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5th International Conference on Open Source Systems

Last week, Patrick, William and I drove down to Skövde for the Open Source Systems 2009 conference and OSCOMM 2009 (the “First International Workshop on Building Sustainable Open Source Communities”). From Eskilstuna, Skövde is a three-hour drive best accompanied with the deep base acoustics of a Citroën playing James Brown, The Beatles, random hip hop, and any other classics you can find in Patrick’s freestyle music collection.

OSS 2009 in SkövdeOSS 2009 was a very interesting conference with two engaging keynotes by Stormy Peters and Brian Behlendorf. Aside from these keynotes, the focus of the conference was on analyzing community dynamics and applying models to explain observations. I sometimes felt that there was too much focus on academics (e.g. making a presentation look smarter by using complicated terms, graphs, and models) and too little emphasis on actually presenting a concrete insight or conclusion. As a result, I definitely enjoyed the ten minutes of open questions at the end of each presentation more than the presentations themselves.

The OSCOMM 2009 workshop last Saturday was a lot more hands-on, where we had very interesting discussions about building and sustaining communities. Patrick wrote a more in-depth summary of the event.

Pictures from OSS/OSCOMM 2009 are tagged with oss2009.

Recipe for keynote success

  1. Gain the trust of your audience by keeping one hand in your pocket while presenting.
  2. Inspire the audience by making sure your slides are mostly text-only.
  3. Avoid spell checking your slides to make sure embarrassing typos like “probietary” are kept in the slides. But don’t stop there; throw in a few totally incomprehensible typos as well, such as “probierory procuct”.
  4. Insert a picture of random smiling business corporate looking ladies. Everyone knows how powerful this is in presentations — even more so than ClipArt.
  5. Put the picture in front of the text to ensure that some of the text ends up behind the picture.
  6. Have a slide bravely titled “The Essence of Open Source” listing nothing but a few random notes about what some people think, and a reference to the company you’re a CEO of. See also #3 above.
  7. Make a bold scientific claim with no evidence whatsoever, and end it with “Can this be really true – effect.”
  8. Prove the validity of your theories by claiming that you “realized this a few days ago… or maybe a couple of weeks ago when I was discussing with a venture capitalist.”

That’s it! Just follow these simple steps and you will blow your audience away.