February 3, 2016 — What would happen if schools were powered by free and open source software? What if students were trusted and given the freedom to explore and experiment with their school-issued devices?
The results may surprise you.
Free and open source software has fueled Penn Manor School District’s classrooms for over a decade. The strategy culminated in a high school 1:1 learning program, where students received 1700 school-supplied laptops exclusively loaded with Linux and open source software.
Charlie will tell the unusual story of how Penn Manor applied open source principles to better prepare students for college, careers and beyond.
Central to the program is a student apprenticeship, where high school students form the core of a sophisticated help desk team, and write code used by their peers everyday.
January 7, 2016 — The story begins with a simple, but valuable, warning from experience: that even the best developers can fall victim to the pressures of routine. This talk discusses how results can quickly be replaced by burnout and imposter syndrome.
The cure for Jason was a WordPress plugin framework, purpose-built to rediscover his confidence and fall in love with coding all over again. We follow his journey back to development bliss through the challenges of creating space for experimentation without the usual client pressures, transitioning from pet project to collaborative product, and learning to accept that it’s okay not to know everything.
The success (and failures) of the experiment soon fed into the philosophy of Big Bite and began to influence everything from how they worked to the environment they created for their staff, as well as how they communicated with clients and gave back to the digital community.
Learn the ways in which open source can be embraced, from the smallest acts of personal knowledge sharing to the broadest business practices.
December 13, 2015 — The plugin ecosystem and REST API push our creative limits for what we can imagine building with WordPress – and it’s time we looked at powering physical devices using open source platforms like LittleBits and Arduino. This talk will examine use cases and methods for building real-time physical displays powered by WordPress.
December 12, 2015 — WordPress and open source software have powered Penn Manor School District’s websites for 7 years. But can WordPress, and open source principles, help teachers transform classrooms and inspire kids to build remarkable learning communities? The answer may surprise you. Discover how our schools use WordPress, open source software, and a unique student technology apprenticeship program to prepare the next generation of writers and hackers for careers, college, and beyond.
November 27, 2015 — ¿Cómo ha llegado WordPress a ser el CMS más usado del mundo? ¿Tienen el mejor equipo de marketing? ¿Los mejores community managers? ¿El mejor perfil en twitter?
El éxito de WordPress se debe principalmente a dos motivos: a que es Software Libre, y a su Comunidad.
¿Quieres saber cómo funciona WordPress realmente desde dentro? Aquí te lo contamos.
October 2, 2015 — Finding the right balance between making money and contributing to any Open Source project is hard. By sharing some of his insights, success stories and failures Jimmy hopes to help future entrepreneurs building their own Open Source-based firms.
August 3, 2015 — In this session we discuss some of the history of open source software, look at how subdivisions take hold, how we can all be better about working toward the common interests of all, and the all-important nature of treating one another with kindness and not leaping to conclusions.
July 10, 2015 — Our traditional understanding of motivation is broken. Thankfully the science is now clear. Explore how a culture which embraces Open Source and remote work promotes the real drivers of motivation and ultimately leads to a happy, motivated team.