OpenStack Design Summit & Conference – Register Now!

The OpenStack community is once again in full preparation for our twice annual community events, this time in Boston, Ma in October.  There are two different (but related) events during the week of October 3rd-7th:  At the beginning of the week, we have the OpenStack Design Summit which is a set of small, focused developer working sessions where the roadmap will be set by active contributors on the project.  Later in the week, the broader community of Users, Developers, and Business folk will gather for the OpenStack Conference.  Those of you who attended the events in April may notice that, this time, we’ve reversed the order.  This will allow the broader community to hear and discuss the output of the Design Summit.

To better understand which event is right for you, here are some additional details:

OpenStack Design Summit – Held October 3 – 5, 2011, this event is targeted at OpenStack developers and architects to collaborate on the features, designs, and development methodology for the Essex product release. Developers submit their feature ideas for Essex via the Launchpad blueprint process and the three Project Technical Leads work with the Release Manager to create the final agenda. It is highly recommended that only OpenStack developers or architects attend as the sessions are extremely technical and focused on individual features for Essex. Registration for this group of attendees will be handled via launchpad accounts. The developer registration process will also offer you the option to indicate that you intend to stay for the Conference portion of the week, so you will NOT need to go to two places to register if you are attending both events.  In fact:  Please don’t!

OpenStack Conference –  Held October 5 – 7, 2011, this event is targeted at the broader OpenStack community including ecosystem companies, system administrators, users, and business executives interested in the OpenStack open source project. Senior executive leaders in the cloud computing marketplace present their ideas on the future of the industry and OpenStack’s influence in the general sessions along with a business track and technical track containing information for attendees on how OpenStack works and why OpenStack matters. The OpenStack community welcomes all attendees interested in cloud computing and open source to this event to learn about the OpenStack project and become an active part of the community. Click here to register for the Conference.

Click here to book your room at the Boston Intercontinental hotel (where the events are located) at a discount rate.  We have a block of rooms, so please use the link to ensure they are tracked appropriately.  The special rate is substantially cheaper than the normal rate, and is only guaranteed if you book by September 9th.

If you have any further questions on these two events, please contact Stephen Spector for more information.



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