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SC2010

08 Oct

Who are the ultimate open source speakers for SC2011?

in Community, Event, SC2010, SC2011, Misc

We've been running our annual conference for a few years now. I think it's fair to say that this year's conference in August was the best yet. The talks were outstanding, lively discussions in the hall and foyer, the food was great, the venue was excellent, and organization/ logistics were smooth and efficient thanks to a very talented team.

Squirrel open source model airplane

in Community, Entrepreneurship, SC2010, Misc

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

How Darcy Whyte (24 year software developer) created one of the most popular rubber band airplane designs by releasing the design to the public rather than trying to patent it and control the source design and manufacturing.

This talk includes:

  • A look at the problem solving methodology that Darcy used to produce software for his clients and how he used it to create an artifact instead of software.
  • How releasing the design to the public resulted in design improvements and important viral propagation of the project.
  • How continued openness created excellent platform to commercialize the project.

During the presentation, Darcy will build a Squirrel model airplane in about 6 minutes and demonstrate flying above the audience.

You can see it fly at http://www.rubber-power.com. Click "how high" for some spectacular flights.

Event: 
Summercamp2010
Speaker: 
Darcy Whyte

Every Eyeball Has Value!: The User as a Passive Participant in Open Source Ecosystems

in Community, SC2010, Programming

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

Traditionally, the "user" role in open source ecosystems is ignored, or relegated to the status of "leech" or otherwise undesirable, non-contributor, outsider, other. The user is marginalized in open source development discussions. The value of the user is not well understood, and difficult to quantify.

This talk examines the role of the user in open source ecosystems and takes a closer look at how the user contributes to the health and growth of the ecosystem. It suggests that the user is in fact an integral component of open source ecosystems, and that its contribution, while passive, is key to long term success.

In the presentation, the evolving role of the user is examined, and an attempt is made to describe the means of quantifying the value of user participation to the ecosystem. The target audience of this presentation is open source community organizers, ecosystem participants, and open source proponents in general, especially those with entrepreneurial inclinations.

Event: 
Summercamp2010
Speaker: 
Mekki MacAulay

Commons Knowledge - bringing clarity to the legal complexity of open source licenses

in Company, Entrepreneurship, Government, Legal, SC2010, Licenses

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

Thomas Prowse will describe the evolution of his company's alternative delivery model for open source software legal information services. This service is built on the foundation of "commons sourcing” a term which Thomas coined some time ago to describe the pooling of shared information based resources under OSS methodologies for use by companies for commercial purposes. Thomas will demonstrate how n2one inc.'s Commons Knowledge™ service harnesses the power of commons sourcing to offer affordable subscription based access to developers, lawyers, and business leaders to world class practical OSS related legal information resources.

Thomas, who was peer selected for the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the Technology Law speciality, was formerly the Global Law Department leader on the Nortel Open Source Advisory Team and is currently a partner at a major Canadian law firm. Thomas will put forward his company's concrete business offering and model as a proof point for his deeply held conviction that commons sourcing represents both the future of legal and other professional services and a third wave of global commercial transformation!

Event: 
Summercamp2010
Speaker: 
Thomas Prowse