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SCaLE 16x

The Southern California Linux Expo may be the largest and longest-running regional tech conference in the US. I’ve attended almost every year since 2012; I keep coming back for great talks and the warm, welcoming, friendly (and, notably, family-friendly) crowd. The event included SCaLE Kids, “a youth focused STEM event… where the free & open source community leaders of tomorrow will be able to spotlight their ideas, projects and talents! This year’s program will include sessions on everything from security, to big data and video editing. All sessions are presented by K-12 students.”

SCaLE’s sixteenth annual edition took place in Pasadena March 8-11, with over 3300 attendees participating in speaker sessions, workshops, exams, and installfests. Saturday night saw a fun set of Upscale lightning talks, followed by games night. During the days, the expo hall was humming with open source organizations showcasing offerings and events, and companies looking to hire (I hear Disney had some very cool schwag).

The AWS Open Source team was well represented. Zaheda Bhorat gave the Sunday morning keynote, “Travel, Tribes and Contribution Tales.”

My own talk on “Marketing Your Open Source Project” followed.

The slides from my talk are also available.

Mark your calendar for SCaLE 17x, March 7-10, 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center!

Deirdré Straughan

Deirdré Straughan

Deirdré has been communicating about technology, and helping others to do so, for 30 years. She has written one book (so far); edited two more (so far); produced and delivered technical training; produced hundreds of videos and live streams of technical talks; written, edited, and managed blogs; and managed events. She has been applying this skillset to cloud computing since 2010, and to open source for even longer. She joined AWS in June, 2017, as Content Lead for AWS’ Open Source team. You can find her at @deirdres on Twitter.