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  • Keynote: Open Hardware: The Second Revolution of Open Source

    by Bruce Perens

    At 9:00am to 10:00am, Tuesday 17th January

  • Creating the Open Source Academy

    The Catalyst Open Source Academy is an initiative designed to provide training and work experience for young New Zealand technologists.

    The pilot programme was held for two weeks in January 2011. It gave 17 Secondary School students a taste of real open source development through a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on project work.

    The aim was to get the students to the point where they could usefully contribute to a real (open source) project.

    By organising and funding the Academy, Catalyst hoped to show young technologists how to participate in open source communities and to fully explore their passion for IT through freely available open source tools.

    In this presentation Catalyst's Ian Beardslee will outline how they put the initiative together, what worked and what didn't, and lessons learnt from the project.

    At 11:30am to 12:20pm, Tuesday 17th January

    Coverage video

  • This Old Code, or Renovating Dusty Old Open Source For Fun and Profit

    by Greg Banks

    Software is a human construct and like everything we make it
    eventually falls into disrepair. Houses get mould, vermin
    infestations, and frightening old wiring. Software projects get
    equivalents of these, albeit a few decades faster.

    This talk is about the experience of doing a major renovation on
    a software relic: the Cyrus IMAP server. Fastmail (now Opera
    Software Australia) has been using Cyrus commercially to provide
    an IMAP interface to an email store for years now, and over the
    last year has significantly contributed to a resurgent effort to
    modernise the code and rejuvenate the community. The author
    works fulltime on this project and has both observed and
    contributed.

    Topics will include: introducing modern software engineering
    practices like Continuous Integration, making testing happen,
    attracting a developer community, a practical guide on how to
    find and fix outdated coding practices (a.k.a. bugs waiting to
    happen), and an introduction to paleoentomology. All
    illustrated with real world examples.

    If your organisation depends on ancient software in need of
    revitalising, or if you're just looking for some spare time Open
    Source work to keep your hand in, come to this talk and get some
    practical tips and a laugh or two.

    At 1:20pm to 2:10pm, Tuesday 17th January