POSSCON Schedule 1.0 Released!

We’re extremely excited to make public Version 1.0 of the 2015 POSSCON schedule. At two months away from the event, we feel this information should provide enough substance to help enable planning for your attendance. Rest assured, we’ll continue to firm things up over the next 1-2 weeks. Some things will change, as they always do, but this is a great starting point.

So without further ado, we give you v 1.0…

Tuesday, April 14

Layout: 45 minute sessions on all 6 tracks. Learn some about a lot.
Location: The Music Farm and various locations throughout the Vista entertainment district.

For the Front-End Developer:

  • Building applications with AngularJS – a 45 minute intro session with Kevin Tavera, UI Lead at Filevine in Los Angeles
  • MeteorJS, why and how – a 45 minute intro with Josh Owens, host of the immensely popular Meteor Podcast, the Web 2.0 show, and other well known broadcasts
  • Building Modern Web Applications – with Dustan Kasten of Skookum Digital Works and CharlotteJS; tooling allowing you the benefits of traditional web apps with the power of single page apps
  • Bootstrap and Amazon Web Services
  • Modular Javascript at Netflix – with Semmy Purewal of Netflix & O’Reilly author of the book “Learning Web App Development”

For the back-End Developer:

  • Messaging standards and Systems – AMPQ & RabbitMQ, with noted author and expert Gavin Roy
  • Git/Version Control & GitHub – why and how it’s done at Groupon, presented by Groupon
  • Transitioning to the MEAN stack – MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, NodeJS; find out why it’s a trend you need to be aware of
  • Graph databases – why and how, examples
  • Web server/load run comparisons for developers – Apache/NGINX, HHVM, PHP-FPM, etc.
  • Python programming language – why, how, and case studies
  • The Go programming language
  • The Ultimate Rails session – what you must know

For DevOps and Cloud specialists:

  • Introduction to Infrastructure as Code & Automation/Intro to Chef; presented by Nathen Harvey, host of the popular DevOps podcast Food Fight Show and Community/Technology Evangelist at Chef
  • Docker 101: An Introduction – presented by Tibor Vass of Docker’s San Francisco home office
  • Automating applications & infrastructure, Why 1,000,000 can’t be wrong - The Ansible case study, with Greg DeKoenigsberg of Ansible
  • Openstack 101 – An Introduction
  • Building Private/Public and Hybrid Clouds
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN), with Sergey Razin, CIO of SIOS Inc, patent author, and creator of and contributor to multiple popular open source projects

For the Operations/Sys Admin Specialist:

  • Open Source tools for System Administrators – with Elizabeth Joseph of Hewlett Packard, Ubuntu author and community leader
  • Cloud in a Bottle: Enterprise Virtualization Features and Reliability on a Microbusiness Budget, with Jim Salter, Arstechnica feature author, open source expert, and long-time professional sys admin
  • System Administrator: How to eliminate your job using the cloud, with Jim Sweitzer of IBM’s Watson AI project

For the security specialist, and those interested in learning more:

  • Application Security on a Dime: A practical guide to using functional open source tools to test, validate, harden Code, systems, and even people, with Tony UcedaVeles, CEO of Versprite Inc, consultant to the Fortune 500, President of Atlanta WASP
  • Kill All Passwords: A look at methods around the traditional UN and PW system, presented by Jonathan LeBlanc, Emmy Award winning Engineer and O’Reilly author from PayPal
  • How to use cryptography properly – the common mistakes people make when using cryptographic functions

For those new to ‘open’:

  • Contributing to an open source project 101
  • A guide to the open desktop
  • Content management systems 101 – WordPress, Drupal, Joomla compared
  • Google Summer of Code – presented by Carol Smith of Google, the person responsible for the entire program
  • Open source and the internet of things (iOT)
  • Hacking the Linux kernel – a history of Linux
  • Open technology and the law/IP/Licensing

Wednesday, April 15

Layout: Extended 2.5 – 3.0 hour workshops; learn more about less, a deeper dive
Location: IT-oLogy classrooms, 1301 Gervais Street, suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201 – at the corner of Sumter and Gervais Streets

  • Building applications with AngularJS, with Tom Wilson, CEO of Jack Russell Software and founder of CoderDojo in Charleston, SC
  • MeteorJS, how and why (the extended version), with Josh Owens, host of the immensely popular Meteor Podcast, the Web 2.0 show, and other well known broadcasts
  • DevOps 101 – with Nathen Harvey, host of Food Fight Show and Community/technology Evangelist at Chef
  • Cloud in a Bottle: Enterprise Virtualization Features and Reliability on a Microbusiness Budget (the extended version), with Jim Salter, Arstechnica feature author, open source expert, and long-time professional sys admin
  • Hadoop, What You Must Know – find out why Hadoop has become the world’s top big data processing and analytics platform
  • Raspberry Pi/Hardware - PayPal
  • Git, Version Control and GitHub
  • Red Hat Certification 101
  • Introduction to oVirt