We often get asked the following questions – “Is Open Source 101 for developers and technologists only?” & “Do I have to write code to attend?”
Our emphatic reply is always the same – absolutely not.
Open Source 101 offers content for many people that are not technologists and/or developers, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend the event.
A few of the types of people the conference is perfect for include:
If you’ve recently started a company and are either just getting started, or have been in business for a while, you can directly benefit from attendance. How so?
- Open Source technologies often provide less expensive alternatives to otherwise far more expensive proprietary solutions. Early stage companies often need to save dollars and limit expenditures as much as possible – frugality is often a must. Attendees can learn more about these technologies at the event.
- If your company started as an open source project, now you need to keep the project (and community) stable and growing. You’ll learn how to do this at Open Source 101.
- Learn how to start an open source project, with the hopes of possibly building a company around it. Starting a project is covered at the event as well.
2. Decision Makers
Decision makers at every level must stay updated on the latest technology options available to their organization, as well as ways to keep the organization competitive.
Open Source 101 will feature the latest open source technologies and case studies/best practices. How companies can open source internal projects and platforms will be covered as well.
Nearly every organization today that utilizes technology is an open source company, whether they realize it or not. And most organizations, and certainly technology-specific ones, are realizing that in a hurry. Having a basic understanding of open source technologies and processes is an absolute must for students to be competitive and maximize impact.
- Open Source skills can get you a job quicker and can make you more money.
- Knowing how to contribute to open source projects can get you valuable experience and introduce you to others working on projects.
- Knowing how to consume open source (licensing for example) can make you a valuable asset to any company you might work for and with.
Technologists of all types need to understand open source processes and tools. Open Source 101 offers plenty of talks covering both. How featured content applies to technologists can be found here.
We’ve jokingly referred to content being offered at the conference as “Developer Nirvana” or “Developer Cat Nip”, and we feel it’s surprisingly accurate. If you’re a developer, there will be more sessions than you can possibly attend, resulting in some difficult choices for attendees. Here are just a few of the sessions being offered.
6. Forward Thinkers
The Emerging track will not only feature excellent content for both developers and technologists of all types, but more than anything, the track is designed for those looking to the future at what’s coming next. Here is more information on sessions offered on the Emerging track.