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Sarah Novotny joins OSCON for 2011

The O'Reilly Open Source Convention will be returning to Portland, Oregon, July 25-29, 2011.

I'm excited to announce that I will be joined by a new co-chair, Sarah Novotny. Sarah is the founder of Blue Gecko, a successful remote database administration and management company. She brings deep skills from the world of operations, as well as a love of the open source community and a passion for seeing more women in technology.

Former chair Allison Randal has now taken up a role as the technical architect for Ubuntu. We owe her a great debt of thanks for all her work, and will miss her insight, warmth and wisdom. Of course, nobody truly leaves OSCON.

This year's conference saw the blossoming of Android, JavaScript, open source hardware, and NoSQL databases, as well as our first Open Source Health track. We're looking forward to seeing these topics and more in 2011.

Sarah and I are working on putting together the call for participation for OSCON 2011, due to open in December. If you've ideas for what you'd like to see, please comment on this article or send us email to oscon-idea@oreilly.com.

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