Presentations

Frank Coyle
Audience: Everyone

 

Despite its widespread use, ChatGPT has some major drawbacks. For example, it is known to generate factually incorrect responses, often referred to as hallucinations. In addition, the models often exhibit a variety of biases – all based on the data used to build the model.

The presentation will emphasize the need for genuine openness in open-source AI software and examine the implications of models that may not fully disclose their data sources and algorithms.

Achille Verheye
Audience: Everyone
Topic: Embedded

The NASA-JPL Open-Source Rover is one of the largest and longest running active open-source hardware projects around. It’s a scaled-down replica of the real rovers on Mars, but made exclusively with commonly available components that you can buy online and assemble anywhere, with any skill level. I will do a live demo of the rover, talk about how it was designed, how it’s different from the other projects out there, how you can build one, a little bit of its history, and how we built and maintain a thriving community of rover enthusiasts.

 

Lori Barfield, Jenson Crawford
Audience: Everyone
Topic: Career Day

There's a crushing Catch-22 in the tech world that keeps people from realizing their career dreams. Mentors hear this exasperated plea for help: "How do I get experience doing something new when the companies I am talking to only want to hire people who already have experience?" Two engineering senior leaders will explain how candidates can gain work experience by volunteering in various opportunities, from meetups to open source projects to service to the country. Learn to find volunteer opportunities and integrate your accomplishments into your resume and interviews.

 

Gabriele Bozzola
Audience: Everyone

Software is eating the scientitic world. Controlling instruments, making predictions, analyzing data, disseminating results--modern Science runs on software. As the open-source principles gain traction, new challenges emerge. In this talk, I will focus on one of such problems: inadequate documentation and high entry barriers. I will introduce a practical approach to enanche user and developer experience by providing a well-thought-out documentation that clearly addresses the needs of scientists and developers.

 

Richard Yen
Audience: Beginner
Topic: PostgreSQL

<div>Every so often, one may be called upon to perform the tasks of a database administrator, especially in cases where application performance seems to be affected by the database. &nbsp;This talk will give non-DBAs an insight into how the world's most powerful open-source database works, and the kind of tools and features that are readily available for people who unexpectedly find themselves in the DBA pilot's seat. &nbsp;Topics covered will include query tuning, monitoring, indexing, and a basic run-down of some configurables to help you know what options are at your disposal</div>

Kyle Davis
Audience: Everyone

A single conversation with someone outside of tech changed how I both thought of immutability and how I talked to others about it. In this session, learn how immutability can often seem like a confusing, funny-sounding idea at first. Then how you can easily counter the confusion with sound, practical, and easy-to-understand concepts, exercises, and techniques to make the topic relatable. When you leave this session, you’ll have new tools that will help you share the powerful concepts of immutable software with others and maybe convince a few new folks along the way.

Saian Ford, Aaron Vega
Audience: Everyone

How to setup and configure your own AI power service in a private cloud 

John Matthew
Audience: Developer
Topic: Developer

A demonstration of using PIKU to push your code to a server, no docker, no kubernetes, just GIT PUSH and your code is running.

 

PIKU is a free open-source "Micro PAAS" that claims "The tinyest PAAS you've ever seen". 

 

Pietro DiCaprio
Audience: Everyone

This talk explores the pivotal concepts of immutability and atomicity and their potential to shape a more resilient future for operating systems. We delve into how these principles, exemplified in distributions like Micro OS, Vanilla OS, and Silverblue, are driving a paradigm shift in the world of Linux. The adoption of immutability and atomicity is shown to enhance the robustness, security, and maintainability of Linux systems, with a focus on the crucial aspects of consistency and reproducibility for heightened security and reliability.