MacHack 17: Keynote Announced: Tim O'Reilly

MacHack: The Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers

Contact: Carol Lynn
c/o Expotech
1264 Bedford Road
Grosse Point Park, MI 48230

March 25, 2002 - Dearborn, MI -MacHack: The Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers is pleased to announce that internet pioneer and activist Tim O'Reilly will keynote the June event.

Tim O'Reilly is founder and president of O'Reilly & Associates. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century), O'Reilly has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.

No stranger to controversy, O'Reilly has long been an activist for Internet standards and for Open Source software. He has led successful public relations campaigns on behalf of key internet technologies, helping to block Microsoft's 1996 limits on TCP/IP in NT Workstation, organizing the " summit" of key free software leaders where the term "Open Source" was first widely agreed upon, and, most recently, organizing a series of protests against frivolous software patents. For his efforts, O'Reilly received, in 1998, Infoworld's Industry Achievement Award for his advocacy on behalf of the Open Source community.

The MacHack keynote has become known for lively discussion and inevitable surprises. In the past, Eric S. Raymond spoke challenging traditional software development models, his engaging and often spirited discussion lasted a marathon 6 1/2 hours. Attendees can expect the same kind of lively and thought provoking discussion of the current issues of the day as they affect the Internet and engineering communities though the duration of the session is likely to be far more traditional.

Conference registration costs $475 (a $50 discount until 4/15/02) and includes access to all conference events, 3 meals and the conference banquet. Of course, attendance of the legendary Hack Show is mandatory. Secure registration and more information are available at the conference website. MacHack 17 will take place June 20-22, 2002, in Dearborn, Michigan. More information is available on the Web from .

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