Attend the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Symposium With BIT

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The Linux Foundation has combined several events to present one of the largest gatherings in the world dedicated to open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing, and diversity in technology: the Open Source Summit.

The Open Source Summit takes place September 11-14, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA and includes  LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and the new Open Community Conference.

Also new to this year’s events is the Diversity Empowerment Summit.  The Linux Foundation created the summit to “help promote and facilitate an increase in diversity, inclusion, empowerment and social innovation in the open source community, and to provide a venue for discussion and collaboration.”

In a partnership with Blacks in Technology, the Linux Foundation has offered BIT members several ways to participate in the discussion around open technologies that will take place in Los Angeles.  These include free passes, discount codes, and scholarships.

Free Passes for Open Source Summit

To be considered for a free pass, follow these steps:

  1. Become a member of the Blacks In Technology community
  2. Subscribe to our newsletter
  3. Fill out the following form

Note that the pass is only for admission to the event and does not cover travel, lodging, or any other expenses.

Discount Codes

The Linux Foundation is also offering BIT members a discount code to purchase Open Source Summit passes at a reduced price.

Follow this link to register and select your registration type (All-Access Registration, Hall Pass Registration, or Academic Registration).  Enter this code for 20% off: OSSNADIV2017

The Hall Pass is an exceptional deal as it offers full access to the Diversity Empowerment Summit and other parts of the Summit including the Expo Hall, technology showcase, networking events, and keynote sessions via live feed.


The Linux Foundation is also providing diversity and need based scholarships to attend the Open Source Summit.  “The Linux Foundation’s diversity scholarship program provides support to those from traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities” that might not otherwise be able to participate.  Need based scholarships are provided for individuals who are not be able to get funding from their companies and are active members of the open source community.

Follow this link for more information on scholarships.

About Open Source Summit 2017

More than 2000 attendees and several dozen top-tier sponsors are expected to participate in Open Source Summit 2017. Follow this link to for the complete schedule and speakers including details on a conversation with Linux and Git Creator Linus Torvalds.  Follow this link to learn more about the sponsors including Red Hat, SUSE, IBM, Google Cloud Platform, and many more.  For more information on the Linux Foundation, visit

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Michael is a graduate of Iowa State University with BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a variety of technologies including integrated circuit design and infrastructure automation. Recently, Michael has worked to automate deployments for high-traffic websites in a variety of industries including automobile sales, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. Michael is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect at the Associate level and is also versed in other cloud technologies. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and lives in the Los Angeles metro area.