As OSCON, a global conference on open source software, got underway in Portland this week, the timing of the recent J.K. Rowling unmasking couldn’t have been better. As my colleague and co-author, Garrett Heath, tweeted from the conference, “Accio Open Source!” For the three people left on the planet who haven’t read a Harry Potter book, that’s a common summoning charm used among Rowling’s fictional wizards.
OpenStack is no longer a toddler. Today, it’s three years old. And like all preschoolers, it’s making amazing strides and having an occasional fall. But it is absolutely something that all of us who helped birth are amazingly proud of! It has grown into a project the scope of which is beyond anything we saw coming three years go.
Today marks the Third Anniversary of OpenStack. In this mini-documentary, we hear from some of the founders and early contributors to OpenStack as they look back to the initial collaboration and reflect on the joining of like-minded developers and technologists that ignited the OpenStack open source movement.
Our first Appium Hackathon was such a success, that we’re doing it all over again. Next week (Monday, July 1) we’ll hold our second Appium Hackathon with our friends from Sauce Labs at the San Francisco Rackspace office!
The hackathon we co-hosted with Sauce Labs last week to dive into Appium, the open source tool for mobile automation, was a brilliant success. Thank you to all who came out! We had such a great time that we plan to hold another hackathon soon.
Information and technology are disruptive. But data-driven disruption is what will ultimately break down the barriers of closed, inaccessible, unaccountable government. The OpenGov Foundation is a scrappy little tech non-profit working to open government and developing and deploying tools that help people participate in their government and hold it accountable.
At SXSW Interactive on Friday, Reddit co-founder and Internet activist Alexis Ohanian talked about the “Tales of US Entrepreneurship Beyond Silicon Valley.” In 2012, Ohanian crowd-funded a bus to go through the heart of the United States to see startups in action. What he found was plenty of folks who were starting companies and creating value. “The Internet helps level the playing field,” Ohanian said.