Between now and the opening of All Things Open 2023 on October 15 to begin the conference’s second decade, FOSS Force is each day taking a look at an individual year in ATO’s history. In today’s article we’re looking at All Things Open 2014, which was the conference’s second outing.
The 2014 All Things Open T-Shirt
During the closing ceremony at All Things Open’s inaugural event in 2013, chairperson and ringleader Todd Lewis said he intended to make ATO the premiere open source conference on the East Coast, and when the doors were opened for round two in 2014, it appeared that he was well on his way to doing just that. Not only did the scheduled speakers continue to be “world class” (an expression that Lewis likes to use), there were more of them, with the number of tracks having been increased from six to ten. In her recap of ATO 2014, Christine Hall wrote that the event “was more than good enough — and then a lot more.”
Year Two by the Numbers
We don’t have any hard numbers to report about the second year, although we do know that attendance was noticeably greater than the year before. ATO also noticeably increased its footprint within the Raleigh Convention Center in 2014, which was a given with the increased number of tracks.
People at ATO 2014
Again, lots of great speakers at ATO for this sophomore event. Hall mentioned in her coverage seeing keynotes or presentations from James Pearce, who was then Facebook’s head of Open Source; DeLisa Alexander, who was then executive VP and “chief people officer” at Red Hat; Erica Stanley with the Atlanta chapter of Women Who Code; Daniel Abadie, CTO for the Buenos Aires City Government; and others.
Gin Landers is an intern covering open-source technology for FOSS Force.