Flourish Open Source Conference at UIC

Flourish is an open source conference to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The conference is run by university students and tickets are free.

Why go to Flourish? Because…

Not Just Software

Linux may be the best known open source project, but open source is not just about software. At Flourish 2009 a speaker mentioned a funny little circuit board called “Arduino” during one of the presentations. I turned to my neighbor in the audience, and I asked “What’s an Arduino?”

My neighbor pulled an Arduino out of his backpack and showed it to me. Wow. Open source extends to hardware, too! Since then, the Arduino has become part of the WindyCityRails Youth Program. Beyond microcontrollers, single-board Linux machines like the Raspeberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, and Parallella have joined the open source hardware ranks.

See You There

Thank you, Flourish organizers, for inviting me to speak this year. UIC is where I first learned about open source, Linux, and the web. My appreciation for UIC extends beyond my CS degree.

Great things happen when like-minded people come together to exchange ideas. I look forward to seeing you at Flourish 2014!