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Top open source developers coming

Mar 21, 2011 5:45:00 PM - thestate.com
This week’s Palmetto Open Source Software Conference — or POSSCON — is bringing some of the nation’s leading software developers to Columbia.

The conference, which will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, will focus on the latest issues for developers, executives, government leaders and educators.

The conference is unique on the East Coast, said conference chairman Todd Lewis, managing partner of Columbia’s Palmetto Computer Labs. Most open source conferences are held on the West Coast, such as in Silicon Valley. And it is significantly cheaper — $99 for advance tickets and $149 at the door — compared with $800 and up for West Coast conferences, Lewis said.

And like the hydrogen conference held in 2009, POSSCON helps boost the city’s and state’s efforts to build a high-tech economy.

“We’ve got the biggest names in open source coming to Columbia, and it helps put us on the software map,” Lewis said. “Most of them don’t know what an IT center we are, with the insurance industry and USC.”

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