Despite the fact that we’re working from home in Covid-19 fallout times, we can’t move our feet for the number of virtual technology conferences being tabled.
During the initial lockdown periods, a few events happened online, it was here and there.
But summer 2020 is all but over and the vendors and organisations in the tech space have had a chance to strategise, think, plan and get their online offerings together now.
That’s good, because the presentations are ever-slicker and better-researched. That’s not always good, because there are way more events than even the most ardent conference junkie could possibly log in to.
With so many of the events in the proprietary vendor space (or at least the proprietary vendor who has some open source somewhere in its stack space), it’s nice to be able to turn to a pure open source ‘gathering’.
The Linux Foundation
Falling under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, the snappily named Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2020 Virtual Experience will be staged from October 26 to 29.
Its organisers call it a vendor-neutral open source event designed to virtually showcase existing and emerging technologies as well as bring together global open source leaders and community visionaries.
Perhaps one of the more interesting differences here is that commercial proprietary software vendors are typically only ‘brave’ enough to run one day events. Two days at most, if there’s a strong developer focus like UiPath’s DevCon linked here.
In open source, you can be bolder, people want to come and learn… so this is a four-day event with 250+ talks (conference session, tutorials, Birds of a Feather sessions, and keynotes).
“Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Europe has proven to be an important event for the European open source community to gather annually for learning and collaboration that helps to grow and sustain the ecosystem,” said Angela Brown, SVP & General Manager of Events at The Linux Foundation. “While the event is being held virtually in 2020, it will continue to deliver innovative content from open source leaders across the globe on key open source topics and technologies, and will include numerous ways for attendees to further pursue the engagement and collaboration opportunities the event has become synonymous with.
Tracks span Linux Systems, IoT, AI, Cloud & Cloud Native, OS Dependability, OS Databases, Diversity & Inclusion, OS Leadership, Open Source Program Office Management (TODO) and the Embedded Linux Conference.
Conference sessions include: State of Linux Gaming – Gabriel Krisman Bertazi, Collabora; From Remote First Towards Async First – Isabel Drost-Fromm, Europace AG; Building Trustworthy AI: Lessons from Open Source – Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, Mozilla; Fast Execution for Function Compositions in Serverless Computing – Ruichuan Chen & Istemi Ekin Akkus, Nokia Bell Labs and MySQL Performance for DevOps – Sveta Smirnova, Percona.