Open Source Technology US Conference Calendar

One of the best ways to keep up with your field and network at the same time is to attend conferences. It’s one of the things I look forward to every year. After learning that O’Reilly has decided to commit blasphemy and *not* hold OSCON in Portland, Oregon the same week as the Oregon Brewers Festival, I was inspired to look around at what other conferences I might attend in 2009. Turns out, this is a huge pain in the ass, because I can’t find a single, central place that lists all of the conferences I’m likely to be interested in.

So… I created a public Google Calendar. It’s called “US Technical Conferences”. It needs more conferences, but I’ve listed the interesting ones I found. In order to keep the calendar from getting overwhelmingly crowded, I’ve decided that conferences on the list should:

  • Deal with open source technology in some way. This is purposely broad.
  • Be at least 3 days in length

If you want something added to the calendar, I’d be delighted to know about more conferences, so leave a comment! If you want to subscribe to the calendar, it’s public – the xml feed is here, and ical is here.

  • http://heikkitoivonen.net/blog/ Heikki Toivonen

    You might want to check out a service a former colleague of mine created, called Conference Fanatic: http://conferencefanatic.com/

  • SeanH

    I agree entirely with this. Conferences and combined RSS feeds (such as the Planet Python one) are a great way to keep up to speed. I’m not aware of anything like this for Open Source specific conferences but the security community have a variety of places keeping track of events. A list of some of the better ones can be found in the this post and the responses

    http://lists.immunitysec.com/pipermail/dailydave/2008-September/005350.html

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/carltrachte Carl T.

    Scale is in LA in the late winter (20 – 22 FEB):

    http://scale7x.socallinuxexpo.org/

    It probably conflicts with something, but for the budget minded Southwest/Socal crowd, it’s a pretty good deal.

  • http://www.garfieldtech.com/ Larry Garfield

    DrupalCon DC in March is all about open source, 4 days long (plus code sprint afterward), and should be totally awesome:

    http://dc2009.drupalcon.org/

  • m0j0

    I’ve added SCALE, and am adding DrupalCon DC right away. Thanks!

  • onegiddylemur

    no LinuxWorld? (now opensourceworld) http://www.opensourceworld.com

  • m0j0

    Added, even though LinuxWorld hasn’t been a cool conference to go to since like 2000. ;-)

  • onegiddylemur

    heh any suggestions?

  • m0j0

    Guess it depends on what you need to get out of it. Last time I went to linuxworld, it was overrun with suits, and didn’t really provide what I was looking for. I go to LISA every few years, and I went to OSCON until it moved back to CA in ’09. I’ve been to a few more specialized events (like SANS and PHP-con), but I guess it just depends on what your objective is.

  • http://conferences.oreilly.com Suzanne

    Hi, O’Reilly Media would love to see the two events below listed on your calendar, thanks. (And btw we *loved* having OSCON in Portland, but couldn’t keep it there forever!)

    MySQL Conference & Expo
    April 20-23, 2009 in Santa Clara, CA
    mysqlconf.com

    RailsConf
    May 4-7, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV
    railsconf.com

    Suzanne Axtell, O’Reilly Conferences team

  • m0j0

    Hi Suzanne,

    The MySQL conference is already on the calendar, it just links off to the MySQL site and not O’Reilly’s. I have added RailsConf, though.

    Any chance of any of these conferences *ever* making it to *anywhere* on the *east* coast?

    Thanks for checking in.

  • http://marclaporte.com Marc Laporte

    I have a relevant list here:
    http://dev.tikiwiki.org/Upcoming+Events

    And some other links as well

    M ;-)