If you are a current technology professional or technology student/future technology professional we strongly encourage you consider attending. Why? In short, corporate open source use and participation are now at all time highs, as is the need for open source skills. Consider the following:

1. Corporate open source use and participation has now reached an all-time high and shows no signs of slowing down. It has become the RULE, not the exception.

According to the Annual Future of Open Source survey:

  • Sixty-five percent (65%) of companies are now contributing to open source projects
  • Sixty-seven percent (67%) actively encourage developers to contribute to open source projects and engage in the community
  • Greater than 65% of companies leverage open source software to speed application development
  • Greater than 55% of companies leverage open source software in their production infrastructure

2. Demand for open source skills has never been higher

According to the Linux Foundation report Rising Need for Open Source Skills in 2016:

  • Open source is now the go-to platform for building software – demand for talent is now a priority
  • Fifty-nine percent (59%) of hiring managers surveyed say they will add more open source resources over the next 6 months
  • Open source hiring is slated to become the top field of recruitment – 65% of employers reporting more open source hiring than in other parts of their business

However…

  • 87% surveyed report difficulty finding the right open source skills and expertise
  • Seventy-nine percent (79%) of hiring managers have increased incentives for open source associates in an effort to retain talent
  • Forty-four percent (44%) have increased salaries in open source more than in any other part of the company
  • Forty-three percent (43%) are offering more flexible hours and telecommuting as a way to retain talent