RALEIGH – The largest open source conference in the Southeast is returning for its sixth year of programming, drawing thousands of technologists, innovators, enthusiasts and leaders in the open source community both locally and nationally.

Around 3,500 attendees are expected for All Things Open 2018, slated for October 21-23 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The lineup features the leaders and teams of several top open source, open tech and open web projects and companies.

The agenda includes panels and presentations from speakers representing Red Hat, IBM, Facebook, Netflix, Google, NPR, Microsoft, Comcast, GitHub, and several more companies.

Headlining the event as keynote speakers are Mastering Bitcoin author Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Red Hat Director of Developer Experience Burr Sutter, Bustle Director of Product Design Una Kravets, Ushahidi Director of Community Engagement Angela Oduor Lungati, Amazon Web Services Head of Open Source Strategy Zaheda Bhorat and Babel Maintainer Henry Zhu.

More than 200 sessions will be held over the span of three days, including 14 extended workshops covering areas such as machine learning and AI, DevOps, hardware, IoT, mobile, big data, security, Linux and other topics.

A special IoT Demo Night in partnership with RIoT will also be a highlight of the program. On the evening of October 22, the session will lineup a collective of IoT products from several companies based in the Triangle and beyond.


For the first time, All Things Open is introducing a standalone program on diversity and inclusion. The three-hour program includes 10-12 minute talks from thought leaders on D&I challenges in the open source community and how companies can create new strategies to address them.

There will also be a panel discussion with technologists from Duke University, GitHub, Ushahidi, Palntir/The Drupal Foundation and NPR, followed by group discussions and networking. This session will take place on October 21; it’s free and open to the public.


All Things Open 2018 also features a startup pitch competition on October 22 featuring four startups:

  • Cary-based Protopia, a social platform that connects entrepreneurs with peers, mentors, advisors and others.
  • Raleigh-based BruVue, a real-time beer inventory tracking system.
  • Durham-based GreenToGo, a reusable container takeout service.
  • Austin, Texas-based Gluu, an open-source identity and access management software for mobile and web apps.

Three of the companies are based in the Triangle. All Things Open Founder and Chair Todd Lewis says this “demonstrates the strength of the local open source startup community and the overall quality of startups in the Research Triangle Park.”

“An increasing number of startups are adopting and using open source to save dollars and get to market/develop MVPs faster, and many are adopting an overall open source business model altogether,” Lewis added. “It’s very exciting to see.”

Lewis also notes that the open source startup community has continued to grow every year since the conference started. “We’ve seen tremendous growth since 2013—700 attendees in year one, more than 3,500 expected in year six,” Lewis said. “Open source has exploded in popularity and utilization over the same time period as well.”

“We feel [this] growth has also mirrored that of the Research Triangle,” he adds. “The area and the technology sector are growing at an explosive rate.   It was and is the right event in the right location at the right time.”

If you’re interested in attending All Things Open 2018, you can register here. Tickets are priced at $149 each until October 5. After October 6, prices jump to $249.

NOTE: All Things Open is offering five free passes to WRAL readers, available on a first-come first-serve basis. Enter the promo code WRAL when registering.

Attendees can follow along with the schedule in the All Things Open Eventmobi app.