Business track

How do you make a living in open source?
Share what you know about making a living in the f/oss world. From finding open source jobs, to choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers.. Example topics from the past include “Learn Tech Management in 45 Minutes” and “The Independent Software Developer.

Sessions for this track

* Beyond Leaning In: How to Negotiate to Get What You Want

Now that you know how important it is to ask for want you want, come learn how to negotiate in a way that will get you what you need. For everyone of any gender identity who works at a company or freelances, who feels like a newb or an expert, this presentation will teach you effective, practical skills to improve your negotiations and deal confidently with conflicts.
Katie Lane

* Crash Course in Tech Management

Managing is a skill which you can master just as you did programming. This session will introduce you to many of the skills and resources you’ll need to become a successful tech manager (and keep your team from wanting to string you up).
VM Brasseur

* Open source software could save libraries! Maybe!

There are opportunities for open source to help save the day for libraries, ending many of librarians' and library users' woes.
Coral Sheldon-Hess

* Patents are for babies: what every engineer should know about IP law

Don't leave IP law to the lawyers! Intellectual property law is a minefield wrapped in straightjacket sprinkled with arsenic-laced gumdrops. Invented for lawyers by lawyers, IP law makes many engineers resentful and dismissive. And yet most of us don't know enough about the details to protect ourselves and our own creations. This session will increase your understanding of how copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and open source licensing protect you, your code, your company, and your community.
Belinda Runkle

* REI's Expedition into Open Source

The software engineers at REI build, maintain, and operate the cooperative’s digital retail infrastructure, from our mobile apps to, and it runs on open source. We see many benefits to open sourcing our code, but it’s uncharted territory for REI. This is our journey preparing the cooperative to contribute our code back to the open source community. Will we be successful? What have we learned? You’ll find out!
Rob McGuire-Dale

* Stop Crying in the Bathroom and Start Your Own Business

The tech industry has a 'diversity problem' and companies are courting women, people of color and other marginalized people as the pressure mounts to hire someone besides 24-year-old cis, straight white male programmers. However, for many marginalized people, working in startups, agencies, and large tech companies can be a miserable, demoralizing experience that literally results in crying in the bathroom. There's more to life than startups. Come hear ideas for making your own path in the tech industry, without compromising your dignity or your mental health.
Kronda Adair

* Utilizing open source medical systems to reach the next 33 million

There is an increase in double burden of diseases in developing countries accruing from the rise of non communicable and infectious diseases. This situation is worsened by lack of adequate financing, inadequate infrastructure for delivering health care, low health literacy and inadequate personnel. Health information systems drive the global health agenda , and huge investments are continuously being made to bridge the digital divide to improve health care delivery. 1. What are the opportunities to effectively deploy open source technologies in developing countries? 2. How do we create ownership, partnerships and collaborations that support scaling open source medical records system 3. What are the effective design thinking techniques that drive development of open source record systems
judy wawira

Proposals for this track

* Balance: Being a Corporate Wage Slave While Loving Open Souce

How I went from contributing on the side to being hired to work on open source full-time.
Business 2014-03-27 19:01:45 +0000
Mika Epstein

* Bringing bright ideas to life, successfully

So you have the idea that will make you the next Twitter or Facebook. But how do you actually turn that into a successful service ? What hurdles do you have to take and what pitfalls will you need to avoid ?
Business 2014-03-23 15:42:39 +0000
Wim Godden

* Developing open source projects and not being worried about making a living - an introduction to the idea of basic income

Contributing to open source projects and not worrying about making a living? What sounds like a dream could become true with an economic concept called basic income. The idea is currently debated in various countries. The talk will introduce the concept and outline the opportunities for the open source community.
Business 2014-04-04 02:08:29 +0000
Hannes Hapke

* Elgg to Idno: creating a new kind of community platform

What does it take to create a community platform for the modern web? Drawing on lessons from one of the most popular open source community products, we'll learn about creating software for today's users.
Business 2014-04-01 22:37:25 +0000
Ben Werdmuller

* How "Open" Changes Product Development

There's a lot of speculation about open source product development. How can a product with "no IP" be competitive? What are the viable business models, when the code is freely available? And how am I supposed to build and take a viable product to market if my company is focused on services, not products? The truth is, you can build -- and successfully take to market -- an open source product. But the rules are different, and must not be ignored.
Business 2014-04-11 23:56:43 +0000
Karen Borchert

* How to make a profit while respecting open source brands

Does your company want to capitalize on open source brands without alienating the community? Get a perspective on how Apache expects companies to behave - and ways we are happy for you to make a profit doing it!
Business 2014-04-11 23:04:30 +0000
Shane Curcuru

* Metrics-Driven OSS Advocacy: Watching the Conversion Funnel

This talk will address the challenges of tracking open source project metrics and its limitations, presented from the perspective of an engineer who was specifically hired to advocate and grow strong communities around existing open source projects. Using Dave's work at Twitter as a case study, it will introduce how metrics have driven a monthly strategy for advocacy for the Apache Mesos project. The talk will address how a conversion funnel can be an effective model of evaluating and communicating where growth occurs in a project and its potential impact.
Business 2014-04-05 05:13:33 +0000
Dave Lester

* Net assets tax (compared to income or sales tax).

Oregon and almost all states taxed net assets in the mid-1800's, and the most stable countries have taxed net assets the most. Through graphs, you'll be smarter about government and understand what tax can be (to be better for everybody).
Business 2014-03-22 03:10:29 +0000
Alex Linsker

* Open Infrastructure for an Open Company

Balanced is opening its infrastructure to the community, learn how and why.
Business 2014-04-05 03:28:45 +0000
Noah Kantrowitz

* Open Source & Small Business Community - A Case Study

For small businesses and cash-strapped freelancers, the promise of Free and Open Source software is obstructed by a geeky barrier of terminology, code, and downright snobbery. Let's talk about how to change that, using a real-life case study.
Business 2014-04-11 03:02:51 +0000
Anca Mosoiu

* Open Source is Driving Big Data Trends, But Where?

Big data may be a buzzword, but that buzzword is driving major open source development. This panel will discuss the trends pushing open source projects related to big data.
Business 2014-04-05 03:16:23 +0000
Thursday Bram, Portia Burton, Rachel Shadoan

* Open Source Will Power The World

The next wave of technology startups will be powered by free software. Here's why it's good for business as well as the world.
Business 2014-04-04 21:09:02 +0000
Christine Spang

* OSS and SaaS - Friends at Last.

The Open Source community has good reason to embrace permissive licences and Software-as-a-Service now.
Business 2014-03-11 22:39:44 +0000
Matthew Heitzenroder

* Selling Open Source Inside and Out

It is important for us as members of open source communities to not just promote the adoption of open source inside of the companies we work with, but to promote and develop ways for those companies to contribute back to their communities.
Business 2014-04-12 00:07:04 +0000
Chris Strahl

* Successful open source web apps for the people

Most of the popular open source consumer web applications were created years ago. What does it take to make an open application for non-technical people, and find success?
Business 2014-04-04 00:47:24 +0000
Ben Werdmuller

* Technically Pretty

Presenting as both technical and professionally-female is a difficult tightrope to walk. Join us for this talk on how to work your own style into something the suits will respect.
Business 2014-03-21 05:44:44 +0000
H. Waterhouse

* The Virtuous Cycle of an Open Source Agency

Get involved in an open source community, write cutting edge code, do right by your clients, and make a decent living in the process.
Business 2014-04-11 16:03:45 +0000
Lev Tsypin

* Unsuck Your Job

There is no reason you have to put up with a job which is unnecessarily stressful, unfulfilling, or just wrong for you. You have the power to make things better. I'm here to show you how.
Business 2014-03-27 04:10:43 +0000
VM Brasseur

* Web Design is a Process

Nobody puts IA in a corner! Web design and development does not start with Photoshop or end with a commit. It is all the stuff in between that matters. Get ready to get your hands dirty in this workshop exploring all the facets that make up the field of "web design".
Business 2014-04-05 02:22:54 +0000
Morten Rand-Hendriksen