HAM Track


For the last two years, we have had a HAM presence at SCALE, and this year, we are taking it a notch higher. Introducing a HAM themed track! Our first speaker is Ben Kuo and he's going to talk about 'How Social Media, The Internet, and Ham Radio Saved The Day After Hurricane Maria In Dominica'. 

We'll also have our special event call sign (N6S) active during the event, and a couple of HAM radio booths as well. 




SCALE adds hardware hacking focused Badge Track

Electronic badges are the "in thing" these days and some of the more elegant ones garner a lot of attention. Last Defcon, some of the most sought after badges were the Mr. Robot badge and the Darknet badge. We are happy to announce that the creators of both these badges will be at SCALE presenting their creations, and the process of design. Who knows, we might even get a preview of the next badge!

DC Darknet will also be running a game at SCALE and offer a completely different badge for sale at their booth. 


SCaLE 16X – the 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo – will take place on March. 8-11, 2018, at the Pasadena Convention Center. SCaLE 16X expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events.

SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in the greater Los Angeles area.

Present! Submit a proposal for a session via our call for papers.

Sponsor! Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available for commercial and non-profit exhibitors.

Get Involved! Interested in helping to plan and/or to volunteer for SCALE 16X? Get in touch by either filling out this form or sending us an email.

The UpSCALE line-up and social media cheat sheet

Join the SCALE 15x conference attendees for an hour of Ignite-style lightning talks. UpSCALE, in partnership, is where speakers get 5 minutes to enlighten the audience. Slides will auto-advance and you get to sit back and listen to a brief stories about open source topics.


The UpSCALE talks will take place tomorrow, Saturday March 4th at 8:00 pm in Ballroom DE.


Speaker Interview: Marek Vasut

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: Hi! I'm Marek Vasut and I work as a contractor for some years already, mostly for DENX S.E. GmbH in Germany. I do U-Boot/Linux/OpenEmbeeded work for living and I actively participate in those projects even outside of my work. I play around with FPGAs in my free time a lot, but it's nothing big and professional :) I'd love to talk about any of these things to whoever is interested, so please do come and talk to me anytime!

Speaker Interview: Peter Czanik

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: I am a system engineer working as community manager at Balabit, the company behind the syslog-ng logging daemon. I help distributions maintain the syslog-ng package, follow bug trackers, help syslog-ng users and talk regularly at conferences (SCALE, FOSDEM, Libre Software Meeting, LOADays, and so on). In my limited free time I am interested in non-x86 architectures, and work on one of my PPC or ARM machines.


Speaker Interview: Nina Kaufman

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: Hello! My name is Nina and I've been working at Procore Technologies for three and a half years. I'm a senior site reliability engineer, and I help manage the performance, scalability, and reliability of our many services and applications. I also enjoy mentoring engineering college students through programs at universities like UC Santa Barbara. I'm really interested in networking and security, and I'm currently taking the OSCP certification course.


Speaker Interview: Keith Fiske

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: I'm a Database Administrator with OmniTI, Inc. I've been working in IT since 2000 and been working with databases for the last 10 years. I specialized in PostgreSQL when joining OmniTI 5 years ago. Since then I've written some popular third party tools for it (pg_partman, pg_extractor, mimeo).



Speaker Interview: Kir Kolyshkin

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: Hi, my name is Kir Kolyshkin, I'm originally from Russia but live in Seattle nowadays. The company I work for, Virtuozzo, works on Linux containers since about 2000, and I am mostly known within the Linux community for my role in OpenVZ project.