Culture track

Exploring how open source extends through technology into our communities.
Open source ideas affect things beyond our software, from group organization to creative projects to how we share knowledge. Organizations from the personal to the governmental are influenced by this movement. Even inside open source, we wonder what it can teach us about our groups’ structures, and inclusiveness versus exclusivity. Tell us how open source can inform the entire world and promote transparency in all aspects of life. Example topics from the past include “Building Open Source Communities in Higher Education” and “Organizing a Volunteer-Driven Open Source Community Project.”

Sessions for this track

* "Why did you do that?" You're more automated than you think.

Your brain is really good at surviving in neolithic Africa, but not because of our powers of higher levels of thought; they're much too slow. Humans are so successful as a species because we're champions at automating things, including our own thoughts and behaviours. What's fascinating is that we're profoundly unaware of just how much our own lives run on automatic, and just how much our own behaviour is influenced by external factors. Join internationally acclaimed speaker Paul Fenwick as we examine the fascinating world of the human mind.
Culture
Paul Fenwick

* A Tangled Tale

Forum-based interactive learning is an important open tech community activity. We will look at a storytelling-based example from the past.
Culture
Bart Massey

* Bitcoin 101

An introduction to the cryptocurrency system called Bitcoin. The cryptography, the economics of currency bootstrapping, and the traction its getting today.
Culture
Don Park

* Get 'Em While They're Young: Cultivating the Next Generation of Open Source Contributors

Many open source projects participate in college mentorship programs, but what about younger students? Should we be cultivating the next generation of contributors from an earlier age?
Culture
Jane Wells

* Give a Great Tech Talk

Why do so many technical presentations suck? Make sure that yours doesn't. Josh Berkus and Ian Dees will show you how to share your ideas with your audience by speaking effectively and (when the situation warrants it) showing your code.
Culture
Ian Dees, Josh Berkus

* Hacker Dojo: Anarchy with Respect

Imagine an open source project was an actual place: a place where people volunteer to make something better; contribute their time, knowledge and resources; a place to share ideas or just to get work done. Hacker Dojo is for hackers and thinkers and this session will describe how the open source ethos can successfully be applied to a physical space.
Culture
Kitt Hodsden

* How Python Saved 263 Lives, and Our Sanity

Faced with bit rot, expired proprietary software, and imminent collapse, we spent 2 weeks re-inventing a tsunami casualty simulator using open-source technologies. Come hear about the pitfalls, the elation, and how switching to an open stack changes the economics of city planning.
Culture
Jonathan Karon

* Is your Community Connecting to the Future?

Are you taking the underlying infrastructure that allows you to do the cool stuff you do online for granted? Do you think that ubiquitous, affordable, high speed broadband will just happen? Merger mania in the telecommunications arena means we prosumers will have less and less of a choice in our connectivity options. What role can communities play in ensuring broadband communications infrastructure and connectivity strategies promote openness, and improve accessibility and responsiveness of government to citizens.
Culture
Mary Beth Henry

* Kick Asana

"Yoga for Geeks", sometimes known as "Yoga for Long-Haul Travelers", returns to Open Source Bridge! Come with your stiff shoulders, sore wrists, tight hips and aching back. Leave with ideas on how to incorporate 5 minutes of practice into your busy day to care for your body and mind.
Culture
Sherri Montgomery

* Law is Code, and We're Here to Open Source It

Anyone can show how to save the world. We tell how to receive unsolicited love letters while doing it.
Culture
Robb Shecter, Lisa Hackenberger

* Learn Open Source Skills Without Embarrassing Yourself

New contributors are often intimidated the first time they appear in public to share a tarball, submit a patch, or open an IRC client. What if they could practice within "training levels" for open source contribution? This talk introduces the OpenHatch training missions, an open-source, interactive, entertaining way to learn the tools and culture of our community.
Culture
Asheesh Laroia

* Morning Keynote - Hacking for Freedom

The last year has shown the Internet and computers to be a major force for freedom and self-determination around the world. The presenter discusses his work as a hacktivist. Working with Anonymous and Telecomix, he has helped organized protests in support of WikiLeaks, provided communications support to Egypt and the Middle East, and generally fought the good fight.
Culture
Peter Fein

* Mozilla School of Webcraft @P2PU

P2PU School of Webcraft: Web developer training that’s free, open and globally accessible.
Culture
John Britton

* Online Community Metrics: Tips and Techniques for Measuring Participation

Do you know what people are really doing in your open source project? Having good community data and metrics for your open source project is a great way to understand what works and what needs improvement over time, and metrics can also be a nice way to highlight contributions from key project members. This session will focus on tips and techniques for collecting and analyzing metrics from tools commonly used by open source projects. It's like people watching, but with data.
Culture
Dawn Foster

* Open Source Communities Panel

Learn from open source community leaders who work on projects big and small.
Culture
Audrey Eschright, Asheesh Laroia, Noirin Plunkett, Jane Wells, Chris Strahl

* Open Source: Open to whom?

What makes the culture of open source so hostile to women and how can we as individuals act to change it?
Culture
Valerie Aurora

* Open Source: Saving the World

Most of us get involved with open source as a way to solve the problems we face on a day-to-day basis. But technology in general, and open source software in particular, also provides the key to solving the more catastrophic problems that people face around the world today.
Culture
Noirin Plunkett

* Seven Habits Of Highly Obnoxious Trolls

Developing more effective habits isn't just for the good guys. We'll discuss seven methodologies that make trolls more effective---and tell you what you can do about it.
Culture
Bart Massey, Selena Deckelmann, Duke Leto

* Showing Kids the Source

When kids get hands on experience with the source code of a program, they get excited!
Culture
Andrew Baerg

* Transit Appliances

Disruptively low-cost real-time transit displays
Culture
Chris Smith

Proposals for this track

* Baby Steps into Open Source

At the Apache Software Foundation, we believe in being open. But we also recognize that "open" isn't enough to draw people in and get them involved. This talk will draw on the lessons learned in the incubation and mentoring projects at Apache to help you understand what's needed to tap the huge pool of potential contributors who already care about your work!
Culture 2011-03-22 22:28:50 +0000
Noirin Plunkett

* Balancing Philosophies and Community As Your Project Evolves

Growing your consumer-focused open source project is going to present many challenges. Over eight years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging solution to a robust publishing platform in response to the growth and transformation of its community, while continuing to maintain its core philosophies and values. Join a core team member and a core community member of WordPress in understanding the project's failures and successes.
Culture 2011-04-01 04:29:55 +0000
Andrew Nacin, Aaron Jorbin

* Booze and Tech

A lighthearted look at how technology can help you get your drink on, and why this actually matters
Culture 2011-03-16 04:32:42 +0000
Kevin Scaldeferri

* Community Source in EDU: Open Source Education

How are educational institutions working together to build technologies tailored to their needs and combine resources using open practices? Learn from examples in courseware (eg, Sakai), multimedia (eg, Opencast Matterhorn), and administrative systems (eg, Kuali).
Culture 2011-03-30 20:34:11 +0000
Nathan Angell

* Creepers, Zombies, and Skeletons: Minecraft and open-source

A trek through the history of Minecraft and what we can learn from its interaction with open-source communities
Culture 2011-03-18 20:20:37 +0000
Corbin Simpson

* Forge.mil: What the Department of Defense can teach us about Community Development

Since its launch in 2009, Forge.mil, the Department of Defense’s groundbreaking collaborative software development platform, has quickly garnered over 8000 members and over 400 projects. Its utilization of open-source principles has improved the ability of the military to rapidly deliver dependable software. Its efficient use of scarce resources provides a model of collaborative cooperation that can benefit all communities in and out of the government.
Culture 2011-03-09 18:26:23 +0000
Guy Martin

* Geek Choir 3.0 (Long Form)

Geek Choir - The Return! (Now, even longer!)
Culture 2011-02-11 21:54:57 +0000
Michael Alan Brewer

* Geek Choir 3.0 (Short Form)

Geek Choir - The Return!
Culture 2011-02-11 21:51:53 +0000
Michael Alan Brewer

* Get more contributors (and diversity) through outreach

Want to learn how to *successfully* reach out to new contributors? Learn from other projects' successes
Culture 2011-04-01 05:27:37 +0000
Asheesh Laroia

* Hacking the Wet/Fleshy Processor — Meditation for Coders to access both sides of the brain.

Sherri & Faddah Yuetsu will offer basic techniques and provide suggestions (and further reading) on how meditation can be useful tool not only to center, but to make those creative leaps into the beyond in one's coding.
Culture 2011-03-09 16:02:05 +0000
Sherri Montgomery

* Helping kids read

Kids can choose their own learning path as soon as they can read. It's not hard to give them a smooth runway using this parenting hack.
Culture 2011-01-20 17:17:50 +0000
Kurt Sussman

* How Debian revitalized the "mentors" list

Debian is a project famous for being harsh to newcomers. Learn how Debian changed the culture on the debian-mentors list, and how this doubled traffic and dropped unanswered threads by 90%
Culture 2011-04-01 05:42:46 +0000
Asheesh Laroia

* How Mozilla Webdev Stewards Roll

Mozilla's Webdev team is small, but helps out with over 100+ web properties. We're experimenting organizationally to scale ourselves. Learn about the new Webdev Steward role.
Culture 2011-03-25 18:55:37 +0000
Austin King

* Infrastructure for 21st Century Citizenship

Oregon faces big problems, and new ways of thinking and engaging need to be created to solve them. There is a pressing need for an open source, easy-to-use online platform where Oregonians can raise issues, identify needs, exchange information, offer support and resources, connect with one another, and take action together toward shared solutions that improve our neighborhoods, our communities and our state.
Culture 2011-03-16 18:32:08 +0000
Mark Frischmuth

* Investigating Open Source Software Adoption in Governmental Contexts

Many value-creating strategies, products, and processes rely on information systems. Yet enabling access to these vital information resources through the procurement, implementation, and use of proprietary software is often complicated and costly. Proponents of open source software (OSS) claim that robust and yet affordable solutions are available because software engineers and programs around the world are able to contribute to source code that is open for anyone to modify and maintain overtime. This production model has shifted the notion of software as the intellectual property of a vendor, to a resource for all. However, questions remain about the viability of OSS for businesses and non-profits. For example, organizations seeking software-based solutions require the security of knowing that the software will not compromise their larger information infrastructure and hurt their business. Some software vendors now provide stable versions of open source software, which they call “vendor driven open source” that combine the strengths of open source with the security of having a direct contract with a company to provide technical/user support and software documentation. Through an exploratory field study of OSS use within city and state government, the researcher seeks insight into its viability for work operations.
Culture 2011-03-16 18:07:06 +0000
Erica Wagner

* Is there Open Source Software on Other Planets?

Learn about (and get involved with) setiQuest Explorer, the first application (fully open source) that allows ordinary people to examine radio telescope signals and participate directly in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Culture 2011-03-31 06:27:33 +0000
Francis Potter

* Open Source enables and enhances Green IT

With the world coming to terms with climate change caused directly as a result of our irresponsible use of greenhouse gas emitting technologies, there is a spurt of growth in making everything Green. While Green IT is in itself an industry these days, let us see how Open Source contributes significantly to enhance our efforts.
Culture 2011-01-20 06:30:15 +0000
Venkat Mangudi

* Open, transparent, and vocal - adding audio to your outreach

Let's talk about modern podcasting. There are good reasons to include audio and video in your project or personal blog, and it's gotten so much easier in the last 5 years.
Culture 2011-03-31 19:11:47 +0000
Sarah Novotny, Sheeri Cabral

* Oregon, Academia & Open Source: Highlights from the OSU Open Source Lab

You’re likely already aware that the Oregon State University Open Source Lab hosts some of the world’s most high-profile open source projects, from the Linux Kernel to the Apache Software Foundation. But did you know that OSU Open Source Lab releases its own software, teaches university students about open source development and that we’re spinning up a testing cluster for open source projects?
Culture 2011-03-29 21:28:55 +0000
Jeff Sheltren

* Postgres! The Musical

An animated musical mini-movie in which our heroine uses open-source software to overthrow the stranglehold of the evil head of IT, and finds true love in the process.
Culture 2011-03-31 00:08:16 +0000
Melissa Hollingsworth

* Project Management for Communities

Project management for open source communities is often taxing and difficult. Many community initiatives struggle because of the difficult environment of volunteerism and a lack of dedicated PM resources. This session will be a set of two case studies from PMs within the Drupal community.
Culture 2011-03-31 22:35:55 +0000
Chris Strahl, Melissa Anderson

* Running an Open Source Project in a Closed Source Community

How do you go about building an open source project in a community known for waiting on the Mothership to bless them with new code?
Culture 2011-02-17 07:57:21 +0000
John Sheehan

* Shattering Secrets with Social Media

Who works for that startup? What are they building? Who are their investors? Did he quit or get fired? Who is she dating now? Does any of it matter?
Culture 2011-02-11 18:52:36 +0000
Keith Casey

* The Culture of Open Source Beyond Technology

Community building is tough--whether it's in real-life or online. Applying the principles of open source to your community building efforts can accelerate your success. This session will focus on the successes and failures of community building on opensource.com and highlight the culture of exploring open source beyond technology.
Culture 2011-03-03 05:27:51 +0000
Jason Hibbets

* The Story of Spaz: How to Give Away Everything, Make No Money, and Still Win

What motivates us as developers? How do we define success? Throughout the development of Spaz, we've learned a lot about what works, what doesn't, and what really matters. Come to hear the story, and participate in the discussion of how we define success in open source.
Culture 2011-01-19 19:05:28 +0000
Edward Finkler

* We should own our communications infrastructure, right?

As events in Egypt have shown dramatically, networks aren't always managed in the interests of their users. The actors might look different here in the US, but the effect isn't all that different.
Culture 2011-02-03 22:07:50 +0000
Russell Senior

* What Gets Thrown Under The Bridge?

Why not have a Salon des Refuses?
Culture 2011-04-01 06:47:58 +0000
Donald Davis

* Working successfully outside the cube

How to make being a remote worker and supporting remote workers successful in an organization.
Culture 2011-01-28 11:19:45 +0000
John Mertic