The speaker list includes a few people who work at companies where they can contribute source code to free/open source projects:
- Kris Bochers, Red Hat
- Jen Fong-Adwent, Mozilla
- Dave Methin, jQuery Foundation
- Ralph Holzmann, Twitter
- Addy Osmani and Paul Irish, Google
Two companies have stepped up and sponsored the conference so far; BNotions and atendy.
BNotions is a company that develops mobile and web software solutions for clients. Unfortunately they don’t seem to be proud that they’re using free/open source software because it isn’t mentioned anywhere on their site, they also don’t mention which tools they’re using. They do have a github account but it doesn’t seem to be linked to from their main website. Publicizing the fact that your company or organization uses free/open source software daily is a very important contribution, just as important as sharing source code or funding a conference.
atendy creates social event/conference management software. Just like BNotions they don’t mention what kinds of code they’re using and they don’t seem to have a developer/designer related blog.
Congratulations to both for stepping up and sponsoring the conference. I only hope this leads to more sponsorships and source/documentation contributions!
If you’re a speaker at the conference and would like to highlight your companies’ contributions to free/open source software whether it be in the form of source code or donations or conference sponsorships, let me know in the comments area or contact me at: omouse at gmail dot com.