O'Reilly Radar: The Executive Briefing
As a new feature at OSCON 2006, Tim O'Reilly and Matt Asay are organizing a special
executive briefing, giving a limited number of attendees an exclusive opportunity
to meet with innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies that are currently on the
O'Reilly Radar. It's a backstage look at the up and coming companies that we believe
will have the biggest impact on the world of open source in the year to come.
This is a one-day event, and it will take place Tuesday, July 25 at OSCON.
The program is still taking shape, but confirmed speakers include Robert Lefkowitz, chief scientist at Root Markets; Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB; David Skok, general partner at Matrix Partners; and Michael Tiemann, VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat.
Here's a sample of some of the sessions:
- Open Source and the Future of Asymmetric Competition
For years the software industry has largely competed on the basis of symmetry: Oracle versus IBM in databases; BEA versus IBM in application servers; etc. Feature wars, price wars, but not true competition wars. That is, competing by playing a different game, with different rules. Open source enables an alternative battleground upon which to compete, with community, code, and culture the new competitive tools. This session brings together the top open source executives deploying these tactics of asymmetric competition, to learn from their experience.
- Architecting Participation:
Open Source 2.0
Open source has little to do with code and licensing. It has everything to do with community. In this session, discover how the industry has misconstrued the value in open source, and how successful Web 2.0 companies point the way to building successful open source companies. We will discuss keys to building community into one's product and how to attract developers, among other techniques.
- Ghost in the Machine: the Impact of Open Source on Web 2.0
Open source is big in the enterprise, but it's even bigger on the Web. And while it may be fair to say that much open source enterprise technology simply commodifies incumbent products, open source in the Web 2.0 world is driving rampant innovation. Flickr, Amazon, Google, 37Signals: all are major users of open source, and all use open source to push the envelope of innovation. In this session, executives from several leading web companies share why they're using open source, how they're using it, and what they're using.
- Who's on the O'Reilly
Open Source Radar?
Wondering which open source company or project is going to Go Big? Who has the coolest technology and why it proves to be disruptive? At O'Reilly, we keep our ears to the ground on promising open source projects and communities. This is your chance to meet those that sit on top of our list.
- Understanding the Ruby on Rails Phenomenon
Ruby on Rails is hot. Books on Ruby are soaring, and implementations are keeping pace. Why? What is it about Ruby on Rails that developers find so appealing, and what can we learn from this success about how to build a Ruby on Rails of one's own?
- What's Microsoft Doing with Open
Steve Ballmer recently opined that the more open source commercializes, the less worried he is about it. That's open source as a competitor to Microsoft, but what is Microsoft doing to embrace open source internally? This session will take a look at how open source is increasingly pervading Microsoft: the Linux lab, the Sourceforge projects, the Shared Source licenses, etc. A birds-eye view into how the industry's biggest software company is embracing open source.
Register by June 5, 2006 for the Early registration price: $895
Standard Registration price of $995 begins June 6, 2006
On-site Price: $1095
For more registration info, click here.
Space is limited for this exclusive briefing.