October 11, 2006
The 2006 O'Reilly European Open Source Convention: Taking "Open" Further
Sebastopol, CA--EuroOSCON, the O'Reilly European Open Source Convention,
wrapped up last month in Brussels, Belgium. The second edition of
EuroOSCON was loosely coupled around the theme of "Open and Connected,"
bringing together just over 500 developers, hackers, IT managers, sys
admins, entrepreneurs, and researchers from around the globe. Participants
spent four energizing days exchanging ideas on how open source's
architecture of participation and user contributions provide guideposts
for new business models and tools, how it influences geek culture and
beyond, and how it informs and extends the concept of Web 2.0.
EuroOSCON delved into critical issues across the spectrum of open source
technologies: the business, politics, and social dimensions of open
source, open culture, open APIs, open innovation and all that's built on
top of them. A particularly thought-provoking set of innovators, creators,
and leaders from across Europe and around the world spoke about best
practices, strategic issues, and coming changes, including:
- Chris Heathcote, Nokia
- Charles Lamb, Oracle, "Developing Berkeley DB Java Edition"
- Author Tor Norretranders, "Dare, Care, and Share"
- Marten Mickos, MySQL AB, "Culture's Consequences on Open Source
Communities and Businesses"
- Mark Shuttleworth, "Ubuntu: Improving Collaboration in the Free Software
- Rasmus Lerdorf, Yahoo!/PHP, "Fast and Rich Web Applications with PHP
- Louis Suarez-Potts, OpenOffice.org, "Making It Work: How to Build a
Successful Open Source Project"
- Kathy Sierra, "Building Passionate Users"
- Frank Mantek, Google
- Adrian Holovaty, Django, "Journalism via Computer Programming"
- Florian Mueller, No Software Patents, "EU Software Patents Reloaded"
- Bill Liao, Open Business Club GmbH
- Martin von Haller Groenbaek, Bender von Haller Dragsted, "Open Source
Licensing as Strategic Asset"
- Colin Brumelle, Bryght, "Music 2.0: The Coming Revolution"
- Peter Saint - Andre and Ralph Meijer "Jabber Bootcamp"
- Damian Conway, Thoughtstream, "Seven Principles of Better API Design"
- Ranga Rangachari, GroundWork Open Source, "Channeling Open Source in
- Walter Harms, "How OSS Changes a Government Department"
- Scott Dietzen, Zimbra
- Dale Dougherty, Make Magazine, "Make and the Re-emergence of DIY Tech"
- Jim Zemlin, Free Standards Group
EuroOSCON sponsors CodePlex, Google, Port 25, ActiveState, Autodesk,
Booking.com, fotango, Iona, Linagora, and Scalix presented their cutting
edge products and tools in the Sponsor Gallery on day two of the event.
The following day, the Gallery was the site of DotOrg Day, a showcase for
important non-profit and volunteer efforts. The MAKE Fest--a fun, creative
evening event the brought do-it-yourself projects from the pages of Make
Magazine to life--returned for its second year.
Two announcements were made at EuroOSCON:
that enables developers to produce web applications quickly, simply and
with no upfront costs
- GeoPress, a plug-in that makes it easy to embed locations and maps in a
WordPress blog, was released at EuroOSCON
At EuroOSCON 2006, technologists met up with business people, hallway
conversations connected community activists and politicians with
developers, and managers traded predictions about what the future holds
for free and open software. While EuroOSCON included all the coding and
practical sessions of a skills-oriented conference, it also took "open"
further, recognizing that open source is just one facet of a larger
revolution in commercial and social life that can all be traced back to
the inherently open nature of the Internet.
For complete information about the 2006 O'Reilly European Open Source
Check out the EuroOSCON conference blog for the latest news and photos:
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