Why You Should Attend

If you need a reason to attend the conference consider the following:

High quality speakers, some of the best in the country

Some of the best and most well known speakers in the open source/tech/web industries will attend and speak. This is a great opportunity to hear and meet them in a personal setting. It's rare for this many great speakers to be in one place at one time where it’s easy to talk and exchange cards, etc. We’ve attended too many huge conferences that were, ironically, too big.

The most relevant technologies will be covered – a great educational opportunity

Some of the most relevant and in demand technologies will be discussed. Whether you're a developer, programmer, scientist, data or system administrator, CIO, CTO, IT manager, or just someone interested in what's coming next you'll find sessions for you. Just some of the sessions/technologies include:

CIOs, CTOs, IT Managers of all types: (the business issues specific to open source)

  • Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks: An Overview and the implications for free & open source software
  • Profiting with Open Source: An Introduction to Open Source Licensing and Business Models
  • Creating an Open Source Policy – Why and How
  • An Enterprise Open Source Strategy – whether you realize it or not, chances are your company is using open source. You better have a strategy. This session shows you how and why.
  • Open Source: From Community to Company – taking an open source project and turning it into a company, with Joel Esler of the Snort project and CISCO/Sourcefire
  • Toward a Continuous Delivery Model – with Nathen Harvey, Chef. A big deal today for both business and technical people. An incredibly hot topic.


  • Python in the Enterprise - Python 3+, with Lynn Root, Python Foundation Board member and San Francisco PyLadies+
  • Drupal in the Enterprise – Drupal 8 features/updates, why and how more enterprises are using Drupal, with Erik Webb, Technical Team Lead, Acquia
  • Databases in the Cloud, for Developers – A workshop hosted by Ines Sombra, Lead Data Engineer at Engine Yard
  • Relational Databases in the Cloud – A workshop hosted by Ines Sombra, Lead Data Engineer at Engine Yard
  • The Rendering Revolution: Building Apps in the Browser with Ember.JS – with Trek Glowacki, Core Team Member and Senior Engineer at Groupon
  • Introduction to Saas and Haml – Hosted by Hampton Catlin, creator of Saas and Haml/author
  • Case Study – The Weather Channel transitioned to open source and Drupal with www.weather.com. Learn why and how. With Mediacurrent and The Weather Channel.
  • Git and GitHub in the Enterprise: Why and How – a 1.5 hour workshop, with Jordan McCullough of GitHub
  • Open Source and the Twitter Stack – with Chris Aniszycyk, Head of Open Source @ Twitter, Eclipse Foundation Board
  • Digital Fluency and User Experience – with J Cornelius, President of Nine Labs
  • Application Development, From Beginning to End: What tools exist for entire lifecycle of prototyping through testing, tool features, how to choose technologies, etc. **This 45 minute session will save you weeks if not months of time.** - with Tom Wilson, President, Jack Russell Software
  • Open vs Closed Source Mobile Development Options: A look at cross-platform solutions - Android, iOS, HTML5/CSS3, Phonegap, Titanium, and jQuery Mobile – with Pratik Patel, CTO at TripLingo
  • Creating Successful APIs in the Enterprise- with Ross Mason, founder of Mulesoft, Creator of the Mule Project
  • Building Faster and More Secure Web Applications with Rails 4 – with Steve Klabnik, well known Rails author
  • RUST – Features of the very hot open source systems programming language from Mozilla, with Steve Klabnik, author and well known open source contributor
  • Developing Joomla Applications: David Hurley, Joomla Community Dev Mgr & Production Leadership
  • HTML for the Mobile Web, Firefox OS – with Jason Weathersby, Mozilla
  • Running an Open Source Project: From Zero to Sixty – A real life case study of the very successful, well known application Glimpse, from a developers standpoint
  • Open Source: From Community to Company – taking an open source project and turning it into a company, with Joel Esler of the Snort project and CISCO/Firesource
  • Introducing the IonicFramework (Web Mobile Development)– with Tom Wilson, President of Jack Russell Software.
  • Backbone & Jquery Plugins – with John Paul, Lead Technical Architect at Conde Nast
  • HTML5 Hybrid Mobile Development using Eclipse – with Burr Sutter of Red Hat

Engineers, Scientists, Database and System Administrators:

Database Day – Wednesday, April 2. Join some of the top experts in the world as we spend a day comparing open source databases. If you use databases, this is a tremendous opportunity to compare the leading databases back-to-back. Includes:

  • What Freaking Database Should I Use?– with Andrew Oliver, President of Open Software Integrators
  • MySQL – latest news and updates - with MySQL Community Manager Dave Stokes
  • MariaDB for the Enterprise - with Max Mether, co-founder of SkySQL
  • PostreSQL – 9.3 features and 9.4 preview, with Craig Kerstiens of Heroku, also serves as Curator of Postgres Weekly and PostgresGuide.com
  • MongoDB - with Robert Stam of 10gen

We take a close look at Big Data and Analytics on Wedneday, April 2:

  • Open Source Tools for Data Scientists – A run down and comparison of what’s available, with Charlie Greenbacker, Chief Scientist at Altimira, founder of CLAVIN
  • Hadoop & Open Source Integration – with Eli Collins, Chief Technologist @ Cloudera
  • Big Data Analytics with R, the open source programming language – the #1 choice of data scientists – with Derek Norton, Revolution Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics Tools for the Enterprise, with Milind Bhandarkar, Chief Scientist at Pivotal
  • Big Data Analytics in Data Center Management – SDN; Managing the cloud smart – with Sergey Razin, CTO at SIOS Inc

We take a close look at the Cloud on Thursday afternoon, April 3:

  • Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing – with Mark Hinkle, Sr. Director of Open Source, Citrix
  • Amazon Web Services, Private Cloud and Open Source – Greg DeKoenigsberg, Eucalyptus Systems
  • OpenStack – with Nick Chase, developer and well known author at Mirantis
  • OpenShift Mini Workshop – with Matt Dugan of Shadow Soft
  • Secure Cloud Hosting: Real Requirements to Protect your Data - Chris Hinkley, Senior Scurity Engineer, FireHost
  • Server to Cloud - Converting a legacy platform to an open source PaaS – with Todd Fritz, Software Architect at inBloom Inc.

We’ll look at Administration Topics on Thursday also:

  • Infrastructure Management and Open Source Tools - Vagrant, Ansible and Packer
  • An Overview of Next Generation Filesystems: ZFS & BTR - What they are, what your choices are, and why you want them – with Jim Salter, System Administrator and Ars Technica author
  • Introduction To Infrastructure as Code & Automation, Introduction to Chef - Nathen Harvey, Technical Community Manager, Chef
  • Software Defined Networking: The OpenDaylight Project - with David Meyer, CTO & Chief Scientist, Brocade
  • Software Defined Storage/CEPH – What (distributed, open APIs) – with InkTank and Alfredo Deza
  • Locking Down a Box 101/Hardening RHEL systems
  • LibreOffice for the Desktop – a 2.5 hour workshop, led by Italo Vignali, Head of The Document Foundation
  • Next Generation Filesystem Replication – with Jim Salter, Ars Technica author and System Administrator

Anyone interested in Security, a huge topic in open source today, we’ll look at it on Thursday, April 3:

  • How the Cyber Security of the US Depends on Open Source – hosted by Doug Maughn, Director/Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology, Cyber Security
  • Secure Cloud Hosting: Real Requirements to Protect your Data - Chris Hinkley, Senior Scurity Engineer, FireHost
  • Application Security on a Dime: A practical guide to using functional open source tools to test, validate, harden code, systems, and even people – with Tony UcedaVelez, CEO & Founder of Vesprite Security
  • What’s Hiding in Your Software Components? Hidden Risks of Component-Based Software – with Ryan Berg, Chief Security Officer at Sonatype, well known author and speaker
  • Security Onion: Peel Back the Layers of Your Network – with Doug Burks, Corporate Incident Handler for Mandiant and a SANS Community

Emerging – Hot Topics and Issues

  • Open source and open data in the White House, with Leigh Heyman, Executive Office of the President
  • Open data and open government matter, with Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, co-founder of Blue State Digital
  • Open Source All the Cities – open government and open data at the city level, with Jason Hibbets, Director of OpenSource.com
  • HTML 5 for the mobile web – Firefox OS, with Jason Weathersby of Mozilla
  • Open Sourcing Hardware – with Chris Clark, Director of IT @ Sparkfun Electronics

The most important companies in the open source space will attend and participate:

Just a few include:

  • Red Hat
  • GitHub
  • Mozilla
  • Oracle
  • Acquia
  • Twitter
  • PayPal
  • Engine Yard
  • Apache Software Foundation
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Shadow Soft
  • Cloudera
  • Sparkfun Electronics
  • Groupon
  • SkySQL
  • SugarCRM
  • Open Software Integrators
  • Eucalyptus Systems
  • Mulesoft
  • Zend Technologies
  • Heroku
  • OpenSource.com
  • Spotify
  • Brocade
  • Blackduck Software
  • Linux Journal
  • More being added daily

Tremendous Value

Early Bird tickets are just $99 per day and $149 for both. The ROI with this event is a no-brainer. We challenge you to find more value in a conference anywhere.

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