Thursday 3rd October, 2013
4:21pm to 4:41pm
Software developers love Stack Overflow and know that it has a ... unique culture to it. But what isn't as well known is how the structure of the software and technology behind Stack Overflow is designed to help shape that community. We'll discuss some of the unique aspects of the Stack Overflow community, the basics of cultural anthropology, and how we've designed the sites to facilitate the community that our users ask for.
CEO, Stack Overflow
Joel Spolsky, cofounder and CEO of Stack Exchange, is a
globally recognized expert on software development. His
website Joel on Software is popular with programmers around
the world. In 2000, he founded his ﬁrst company, Fog Creek
Software, which creates project management tools for
software developers and most recently launched a group
project management sharing tool, Trello. Prior to this, Joel
worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of
the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he
developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written
three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel
Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent
(Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc.
magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a
computer science degree and is also a world-renowned
speaker—he recently delivered the keynote at ERE’s spring
expo. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces
as a paratrooper and helped found Kibbutz Hanaton.
4:41pm Buyers: friend or foe for Free Software? by Hervé Martinage, Ludovic Dubost, Christophe Antoni, François Gruyer and Jean-Séverin Lair
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