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All Things Open Highlights Education

Top thinkers, developers explore open technology in annual Raleigh event.

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For two days in October, the open-source technology world sets its sights on Raleigh while the upper echelons of developers, technologists, and decision makers explore open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise.

All Things Open, the third annual conference in Raleigh, N.C., will be held from Oct. 19-20 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

With more than 100 sessions jammed into two days, All Things Open – ATO for short – is primarily about education, and with 90 percent of all tech organizations using open technology in some form, the conference is Square One for both learning as well as networking.

In addition, organizers consider ATO not just a learning experience for individuals, but they are encouraging groups from different tech companies to attend as a team.

“The value and (return on investment) are tremendous,” a statement on the ATO website says. “We challenge you to find a better value anywhere in the technology education/conference industry in the country.”

ATO organizers are not being hyperbolic. In a recent poll done by Forrester Research, the polling firm asked developers if they have used open source, and four out of five surveyed have used it in some way in the last 12 months. Organizers contend that it behooves developers and technologists at all levels to take a good look at open source, and to make their connections with it, and the experts in the field, at the conference.

A wide range of speakers, many of them leaders in their fields, will be on hand for ATO. Some of the highlights on the schedule include author and Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, Microsoft Azure's Chief Technology Officer Mark Russinovich, the Mozilla Science Lab's Abigail Mayes, Google's Open Source Program Manager Carol Smith, Ansible's VP of Community Greg DeKoenigsberg, and Opensource.com Community Manager Rikki Endsley.

In addition, the award-winning documentary “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” will be shown to conference attendees on Monday, Oct. 19 at 12:20 p.m., on the main stage in the fourth floor Grand Ballroom.

Another event of note would be a panel discussion entitled "Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in Projects, Communities, and Companies," held at 1:45 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 19. The moderator for this discussion, focused on creating an inclusive environment that supports diversity, will be DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and Chief People Officer at Red Hat. Panelists include Caroline Simard, research director for the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford; Nithya Ruff, director of SanDisk's Open Source Strategy Office; and John William Templeton, president of Venturata Economic Development Corp.

Admission for the two-day expo is $129 per day and $179 for both days. Students can attend for $49 per day or $79 for both days. Registration takes place here.

For more information, visit the ATO site at http://allthingsopen.org.

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Published at DZone with permission of Larry Cafiero. See the original article here.

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