by Boris Baldassari
Software is impacting every area of our lives, and will be even more omnipresent in the future. We have seen on many occasions during the last few years how a small glitch in software can have unprecedented consequences, from data leaks to people being harmed.
As software practitioners and as members of a community, we have a responsibility towards our users, our fellow developers, and the world. In other words, developing software *is* a political act.
In this session we will take the opportunity to consider the ethical implications of software development and production, why it is important, and how we can do it better for the world and for ourselves while still being pragmatic.
The talk will be organized around these points:
- Review the definition and scope of ethics in our history, from the old-fashioned hacker ethic to modern codes of conduct.
- Consider the personal, social and political implications of software development for people, communities and societies. The world is not either white or black, and most high-impact ethical decisions actually come from individual, small choices that lay in the grey zone.
- See how these concerns can be applied on a few practical use cases, in the software industry, in the free software community, and for our own projects.
- See how the Eclipse Foundation addresses these concerns and actively works on them through various initiatives, from licencing and governance to working groups.
Finally, at the end of the talk we'll have the opportunity to reflect on our own behaviour and activities, as individual software practitioners and as a community, and to look at ways to make our world a better place. Join us!
We have chosen five talks for early acceptance at EclipseCon France. Congratulations to the speakers, and thanks to everyone who submitted.
The final submission deadline is Tuesday, March 29. We look forward to reading the proposals that are still to come!
- Eclipse and Java™ 9 - Jay Arthanareeswaran
- Ethics in Software - Boris Baldassari
- My Minecraft-Smart-Home: Prototyping the Internet of Uncanny Things - Sascha Wolter
- Simulating Future Mobility - Robert Hilbrich
- EMF Models getting XXL? An overview of available solutions - Benoit Viaud & Jonathan Lasalle
by Aurélie Vache
Debating whether or not to submit a talk? Aurélie Vache has some answers for you.
Speaking in front of people is an exercise that is not without challenges but is so rewarding. Share your experience, present a technology, do a live-coding, tell how you have to build an entire stack hosted in the cloud processing a large volume of data, replicated, load balanced ... These are some of the many examples. Whether you are more front, back, ops, data, UX ... What you have to say is important.
I have heard many reasons for not speaking. Here are a few of them.
I have nothing important to say..
If you have an idea, you use a technology, you know well a subject, it’s not “not important”. Take several hours and days to write your abstract, think about it and you will see that it will great to share this to another people.
I’m not legitimate
If you ask yourself the question is often the proof that you are legitimate.
What I have to say has already been said
Of course another person must have already talked about the topic you want to talk about. But, that does not mean you do not have your chance, or that your talk will not be better at the end than another person. What is most important to you? Share your experience? Discover your favorite technology / tool? Show that by using this, that and another language and techno tool, one can fly a drone based on the price of a currency?
I have never been a speaker
One must start one day! :-) Have you ever imagined, dreamed of a talk about a topic that you are passionate about? What if it was time for you to get started?
I have no ideas
No ideas, no problem! Here is a list of the type of talks that we want to see at EclipseCon France 2017. If you have other ideas, we also welcome them!
Presenting a talk at a conference requires a lot of preparation, research, reading white papers, books, articles, experiments, writing and editing slides. In the end all this work is technically and humanly enriching and allows you to be even more confident about the topic being tackled.
We at Duchess France, an association promoting women developers and women in IT, inspiring and encouraging them to speak at conferences or technical events, are used to helping speakers to write their abstracts. If their proposal is accepted we can also organize practice sessions in real life, or depending on your location, via hangout.
To conclude, you are great! Do not forget it. What makes a good conference is its organization with its staff, the quality and diversity of its talks and speakers and of course, attendees!
Do not wait any longer to submit! :-)
The Xtext Summit is a two-day event at EclipseCon France 2017, that includes a full day of talks on June 21st. Submit your talk before March 15th and be eligible for extra promotion as an early bird pick! The Xtext Summit will start the day before at the Unconference. Both novices and experts will benefit from the hands-on workshop with the committers, a fishbowl session where you can contribute your ideas directly to the community and a hackathon for collaborating on Xtext bugs and features.
by Tracy Miranda
The call for papers for EclipseCon France 2017 is now open! And this year you may notice some great new additions. The members of the PC attend many conferences and are very connected into their respective open source communities. So we looked at what has worked well before as well as general trends in the software industry to redesign the tracks for EclipseCon France. It has been great working with the program committee to put this together. The call for papers highlights the new tracks and what we are looking for in each one.
In addition, here’s my own view of the tracks.
EclipseCon France has always unofficially been labelled the ‘modeling conference’. We felt it was about time this was reflected in the talk tracks, with not just one but two dedicated tracks to modelling. There is the Xtext Summit, for all technology related to the innovative textual modelling technology and also a Modeling & Related Technologies track for those popular technologies like Sirius, EMF, Capella and more.
EclipseCon France is also the place for the Eclipse Working Groups to meet and collaborate. The ever-growing area of Internet of Things has its own dedicated IoT track. In addition, many of the working groups such as Science, LocationTech and OpenPASS are using domain specific data together with technology to make significant advances. Data is a hot topic right now and with this in mind we have the new track ‘Data Analytics and Data Science’ awaiting your proposals.
The Cloud and DevOps track remains a firm favourite and we hope to see an increased number of proposals for this track. Eclipse Technologies and Community is the foundational track, for your favourite IDE, RCP, OSGi, eGit and other topics.
Another new track we really wanted to put out there is the Open Source Best Practices. At my first ever EclipseCon it was a big thing to talk about the ‘Eclipse Way’ as well as best practices. Now with oh-so-many industries adopting open source it seems like a good time to have a dedicated track where everybody can come together to share the best practices that are fundamental to being successful with open source. Personally, I really love comparing notes to see how others manage the nitty-gritty of open source.
Still reading? Haven’t quite yet found the track to go off and submit a talk for? Well then the Other Cool Stuff track is probably what you are looking for. This is always full of surprises, it’s the one track we can never predict the talks for and always has something new and fun from the community. Plus if you are really not sure where to submit, just do it in this category and the program committee will change it if necessary. The program committee are eagerly awaiting your proposals and even ready to give some early feedback. So go ahead and submit your talks and submit early!