Open Source Labor Economics…

…is not nearly as sexy a title for an industry talk as is “Open Source Hacker Careers” so it had to go. The result you can observe at the 2009 Open Source Meets Business conference in Nuremberg, Germany, on January 28th, 2009, when I will be giving a talk (almost) so named.

Open Source Software Developer Careers

Open source is changing how software is built and how money is made. Open source also defines a new developer career that is independent of the traditional career within companies. This talk discusses this new career and argues that it creates economic value for some while it makes life harder for others. Suggesting that such a career is worthwhile, the talk then discusses key skills that a developer should possess or train in order to be successful in open source projects.

3 Replies to “Open Source Labor Economics…”

  1. i love open source conferences that price out open source developers. And considering the very flat organizational structure of companies that really understand open source and development (Amazon, Google, i would even argue IBM) this is an example of how in their bones, these types of conferences don’t understand the ecosystem they are grappling with. I am curious about your paper as i have worked on very similar issues.

    1. @Ivan Labra I can’t say that I’m happy about their pricing either, but then they are well in line with most of the other commercial conferences…

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