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All Things Open 2015

All Things Open – A Huge Success!

Raleigh, NC – All Things Open 2015 continues the series of this very popular event in Raleigh, NC with another huge success:

  • Attendance reported at over 1,750.
  • A great lineup of thought leaders in the Open fields.
  • Great networking opportunities.
  • A “Who’s Who” of the vendor community.
  • etc…

If you are not here, I bet you wish you were.

Day 1 was phenomenal and Day 2 looks just as good. This is not a conference where you attend a session because it mildly interests you, this is a conference where you are torn between 2 or 3 options that you really want to attend.

Make sure that All Things Open is on your calendar for next year!

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All Things Open 2015

All Things Open 2015

Raleigh, NC – The world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers will gather on October 19-20 in Raleigh, NC for the third annual All Things Open conference.

Join the world’s top developers, technologists, and decision makers as we explore open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise.

Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials, workshops and networking opportunities in Raleigh and the Research Triangle area.

Why Attend All Things Open?

  1. All Things Open is all about EDUCATION
  2. The content is world-class
  3. Nearly 90% of all organizations use open technology and it’s
    driving innovation
  4. The networking is incredible
  5. The value and ROI are tremendous

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Free and Open Source Software Fair

Raleigh, NC – The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Fair has opened registration for their event to be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at NCSU. This is an unconference specifically for free and open source software!

It is completely driven by you, the participants. Any topic relating to Free and Open Source Software is welcome.

The event is to promote FOSS to students and open to the public.

FOSS Event Details

  • What: The Free and Open Source Software Fair
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Where: Engineering Building II (EB II) on NC State’s Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh NC 27606
  • Why: Learn about any topic relating to Free and Open Source Software
  • FOSS Registration Site
  • Register to make sure that you are included in the lunch plans!

FOSS Schedule

  • 8:30 AM: Coffee and bagels (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • 9:00 AM: Opening session and talk proposals
  • 10:00 AM: Sessions begin!
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • 1:00 PM: More sessions!
  • 5:00 PM: Fair ends

Open Source

For a good definition and primer on open source, we asked local open source guru Jason Hibbets who works for Red Hat and is also the Project Manager for OpenSource.com. Jason pointed us to the OpenSource.com article: What is open source?

Feature image courtesy: Nicole C. Engard.

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Code for America in NC 2015

Research Triangle, NC – 2014 was a very busy year in NC for the Code for America Brigades. In 2015, NC will continue to have a large percentage of the Code for America activities in the US.

NC Cities with Code for America Brigades 

Check out the brigade websites to see all of the cool projects that are being worked on. The best thing is that the projects are all open source and open data so they can be reused in other cities or expanded to regional efforts.

In the Triangle, the brigades take turns hosting big hack events including Triangle Open Data Day, CityCamp NC and Hack Duke while also supporting many other events during the year.

What is Code for America?

Code for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century.

Our programs change how we participate in government by:

  • connecting citizens and governments to design better services,
  • encouraging low-risk settings for innovation; and,
  • supporting a competitive civic tech marketplace.

What is a Code for America Brigade?

The Brigade network is an ongoing effort to deploy, maintain and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructures. Each Brigade is comprised of local volunteers and government employees who connect for regular hack nights, discussions and app development.

How Do I Get Involved?

Code for America is an open group and all can join. We need a diverse voice to be effective. Please join your local Meetup Group:

If you don’t live in any of these areas, please contact Ian Henshaw, Brigade Captain for Code for Cary and Managing Partner of Tech Tank, and he will get you connected!

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All Things Open 2014

All Things Open 2014

Raleigh, NC – The world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers will gather on October 22-23 in Raleigh, NC for the second annual All Things Open conference, presented by IT-oLogy and OpenSource.com. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials and networking opportunities will be presented on the most important topics in open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise. More than 90% of all companies use open source and open technology.

The 2013 event was attended by more than 750 people from 25 states and 3 countries. More than
1,000 are expected in 2014, including nearly every leading technology company in the U.S.

New for 2014

All Things Open has added several new things for this year’s event including:

  • Hosting a Women in IT/Open Source panel on Thursday, October 23 during lunch
  • Meet-the-Speaker sessions: Some real superstars in the Open Source space will make themselves available to meet attendees and sign books.

Why Attend All Things Open:

  1. The focus is on education
  2. World-class experts and thought-leaders featured
  3. Great networking opportunity (See also Social Events)
  4. A fair price – tremendous value

All Things Open Details:

  • What: All Things Open Conference
  • When: October 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • All Things Open Registration Site
  • Note Act Today! Online ticket sales end this Wednesday, October 15 at 11:59 pm EST. After Wednesday, anyone interested will need to purchase tickets at the door on October 22 or 23.

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Hortonworks launches in Durham

Hortonworks launches in Durham

Durham, NC – Over the past few weeks, Hortonworks has quietly moved into Durham’s Bull City Coworking and is rapidly ramping up their operations. With a growing user base and $248 million in outside investment, Hortonworks is a leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open source platform for storing, managing and analyzing big data.

Hortonworks is deeply engaged with Hadoop’s open source ecosystem, and the move to launch East Coast operations in the region is a sign that the Triangle’s reputation as a nexus of open source technical talent continues to grow.

I recently sat down for a coffee at Parker & Otis with Barry Duplantis, Hortonworks new Vice President of Customer Success to discuss his move to Hortonworks and the decision to launch operations in the Triangle.

The Triangle is the Right Place

In looking to place an Eastern US operation, Hortonworks looked at Austin, Boston and all the usual tech hubs. When they brought on local tech veteran, Barry Duplantis, signs started pointing to the Triangle as the next logical step. Duplantis’ familiarity and connections with the rich talent pool of open source talent in the region cemented Hortonworks decision to locate here.

Over the past few weeks, Hortonworks has been quietly hiring. Attending the local Hadoop Users Group meetings (TriHUG) and passing the word through the Open Source community has already allowed Hortonworks to expand well beyond their original target of 6 employees.

Duplantis’ team has now filled 16 out of 25 positions projected for their short term needs. Impressed with the caliber of talent that the Triangle team is bringing to the organization, Hortonworks is expanding the Triangle location scope to include positions in support, legal, IT and sales.

Triangle Ecosystem Support

A long-time resident of the Triangle, Duplantis has worked at Red Hat, Opsware and most recently for Eucalyptus Systems. Eucalyptus had a team based at Bull City Coworking for over two years, where Barry and his colleagues worked alongside engineers from open source stalwarts like Mozilla, Canonical, Opscode/Chef, Jackson River and several others.

Duplantis says that Hortonworks will fit into the Triangle Open Source ecosystem well since they work with everyone on a partnership basis rather than being competitive. In addition, the local Hortonworks team plans to support the open source developer community, starting with their involvement with the TriHUG meetup group.

Great Potential

Hortonworks is the most interesting company that I have been involved with since my days at Red Hat.

There is great potential for Hortonworks in the Triangle. An East Coast presence brings Hortonworks closer to their regional customers and partners, the big data field is “an incredible growth area” and Barry knows he will be able to find the talent that Hortonworks needs here in the Triangle.

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All Things Open – Oct 23-24

Raleigh, NC – All Things Open is coming to Raleigh on October 23-24, 2013 and it is looking to be a huge event not to be missed.

Join the world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers as we explore open source and the open web in the enterprise. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials and networking opportunities in Raleigh and the Research Triangle area.

Check out the impressive list of speakers.

Check out the amazing list of topics to be presented in the schedule. (Note from All Things Open: “Please keep in mind, our schedule will be changing up to the week of the conference”).

Why should you attend All things Open?

  • High quality speakers, some of the best in the country
  • The most relevant technologies will be covered – a great educational opportunity
  • The most important companies in the open source space will attend and participate
  • Tremendous Value

All Things Open has extended the Early Bird Registration though October 16, so there is no better bargain anywhere for the speakers and content, so register now!

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Registration Open for All Things Open™

Raleigh, NC – Early Bird registration for All Things Open™ is now available for an unknown period, so register today! See News Release. This is a limited time offer.

This October 23-24, 2013 in Raleigh, NC, All Things Open™, a conference for technologists and decision makers around the topic of open source in the enterprise, will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC, the open source city.

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Coming Soon: All Things Open

Raleigh, NC – It has just been announced that All Things Open™ is coming to Raleigh on October 23-24, 2013. No doubt that Raleigh becoming known as the Open Source City is a major factor in this conference coming to Raleigh. The Open Source and Open Data movements in the Triangle will get a nice boost from All Things Open.

For those who cannot attend OSCON 2013 (and even for those who can) All Things Open™ will bring a great set of speakers and sessions.

Join the world’s top technologists and decision makers as we explore open source in the enterprise. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials and networking opportunities in Raleigh and the Research Triangle area.

The full listings are yet to be posted so make sure you sign-up to receive the latest on speakers, info and events as they are announced.