OSCON 2014 – Bigger And Better than Ever
Bill Weir, a developer, advocate and mobile application performance SME on AT&T’s ARO Outreach team, attended this year’s OSCON and came back with this report:
OSCON the premiere open source convention is held every summer in Portland, Oregon. This year the event ran July 21-24.
Attendance included over 3,000 open source developers, hackers, experts, vendors, server admins, security analysts, businesspeople, investors, visionaries, curious newbies, and hard core geeks that love open source technology… and all are welcome.
Open source experts gave speeches and lead sessions. Major technology companies were well represented, along with interesting start-ups, non-profits, and academia.
There was a lot of recruiting going on in the Expo Hall, with signs in nearly every booth in the Expo Hall saying “We’re Hiring” and recruiters standing by. In the front hall there is usually a large job board with contacts for more people hiring.
It seemed like companies were reaching out to younger and younger candidates. Below are photos from the Microsoft and Rackspace booths.
But seriously, there was a strong focus on computer education and encouraging kids on the future of technology. This year, Shadaj Laddad a 14 year old, gave a keynote address on “The Wonders of Programming.” I think his talk is inspirational for programmers of all ages.
Another interesting presentation was on “Making a Difference through Open Source.” It was about how for-profit companies are helping non-profits through open source initiatives and support. There was a related talk by Paul Fenwick on “Open Source and Social Change” that I found interesting.
Andrew Soresen gave a cool presentation called “The Concert Programmer,” which was about using computer programming to play acoustic instruments to create music in a very fresh way.
Mark your calendar because OSCON will be back at the Oregon Convention Center July 20-24, 2015. And don’t forget to check out ARO! Were you at OSCON this year? If so, let us know what you found most interesting about the conference.