Open source is powering the NYC tech scene - from locally grown open source projects, to startups and big enterprises that run on open source, to new organizations and collaborative models that grew up right here in New York City.

On March 30, 2013, New Yorkers came together to learn how open source is driving the NYC tech scene through a variety of speeches from: Jon Gottfried, Sumana Harihareswara, Alan Hudson, Vanessa Hurst, Tianhui (Michael) Li, Joel Natividad, and Andy Parsons.


Andy Parsons

Co-Founder / CTO at Happify talks about how NYC business innovation is driving Open Source, and how Open Source is driving NYC innovation.

Vanessa Hurst

Founder of Developers for Good reviews some of the local organizations they work with and opportunities to contribute to social good projects

Alan Hudson

Director of 3D Tools at Shapeways talks about how open source powers Shapeways, its 3D Tools, and its factory in Long Island City.


Joel Natividad

Co-Founder / CEO of Ontodia  gives an overview of the City's Open Data Initiative, including a short history of how the Open Data Law came about, how it powers NYCBigApps, and how the data is being used for all kinds of innovations.

Sumana Harihareswara

Engineering Community Manager at Wikimedia Foundation talks about members within the open source culture.

Jon Gottfried

Developer Evangelist at Twilio talks about about hackers / hackathons as an open technology movement, with a particular focus on hacker culture in New York City.


Tianhui "Michael" Li

Data Scientist at foursquare talks about the open-source tools being used at foursquare and how those tools can be used to generate fascinating insights into the life of the city.