When: July 23-25, 2008
Where: Rooms E143 and E144 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland ( address, directions and map below)
Hosting Event: OSCON 2008

FOSSCoach at OSCON 2008 is an event designed to share and improve the essential skills required to participate in collaborative, free and open online projects like Firefox® and Wikipedia.

The event features a mix of educational presentations and hands-on coaching from experts in participatory communities. To reserve your spot, please register (its free.)


The OSCON team has kindly provided two rooms for the three main days of their conference.

One room will feature presentations on the key processes, technologies and tools used in projects like Firefox® and Wikipedia.

The other room will be set aside for hands-on demonstrations, coaching and informal discussions.

Draft Presentation Schedule

Time July 23 July 24 July 25
08:45-09:00 Daily Welcome Daily Welcome Daily Welcome
09:00-09:30 How FOSS Communities Work Building a Career around Online Participatory Communities 10 Myths Running Open Source Software in Your Business
09:30-10:15 Open-Sourcing Support Fail Intro To Building Online Communities
10:15-10:45 Break Break Break
10:45-11:30 Getting Started In QA Scaling Your FOSS Project Advanced Bugzilla: Tips, Tricks, and Explanations
11:30-14:30 Lunch Lunch Closing Session & Cleanup
14:30-15:20 Open Source PR A Busy Developer's Guide To Fixing Firefox
15:25-16:25 Jumping Into Online Communities Code Simplicity: Software Design In Open Source Projects
16:30-17:15 The Art of Feedback How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People
17:20-18:05 Feedback in Action Build your FOSS developer community with Drupal

Location & Directions

The event will be held in rooms E143 and E144 at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97232)

Public Transit

Portland's MAX light-rail transit makes frequent stops at OCC's own station. Fares are $2.05 (as of May 10th, 2008) or less. You can plan your trip at

Driving Directions

The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is accessible via Interstate Freeway I-5 north from exit 302A (Rose Quarter) and I-84 west exit 1 (Lloyd Blvd.). It is bound by Holladay Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lloyd Blvd. and NE First Ave. Onsite parking is available for $8 per day (prices subject to change). Enter the garage via First Avenue.

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Thank you very much for organizing this. These sessions were great. I would suggest that next year you print up several hundred copies of the FOSScoach schedule and scatter them around next to the OSCON programs, and also clearly indicate that they are free and open to expo hall attendees.

Since these sessions are not listed in the program, it's hard to find out about them. Most people didn't know about them.

I look forward to going to the sessions next year!