Open Source 101 Columbia an Overwhelming Success – Here are the numbers

A lot of hard work and long hours went into Open Source 101 Columbia, so it makes us really happy to report the event was a tremendous success.

While “tremendous success” can admittedly be defined in many ways, we’ll attempt to sum the conference up in numbers, so you can judge for yourself.

The context is also important to consider – last Tuesday was the first OS101 ever held in Columbia, so new relationships and networks had to be formed. It matters a good bit when attempting to evaluate the outcome.

A few numbers to consider:

500

Nearly 500 officially registered for the conference – 498 to be exact, and we’re sure we missed a few eventual attendees. At any one time 375-400 attendees were onsite and participating, which is a tremendous number.

200

Nearly 200 organizations were represented – 197 to be exact, and we’re again sure we missed a few. These included private companies, nonprofits, start-ups, government organizations, and start-ups. And it’s worth mentioning, the numbers were distributed across many organizations. No entity was overly represented.

39

Total number of sessions featured. This included 4 keynotes and 35 traditional 30-40 minute track sessions across 6 tracks.

34 | 19 | 10 | 16 | 21

The distribution, or “type” of attendee was also diverse and distributed. *Note these were self-reported numbers and not subject to outside third party assessment.

  • 34% – Developer / programmer / designer
  • 19% – Engineer / scientist / system/database administrator
  • 10% – Executive / C-level (CTO, CIO, CEO) / IT manager
  • 16% – Community / start-up / “other”
  • 21% – Technology student from university or coding school

14

Fourteen (14) universities, coding schools, and high schools were represented, which included:

  • Benedict College
  • Claflin University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia College
  • Columbia International University
  • ECPI
  • JRS Coding School
  • Flatiron School
  • Marvin Ridge High School
  • Midlands Technical College
  • University of South Carolina
  • Training Concepts
  • University of South Carolina – Aiken
  • Wofford College

11

Attendees, speakers and sponsors represented 10 U.S. states, which included:

  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Washington, DC (not officially a state but would make #12)

14 | 9 | 37 | 25 | 5 | 5 | 5

Level of attendee open source experience. *Note these were self-reported and not subject to third party assessment.

  • 14% – Newer to tech and to open source
  • 9% – Seasoned tech professional but new to open source
  • 37% – Seasoned tech professional with some open source experience
  • 25% – Some technology experience but new to open source
  • 5% – Student with good amount of tech and open source experience
  • 5% – Student with good amount of tech experience but little open source
  • 5% – Student with limited tech and open source experience