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.

Guidebook App Ready for SCALE 13x

SCALE 13x has gone mobile using Guidebook!  Download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at SCALE 13x. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. The app is compatible with Android devices and iPhone/iPad devices.

For more information or to get the app, visit

Show Hours

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday Feb 20th 2pm - 6pm
Saturday Feb 21st 10am - 6pm
Sunday Feb 22nd 10am - 2pm

Conference Sessions:

Thursday Feb 19th - 9am - 6pm
Friday Feb 20th 9am - 6pm
Saturday Feb 21st 9am - 6pm
Sunday Feb 22nd 10am - 5:30pm


Update: Hilton LAX full; lodging alternatives for SCALE 13x

Thanks to the Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 13x, the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel has reached capacity for the week/weekend of our event. However, the SCALE Team has currently contacted other hotels nearby for special prices for those who still require lodging.

The Marriott next to the Hilton is offering a special rate of $129 per night, plus tax, for SCALE 13x. To get the special rate, use this link to make your reservation:


SCaLE 12X – the 12th annual Southern California Linux Expo – takes place on Feb. 21-23, 2014, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel. As the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source software expo in North America, SCaLE 12X expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 80 sessions, tutorials and special events

SCaLE is a community run open-source and free software conference held annually in Los Angeles.

Present!  The SCALE Call For Papers is now closed!

Sponsor!  Sponsorship and Non-Profit & dotORG exhibitor opportunities are available.

Attend! Registration for SCALE 12X opens on September 22, 2013.

Get Involved!  Interested in helping to plan this year's conference? Get in touch!

Welcome to the 11th Annual Southern California Linux Expo!

SCALE 11x will be held February 22-24, 2013 at the LAX Hilton.   SCALE 11X – the 11th annual Southern California Linux Expo – takes place on Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel. As the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source software expo in North America, SCALE 11X expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with presenting more than 70 speakers. 

This year we will be turning your favorite open-conference up to 11 with an expanded set of co-located conferences and special events such as DevOps Day Los Angeles, the MySQL Community Conference, and many more.

Keynote Speakers

  • Matthew Garrett - The Secure Boot Journey
  • Kyle Rankin - Practical 3D Printing and the Open Source Community


Linux Installfest and Beginner Training

Linux is a robust and secure operating system with a rich array of applications.  The Southern California Linux Expo is once again providing those who want to start using Linux an opportunity to learn how.  SCALE will provide an Installfest + basic system administration class on Saturday, March 10th, 2018. 

Training will be provided by the Linux Foundation's professional trainers, and assisted by skilled SCALE volunteers.

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. 

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.