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The Kids Day Workshop at Open Source Summit in Los Angeles was organized by LA MakerSpace in conjunction with The Linux Foundation.

At this year’s Kids Day workshop at Open Source Summit in Los Angeles, The Linux Foundation collaborated with LA MakerSpace.org to provide kids with an introduction to coding ideas and approaches. The LA MakerSpace is heavily influenced by the maker culture, so they have a very hands-on approach when it comes to teaching coding.

Hands On

That hands-on approach was visible at the workshop through the use of a lot of real-life accessories. For example, the space featured a huge ball pit with sensors installed so kids could program the sensors and collect data. A cup of water was used as a switch; when you dipped your finger in the water, it sent a signal to turn a device on or off.  And, the kids used an open source Scratch program to learn coding.

Excitement at the Kids Day Workshop at Open Source Summit in Los Angeles.

I talked to some parents who accompanied their children and they were excited about the workshop. Most of the kids had some previous exposure to coding, but they said this experience was unique and fun.

One of the mothers I met at the event had a very strict policy about screen time and access to devices like the iPad. But she brought her daughter, Penelope, to the workshop so that she could be exposed to the “creative” side of such platforms. Penelope had tried coding in second grade and was very excited to be at the event.

Shelton and his mom at Kids Day. (Photo by Swapnil Bhartiya)

Shelton’s mom learned about the workshop from a Swiss friend that she hosted as an exchange student years ago. This friend knew of Shelton’s interest in coding and recommended the workshop. Shelton’s mom also suggested there could also be coding classes for parents so adults could also venture into new areas.

Alex’s dad is a system engineer at Walt Disney, and he brought Alex to the workshop to expose him to coding and software development. Alex plays a lot of games and his dad hoped that this workshop might help Alex develop an interest in that side of technology.

Mya Stark, Executive Director of LA Makerspace, who organized the event with her team members, said, “What LA MakerSpace does is that we are dedicated to everybody having equal access to learn technology skills.”

“The way that we are doing that primarily right now is that we work with the LA city and county public library systems, and we take our instructors, like you see there, out to the branches and we help kids learn things like coding, robotics, e-textile, stop-motion animation.”

Open Source Approach

However, Stark said, they came to the Kids Day workshop with a different approach, since it’s about Linux and open source. They looked at different possibilities to find something that was meant for kids. They picked Scratch because it’s a platform on which kids are collaborating all over the world. And it’s open source.

“Scratch is basically like GitHub in that you make a project, somebody else makes a project, and then you remix it, which is essentially like forking. And then kids are kind of interacting through that whole sphere with each other,” said Stark.

Stark’s team also invested a lot of time finding ways to create a group coding project at the Open Source Summit. Their focus was on something that was also going to be able to be played with kids around the world and contributed upon as well.

“What we’re hoping they take away is that they really learn how fun Scratch is, and that they want to continue it when they get home. If they didn’t have a Scratch account, now they’ll have one. They’ll be familiar with the platform. They’ll understand the collaborative nature of it and all the different things that they can find already on there that they can play with and tweak and make their own. So that would be the goal,” Stark said.

 

The upcoming APIStrat conference – Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Portland – features three days of technical sessions, keynotes, and workshops.

The API Strategy & Practice conference (APIStrat) – taking place Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 in Portland – features three days of technical sessions, keynotes, and more, including several workshops providing hands-on learning opportunities. These sessions cover topics such as RESTful API integration, OpenID Connect, API security, and REST API testing.

Check out the following workshops happening at APIStrat:

Connect Your RESTful API to Hundreds of Others in Minutes (Zapier and other Integration Platforms) – Sean Matthews, Left Hook Digital

In this workshop, the Left Hook team will show how to connect your app to hundreds of others on Zapier’s platform in a matter of minutes. We’ll walk you through a quick integration, and then talk about the pros and cons of 30+ different integration platforms out there, as well as highlighting platforms upon which developers can build out their own API connectors today.

Creating Communication Applications using the Asterisk RESTFul Interface (ARI) – Chris Howard, Digium

The Asterisk RESTFul Interface (ARI) is an asynchronous API that lets developers build communications applications by exposing the raw primitive objects in Asterisk – channels, bridges, endpoints, media, etc. This presentation will provide information on getting started using ARI and provide a working demonstration of using the ARI to create a telephone application.

From 0 to  000s – Starting and Growing your Developer Program – Caroline Lewko, WIP

Learn the basics of starting a developer program from segmentation and polishing your personas, along with the seven most important onboarding activities. We will also include some extra special super sensory developer experience techniques.   

How Mature are You? A Developer Experience Maturity Model – Jenny Wanger, Arity, founded by Allstate

At Arity, we developed a maturity model for API programs to help you focus your time and effort on the areas that will provide the greatest value for your customers. We’ll go through the model together so you can score your company’s program. You’ll leave the session with a score and roadmap of how this can help you influence your stakeholders.

OpenID Connect Done the Right Way – Vinay Bhalerao, Red Hat

With the rise of mobile applications, OpenID Connect adoption has increased in the API market and is the preferred choice in API security. This workshop will help people to understand the differences between OAuth, JWT, and openID Connect and when to use the respective flows.

OWASP’s Latest Category – API Underprotection – Skip Hovsmith, CriticalBlue

In this workshop, you’ll learn about potential threats resulting from undersecured web APIs. You should gain a good understanding of the underprotected API problem, learn practical tips to improve your API security posture, and gain a sense of emerging tools and technologies that enable a significant step change in API security.

Simplify and Scale Your Connections To Data – William Broza, BitScoop Labs

The BitScoop platform radically simplifies data integration and streamlines the data and services development process with unified access to APIs, microservices, and more. Learn how to unify all internal and external data in your ecosystem under one API or SDK using our powerful and feature-rich iPaaS.

Starting with GTK – Julita Inca, UNI

GTK is a toolkit to create GUIs based on C program language. Glib and clutter are other technologies involved with GTK, and in this workshop, we’ll look at interactions with databases that support Linux (Fedora 25), such as SQLite or PostgreSQL. We can achieve at least four forms with an interaction of a database to build a system to register people in an event.

Super-Powered REST API Testing – James Messinger, Postman

In this workshop, I’ll show you just how easy – and dare I say, fun – it can be to test REST APIs. Whether you prefer the command line, a text editor, or a GUI, there are tools that will fit nicely into your workflow. Plus, you’ll leave with sample code and a working demo to get you started.

See the full APIStrat schedule here and register now!

One of my primary goals at The Linux Foundation is to foster innovation across the entire open source networking ecosystem. This involves coordinating across multiple open source projects and initiatives and identifying key areas for collaboration to create an open source networking stack.

We are working across the entire ecosystem with industry-leading partners — from developers to service providers to vendors — to unify various open source components and create solutions that will accelerate network transformation. As part of this journey, I am pleased to introduce Open Source Networking Days (OSN Days), a series of free events that are hosted and organized by local user groups and The Linux Foundation members, with support from our projects, including DPDK, FD.io, ONAP, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, PNDA, and others.

OSN Days are a fantastic opportunity for network developers and users to learn how ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight  and other open source initiatives are changing NFV/SDN orchestration and networking solutions. Stops on the tour include: Paris, Milan, Stockholm, London, Tel Aviv, and Japan. Register today for an upcoming OSN Day in your region.

The day-long events will start with a plenary session where attendees will hear from site hosts and The Linux Foundation speakers on the state of the industry and the collaboration and touch points between projects that make up the open source networking stack. Presenters will also explore how business opportunities like 5G and IoT are enabled by network transformation.  In the afternoon, events may feature technical sessions, tutorials, demonstrations, and workshops that empower attendees to participate, contribute, and deepen their knowledge of open source networking.

Our first OSN Day kicks off October 9 in Paris, followed by stops in Milan (October 12), Stockholm (October 13), London (October 16), Tel Aviv (October 19), and Japan (October 19). Thanks to our incredible site hosts and sponsors Amdocs, ATOS, Cloudify, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Orange, Red Hat, SUSE, and Vodafone, along with our high-caliber roster of speakers, for helping to make these OSN Days a reality!

More details about the events, including site-specific agendas, registration info, and details on hotel and travel, can be found here: https://sites.google.com/linuxfoundation.org/osndays/home. If you have any questions, or would like to host an event yourself in the future, please email OSNDays@linuxfoundation.org.

Open Source Summit Europe is not far away! This year’s event — held Oct. 23-26 in Prague, Czech Republic — will feature a wide array of speakers, including open source community expert Jono Bacon, 11-year-old hacker Reuben Paul, and Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

At OS Summit Europe, you will have the opportunity to collaborate, share, learn, and connect with 2,000 technologists and community members, through keynote presentations, technical talks, and many other event activities.  

Confirmed keynote speakers for OS Summit Europe include:

  • Jono Bacon, Community/Developer Strategy Consultant and Author

  • Keila Banks, 15-year-old Programmer, Web Designer and Technologist, with her father Phillip Banks

  • Mitchell Hashimoto, Founder of HashiCorp and Creator of Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, Terraform, Vault, and Nomad

  • Neha Narkhede, Co-founder & CTO, Confluent

  • Sarah Novotny, Program Manager, Kubernetes Community, Google

  • Reuben Paul, 11-year-old Hacker, CyberShaolin Founder and Cyber Security Ambassador

  • Imad Sousou, VP, Software Services Group & GM, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation

  • Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux and Git in conversation with Dirk Hohndel, VP, Chief Open Source Officer, VMware

  • Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation

The full schedule will be published in the next few weeks, and applications are now being accepted for diversity and needs-based scholarships.

Registration is discounted to $800 through August 27, and academic and hobbyist rates are also available. Linux.com readers receive an additional $40 off with code LINUXRD5. Register Now!

Open Source Summit North America is less than two months away! Join 2,000+ open source professionals Sept. 11-14 in Los Angeles, CA, for exciting keynotes and technical talks covering all things Linux, cloud, containers, networking, emerging open source technologies, and more.

Register now!

With your registration, you also get access to many special events throughout the four-day conference. Special events include:

  • New Speed Networking Workshop: Looking to grow your technical skills, get more involved in an open source community, or make a job change? This networking and mentoring session taking place Monday, Sept. 11 is for you!

  • New Recruiting Program: Considering a career move or a job change? This year we are making it easier than ever for attendees to connect with companies looking for new candidates.

  • Evening Events: Join fellow attendees for conversation, collaboration and fun at numerous evening events including the attendee reception at Paramount Studios featuring studio tours, live music, and dinner from LA favorites In-N-Out, Coolhaus, Pink’s and more!

  • Women in Open Source Lunch: All women attendees are invited to connect at this networking lunch, sponsored by Intel, on Monday, Sept. 11.

  • Dan Lyons Book Signing: Attendees will have the opportunity to meet author Dan Lyons on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The first 100 attendees will receive a free signed copy of his book Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

  • Thursday Summits & Tutorials: Plan to stay on September 14, to attend the Diversity Empowerment Summit (Hosted by HPE & Intel), Networking Mini-Summit or deep-dive tutorials – all included in your OSS NA registration!

  • New Executive Track: Full details coming soon on this special event, hosted by IBM, taking place Tuesday, Sept. 12.

  • Morning Activities for Attendees: Morning meditation, a 5K fun run, and a downtown Los Angeles sightseeing bus tour.

Check back for updates on even more activities, including our Attendee Partner Program, Kids Day (an opportunity for kids to learn Scratch programming, in partnership with LA Makerspace), and Puppy Pawlooza (enjoy playtime with shelter dogs thanks to our partnership with LA Animal Rescue).

Linux.com readers receive an additional $47 off with code LINUXRD5. Register now »

The Call For Papers (CFP) for MesosCon Europe is closing soon! Submit your proposal by July 28 for consideration.

MesosCon is an annual conference that brings together users and developers to share and learn about the project and its growing ecosystem. The conference will feature two days of sessions to learn more about the Apache Mesos core and related technologies. The program will include workshops to get started with Apache Mesos, keynote addresses from industry leaders, and sessions led by adopters and contributors.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Close: July 28, 2017

  • CFP Notifications: August 28, 2017

  • Schedule Announced: August 30, 2017

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon Europe »

Suggested Topics

Here are a few examples of topics we would like to see:

  • Best practices and lessons on deploying and running Mesos at scale

  • Deep dives and tutorials into Mesos

  • Interesting extensions to Mesos (e.g., new communication models, support for new containerizers, new resource types and allocation models, etc.)

  • Improvements/additions to the Mesos ecosystem (packaging systems, monitoring, log aggregation, load balancing, service discovery, etc.)

  • New frameworks

  • Microservice design

  • Continuous delivery / DevOps (automating into production)

If you’re unsure about your proposal, or want some feedback or general advice, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll be happy to help!

Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors, and speakers to help keep The Linux Foundation events professional, welcoming, and friendly.

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? Linux.com readers receive 5% off the “attendee” registration with code LINUXRD5.

Register for MesosCon North America »

Register for MesosCon Europe »

The upcoming Open Source Summit NA — Sept. 11-14 in Los Angeles — offers many exciting keynote presentations and technical talks covering a wide array of topics, including cloud computing, containers, networking, diversity, and more. And, it’s also host to several co-located events that provide even more opportunities for collaboration and learning. Here are some of the events taking place.

Hacking for Humanity — A Social Innovation Hackathon with Girls in Tech

The Linux Foundation has teamed up with Girls in Tech Los Angeles for a unique two-day hackathon program to tackle global challenges. We invite women and men across all fields, including developers, designers, product developers, and entrepreneurs to participate.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 14, 10:00 am – Friday, September 15, 6:00 pm

Location: Plaza I/II, JW Marriott LA Live

Registration Cost: Complimentary. Register Here!

How to Build Habit-Forming Products Workshop

Learn how to build repeat engagement in this in-depth product development strategy workshop presented by Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Eyal has constructed a practical framework and process for designing better products that gives product managers, designers, and marketers a new way for thinking of the necessary components of changing user behavior. Although no previous background is required, attendees are encouraged to come to the workshop with a product or business idea in mind.

Date: Thursday, September 14

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Location: Georgia I-II, JW Marriott LA Live

Registration Cost: $199 USD. Click here to register!

Kubernetes Core Concepts Live Training

This one-day course presented by Sebastien Goasguen serves as a crash course to learn the basics of Kubernetes. It is suitable for beginners and aimed at developers and system administrators who want to get started with Kubernetes. You will discover the Kubernetes architecture and how to install it. You will then learn how to use its basic primitives (i.e., pods, deployments and services) to build your own distributed application.

The course will be a mix of lectures, demos and hands-on exercises aimed at administrators and application developers who want to understand the overall architecture of a Kubernetes cluster and learn how to use Docker images in a Kubernetes cluster.

Date: Thursday, September 14

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Olympic 1, JW Marriott LA Live

Registration Cost: $429 USD. Pre-registration is required. Add this training to your existing Open Source Summit NA registration here.

Linux Security Summit

The Linux Security Summit (LSS) is a technical forum for collaboration between Linux developers, researchers, and end users. Its primary aim is to foster community efforts in analyzing and solving Linux security challenges.

Date: Thursday, September 14 – Friday, September 15

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (subject to change)

Location: Gold 4, JW Marriott LA Live

Registration Cost: $100 USD. You can add Linux Security Summit to your existing registration here. If you would like to attend Linux Security Summit only, please register here.

Moby Summit

The Moby Summit is a small collaborative event taking place on Thursday, September 14 alongside Open Source Summit North America. This summit is for container users who are actively maintaining, contributing or generally involved in the design and development of the Moby Project and its components: runC/ containerd, LinuxKit, Infrakit, SwarmKit, HyperKit, DataKit, VPNKit, Notary, libnetwork, etc.

Date: Thursday, September 14

Time: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Location: Diamond Ballroom 8/9/10, JW Marriott LA Live

Registration Cost: Purchase tickets for Moby Summit here! All revenue from ticket sales will be donated to a non-profit organization promoting diversity in the tech industry.

Open Source Entrepreneur Network Symposium

This one-day symposium is presented by John Mark Walker, Founder, Open Source Entrepreneur Network. Everyone uses open source now. It’s not so much a question of whether you use open source but how you optimize your usage and contributions. In this symposium, we will discuss the myriad of business models for selling open source-based products and services, investigate potential legal landmines around contributing to and using open source software, and look at best practices for incorporating the best of upstream open source innovation into your organization.

Date: Thursday, September 14

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Georgia I-II, JW Marriott LA Live

Registration Cost: $150 USD. Pre-registration is required. Add this symposium to your existing Open Source Summit NA registration here.

You can see the full schedule for Open Source Summit here.

Save $150 through July 30. Linux.com readers save an additional $47 with discount code LINUXRD5. Register now!

Actor and online entrepreneur Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be speaking at Open Source Summit North America — Sept. 11-14 in Los Angeles, CA — about his experiences with collaborative technologies.

Gordon-Levitt, the founder and director of HITRECORD — an online production company that makes art collaboratively with more than half a million artists of all kinds — will share his views on the evolution of the Internet as a collaborative medium and offer some key technological lessons learned since the company’s launch.

Other new additions to the keynote lineup are:

  • Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle

  • Chris Wright, Vice President & Chief Technologist, Office of Technology at Red Hat

And, previously announced speakers include:

  • Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux and Git, in conversation with Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation

  • Tanmay Bakshi, a 13-year-old Algorithm-ist and Cognitive Developer, Author and TEDx Speaker

  • Bindi Belanger, Executive Program Director, Ticketmaster

  • Christine Corbett Moran, NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, CalTech

  • Dan Lyons, FORTUNE Columnist and Bestselling Author of “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble”

  • Jono Bacon, Community Manager, Author, Podcaster

  • Nir Eyal, Behavioral Designer and Bestselling Author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products”

  • Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM z Systems & LinuxONE, IBM

  • Zeynep Tufekci, Professor, New York Times Writer, Author and Technosociologist

The full exciting lineup of Open Source Summit North America speakers and 200+ sessions can be viewed here.

Register by July 30th and save $150! Linux.com readers receive a special discount. Use LINUXRD5 to save an additional $47.

Check out the session highlights for the new Diversity Empowerment Summit (DES), which will take place Sept. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles as part of Open Source Summit North America.

Featured sessions and speakers for DES include:

  • Chaos Theory + Civil Liberties = 21st Century Corporate Practices – Kate Ertmann, GO

  • Open Your Arms to Open Source – Solutions to Bring in Social Innovation to All Walks of Life All Over the World – Arpana Durgaprasad, IBM

  • You’re Not a *Real* Software Engineer – Amy Chen, Rancher Labs

  • CO.LAB: A Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience – John Adams, Red Hat

Other diversity and inclusion activities at Open Source Summit North America include:

Note that registration for DES is included in Open Source Summit registration fees at no additional cost.  Anyone in open source who wants to learn more about furthering diversity and inclusion in the community, as well as the broader technology industry, is encouraged to attend.

Onsite resources to increase accessibility to the event include:

  • Nursing room

  • Complimentary child care

  • Wheelchair & medical equipment rental from One Stop Mobility

  • Quiet room where conversation and interaction are not allowed

  • Communication stickers to indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction

  • Non-binary restrooms

  • Strictly enforced Code of Conduct

The full lineup of all Open Source Summit North America sessions, including those at the DES, features more than 200 sessions covering everything from Cloud and Containers, to Security and Networking, to Linux and Kernel Development. Register now & Save $150!