Open Source Conference
She had no professional background or experience, but was fully inspired when she sent her shot-in-the-dark email to NASA asking to volunteer. Their receptiveness launched Ariel Waldman into her mission to make space exploration more accessible to the public. In this presentation, she explains that engaging the public is not about corny, sci-fi costuming. It's about removing barriers so inspired people can explore, participate and spread their inspiration.
Gabe Zichermann shares tips on how to use gamification techniques to increase end-user engagement in open source software. Gamification is the process of using game design techniques to solve problems in other domains that are not game related. Gabe is an entrepreneur, a blogger, an author and a gamification thought leader.
Brains have bugs. Our memories can be faulty, emotions are hard to judge, and we're terrible at rating the value of anything. All in all, Paul Fenwick says, human minds make a lot of mistakes, and we're all easy to manipulate. Listing a number of studies, experiments, and business plans, Fenwick dives into how the mind works, where the mind goes wrong, and how businesses can influence people into buying their products.
If you had to rely on a medical device implanted into your body to keep you alive, would you trust your life to a closed-source proprietary device manufacturer, or would you rather that it ran on software that was publicly available for review? In sharp, clear tones, Karen tells her story, presenting an entirely new perspective on the importance of open source software. Karen Sandler is the Executive Director of the GNOME foundation and a cyber-lawyer.
According to Steve Yegge, Google is trying to change the world, but the problem is scale. The problems are also every social, technological, and mathematical problem imaginable. Yegge advocates for the focus on not only social media and money, but solutions to human genome coding and any issue of scale. Interweaving an analysis of popularized media and companies with philanthropic goals, he gives a rousing and humorous call to action.
Google has crawled over 3 billion lines of computer code, revealing some surprising trends. "The way people code is very interesting," says Chris DiBona, Google's open source programs manager. He shares insights from the "Google Code" project, and closes by identifying "the most important coder in the world, who will be shaping computer science for decades to come."
If you remember programming in C, you'll remember that it felt like music, or wine, or philosophy. Programming languages back then were laconic; they said all in just a few words. Today's mainstream programming languages, in contrast, are heavy, intricate and verbose. How did we get here and what comes next? Rob Pike, the co-creator of the Go programming language and a Distinguished Engineer at Google, thinks the solution is a language that gives us the best from both worlds.
Facebook's David Recordon discusses the history and evolution of the LAMP stack, and how this simple idea is central to the way that open source-backed web sites are built today. By now, the open source community offers a huge number of software choices for solving a wide variety of scaling challenges; David covers just a few of the ways that Facebook chooses the right tool for the right challenge.
Announcing the creation of setiQuest, Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute makes an appeal for aid from the open source developer community. Tarter invites the open source community to check out the SETICloud stack, and highlights advances in fifty years of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. "We all have a common origin in stardust," Tarter says. Intelligent life leaves its imprint in this dust, as well. The key to finding it, Tarter says, is "sticking around long enough."
There's a lot of talk about the use of open source in government, but oftentimes during procurement, the idea isn't taken seriously. Bryan Sivak, Chief Technical Officer of the District of Columbia, celebrates a 20% Linux data center, the Design for Democracy competitions, and the introduction of secure online absentee voting. He also makes frank observations on why open source is not yet viable in some government applications, and talks about the future announcement of "Code for America".