The ATO Spring/Summer Travel Schedule – Join Us at One of These Great Upcoming Events

Every spring the team at All Things Open not only hosts Open Source 101, but we attend a good number of events.

The reasons are simple: To support the community by creating educational and networking opportunities, and to help out wherever and however we can.

There are so many great events being hosted by so many great people, we figure the least we can do is show up, help out, and get the word out in every way possible.

We encourage you to come out and join us at the following local and not-so-local events throughout the remainder of the spring. We’ll greet you with a smile and will most likely have a few spare t-shirts and stickers available.

You can find us at the following amazing events:

Tuesday, April 17 – Open Source 101 – Columbia, SC

An event we host ourselves, the one-day conference will be the second in a series hosted this spring. Hundreds of technologists and decision makers will attend and content will cover the technologies and processes foundational to open source, open tech, and the open web. Just a few of the companies participating include: Red Hat, GitHub, Microsoft, Walt Disney Company, PayPal, Redis Labs, IBM, Percona, VMWare, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lending Tree, and many more.

Tuesday, April 17 – East Coast Game Conference – Raleigh, NC

It will be a busy Tuesday as we pull double-duty, but it’s well worth it as we attend and support this very cool conference hosted by Walter Rotenberry and his team. It’s the largest gathering of video game professionals on the east coast of the U.S. and we’ll have a booth and will be giving away t-shirts and other swag. We have also partnered with the team at Red Hat to deliver a fantastic workshop on open source gaming tools.

Thursday, May 17 – ATO RTP meetup – Open Data & Open Government: A revolution is afoot – Raleigh, NC

In order for government to be more accountable, transparent and innovative, government and data musts be “open”. This special edition meetup will feature the technologists and decision makers responsible throughout the Triangle and the region.

Thursday, June 21 – Friday, June 22 – We Rise – Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by our friends Women Who Code ATL, this is a fantastic event focused on growing and showcasing women in technology. The event features women and allies of all genders doing amazing work from all over the world.

Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15 – Community Leadership Summit – Portland, OR

2018 will be our 3rd year attending and supporting this tremendous event hosted by our good friend Jono Bacon. The Community Leadership Summit brings together community leaders, organizers and managers and the projects and organizations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community. The event pulls together the leading minds in community management, relations and online collaboration to discuss, debate and continue to refine the art of building an effective and capable community.

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.

Four of the most important open source foundations in the world will be represented at Open Source 101 in Columbia, and attendees will have an opportunity to meet them and learn more.

Foundations attending and participating at the conference include:

The Linux Foundation – John Mertic, Director of Program Management

The Apache Software Foundation – Jim Jagielski, Co-Founder

The Javascript Foundation – Kris Borchers, Executive Director

NodeJs Foundation – Mark Hinkle, Executive Director

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.

Connect with Local Underrepresented Orgs This Weekend, Lend a Hand

One of best and most fulfilling services we provide at conferences is connecting supply and demand, and Open Source 101 this Saturday will be no different.

In addition to offering great content and truly world-class presentations the conference will again connect professionals with local organizations, which is vitally important.

We’re encouraging all current technology professionals with time, expertise or perhaps even funds to offer to attend the event Saturday and meet local underrepresented organizations. It’s not only a great opportunity to network, but it’s a great way to help wonderful people doing wonderful things.

Just a few of the organizations with an exhibit table and members at the conference this Saturday include:

Girl Develop IT RDU

Women Who Code RDU

ChickTech RDU

Women in Tech Allies RDU

And if you can’t make it Saturday but still have time, expertise or funds to offer, contact us directly at and we’ll make the connection for you.

OS101 Raleigh – Four (4) Big Sessions to be Featured Over Lunch

One of the small changes we’ve made to the format at Open Source 101 this year is that we’ve added a couple of sessions to be featured over lunch. The two offered in 2017 were extremely popular and attendance was strong. So strong in fact we concluded attendees wanted a bit more programming while enjoying lunch.

The four sessions are very diverse in their focus and feature speakers and topics we feel sure will be of great interest once again.

OS101 Raleigh Keynotes – World-Class Speakers to Cover Vital Topics

The purpose of Open Source 101 is to cover topics and technologies fundamental to open source, open tech and the open web, and keynotes go one step further – to highlight topics we feel are important enough to be delivered to a plenary audience.

Keynotes at OpenSource 101 on Saturday, February 17 will do just that, and will be delivered by a group of true thought leaders from all over the U.S.

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.