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.

Sessions for this track

* Assholes are killing your project

The strength of your community is the best predictor of your project's long-term viability. What happens when your community is gradually infiltrated by assholes, who infect everyone else with their constant negativity and personal attacks? This talk will teach you about the dramatic impact assholes are having on your organization today and will show you how you can begin to repair it.
Donnie Berkholz

* Building Open Source Communities in Higher Education

Learning how Open source communities work is an important skill in today's job market, but many college students fail to join projects. Come learn how the School of EECS at Oregon State University is working to motivate students, and help them overcome the barriers of joining open source projects through Beaversource.
Jose Cedeno, Eric Betts, Justin Gallardo

* Effective code sprinting

Code sprints are events where developers quickly complete coding tasks in a collaborative environment. A panel of skilled developers will share their experiences for organizing effective code sprints so you can better participate and organize your own. The panel members have organized and participated in over a hundred sprints (ranging from Django to JRuby) and used sprints as the primary way to develop community-oriented projects (e.g., Calagator). While most of the discussion will be about volunteer-run open source code sprints, many of the ideas will be readily applicable to improving development at your workplace. The panel will offer practical, actionable advice that you can use and answer your questions.
Igal Koshevoy, Reid Beels, Audrey Eschright

* Faking It Til I Make It: A Woman On The Fringe Of Open Source

As a long-time user of open source software, I've often considered myself an advocate but not necessarily a participant. Over the last year and a half, my own search for technical inspiration has led me full-circle to the realization that I'm an active member of a vibrant community of technical women.
Maria Webster

* Friday Unconference Kickoff & Scheduling

Welcome to the unconference day.
Audrey Eschright, Selena Deckelmann, Chris Messina

* Get Off Your Asana and Move!

This is a yoga workshop for anyone who sits and works on computers a lot. You will learn breathing exercises and physical postures that can be done at anytime to help maintain a healthy body and clear mind. Suggestions will be included for how to modify stretches to protect injuries and provide gentle opening.
Sherri Koehler

* How uses technology to change the world's mission is to help change the world by providing proactive people, communities, and organizations with a forum to connect and communicate.
Michel Pelletier

* My Grand Experiment: A Portland Women-focused Tech Group.

The idea for Code-n-Splode grew out of the Women in Open Source BOF at OSCON 2007. I'll talk about my original reasons for starting a women-friendly tech group, how the group is evolving, and what I've learned.
gabrielle roth

* New Ways for Teaching Children Software Programming

Software programming has come a long way for students and younger children since the days of Logo. Syntax has been replaced with connecting blocks and the triangle turtle has been replaced with custom artwork children create themselves. Now, multi-threading and event processing are easier to teach children than functions, and this session discusses these ideas as well as so the edge of kid code.
Howard Abrams

* Open Source Development - The Dark Side

Navigating the Darkside of the Open Source Development Community. A decidedly sarcastic and hopefully humorous look at the dark under-belly of the Open Source Development Culture.
Jennifer Redman

* Open Source Library Software: Empowering Libraries - Creating Opportunities

The closed, proprietary, integrated library systems (ILS) of the last decade have left libraries with no control over features, enhancements, hardware platforms, or support options resulting in an attitude of “learned helplessness” when it comes to their ILS. Open Source Library Systems (OSLS) offer opportunities to empower libraries and library staff to create new kinds of collaborative support and development environments. This session uses activities that will help participants understand (from the inside) the cultural shift that needs to happen so they can take advantage of their participation in this Open Source project and not just remain passive bystanders.
Lori Ayre

* Organizing a Volunteer-Driven Open Source Community Project

Panel: Organization, coordination, and implementation of a volunteer community open source project: (by PDX Drupal UG)
Sarah Beecroft, Molly Vogt, Joaquin Lippincott, Melissa Anderson, Israel Bayer

* Python for Teachers

Bring your laptop with Python installed and follow along as we go through examples from a 21st century high school mathematics curriculum, such as we're currently prototyping and implementing in niche markets.
Kirby Urner

* Re-factor Your Brain: Meditation for Geeks

Meditation is the ultimate open source tool. You can do it anywhere and it’s free. It requires only your brain and your body. It’s positive effects are numerous, including increased productivity, better problem-solving and a reduction in overall stress. Learn about long-term effects of mediation on the brain, some meditation techniques and how mediation can help you do your job better.
Christie Koehler

* Running an EDU on OSS

An examination and discussion of the various enterprise-class OSS tools available for course management, online collaboration, and administration for educational institutions.
Michael Alan Brewer

* Social network supermarkets and how to defeat them

The open source ecosystem operates at human scale, and yet the most popular social networks today are mammoths, where an open source citizen has limited agency with little to no ability to change her environment. Furthermore, efforts like OpenSocial serve to further limit what independents can build outside of the major networks, culminating in a threat the very essence of what makes the open/open source community thrive: choice and marketplace competition guaranteed through the ability to fork.
Chris Messina

* Teaching System Administration

How would you teach system administration? What important princples and practices would you want students to learn?
Steve VanDevender

* The Scylla and Charybdis of Open Source Legalese

We exist within invisible frameworks of legal and regulatory schema - even if we're coding in our underwear.
J-P Voillequé, Paula Holm Jensen

* Thursday Keynotes

Featuring Mayor Sam Adams and Ward Cunningham
Audrey Eschright, Selena Deckelmann, Ward Cunningham

* Trust the Vote: An Open Source Digital Public Works Project

If you have ever wanted to know what you can do to make a difference in our electoral process, then this talk is for you.
Gregory Miller

* Wednesday Welcome and Keynotes

Featuring Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist, and Kurt von Finck of Monty Program AB.
Audrey Eschright, Selena Deckelmann, Amber Case, Kurt von Finck

Proposals for this track

* Take the plunge: Start using Linux as your primary OS (alternate)

Have you been thinking of trying Linux as a primary OS? Have you installed Ubuntu once or twice but felt that it was a bit too awkward to use? This presentation will help you get past the tough parts and will show you where you can find quick answers in the future.
Culture 2009-04-09 17:30:47 +0000
Chris Pitzer

* Agile Methodologies for Open Source Projects

We'll examine some of the more subtle synergies in open source development and agile methodologies.
Culture 2009-04-01 14:12:13 +0000
Wil Sinclair

* Become a leader in your organization

Regardless of whether you work in an open-source project or the corporate world, there are leaders without titles. This talk will teach you how to create a reputation as a leader and become someone who others will look to for advice, inspiration, and direction.
Culture 2009-04-10 19:59:42 +0000
Donnie Berkholz

* Being a geek

Who's this geek chap that you speak of and why are you so proud to be one?
Culture 2009-03-29 05:06:49 +0000
Philip Tellis

* Bringing open source technology to community projects -- a live discussion

We will assemble four community organizers and four open source experts and moderate a discussion focusing on the information needs of the community leaders and possible open source solutions.
Culture 2009-03-26 23:30:24 +0000
Webb Sprague, Sarah Beecroft, Ken Tanzer, Jonathan Hedstrom

* Building a FOSS Certification

Meet to help design and build a free and open source software (FOSS) certification program to be delivered by OSBridge as a sustaining funding activity.
Culture 2009-04-07 21:30:58 +0000
Nathan Angell

* But that's not Windows! Case study and discussion of Open Source for Community Based Organizations.

Practical uses for Open Source at Community Based Organizations. How do you identify what works? What are the cultural and technical issues involved. Review of Open Source at Downtown Emergency Service Center as a case study.
Culture 2009-04-10 22:11:38 +0000
Ken Tanzer

* Companies and Communities

Companies are sponsoring more open source projects or paying the salaries of people participating in the community. What happens when you throw companies into the mix in an open source community?
Culture 2009-03-22 00:09:37 +0000
Dawn Foster

* Critique, how Open Source does feedback right.

Learn how to give and receive feedback to help grow your open source project.
Culture 2009-04-10 15:08:10 +0000
ben hengst

* Cultivating Open Source

This talk should give you ideas, strategy and courage to go build your own Open Source community and promote your projects.
Culture 2009-04-05 09:47:04 +0000
Adam Christian

* Cultivating Open Source in a Formerly Barren Community

When people have been living in a proprietary world their whole lives but are suddenly introduced to open source, what happens? Do they grab freedom by the throat, or do they suffer from Stockholm Syndrome? The answer might surprise you.
Culture 2009-04-07 18:20:14 +0000
Matt Woodward

* Day On Geeks Ninja Strike Teams & Help Desk for NPOs

Free, hands-on, geekly advice and assistance for nonprofit organizations from volunteers working on focused project teams and a help desk throughout OSBridge.
Culture 2009-04-04 17:59:11 +0000
Nathan Angell

* Driving open source in the enterprise

In this talk I will present concerns around governance of open source solutions in a corporate environment, and some approaches taken to address them.
Culture 2009-04-09 21:52:36 +0000
Rick Rezinas

* e-Administration open source tool for e-Governance

e-Administration is a versatile e-Platform for e-Governance and can help to transform the lives of citizens on earth and create all round peace and prosperity.
Culture 2009-03-17 09:57:16 +0000
Gopalakrishnan Devanathan

* Econix: tools for free and open (source) grassroots economies

In a context of economic crisis, new economies are emerging in which groups and individuals dynamically plan and organize economic actions based on their own values. Tools adapted from and developed through the open source community can radically strengthen the efficient flow of information to support such grassroots economies. We introduce "Econix" as a meme for thinking this through, our three-pronged action plan, and an initial proof-of-concept aggregator using microformats and other open standards to structure user-driven values-oriented virtual marketplaces.
Culture 2009-04-10 17:03:45 +0000
j. brush, Dietrich Ayala, Cameron Adamez

* Extending Day On: Helping Geeks & NPOs Connect After We Go Home

Hear back from Day On volunteers and nonprofits and brainstorm to help refine, augment and extend Day On's efforts to connect geeks with nonprofits needing technology help.
Culture 2009-04-04 18:23:03 +0000
Nathan Angell

* For the people, by the people, and of the people

Oregon's century-old tradition of progressive political reforms provides a fertile environment for the open source movement. Both are premised on the abilities and passions of the individual.
Culture 2009-04-11 06:22:18 +0000
Pete Forsyth

* For the people, by the people, and of the people

Still working on this! It will be distilled down, but I need to take a break!
Culture 2009-04-10 23:54:36 +0000
Pete Forsyth

* From Plone to Plinkit to Public Libraries

Plinkit (Public Library INterface KIT) provides both content and functionality that are exciting and useful to library patrons and staff alike. This talk will cover how Plone, a popular open source content management system, is being used by numerous states as a web-hosting solution for small and medium-sized libraries as part of the larger Plinkit Collaborative.
Culture 2009-03-05 22:33:21 +0000
Darci C Hanning

* Geek Choir

This is exactly what it looks like: We're going to make you sing. ;)
Culture 2009-04-08 15:37:31 +0000
Michael Alan Brewer

* generation y, open source community building and the lessons that business is learning ( or should learn) from them both

well run open source communities are the building blocks for the world that our generation y staffers have been immersed in since elementary school. the web has changed and continues to change the availability of information and the definition of expert. how can more traditional businesses make use of these principles of equality of ideas and organic growth of hierarchies to engage and encourage younger staff.
Culture 2009-04-10 19:24:25 +0000
sarah novotny

* Hacking the Encyclopedia: how open source citizens like you made Wikipedia possible

The history of how open source citizens built Wikipedia, and what you can do to sustain the project in to the future, even if you don't want to edit an encyclopedia.
Culture 2009-04-01 06:36:03 +0000
Steven Walling

* Hands-on Learning with Open Source

Most developers learn by doing, yet the majority of training is hands-off and classroom based. What's the recipe for success to make applied learning work for developers with little spare time?
Culture 2009-02-13 18:03:38 +0000
Jason Mauer

* Happy Fridays: helping good causes while making fun for people. A different way to approach philanthropy.

...think of natural human behavior as being like a constantly blowing wind and Happy Fridays as a bit of technology, a giant wind turbine that harnesses that wind and converts it into money that is used to fund worthy causes that make the world a better place.
Culture 2009-04-10 21:47:46 +0000
Kristopher Schlesser

* Health IT, Open Source, and You

Now is the time for Health Information Technology. The challenges of building an interoperable health system have been well documented. Get an overview of what's going on, learn about the role and impact of open source in health IT, and find out how you can get involved.
Culture 2009-04-10 21:12:18 +0000
Amit Trivedi, Alex Kroman, Ben Uphoff

* How Good Open Source Software Happens or "How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Just Released My Code"

Where do people get ideas for Open Source projects? How do you decide if your personal project is worth releasing to the world? Will anyone use it? One of the most prolific and successful Perl authors will give his insights on balancing sharing, selfishness and who gets to run the Open Source world.
Culture 2009-03-24 05:21:52 +0000
Michael Schwern

* How to be a kick-ass community manager

Avoid mediocrity and learn the secrets to becoming an amazing community manager. There are some simple and not so simple things that a community manager can do to increase their chances of being successful. We'll talk about some of our secrets for being a great community manager, but we'll spend most of the time letting you (the audience) ask us your toughest questions. Tell us your problems, and we'll come up with ideas for how to solve them.
Culture 2009-03-21 23:49:26 +0000
Dawn Foster

* How To Lie Like A Geek

Geeks have a special relationship with The Truth. Nothing is more important than correcting a falsehood, no matter how small, and nothing is more odious than not telling The Truth. Unfortunately the meaning is often mangled and the end result is the opposite, a lie. This leads to misunderstanding, mangled interfaces and the myth of the stupid user.
Culture 2009-03-22 01:58:05 +0000
Michael Schwern

* How to make Publicly Owned Fiber to the Premises Happen in Portland

What does a publicly-owned fiber to the home network look like, why is it a good idea, how could it work, and how does it get paid for?
Culture 2009-03-18 08:17:00 +0000
Russell Senior

* Internationalization with Symfony

Websites from the other side of the world away are viewable instantly, yet most websites are written in a language only their developers understand. Learn about the internationalization features available with Symfony and discover how easy i18n can be.
Culture 2009-03-12 20:25:26 +0000
Chris Alan

* Managing the Passionate

How consensus and consent, coops and sociocracies, user groups and open source development, come to bear on the mismatch between autocracy and open source.
Culture 2009-04-11 00:48:55 +0000
Martin Chase, Jeff Schwaber

* Mentoring great people: on being an atlatl

An atlatl, or spear-thrower, is the earliest known force amplifier, preceeding the bow and sling. An atlatl adds strength and support, but not control. Being a successful mentor means embodying the same spirit: helping your people manifest their own goals with their own abilities.
Culture 2009-04-08 18:42:04 +0000
Randall Hansen

* Mini-Ignite Portland: What It Is, Why You Want One, & How To Have Your Own

Ignite is a variety of lightning talk and one of the premier events in Portland.
Culture 2009-04-06 00:07:56 +0000
Kelly Guimont

* Mistakes We Knew We Were Making: A Cautionary Tale

We should have known better. Saying 'yes, how can I get involved' to that crazy project that then took over our lives, that was a really good idea. Come listen to us recount our many mistakes.
Culture 2009-03-20 04:51:24 +0000
Amye Scavarda

* Open Source Creativity

It all started when this one guy developed a "Fan Page" for Coca-Cola on Facebook...
Culture 2009-04-11 00:09:03 +0000
Jen Floyd

* OpenStreetMap: contributing to open data through mapping

A presentation on OpenStreetMap, why it exists, what the project is about, how you can help! Also time to map online (hands-on explorations) so bring your laptop!
Culture 2009-04-08 20:54:20 +0000
Hurricane McEwen

* Oregon Blogs: Rebuilding a Community Resource

Come to this open, moderated discussion and voice your thoughts on ORBlogs. What does it mean to you? What do you want to see? What do you want to avoid?
Culture 2009-03-21 19:22:26 +0000
John Metta

* Oregon Virtual School District: Free Tools for Oregon Teachers

See how the State of Oregon is using open source tools to help K-12 teachers in Oregon.
Culture 2009-03-16 22:53:13 +0000
Greg Lund-Chaix

* OSWALD: Building an inexpensive Open Source UMPC for Education

The Oregon State Wireless Active Learning Device (OSWALD) is a fully featured Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) platform, designed by students, for students. The goals of the project include a desire to give more students access to inexpensive cutting-edge Open Source technology. The OSWALD will be used in the ECE and CS programs at Oregon State University starting Spring 2009.
Culture 2009-03-31 19:39:07 +0000
Justin Gallardo, Jose Cedeno

* Project 2059

What if the principles of open source could be applied to politics? You know- transparency, collaboration, meritocracy... well guess what? Kids are already doing it. Project 2059 is part of Oregon's celebration of 150 years of statehood. Open source tools are being used to create a collective vision of what our state should be like in the year 2059. The project focuses on youth, and will culminate at Willamette University for three days in June and July. There, the input of youth throughout the state will be synthesized into the Oregon Blueprint, which will be delivered to the legislature and monitored for years to come by the Oregon Progress Board.
Culture 2009-03-31 16:47:51 +0000
Mark Frischmuth

* Running Successful Online Communities for User Groups

User Groups are a critical part of the Open Source infrastructure, keeping people in-touch and in-person. The online community is an important, and sometimes neglected part of the user group infrastructure. This talk will help you invigorate the online portion of your user group community.
Culture 2009-02-02 20:40:39 +0000
Selena Deckelmann

* Securing Social with OpenSocial and Caja

Our real and online selves are quickly becoming synonymous with one another as we share more and more of our real selves with our online presence. As containers begin to expand the social web with implementations such as OpenSocial, security is quickly becoming a concern. As an open project, Caja meets that demand as a comprehensive JavaScript securer. This talk will explore the implementation of OpenSocial on the social web and why security considerations need to be integrated when creating open standards for this space.
Culture 2009-04-11 02:21:39 +0000
Jonathan LeBlanc

* Seeing Through Iron

From opening up the development process, to daily pushes of source code, to moving to Git, the IronRuby project has been working to increase its transparency and be more of a community project, and less of a Microsoft project.
Culture 2009-04-03 18:22:47 +0000
James Deville

* Sensing Real Life in a Virtual World

An open hardware and software environment for the exchange of automatically sensed data between the real and virtual world.
Culture 2009-04-11 06:52:10 +0000
Brian Krejcarek

* SXSW Twitter Music Recommendation Engine

Every year thousands of individuals flood the streets of Austin, TX looking for the next great band. What can their Twitter messages infer about the popularity of bands.
Culture 2009-04-10 20:52:46 +0000
Chris Alan

* Taking control: why nonprofits would benefit from collaborative development of management software.

Nonprofits can really benefit from software for managing their organizations. Yet most rely on spreadsheets, while a smaller number use expensive, proprietary systems. The nonprofit sector could save money by collectively developing open source software for this purpose. Such software would also empower agenies and give them greater flexibility and control. To clarify and explain these ideas, we look at one such system, CHASERS.
Culture 2009-04-10 22:24:36 +0000
Ken Tanzer

* Ten things I learned from Open Source

In my ten years involved in a major OSS project I've learned a lot of things about both people and technology, in this session I'll share the top ten things that I've learned
Culture 2009-03-30 16:09:44 +0000
John Coggeshall

* The Franklin Street Statement and the future of Free Network Services

Web services and cloud computing are moving users from Open Source desktop applications to proprietary remote computing. How can we set standards to make Web services as liberating to use as Open Source software?
Culture 2009-02-23 20:01:51 +0000
Evan Prodromou

* The Golem; or, Open Source and the Academy

Academics cultivate their skill at reflecting on strategic issues around difficult problems. Open source developers cultivate their ability to execute short-term tactical strikes at difficult problems. Surely the opportunities for cooperation are frequent, and the payoffs high.
Culture 2009-04-10 06:44:20 +0000
Bart Massey

* The importance of Open Source in Cloud Computing

This talk will highlight the importance of Open Source in a Cloud based world. Contrary to what some proprietary vendors and open source / free software believers will want you to believe, I am going to argue that Open Source has a very important role to shape the course of Cloud Computing paradigm and any attempts to dismiss its importance will lead to vendor lock-ins and monopoly like in the desktop world.
Culture 2009-03-30 18:13:59 +0000
Krishnan Subramanian

* The Kids are not all right: Open Source Mayhem and the Avr-Gcc Toolchain.

I would like to talk about my experiences in porting and maintaining open source software that doesn't originate from the linux community and how awry things can get in this case.
Culture 2009-04-11 06:00:11 +0000
Donald Delmar Davis

* What Does An Online Community Manager Do?

What the heck is an online community manager and what do they do?
Culture 2009-02-13 19:51:01 +0000
Dave Peck

* Why getting people talking will help your project

There are millions of open source projects and all of them need contributors. People are what make projects successful. So what is the thing that will get more people interested in your project? In technology companies they call it “evangelism”. Evangelism is the art of taking that love and passion for technology and using it to enthuse other people.
Culture 2009-04-10 18:28:24 +0000
Tom Hughes-Croucher

* Why humans no let robots control more of day to day earth business?

Human hear it on the radio, read it in human news. Lot of problems on earth right now. Humans had chance, now time to cede control robots.
Culture 2009-04-10 19:22:48 +0000
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