What to Expect from OSCON London 2016

It’s autumn/fall technology conference season… but you already knew that, so what’s coming next? O’Reilly’s OSCON event is just around the corner and the conference itself has seen the launch of many new projects from OpenOffice.org to OpenStack.

Now an (arguably) essential fixture in the US open source calendar, this year OSCON returns to Europe, landing in London’s Hilton Metropole on October 17th.

Alongside keynote speakers including Liam Maxwell (HM Government), Mark Shuttleworth (Canonical), Karen Sandler (Free Software Foundation) and Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing and EFF), what are the key themes chosen for OSCON London and what can you expect?

Walmart and The Linux Foundation

Walmart’s love of open source has made the news several times this year — so on the opening day, Walmart Labs is expected to unveil its new open source React-based application platform. At the same time, we are told to expect an announcement from the Linux Foundation on new plans for shaping the future of the JavaScript ecosystem.

Open Source Pushing New Boundaries

While open source is certainly mature, OSCON is here to prove that it is far from staid and boring.

The strength of collaborative development continues to drive the pace of breakthroughs in burgeoning areas like AI, blockchain, and containerisation.

Kate Craig-Wood (Memset) starts off the conversation about open source and rapid innovation on Monday with her keynote: Blockchain and open source: The new world order.

The conference then offers a dedicated track where attendees can take full advantage of O’Reilly’s legendary ability to scout out the very latest and greatest.

Open source and government

The adoption of open source software and culture has helped to propel the public sector from technology laggards to technology leaders in certain areas. Open technology is increasingly making government and public sector institutions themselves, more user friendly.

The governments of Europe have done a great job giving to and learning from open source communities and their techniques. Reflecting this, OCSON London includes two keynote speakers from the UK government, with an entire track dedicated to the subject.

Open source culture vultures

Having seen the results, big enterprise is increasingly realising that the culture of community around an open source project is, in many cases, an ideal structure for setting up internal engineering departments.

Technology incubation departments, so-called innersourcing and supporting open source projects are part of a new chapter in the evolution of open source.

This is highlighted in Lauri Apple’s (Zalando) keynote: Building an Open Source Culture at Europe’s Largest Fashion Platform

Open source needs you

Open source is nothing without community. Open source may have won, but it will only continue to thrive with a variety of voices and views.

OSCON strives to be an event where these varied voices are heard and new projects are started. The Community and Collaboration track offers a venue where you can not only see many of these ideas come to life, you can be a part of it.

Disclosure: Editorial above features contribution from Rory MacDonald at Age of Peers.