Welcome to the Flourish 2011 Open Source Conference site! Our goal is to promote the use of open source software and provide an annual gathering place in Chicago for open source enthusiasts. This will be the fifth anniversary of the Flourish conference.  As usual, the conference is free to everyone and all are invited to participate.

When and Where

Friday, April 1st - Sunday, April 3rd
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

2011 Videos are up!

For all of those anxiously waiting to see all those talks that they missed, or replaying the part where Mitch throws a bunch of keys to Noisebridge on stage, check it all out in our blip.tv page. Videos from all the years are posted here.

Also, I'm starting to put up slides on our talks page. Please be patient until we get all of them up.

And please remember to give feedback, because it will help us for next year's conference.

Thanks for attending/speaking/just being awesome for gracing us with your attendance. You guys made this conference worth its existence.

Please leave us feedback

I hope everyone had fun at Flourish Open Source Conference 2011, we'd like to receive some feedback to help improve the conference for next year. We already have several changes in mind but more feedback would be great. We'd love the good and bad feedback and do remember you will remain anonymous (just submit when not logged in to drupal).


Videos will be posted very soon. You'll soon see slides for all the talks in talk description page here.

Flourish to Host a PSF Sponsored Python Sprint!

For the Flourish 2011 Hack-a-thon, we have teamed up with the Python Software Foundation (PSF) to host an official PSF sponsored Python Sprint!  By participating in the Flourish Python Sprint, you'll have an opportunity to contribute to more than just a project but to the Python language itself (or one of its popular frameworks).  Contributing at the Flourish Python Sprint is also an excellent way to give back to the open source community.

Depending on the participant's skill level, each participant will have the opportunity to contribute to:

Hackathon at Flourish 2011

Thanks for all your interest in the conference -- remember to register and spread the word. Now, the hackathon is underway, and we haven't formally announced what it is about, but we'll keep you posted once we get the full agenda confirmed. We also have a few side events that are also not announced, but you'll see some more information about it, soon. Sorry about the delays!

Conference Schedule Posted!

We have finally posted the conference schedule. We'll start pushing details for each event, and the other concurrent events very soon. To check it out, click Schedule & Events on the menubar or here. Thanks for your anticipation! In the meanwhile, keep those registration submissions coming. We would love to see you there!

Registration Open!

Registration is finally open! Please go for it especially if you're not a UIC student and would like internet access and/or want a t-shirt, which is always a good thing.

Speaker biographies are almost complete, and we'll push for a schedule this weekend. Thank you for your interest in this conference!

Sponsors Wanted!

Flourish conference could not be where it is today without our sponsors. If you too are interested in becoming a part of the conference in this manner, consider registering for sponsorship. More information is in our registration page. The sooner you express interest, the more likely you'll get the opportunity to get a table at the mini-expo, which is free for non-profits.

Flourish Welcomes Businesses, Non-Profits at the Mini-Expo!

Concurrent to the events from Apr 1st - 3rd, Flourish will host its fifth annual mini-expo where attendees  come to peruse the perimeter laced with tables representing local open source friendly  nonprofit organizations and bigger companies. If you'd like be a part of this potent networking event, check out our mini-expo page for more information.

BSDA Certification Exam Hosted at Flourish!

The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) is pleased to offer the BSDA certification exam to attendees of Flourish! 2011.

The exam will be paper based and in English. Exam information is available from the Certification page of the BSDCG website (http://www.bsdcertification.org/certification/associate.html). Exam candidates should be proficient in the BSDA Certification Requirements and the Command Reference, both of which are available for free download from this page of the website.

Participants need to register for a BSDCG ID at http://www.bsdcertification.org/certification/associate.html. Once you have an ID, you can choose an exam location and pay for the exam. The exam price is $75 USD and payable through Paypal or credit card.

Speakers Posted!

Thanks to the mildly large response to our call for speakers. We have fully confirmed a couple, and are going to be sifting through all the other submissions tonight to make this list larger (and it will, don't fret). Check out the largely incomplete Speaker Biographies page for more speakers. And do not forget to get involved in this potentially awesome conference and sign up as a speaker or workshop leader here.
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