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.

The initial effort was extremely successful and we could not be more pleased. Just a few of the highlights included:

  • Nearly 700 registered and 500+ attended
  • More than 30 industry-leading experts spoke and delivered nearly 40 sessions
  • An attendee breakdown of roughly half current technology professionals and half technology students, exactly what we wanted
  • One of the most diverse audiences we have ever hosted

In addition, the post-event attendee surveys returned some good news as well:

  • 95% would recommend the event to a friend and/or colleague
  • Average response of 4.78 (on a 1-5 scale) regarding value received versus cost
  • Average response of 4.7 (on a 1-5 scale) on the “How Welcome Did You Feel?” Attendees felt VERY welcome, which is extremely important to us

Sponsors and media partners played a large role in the success of the event, and we’d like to sincerely thank them as well. These include:

  • Red Hat and for Gold level support
  • CapitalOne, IBM and SAS for hosting exhibit tables and recruiting
  • GitHub for its ongoing support
  • Girl DevelopIT for amazing community support and participation
  • FOSS FORCE for the amazing coverage they provide of the open source community
  • Sticker Mule for the very cool stickers attendees enjoyed
  • Women in Technology International

Open Source 101 was hosted Saturday, February 4 by the team at All Things Open and in partnership with Nearly 700 registered and more than 500 were onsite throughout the day. Nearly 40 sessions were hosted by more than 30 world-class speakers. All Things Open is the largest open source/tech/web conference on the East Coast of the United States. In 2016 more than 2,400 attended from 32 states and 19 countries. More than 3,000 are expected in 2017.

H Street Kitchen to Host Post-Conference Social

We invite all our attendees to the post-event social at H Street Kitchen, immediately following Open Source 101.

The social will start at approximately 5:15 pm and will last until 7:00 pm ET. Programming for Open Source 101 officially ends at 5:00 pm.

The physical address for H Street is 2420 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh 29607. It is located less than a mile away from The McKimmon Center. It is within walking distance, but a cab or Uber ride is probably more appropriate.

H Street Kitchen is located inside the original Varsity Theater and has a rooftop dining and lounge area. More information can be found on their website.

Free T-Shirts to the First 25 to Check In

We’ll make All Things Open t-shirts available to the first 25 attendees to check in on Saturday morning at Open Source 101.

Registration/check-in will officially open at 8:00 am ET and will remain open all day. However, early check-in is recommended to receive a shirt.

The All Things Open shirt will be available in both male and female cuts in a variety of colors and sizes. In addition, the material is extremely soft. We guarantee people will actually wear this shirt.

Volunteers Needed for Open Source 101

It’s that time again – two weeks out and we need volunteers to help us host an amazing event on Saturday, February 4. As we’ve stated many times in the past, our incredible volunteers make everything we do possible.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact us directly via email at and place “Volunteer” in the subject line. We’ll respond right away and start the process.

Here is a list of what we need…

8:00 – 11:00 am ET
Help at the registration table – checking people in and making sure everyone has a lanyard
Serving as a room volunteer – making sure sessions start on time and speakers have what they need

12 noon – 4:15 pm ET
Serving in a “general” capacity – helping with multiple needs of a varying degree
Serving as a room volunteer – making sure sessions start on time and speakers have what they need

As always volunteers will receive a free lunch, a free All Things Open t-shirt, and free entry into the conference.

Contact us today at if interested!

New Sessions Added to Open Source 101

We’re excited to announce a few new sessions and topics have been added to the Open Source 101 lineup.

The reason was simple – we feel the topics added are extremely important to the target audience and add even more variety to an already world-class lineup. Every attendee should know something about these topics if at all possible.

Just a few of the topics/sessions added include:

  • An overview of The Linux Foundation – This is one of the most important organizations in open source today. Everyone working in open source should be familiar with what they do.
  • Blockchain for open source developers – Blockchain is becoming increasingly important and relevant, and open source developers should have a baseline understanding of it.
  • Vim Survival Guide – Read and edit files from the command line? If so learn more about basic topics and how to grow your skills.
  • Ansible – Want to make applications and systems easier to deploy? Learn more about this simple IT automation platform.
  • Open Source licenses: What can I do with that code? – A topic so important and misunderstood we’re offering two separate sessions on it.
  • A Short Tour of Linux Distributions – As Linux grows in popularity so do the distributions. Learn more about each of the major distros – what makes them unique and useful.

The Syllabus of Open Source 101

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We’re truly excited about the speaker lineup at our first ever Open Source 101. With it being the first event of this type we’ve hosted, we know the lineup and accompanying sessions will say a lot about the overall purpose and where our priorities lie.

Why and Who’s it for?

First and foremost, we’re doing Open Source 101 to provide an accessible educational opportunity, which guides everything we do. We hope everyone leaves with a better understanding of open source fundamentals, better able to contribute and communicate, and ultimately, a better technologist and community member.

We’ve set things up to target two primary groups of people:

  1. Professionals new to open source or those needing a refresher
  2. Students that want to learn more and contribute.

Many current professionals need or want to learn more, and all will have to work in an environment in the future in which open source plays an ever increasing role. We feel basic information is vital and extremely helpful.

Students, a group we care a lot about, sometimes receive exposure to open source and education while in school, but many simply do not. And very few ever have the opportunity to meet, network, and learn from some of the top technology professionals from the top companies in the world. We sincerely hope Open Source 101 provides the knowledge required for more students from all schools and backgrounds to participant and contribute.

The schedule


We’ll start the day with 5 quick keynote talks, one of which will be 5 minutes and four 15 minutes in duration. We always start the event together, in a plenary session, and we’ll feature topics we feel everyone needs to hear about.

They’ll include:

  • Why is open source important and why should current and future technologists care? This will be data driven and answer the question “why?”.
  • An explanation of what “open source” means in today’s modern technology environment. Many technologists, even experienced ones, do not fully understand why and how it is impacting organizations today, perhaps even their own.
  • IoT is exploding and the possibilities are endless, but did you know the future of IoT is open source?
  • Community is perhaps the single most important success factor in open source, and even more important are the codes of conduct that run throughout. This factor, more than any other, will determine whether an effort is a success or failure.
  • If you join a project how do you choose the right one for you? We’ll look at basic tips to help people new to OS determine which projects may be best.

Topics and sessions

We generally group topics and sessions into three (3) tracks – processes, tools and case studies/demos. While there are gray areas for sure, most of what will be covered can be placed into one of these categories.

Technology and tools vary and there are many out there, but we’ve chosen to focus on a few we feel are important.

Just a few include:

  • Containers, containerisation and container orchestration
  • OpenStack and cloud tools
  • Tools for the open source developer
  • Git & GitHub, delivered by the GitHub team
  • Advanced Git, delivered by Brent Laster, Senior SAS manager and author of “Professional Git”
  • Tools and techniques for enhancing project productivity
  • Continuous deployment (CD) and the open source tools that get your project out of source and into it’s final application
  • The continuous integration and delivery tools traditionally reserved for enterprises and proprietary code now available for open source projects.
  • How to go from just an app developer to an open source developer


We’re covering multiple processes within larger topics, just a few of which include:

  • Software development practices that keep FLOSS values front and center
  • How to build a great open source community, looking at the NativeScript experience
  • Managing consensus in open source projects
  • Building open source community looking at the community and ecosystem
  • How to build community using Twitter chats
  • The QA process and engaging the open source community
  • How to create your very first open source project the “right” way

Case Studies and Demos

We’ve found case studies and demos to be excellent educational tools. Just a few will include:

  • How to contribute to Apache OpenWhisk
  • How to get involved in open source and The Javascript Foundation, with Kris Borchers, Executive Director, Javascript Foundation
  • Did you know an organization can be open? The “open” organization will be explained
  • A short tour of Linux distributions – look at the features of each major distro
  • An explanation of how today’s enterprises use Linux

Finally, we’ll take a look at a few topics that are extremely important yet don’t “fit” into tracks. These include:

  • How to sell open source while keeping your soul
  • How to make money doing what you love – many still believe open source and making money are mutually exclusive
  • The evolution of open source business models, a fascinating look at how things are changing and what’s causing it
  • Open source hardware – the tools and resources available

Head over to our schedule page for a closer look at the talks, and register starting Tuesday, January 3rd before tickets run out!