Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Open Source at OSCON


OSCON (Open Source Convention) has been the focal point of the open source movement. The inception of OSCON came from an event focused on Perl and grew to cover the other scripting languages. It has since evolved into the destination for all things free and open. The event has also provided a platform for the launch of major initiatives such as Kubernetes 1.0 and OpenStack—both announced at OSCON.


This is a special year for OSCON, as the event will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary. OSCON will take place in Portland, Oregon, with training and tutorials happening July 16-17, and the conference happening July 18-19.

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), in conjunction with OSCON, will be celebrating our shared 20th Anniversary in July 18th. The OSI will be hosting a day of community-led lightning talks, open source related activities (historic exhibits, timelines, photo booths, etc.), culminating with an after party, “20 Years, Time for Cheers!”, right after the Booth Crawl.

The OSI is organizing three main activities for OSCON:

  • Lightning talks: OSI community members will provide lightning talks to share how they are engaging with the open source community and finding success.
  • Stickers and Swag: We’ll have a dedicated space for our community to share promotional materials about their organizations, and open source projects.
  • After Party: All OSCON attendees are invited to our after party for “Cupcakes and Cocktails.” We want to celebrate this historic milestone for our community.

OSCON Expo Plus passes are now available for FREE using the promo code EXPOFREE, or using the promo code “OSI20” to get 20% off any regular pass:


The Expo Plus pass gives access to the “Open Source Anniversary” track (organized by the OSI) in room F149, while the regular pass gives access to OSCON’s “Open Source Past, Present, and Future” track, in room E146.

The OSI will also be celebrating the Anniversary at the Community Leadership Summit, held just before OSCON (July 14-15). The event is free to attend, but registration is required:


OSCON continues to be the catalyst for innovation, bringing together large corporations and grass-roots communities to share insights and foster change. Open source helps technology to thrive, and in its 20th year, OSCON continues on with the tradition of bringing the latest technological advances and a path to successfully implement open source.