Open Source Show and Tell (#OSSAT) 2016

imageFriday afternoon was OSSAT at the the Microsoft Reactor. I had the pleasure of hosting it with the main organizer, Justin Johnson (@elof) from I met Justin at last year’s Open Source Show And Tell when he reached out to the .NET team and I came to speak about .NET open source. I was so impressed with the meetup, that I coaxed Justin to do it at the Reactor this time.

It was a ton of fun and a really good crowd. We had folks from GitHub, Google, Microsoft, Node.js Foundation, Heroku alumni and many more interesting people that came and discussed a variety of open source topics. We had four 20 minute keynotes and a bunch of 5 minute lightning talks people signed up for on the fly. I have to say, I really like this format because it gives everyone a chance to have a voice and share something in our open source world. And the Reactor space was perfect.

Our four keynote speakers were great. First up, Mathias wowed us with the power of F#, .NET and Visual Studio Code.

Then we got some great education on the world and research of Unikernel systems from Ian Eyeberg.

Then Francesc got up and gave us a history lesson on open source including how it was done with the first Xerox printer(!) and spoke to how open source has benefitted Google. Nadia had some interesting observations on GitHub repos and gave us some tips and tricks on writing contribution guidelines and running successful, inclusive, open source projects.

There were also a bunch of interesting lightning talks and great questions and discussions from the crowd, particularly on open source SLAs, open business models, open voting systems, open education, contributing to documentation and parsing SQL. A bunch of us also went out for beers afterwards where the real networking happened ;-). We did record the talks, we just have to get through the footage and post it somewhere. I’ll update this post when we get it all together.

I want to thank Justin for organizing this fantastic meetup. As a like minded community person, it was an honor helping out this time. If you’re looking to host your own OSSAT, check out Justin’s playbook: