ownCloud Contributor Conference takes shape – adds more than 30 lightning talks and workshops

ownCloud-Contributor-Conference-300x240Yesterday we announced conference keynotes from ownCloud’s Frank Karlitschek and Mozilla’s Dan Callahan. Today, we’ll give you a more detailed look at the events’ schedule.

The hackathon

The Contributor Conference kicks off with a hackathon next week – on Tuesday, August 26. ownCloud contributors will get together to discuss and code away on features, fixes, documentation and other areas of ownCloud. This will be a very open event, where anybody interested can come in with their laptop and ideas and discuss code.

If you are an existing contributor, you can meet old friends or see the faces behind the IRC nicks for the first time. If you are new, the friendly and open community will take you in and you’ll find your way into the ownCloud code base in no time!

The focus is on getting work done on ownCloud and we look forward to helping you dive into the code and  implementing your vision for data ownership!

The conference day

Coding in progress
Hackathon 2013

On Saturday, a conference day will open the morning and the afternoon with keynotes by Frank and Dan as well as an exciting program of short talks and technical workshops. The program on Saturday looks like this:

9:30-9:45 Opening
9:45-10:30 Keynote Dan Callahan
10:30-12:00 Lightning Talks
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Keynote Frank Karlitschek
14:00-15:00 Lightning Talks
15:00-15:30 Break, group photo
15:30-18:00 Workshops
18:00-18:30 Closing session


The day will feature more than twenty lightning talks and half a dozen workshops – there will be a lot to see and learn!


The talks are short, giving you a fast-paced overview of the state of ownCloud, our development tools and API’s and what is going on in the ownCloud community.

  • ownCloud development progress is detailed in talks about ownCloud apps and core functionality. It will cover the Calendar app, the Desktop Client, the Music app, the Firefox OS app, SailfishOS integration, the Files app, User Management, the state of ownCloud security and more. Also expect a look at the changes in ownCloud since its inception!
  • ownCloud API’s and tools are presented, including our translation and testing infrastructure, the API client libraries, and practical experiences with interfacing with ownCloud.
  • Community subjects are featured, like the progress during the GSOC, the new Bountysource page, how to join the ownCloud design and website teams, the work on demo.owncloud.org and more.
The hackathon visitors last year
Group photo 2013

The conference also features workshops where you can learn more about ownCloud development. App development will be covered in a long workshop, with the first half dedicated to beginners and one hour with more advanced coding work. Other talks – aimed at beginners – will be about securing a PHP app, connecting your Javascript webapp to ownCloud using WebDAV. For more advanced coders, a workshop about UI design and a workshop about interfacing the desktop client with the server will keep you plenty busy!

The hacker rooms will be open during the workshops. You can sit down, write some code or discuss ownCloud with others. A lot of interesting folks will join us and we expect an entertaining “hallway track”.

On Sunday, we’ll finish the week off with another hackathon day, bringing people, code and inspiration into an exciting mix!

Be there!

You can read more about the event and register on the ownCloud website. We want everybody to feel welcome so please be mindful of our code of conduct!

2 Responses to “ownCloud Contributor Conference takes shape – adds more than 30 lightning talks and workshops”

  1. Bugsbane

    Will there be videos of the talks online for those of us who can’t make it?

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