Free and Open Software Conference and Expo - Columbus, Ohio - October 2-3, 2015

The thirteenth annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held October 2-3, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Hosting authoritative speakers and a large expo, the Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software.

Panel Discussion, Salary Negotiations and Interview Skills

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This panel discussion is to help job seekers understand different points of view when it comes to interview skills and salary negotiations.

This year's panelists include:

  • Samantha Snyder – Micro Center
  • Warner Moore – Cover My Meds
  • Janis Mitchell – Precise Resource

The session will be moderated by Rafeeq Rehman.

Get to Know Presenting Companies

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Come and get to know greatest places to work in Columbus OH. These companies love to have open source experts like you. This is your chance to get to know the brand, the culture, and the opportunities at these companies. Presenters for this year include CoverMyMeds and CrossChx.

Building a startup career

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Columbus and central Ohio is becoming a major player in startup business with many successful startup companies in this area. This success brings new opportunities for job seakers with many exciting fields of technology. Brooke Paul, being a successful entrepreneur in the startup business, will share his experience about buildiing your career in the startup business.

Effective Use of Linkedin Profile for Career Growth

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LinkedIn has become a major job search and self-branding tool. Steve Paton will discuss how to use LinkedIn profile effectively to promote your career and find new jobs.

Speaker's Bio

With over  13 years of knowledge and experience in staffing and recruiting Steve brings a strong consultative approach designed to provide value to both his clients and candidates by focusing on the best fit in the career evaluation process. He works hard to listen to the needs of his candidates and clients and properly align the two to create a dynamic opportunity for success.

2015 Schedule Published

September 2, 2015vance

The Ohio LinuxFest team is excited to reveal our schedule for this year's event! We hope that you can find something that tickles your fancy among our awesome lineup of talks. Please note that this is still a work in progress—we will be adding more sessions for the Career Track and Open Source Solutions Stage, not to mention our Birds of a Feather Sessions.

If you want to get in on the action, register today and we'll see you in Columbus!

2015 OLF Tshirts delivered straight to your home!


Help support OLF by purchasing a limited edition 2015 OLF t-shirt! A portion of your purchase helps support the Ohio LinuxFest Corporation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity. Shirts are available in Mens (S-5XL) and Womens (S-3XL) sizes and are shipped directly to you. Order by mid-September to receive your shirts before the 2015 Ohio LinuxFest (orders typically take 7-10 days to arrive). Shirts may be ordered at our online store,

Schedule Preview

August 20, 2015vance

We're working on putting the final touches on our schedule and content, but in the meantime we wanted to give people an outline of what we're offering for 2015. Read on for more!

2015 Registration is Open

July 31, 2015vance

We are happy to announce that registration for this year's Ohio LinuxFest is now open. Please follow the registration link today to reserve your spot! We have created several tiers for you this year:

As always, pre-registration at the Enthusiast level is free of charge, in keeping with our desire to make the conference accessible to all. This gets you into all the keynotes, Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions, Saturday talks, and Early Penguins Track talks on Friday as well as the expo area.

The Supporter level adds benefits like a T-shirt, lunch on Saturday, and admission to the after party. You also get our deep thanks, as your financial support is a big reason why we can keep the conference free.

Lastly, Professional registration gets you in to all of the talks and the expo plus the Ohio LinuxFest Institute (OLFI) training sessions on Friday. The OLF team created OLFI for IT professionals who work with open source technologies and are looking to develop their skills and knowledge. Many companies pay for this registration on behalf of their employees!

We're also bringing back the popular keynote dinner as an add-on to all levels. There are a limited number of tickets, so register soon to reserve your seat at the dinner.

Many conferences make most of their money from conference attendees. In our case, it is only a small part of our budget because we give away the Enthusiast registration for free. The more people who sign up for a paid registration, the more we are able to offer to conference attendees! Please consider registering as a Supporter or Professional, or adding on a donation to your Enthusiast registration, as this will help us improve the conference and do more for you.

Alan Robertson to Keynote at Ohio LinuxFest 2015

July 8, 2015vance

Photo of Alan Robertson

The Ohio LinuxFest is excited to announce Alan Robertson as one of our 2015 keynote speakers.