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Press Release: April 27, 2016

O'Reilly's OSCON: making open source work

Sebastopol, CA—From the White House to healthcare to the largest enterprises, the world now runs on open source. O'Reilly's OSCON explores how open source works May 16-19 in Austin, with a full schedule of speakers and events.

Special events include:

  • Kids Day (May 15)–Workshops teach kids Java, Python, Scratch, Minecraft Modding, Arduino, and more.
  • Cultivate (May 16-17)–O'Reilly's leadership training focuses on culture as a company's operating system, the language of leadership, and how leaders and their teams can continue to improve and learn.
  • All the bots (May 17)–Leading bot makers tell their stories, followed by an afternoon hackathon where participants can work with bot experts to start making new bots or troubleshoot ones already in progress.
  • OSCON Contribute (May 18)–OSCON Contribute focuses on welcoming new open source contributors for free and open source (FOSS) projects of all sizes.

Featured speakers on May 18-19 include:

  • Cory Doctorow, "Open, closed, and demon haunted: An Internet of Things that act like inkjet printers"
  • Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, "Keynote Performance by Sammus"
  • Alvand Salehi, "Open Source at the White House"
  • Joseph Sirosh, "Big Datascopes: The fourth paradigm of scientific discovery"
  • Kyla McMullen, "How did I 'git' here? A tale of a CS professor"
  • Dana Lewis, "Closing the loop: Open source community projects are changing health care"
  • Keila Banks, "The automated teen"
  • Simon Wardley, "Crossing the river by feeling the stone"

For some open source background, Tim O'Reilly just wrote a post that explains he learned the concept of "create more value than you capture" from the open source community.

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