[OxLUG Announce] Accu conference 2004 (Oxford, 14-17 April)

Alasdair G Kergon oxlug@lists.oxlug.org
Tue Mar 16 15:33:01 2004


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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 15:24:51 -0000
Subject: Accu conference 2004 info


The ACCU (Association of C and C++ Users) spring conference will be taking
place at the Randolph Hotel in central Oxford, April 14-17 2004. Major
sponsors include Microsoft, O'Reilly, Blackwells, ReportLab, Perforce and
QBS.

This year, in addition to the impressive technical programme, the event aims
to examine the big issues and latest trends in the software industry today
and will feature a two-day Open Source Forum with experts instrumental in
the Open Source revolution.  Read more at:

  http://www.accu.org/conference/opensource.html

The "Decision Makers' Day" on Wednesday 14th April covers
- the rate of adoption of key open source technologies
- what kind of support major players are providing
- open source software in eGovernment and Financial Services
- numerous case studies on best practices

The"Software Industry Day" on Thursday 15th covers
- after the dot com crash, which business models are actually working for
  companies which give their software away?
- who is funding all those developers anyway?
- the debate over software patents, arguably the key issue in 
  the industry this year

The keynote speaker is Eric Raymond, whose paper "The Cathedral and the
Bazaar" popularized and explained the Open Source phenomenon.   Other
speakers include Paul Everitt, co-founder of Zope Corp, whose open source
content management system is in massive use in the public sector; David
Ascher of ActiveState (Vancouver), recently acquired by Sophos; Aljosa Pasic
of Schlumberger-Sema; James Heald, a leading campaigner in the Software
Patents debate.

The ACCU conference is a ten year old event which has grown into one of the
leading technical events for software developers worldwide, and regularly
features the authors of C++ and Python as well as many other luminaries.

The Open Source Forum does not presume any technical knowledge or prior
background and will be an ideal opportunity to learn about the key
issues affecting the software industry today.


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