The Open Source Developers' Conference is a not-for-profit conference covering all aspects of Open Source Technology, from software and systems to open data. While OSDC was born in Melbourne 10 years ago, it has become an open source product in its own right, seeing it forked in countries including Malaysia, France and Taiwan.
While OSDC will be host to a wide range of presentation topics, from running an open source business or community, to more technical presentations, the overall conference theme for 2014 is
Open - Open Source software, hardware, data and standards (protocols) enable higher quality, more secure products, and faster innovation.
Inclusive - Openness enables and encourages exploration, the foundation of education. Making products accessible to for instance vision impaired people becomes easier. Affordable products are available to those with less money. Women, kids, and many other groups can get involved more easily. These are all opportunities, we must still work to make them happen!
Connected - The last 18 months has seen a tremendous rise in the development of connected hardware, the connected home, wearables and sensor equipped devices. Devices such as the illusive connected Fridge and Washing Machine through to advanced medical applications and health services.
While we're looking for presentations related to creation or use of open source, naturally, there are many aspects that you could address:
Cultivating an open source community – What tools, processes, or skills are required to ensure the human aspect of a project are supported?
Show casing a successful, or unsuccessful open source implementations – What did you do well? What did you learn? What would you do differently next time?
Open source in the physical world – How does open source software or hardware help the Internet of Things? Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, EEG headsets, ...
Open source in education - Do you have awesome resources, or perhaps you're a teacher or facilitator? We want to hear from you!
Open source in the business world – How do you run your open source business? What revenue model do you employ? What benefits and drawbacks have you experienced?
Closed source in an open source world – Closed- and open source have not just coexisted, they have collaborated. How have you come to successfully use both?
Open Standards and Open Data - for documents, audio, video, telephony, etc. Again, we'd love to hear about tools and use cases!
These, and many more topics that are relevant to today's open source developers are desirable to help provide a diverse range of subjects at this years conference.