I’ve written in the past about the importance of tech conferences while also putting out calls for several WordCamps that are happening soon. While conferences try to get back into the swing of things after the COVID-19 shutdowns, a good one to keep your eye on is Open Source 101. This event is a part of the All Things Open network, a huge organization that throws a conference every year in Raleigh, NC. I have written and spoken about how amazing this organization has been in the past. Open Source 101 this year will take place March 23rd, 2023, in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Dubois Center at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC).
What is Open Source 101?
According to their website:
Open Source 101 is a one-day conference focusing on the “basics” of open source. Content is generally introductory – intermediate level in nature and is designed as an “on- ramp” to open source, open tech, and the open web for most and as a refresher for others. The goal is to provide enough education and guidance so those attending can effectively contribute to and consume open source and generally operate within an open source environment.
Their target audiences include:
New, early career and veteran technologists, community leaders, executives, decision makers, and college/university/code school tech students. Basically, those interested in learning more about open source technologies and processes. Includes developers, programmers, designers, engineers, scientists, community leaders, business leaders, BA’s, QA’s, and students of all types.
In the past, I have been able to meet hiring managers, beginner, and intermediate developers, start-ups, and more! This conference isn’t just an open source paradise but a way to network! And if you are looking to learn, the tracks focused on education are impressive as well. Some of the talks include Introduction to Kubernetes, Documentation that developers love, Building web applications without a framework, and more! There is even a zero to open source contributor session to help those start contributing! You can see the full schedule here.
If you are too far away or are not looking to meet in person just yet, the event will also be shown live! Virtual tickets for the event are free and you can register and attend from the comfort of your own home! Virtual registration can be found here. If you are still interested in attending in person, tickets are $99 right now and $149 the day of, you can also register for them here.
WordPress is one of the biggest open source technologies in the entire world. Gaining more insight into that world is worth every bit of time and energy. Why not give it a go with Open Source 101? I hope to see you there!