Something for Everyone at Open Source 101

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:

1. Entrepreneurs

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.

3. Students

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.

4. Technologists

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.

5. Developers

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.

Intelligent Sensors, Raspberry Pi, AI, IoT Javascript, Alexa & more – Emerging Trends @ Open Source 101

In addition to world-class developer content, Open Source 101 will also feature some of the hottest emerging topics not only in open source, but in technology in general.

An entire “Emerging” track will be hosted and dedicated to these topics allowing attendees to hear from top experts in the industry, including those from Microsoft, Lending Tree, The Javascript Foundation, SIOS, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and more.

Sessions on the Emerging track will include the following:

Emerging track sessions will take place on the main keynote stage – Ballrooms 1 & 2.

The Commitment to Keep Open Source 101 Accessible and Affordable

When attendees and partners purchase a ticket or decide to sponsor Open Source 101 they are helping us keep a commitment we made more than a decade ago – to keep our events affordable and accessible and to involve traditionally underrepresented individuals and organizations.

Despite logistical and planning costs steadily increasing over the last decade we’ve bucked industry trends and have continued to keep registration costs steady, and in the case of 101, even dropped them. We’ve almost gone in the opposite direction.

Open Source More Popular and In Demand Than Ever

Join developers, technologists and decision makers at Open Source 101

In 2018 it’s easy to believe everyone understands open source and has a firm grasp of the basic processes and tools. It can be a surprisingly nuanced topic, though, and after 10 years of hosting open source events we can tell you most current and future technologists do not.

But why is this important? Why should technologists and would-be technologists care?

Where Are They From? Speakers coming to OS 101 from all over the U.S.

We’ve said it many times before but speakers and content absolutely determine the success of a technology event.

The location, food and drinks, and networking can be tremendous, but if you don’t get the speaker lineup right your apparent victory will be a Pyrrhic one at best. It has been our observation this is true across the board for conferences.

We’re pleased to say we started with the speaker lineup for Open Source 101, then worked our way back from there.

4 of the Most Important Open Source Foundations at Open Source 101 Columbia

If you use open source technology, and nearly every single current technologist does or has, you’ve been directly affected by a foundation.

Whether they host and support an open source project/technology you use and benefit from, establish strategic and legal parameters and direction for the project and technologies, or cultivate a community you might be a member of, you’ve been affected.

Inaugural Open Source 101 A Huge Success

The team at All Things Open would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in the the inaugural Open Source 101 conference.

The one-day event, designed to teach the fundamentals of open source, took place Saturday, February 4 at The McKimmon Center on the campus of NC State University.