Next July 26-30,in Portland, Oregon,
O’Reilly & Associates will host their annual
O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON). Organizers are now accepting proposals for topics of interest to the open source community and in line with the convention’s theme: “Opening the Future: Discover, Develop, Deliver.”
“This convention is like a radar,” said OSCON program chair Nathan Torkington. “It’s a mix of what you’ll be doing as soon as you get back to your desk and what you’ll be doing differently in six months.”
OSCON traditionally attracts open source influencers, early adopters, technology activists, developers, and business leaders, but O’Reilly & Associates CEO and founder Tim O’Reilly notes that “there is an upheaval in the open source landscape, particularly Linux, and the corporate landscape is changing too.”
To underscore the point, OSCON organizers announced the keynote speakers for the 2004 conference: renowned scientist Freeman Dyson and his son George, a futurist, and daughter Esther, a computer consultant; prominent open source advocate Robert Lefkowitz; and Milton Ngan from Weta Digital, which created the astonishing effects seen in the Lord of the Rings films. In addition, OSCON will host the first Open Source Awards, produced by the Open Source Institute and ZDNet.
Proposals from individuals and companies interested in conducting session or tutorial presentations, or participating in panel discussions, must be submitted by February 9, 2004.
Press coverage, blogs, and other news from the 2003 convention can be found on the
O’Reilly web site. Those interested in information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the 2004 convention should contact Andrew Calvo at (707) 827-7176 or by