OSI presents at OSCON 2008

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. And it will be participating at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland this July 23-25, 2008. Meet OSI’s team and listen to what OSI speakers have to say at the following OSCON sessions.

See you there!


Panel: Changing Education… Open Content, Open Hardware, Open Curricula

In the wake of the ‘Cape Town Declaration’, more and more open source people are thinking about applying open source principles to Education. This panel discussion will introduce exciting concepts and some of the thought leaders in the Open Educational Content movement. There will be opportunities to learn about getting involved. Come get inspired!!

Date: Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Time: 10:45am – 11:30am
Location: Portland 252

Panelists: Danese Cooper (Moderator, OSI & Intel), Cliff Schmidt (Literacy Bridge), Mark Shuttleworth (Canonical), Derek Keats (The University of the Western Cape), Bobbi Kurshan (Curriki), David Wiley (Brigham Young University / Open High School of Utah)

Session: The Age of Literate Machines

Each year, Zak Greant talks to thousands of people about Free Software and Open Source. Many of these people are already engaged with FOSS, using it, sharing it, building it, and advocating it. By and large though-even in the Free Software crowd-people don’t understand why FOSS really matters or how it relates to their society and our future. This session aims to help correct this problem by providing an engaging story of how the sharing of ideas has acted to reshape our cultures and freedoms, and how FOSS is essential to both societal freedom and individual sovereignty.

Date: Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Time: 1:45pm – 2:30pm
Location: D139/140

Speaker: Zak Greant (Foo Associates)


Keynote: Why Whinging Doesn’t Work

Date: Thursday, 07/24/2008
Time: 9:30am – 9:45am
Location: Portland Ballroom

Keynote speaker: Danese Cooper (OSI & Intel)

Panel: Open Source / Open World

It’s been 10 years since the term open source was coined in the U.S., and in that time transparent commons-based software development has changed the face of the U.S. software industry. But what impact has open source had outside of the U.S.? This panel will introduce you to people who report on the reach and impact of open source worldwide. Learn how we’re changing the world!!

Date: Thursday, 07/24/2008
Time: 11:35am – 12:20pm
Location: Portland 255

Panelists: Danese Cooper (Moderator, OSI & Intel), Rishab Aiyer Ghosh(UNU-MERIT), Li Gong (Mozilla China), Harshad Gune (Symbiosis International University), Martin Michlmayr (HP), Nnenna Nwakanme (FOSSFA), Alolita Sharma (Technetra), Bruno Souza (Javali JUG & Sun)

Session: Art of Community Lightning Talks

Given the open source movement, the growing popularity of the Internet and social networks, and the cornucopia of new tools for collaboration, more and more people are looking for ways to build community around things that used to be done by individuals or tightly controlled groups: art, product development, news, political statements, and so on. We’d like to help people build communities to do these things. The Art of Community came about because we thought that it would be a great idea to write a book about community using a wiki so that a community could grow around the book, and edit and write the book with us. We have elected a different person to lead each chapter, similar to Beautiful Code. You will hear from many of these authors during the Art of Community lightning talks.

Date: Thursday, 07/24/2008
Time: 2:35pm – 3:20pm
Location: Portland 252

Moderators: Dawn Foster (Jive), Danese Cooper (OSI and Intel)


Session: Greening the Conference Circuit

This session focuses on practical ways to reduce your environmental footprint when traveling, attending events, and running events.

Date: Friday, 07/25/2008
Time: 10:45am – 11:30am
Location: E146

Speaker: Zak Greant (Foo Associates)