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If you’re into 3D printing and you’re also an advocate of open source, then O3DCon is definitely a conference for you.

The Open 3D Foundation is the Linux Foundation’s project focused on 3D printing, which naturally makes it the worlds largest open source 3D printing project, and O3DCon is O3DF’s flagship conference. This year’s conference will be held in Austin, which as far as we’re concerned is one of two places you want to be if you absolutely have to be in Texas (the other is San Antonio, BTW), and it’s happening in October, when the outside temps are reasonable, meaning the Texas power grid should be up and running (calm down, we’re only joking…kinda).

More good news: if you really don’t want to take a single step inside of Texas, because maybe you believe in the right to vote or women’s reproductive health rights, you can just put you feet up and watch this one from the privacy of your own home (which is what we’re going to do because we don’t want to spend any travel dollars in Texas until the state government decides to rejoin the human race — but that’s just us). Like lots of conferences in the post-pandemic age, this one will be hybrid, meaning the whole thing will be livestreamed.

As we’re going to press with this calendar listing, the Linux Foundation has just announced the conference’s lineup of keynote speakers, and we must say we’re surprised to see how many well known people are on the agenda, including some open source fan favorites.

Deb Nicholson will be on board, a person who at some point has had a hand in about every single open source project ever started (right now, she’s executive director of Python Software Foundation and a founding board member at SeaGL (Seattle GNU/Linux Conference), the latter being one of those community oriented conferences that everyone raves about. At O3DCon she’ll be giving a talk called “Open Source is a Multiplier”.

Also keynoting will be Nithya Ruff, head of the Open Source Program Office at Amazon and chairperson of the Linux Foundation’s board. Her talk is called, “Game On! How to Be a Good Open Source Citizen.”

There are others, of course.

Probably the biggest name on the keynote slate isn’t quite so hard-core open source (we’ll reluctantly forgive him for that): Bill Vass, VP of engineering at Amazon Web Services will join Bryce Adelstein Lelbach, principal architect at NVIDIA and standard C++ Library Evolution chair, to talk on “C++ Horizons.”

A complete list of keynote speakers can be found here.

In addition to keynotes, O3DCon will include sessions, lightning talks, panel discussions and exhibits exploring innovations and best practices in open 3D development, open source licensing, interoperability across 3D engines, and the benefits of using O3DE to revolutionize real-time 3D development.

A complete look at the schedule can be found here.

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Date And Time

Monday, October 17, 2022 @ 09:00 AM (CDT) to
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 @ 05:00 PM (CDT)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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