Open Web 2008: Open Source and Open for Registration

Open Web jellyfish logo (fixed)The first Open Web Vancouver conference is now open for registration. As we’ve previously mentioned The Vancouver PHP Users Association are supersceding their annual PHP conference with a more ambitious conference covering the whole field of open source web programming. The (still in progress) list of talks reveals the diversity of topics that will be discussed: PHP, Drupal, Facebook, Ruby on Rails, mobile devices, OpenSocial, Python, Django, JavaScript, Ajax, and web standards, as well as non-technical talks on on open source philosophy and social change online.

Announced keynote speakers include Tim Bray, Director of Web Technologies at Sun and co-father of XML and Atom, and Zak Greant, Managing Director at eZ systems  Mozilla Foundation ombuds and wearer of many hats in the open source community. Speakers from Google, Mozilla, and Facebook will join some of the finest from Vancouver’s open source community.

I think the most interesting aspect of this event will be the bringing together of various open source cliques that might not ordinarily cross-polinate. The conference is being operated as non-profit, which is reflected in the affordable registration price of $150. Open Web Vancouver 2008 runs April 14 – 15 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Canada Place.