved in developing and evangelizing the open source movement and its attached methodologies, including release of some very key open source projects while at Sun Microsystems, such as Apache Tomcat, OpenOffice.org, JXTA.org, NetBeans.org, GridEngine.org, GlassFish, and OpenSolaris. At Intel she worked on projects designed to bridge the digital divide, and fed a growing interest/participation in the social software movement. Prior to the dawn of open source, Danese enjoyed a long career at proprietary companies including Apple, Microsoft, and Symantec. She is also co-editor of the book Open Sources v2.0, and is a reviewing editor of The Art of Community and Getting Started With InnerSource, all from O’Reilly Media.

Brandon Phillips, CTO at CoreOS

Brandon Philips is helping to build modern Linux server infrastructure at CoreOS as CTO. Prior to CoreOS, he worked at Rackspace hacking on cloud monitoring and was a Linux kernel developer at SUSE. As a graduate of Oregon State’s Open Source Lab he is passionate about open source technologies. Brandon is a keynote speaker around the world at numerous technology conferences on the importance of open source and open technology.

Christian Heilmann – Senior Program Manager – Microsoft

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people including Yahoo Answers, Search, Local and Maps. He then worked at Mozilla moving HTML5 support forward and advocating Firefox OS as an open alternative to closed mobile systems. Chris wrote two and contributed to eight books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more. He also wrote the Developer Evangelism Handbook in use in many companies to coach evangelists.

Design + Developer Content at Great Wide Open 2016 Truly World-Class

Design and developer content remains a priority for us at Great Wide Open, and we’ve gone out of our way to feature some of the absolute best experts and sessions we could find.

Design is often overlooked and ignored, and we feel this is truly unfortunate.  To remedy this we will once again offer a track featuring very well known UI/UX/Design experts from all over the U.S.

Developers can and should contribute to open source, and they use both front-end and back-end tools and technologies to contribute and to innovate.  We’ll focus on both sides of this equation and offer sessions that answer the “what?” and “how?” questions.

Just a sample of the sessions that will be offered:

UI/UX/Design:

Front-End Developer:

Back-End Developer:

Big Data Content Will Be World-Class at Great Wide Open 2016

We at Great Wide Open are extremely proud to offer world-class big data programming at the conference this year. Some of the most popular tools and frameworks being used today to analyze, visualize and integrate data are in fact open source.

If you attend the conference this year you’ll see the following sessions and speakers: