Guerrilla Open Source

Short Form


Come hear tales of how Open Source can survive, and even thrive, within the confines of some of the world's largest technology companies.


The oft forgotten other half of the famous aphorism “Information wants to be free” is “Information wants to be expensive”. Indeed, some of the world’s most valuable companies have been built on expensive information. Does that mean that these companies cannot also participate in the Open Source movement? This talk will cover a few of my personal experiences developing Open Source Software while employed at large technology companies, as well as how lessons learned there have helped inform my continued approach to the Open Source world.

Speaking experience

I have 4 years experience as a college lecturer and have given presentations at the Boston Ruby Group's monthly meetings as well as two Ruby Conferences.



  • Joshua Ballanco

    Burnside Digital


    Joshua Ballanco has worked for Apple, AOL, and even managed to finish his Ph.D. along the way somehow. He’s been using Ruby to solve all maner of problems since 2004, but started programming back in 1991 on an Apple IIe. These days, he is the Chief Scientist at Burnside Digital, where he helps a team of talented developers stay at the forefront of development in Ruby, JavaScript, iOS, Android, and Clojure.