POSSCON 2012 Brings Scott McNealy to Columbia

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – The Palmetto Open Source Software Conference will once again bring a world-class lineup of IT thought leaders to the Southeast for two days to discuss the latest issues for developers, executives, government leaders and educators.

Open source software continues to be one of the hottest and most relevant topics in information technology as organizations strive to meet the increasing demand for innovation with shrinking budgets. The goal of the organizers is to provide affordable access to quality open source education.

POSSCON 2012 will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center March 28-29, 2012, and will feature track sessions, hands-on training and social and networking events. Tracks will include Education, Technical, Big Picture and Demo/Training.

Scott McNealy, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, a Silicon Valley legend and one of the most influential leaders in the history of IT, is the keynote speaker for this year’s event. Other speakers include Dr. Douglas Maughan, Director, Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Security Division; Jim Jagielski, Co-Founder and President, Apache Software Foundation; Chris Aniszcyck, Open Source Manager, Twitter, Inc.; and many others.

In 2011, more than 500 people from 15 states, 30 colleges and universities and approximately 100 business and government organizations attended.

The mix of people in addition to stellar speakers, affordable registration fees, cutting-edge staging and Southern hospitality make POSSCON a must-attend event. People from varied backgrounds have attended since 2008 and all say the same thing – “this is a truly unique event and a unique blend of people.”

Early-early bird registration is now open at a discounted rate of $99. Registration is available at www.posscon.org.

IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline and advancing the IT profession. IT-oLogy is doing this through three major initiatives: Promote IT (K-12 schools), Teach IT (Higher Education) and Grow IT (Professionals and Businesses).

For more information about IT-oLogy, visit www.it-ology.org or contact Powers Strickland at 803.354.5735 or [email protected]