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Diane Mueller, July 28, 2010
Armed with only my iphone, my free speaker's pass and with my own presentation slidedeck nearly completed, I headed south from ActiveState's Vancouver, BC headquarters to the masses at OSCON2010. As this was my first OSCON adventure, I was looking forward seeing the luminaries that Tim O'Reilly's able team had assembled for this OS developer community tribal gathering. I am happy to report that the conference was a success (and I did finish my slidedeck and give my presentation on Python & Finance to a rather receptive and participatory audience).
Here's five pictures from my OSCON 2010 adventure and a few thoughts:
Best Marketing Ploy
Besides Open Sourcing your entire Stack ala Rackspace's OpenStack Initiative, hands down the Best Marketing Ploy at OSCON has to have been Firehost's new twist on Guerilla marketing in the bathroom stall. If you weren't feeling like your privacy was being invaded before - now you really had proof.
My vote for the best Keynote at OSCON hands down was Google's Rob Pike with his Public Static Void presentation succinctly laying out the evolution of computer languages, slicing through the issues surrounding modern computer languages and in turn proposing that adding a new language "Go" (a Google-sponsored OS language development effort) as a solution. Of all the keynotes, Rob managed to engage the audience with new ideas, real content and an intriguing vision.
Best Selling Book
That said, when I asked the conference booksellers from the Powell's Technical Books Booth what book was leading the sales - Erlang was the clear leader, although Python was also flying off the shelves as well.
Best Power Panel
I did go to the cloud summit and listened to all the latest buzz words, announcements and tried not to drink too much kool-aid. By far the best Keynote power panel occurred when Tim O'Reilly was joined by Kate Craig-Wood (Memset), Dion Hinchcliffe (Dachis Group), JP Rangaswami (BT Design) for a panel discussion/debate entitled: Cloudy Future or Can We See Trends? I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of their answers, their shared vision of the cloud as an ecosystem and their obvious concern for the future of the open cloud.
Best Hair Color
My nomination for Best Hair Color at OSCON2010 goes to the effervescent Nóirín Shirley, (Apache Software Foundation) enjoying a break attending a conference instead of her usual busy schedule organizing the upcoming ApacheCon NA 2010 1-5 November 2010 in Atlanta for a change.
Nóirín embodies the spirit of OSCON - the wonderful eclectic nature of the OS community, the mix of the millienum generation, business suits, cloud-happy vendors, to the aging hippies (myself included) in which community and collective cooperation lives on and inspires us all.
Thanks and kudos to Tim and the gang at O'Reilly for putting together a great event.
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