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O'Reilly Open Source Convention
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GenreOpen Source (mainly software)
Location(s)Portland, Oregon (exceptions)
CountryUnited States
Most recent2019
Organized byO'Reilly Media
Robin Hanson at OSCON 2007
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Overview of OSCON 2009
Michal Migurski, Tim O'Reilly, and Jared Smith at OSCON 2013

The O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) was an American annual convention for the discussion of free and open-source software. It was organized by publisher O'Reilly Media and was held each summer, mostly in Portland, Oregon, from 1999 to 2019.


The first OSCON was held in 1999.[1][2] The first Perl Conference took place in 1997.

Notable events
  • OSCON grew out of The Perl Conference, but the amount of Perl content has continued to decline each year.
  • The OpenOffice.org open source project was announced at the 2000 conference in Monterey.[3]
  • The OpenStack open source project was launched at the 2010 conference.[4]
  • OSCON has been the host to Larry Wall's State of the Onion keynotes.
  • All O'Reilly events were cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the company closed the in-person conference portion of their business.[5]


Throughout the week in which OSCON is hosted, there are workshops and presentations, most of which are conducted in meeting rooms. These sessions are primarily focused on the use and development of upcoming and current open source software, and there are usually a few sessions addressing the open source community itself. In the past few years, the main topics have been cloud computing, distributed computing, virtualization, minimizing downtime, big data, and information technology. Certain sessions are sponsored by companies and are free and open to the public.

During the convention, OSCON throws various parties for the attendees. Many of these are sponsored, with some parties being held at sponsoring companies' facilities throughout the city.

At the OSCON expo, vendors and other organizations showcase their latest innovations, offer short classes, give away swag, and answer questions about their products. Some companies that have had larger booths over the years include Linode, Rackspace, HP, Bluehost, and Microsoft.

Tables are usually set up outside the meeting rooms where attendees can rest or work. There is also a sponsored "hack zone" outside the Expo Hall where attendees may use fast networking and power strips to hack, socialize, or take a break. Through the main hallway, there is usually a large black box referred to as "The Chalkboard", where attendees can use chalk to scribble logos, slogans, names, and ideas.


2020 Portland, OR (cancelled) July 13–16, 2020
2019 Portland, OR July 15–18, 2019
2018 Portland, OR July 16–19, 2018
2017 Austin, TX May 8–11, 2017
2016 Austin, TX May 16–19, 2016
2015 Portland, OR July 20–24, 2015
2014 Portland, OR July 20–24, 2014
2013 Portland, OR July 22–26, 2013
2012 Portland, OR July 16–20, 2012
2011 Portland, OR July 25–29, 2011
2010 Portland, OR July 19–23, 2010
2009 San Jose, CA July 20–24, 2009
2008 Portland, OR July 21–25, 2008
2007 Portland, OR July 23–27, 2007
2006 Portland, OR July 24–28, 2006
2005 Portland, OR August 1–5, 2005
2004 Portland, OR July 26–30, 2004
2003 Portland, OR July 7–11, 2003
2002 San Diego, CA July 22–26, 2002
2001 San Diego, CA July 22–26, 2001
2000 Monterey, CA July 17–20, 2000[6]
1999 Monterey, CA August 21–24, 1999[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "OSCON Celebrates 10th Year: Annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention Opens Registration and Announces Program". 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  2. ^ a b "Perl Foundation Conferences". YAPC.
  3. ^ Phipps, Simon (18 October 2006). "Birthday Presents". Blogs.Sun.Com. Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  4. ^ "OpenStack Launch Bash". O'Reilly Media. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  5. ^ "From O'Reilly President, Laura Baldwin: O'Reilly's events business". 2020-03-24. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  6. ^ Guido van Rossum (2000-01-27). "Call for Participation: Open Source Convention in Monterey (July)". python.org.

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