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.
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.