A point often discussed by those focused more on the philosophical side of technology is the basic tenet that great software is more than just code—it's also a reflection of the teamwork by people developing it and their optimal use of the tools at their disposal.
So how do good development teams achieve success? How do individuals and teams decide what software to build and how to build it? What are the personal and technical challenges in not only producing, but maintaining quality software?
GitHub Universe, held Oct. 1-2 in San Francisco, plans to bring software engineers, program founders, product managers, designers, and other tech aspirants together to showcase how people work together to solve some of the more difficult problems, and to highlight workable solutions, in developing software.
With sessions for the two-day event broken into four tracks—Featured, Build, Collaborate, and Deploy—GitHub Universe kicks off Thursday, Oct. 1, with a keynote by Chris Wanstrath, a co-founder of GitHub and the company's current CEO. A sampling of the featured speakers on the schedule for Thursday's sessions include NASA's Dr. Yvonne Pendleton, who will discuss space exploration; Dr. Michael Johnson of Pixar, discussing how to make movies and building the tools for storytelling; Etsy's Kellan Elliott-McCrea, who will talk about developing software and a culture before handing it off; and Facebook's Christine Abernathy and Teddy Reed discussing the topic “Building Communities Around Open Source Security Software.”
Friday's sessions kick off with another keynote teaming GitHub's VP of Social Impact Nicole Sanchez with Tiffani Ashley Bell, a co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Water Project. Friday's schedule includes speakers like Lynn Root of Spotify discussing Metric-Driven Development; James Smith of Bugsnag, who will talk about giving another thought to production monitoring; GitHub's Jessica Lord, who will discuss Electron, GitHub's open-source library for creating desktop applications; and Mozilla's Mik Melez, who will speak on the topic of “Offline Web Apps on GitHub Pages.”
Admission to GitHub Universe is $599, which includes all keynotes, breakouts, and activities at the event. A $399 scholarship ticket is available for those who wish to purchase admission for a scholarship recipient. GitHub works with diversity-centered groups to distribute scholarship tickets to underrepresented groups.
The event will be held at Pier 70, at 420 22nd Street in San Francisco.
What is GitHub?
Simply put, GitHub is a Git repository hosting service. For the uninitiated, Git is a version control system which manages and stores revisions of projects. Because Git is a command-line based tool, GitHub provides a Web-based graphical user interface for Git, as well as access control and collaboration features like wikis and management tools for a wide variety of projects based there.
With a community of more than 10 million people, GitHub hosts over 27 million projects ranging from small tech projects by individual developers to software used by industry giants like Google, Twitter, Mozilla, Facebook, IBM, Netflix, Dropbox, and PayPal.