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Open source in the Holy land

Are you an open source hacker/user that works in Israel? If you don't, you might not know that most of the core technology that runs the web and mobile world today is based on open source code. Let's get together to get some insight into how open source communities work, discuss some of the aspects of open source contributions and publishing. This will follow in Q&A and general discussions drilling into open source projects led by start-ups, freelancers and corporations in Israel.

Idan Gazit will do a talk about The Lonely Planet Guide to Open Source Communities: F/OSS communities are diverse: some are large, some are tiny. Some are healthy, some suffer from problems. Some are ruled by one individual, some by a "council of elders". From the outside, it seems like anarchy, but there are commonalities about how they work together to Get Things Done™. This talk will give an introduction to the various kinds of open-source communities, and what makes them work (or doesn't). These are the most distributed teams on the planet—meeting rarely, if at all, completely virtual—and they manage to ship products used by millions of people. Learn how these communities pull it off.

Amir Shevat will host a panel with individuals and corporate folks who publish open-source day to day. We will talk about their experience, philosophy and tradeoffs when doing open source. Amir Shevat is working at Google as a Developer Relations Program manager. Working with Israeli developers and startups. Promoting Google Technologies as well as Open Source Software and open standards in the Israeli market.

The panel will host:

Avi Tzurel is a freelance hacker and blogger doing a lot of open source (http://www.kensodev.com).

Refael Ackerman is web hacker and founder at Empeeric (http://www.empeeric.com). Empeeric is a high-end Tel-Aviv based web shop. They use and publish open source day-to-day and cultivate a vibrant web hackers community.

Vitaly Kushner is partner at Astrails (http://astrails.com). Their github account is packed with open source goodies (github.com/astralis). They advocate using and contributing to opensource on different forums and conferences, mostly focusing on ruby on rails, nosql, javascript and web dev in general.

Yosef Dinerstein is a veteran Microsoft dude. He works on the "anode" project (anodejs.org), which is an internal PaaS for web prototyping written entirely in node.js. As part of this project, Microsoft published a multitude of open source libraries (github.com/anode) and contributed back to a few node.js libraries and to MongoDB.

Jeremy Moskovich is a software engineer at Google, his day job invovles hacking on the Chromium (http://www.chromium.org/) and WebKit (http://www.webkit.org/) open source projects.

Adam Benayoun will give a talk titled Can you monetize open source software? A common perception is that open source software and commercial software are like oil and water and don’t mix. I believe that maintaining the benefits of free open source while turning it into a viable business is possible. During his talk he will go over the different business models and ways to monetize open source software including examples of successful companies who have built big business on top of their open source offerings.

Adam is the co-founder and CEO of Binpress - the marketplace for software components. Source-code publishers can offer commercial licenses in addition to free licenses, allowing open-source projects to offer support and future enhancements and to operate as a viable business, increasing sustainability and quality of available solutions. Before Binpress - Adam co-founded Lionite - a web development shop which has been helping startups ship great products for over 4 years.

Projects Open Mike: Anyone who owns/leads/contributes to open source projects is welcome to talk about their project for 5 minutes: tell the tale, ask for contributions and show off. Please let us know if you are interested to present.

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  • Elan P.

    A couple open source courses are starting soon...

    http://rorcourse.blogspot.co.il/
    http://backbonecourse.blogspot.co.il/

    October 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's the deck from @gidgreen's talk about his Question2Asnwer project:
    http://www.slideshare.net/gidgreen/question2answer-september-2012

    October 2, 2012

  • Alan Joshua G.

    If anyone likes the idea of having a solar clothing line..bracelet or pocket protector, hat, sandals, etc that can charge your phone, please send me a message. Looking for an amazing team to help this project grow internationally.

    September 25, 2012

  • Shahar P.

    Very informative with great talks.

    September 22, 2012

  • Refael A.

    Highly motivating

    September 21, 2012

  • Idan G.

    Slides from my talk are online here: https://speakerdeck.com/u/idangazit/p/oss-communities

    September 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks man! The talk was awesome!

      September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some more information about uijs: http://uijs.org

    September 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anyone interested in contributing/using/helpi­ng in some way, ping me!

      September 21, 2012

  • Ran T.

    Links from my open mic speek talk:
    onering is at https://github.com/outbrain/onering
    And the podcast is http://reversim.com/

    September 20, 2012

  • ohad l.

    Had a great time, sorry I had to bail out, Elad - +1 ;)

    September 20, 2012

  • A. K.

    @elad Would it be possible for me to introduce https://bitorama.com ?

    September 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If time permits. I'll add you to the roster.

      September 20, 2012

  • ohad l.

    I'll be happy to give a quick demo too :) on #theforeman

    1 · September 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If time permits. I'll add you to the roster.

      September 20, 2012

  • Uri H.

    Hi all,
    if you haven't done it already, it's time to join Skedook beta - www.skedook.com

    If your are wondering what other open source falks are up to join today.

    Skedook - Don't miss out.
    See you at TheJunction

    September 20, 2012

  • Ran T.

    @elad I'd be happy to present my current work https://github.com/outbrain/onering as well as tell about my podcast which would like to host more open source contributors for a chat http://reversim.com

    September 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      @ran Sounds great. I'll add you to the open mike. Try to make it short and sweet.

      September 19, 2012

  • Idan G.

    September 19, 2012

  • hanan b.

    No spots left :(

    September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please.... *in* the Holy Land.

    September 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks :-)

      September 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      So, while we are at at: "the junction home for entrepaneurs" on Mika Josting's profile - we see it in a bunch of emails from this group: "entrepreneurs"­.

      September 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in presenting their project at the open mike, please post a note here. E

    September 5, 2012

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