Convincing your boss to send you to OSDC

So, you’ve heard about how awesome OSDC is and want to register? Great! But, there’s a downside: you don’t think you can afford to send yourself, and would like to get your work/organisation/company to fund you instead.
Perhaps you have an amazing boss who understands the learning, connections and motivating experience you’ll have spending 3 days with other like-minded technical enthusiasts. But if your boss needs a little more encouragement, here are our ideas for creating a business justification for your HR and management people.

Example Arguments

OSDC hosts over 40 presentations from well-regarded speakers in the free and open source software (FOSS) community. Topics range from deeply technical investigations of different architectures, programming languages, software packages or hardware components, to broad strategic issues such as copyright and patents and partnering with media and government to foster innovation.
OSDC is for any organisation which does software development, whether their work is (a) proprietary, or (b) solely for in-house use. Even you may not feel that your business is an obvious fit for a conference relating to Open Source Development, there are tremendous learning and hence competitive advantages to be gained from conference participation.

  • any of their programmers who attend will be exposed to the latest in development techniques, especially those which lead to faster, more efficient development cycles.
  • in New Zealand there virtually (?) no other venues where developers can become re-invigorated by mingling with their peers and their ideas.
  • their people will become aware of the wide range of existing solutions to programmatic problems that exists in the Open Source Community, avoiding the ‘re-invention of the wheel’ problem.
  • one of the great strengths of Open Source is in the development of bug-free code — because many more eyeballs inspect the code, bugs are more likely to be found and fixed.
    • This is especially valuable for in-house code which is not a critical competitive business element — such code can be open-sourced and benefit from the inspection of a wide community.”

We include special interest sessions (known as Birds Of a Feather) that will be held on Tuesday evening of the conference. These allow delegates with a deep interest in a particular field to share knowledge, build connections, and network with others.
Of course, sending someone to OSDC is also a great way to recognise and reward achievement against organisational objectives!

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