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Keynote: Diversity in the Innovation Economy

First up this morning was Laura Weidman Powers from Code2040 in a talk entitled Diversity in the Innovation Economy: Why It Matters And What You Can Do About It. Laura started by talking about race (which is “super awkward” according to her). Even though is awkward for her she thinks it’s important for us to talk about. Two things are happening in America that make it important. First the software  [ Read More ]

How To Get More Kids To Code

Next up was How To Get More Kids To Code with Regina ten Bruggencate and Kim Spiritus. I got in late (I was waiting in line to get a free signed copy of ‘The Art of Community‘ by Jono Bacon) so I missed the beginning of this session, but came in as they were demoing Scratch. This is a website where kids can play little games (available in 40 languages)  [ Read More ]

Non-Profit Organizations for FLOSS Projects

We had several speakers talking to us about Non-Profit Organizations for FLOSS Projects: There Is No Place Like Home. First up was Software in the Public Interest (SPI). SPI was founded in 1997 as a “fork” of the Open Source Institute. SPI provides a bank account, the ability to receive charitable donations, ability to sign contracts, and some light legal assistance. They do not have any part in your project  [ Read More ]

Brent Beer from GitHub talked to us after lunch about Collaborative Teaching for More Effective Learning. As we know budgets are shrinking – everywhere – but in particular in education. So what are we doing in schools to get more bang for our buck? One option is to start using open source software to lower overhead costs. There are also tools out there that are specific for schools with shrinking  [ Read More ]

Jon Roberts of the Davis School District in Utah talked to us about Using Open Source in the Classroom Every Single Day. He used to be a hacker and now he’s a teacher. Kids today expect constant connectivity and Jon wanted to talk to us about how he works with kids like this. Before becoming a teacher, Jon worked in software development for the military and moved on to becoming  [ Read More ]

Elizabeth Leddy gave the next talk I attended entitled: Wish I Knew How to Quit You: 10 Secrets to Sustainable Open Source Communities. Elizabeth works with Plone but wasn’t really involved in open source until about 5 years ago. With open source we often start by working at a company that supports a specific open source application and there are two paths we can take. One path is that you  [ Read More ]

And the final keynote Mark Shuttleworth from Ubuntu. This conference is Mark’s favorite because “The people in the open source community have extremely generous hearts.” The truly amazing thing about open source tools is that they end up getting used for things that the original developers never considered. Mark called open source tools the “tools of opportunity” which is a great way to think about open source. Mark showed us  [ Read More ]

Up next was Sharren Bates from inBloom, a not for profit interoperability company that works with schools in the US. inBloom is getting in to open source to enable the sharing of data between all systems in schools – they’re not there yet – but they’re nearly there. This will get inBloom a lot of things (enthusiasm, expertise and more from community members) and it will let them share a  [ Read More ]

Todd Greene from Media Temple was up next. He started talking about Linux – how it’s 1 platform with 6 different interpretations. Todd used the example of the ‘omelet’ in this comparison. The secret ingredient in omelet making – in open source software – is YOU. MT came up with a set of values to making open source successful: work with extraordinary people get things done always been curious enjoy  [ Read More ]

For our next speaker, Carin Meier, we were asked to turn off our devices so that we could watch demos of clojure controlled robots. We watched Carin control her roomba and her drone from her computer – even making the two “friends” with each other. Since I couldn’t live blog cause my computer had to be off, you can watch the video here:

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