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Friday, April 12th - Saturday, April 13th, 2019

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Flourish! 2019 Canceled

Dear Potential Flourish Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors,
We regret to inform you that we've had to cancel Flourish 2019. Due to a lack of volunteers this year we could not put on a Flourish that would live up to the standards that previous Flourish conferences achieved. We apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We hope that with a surge of support from the community we can continue to promote the open source community throughout the Chicagoland area, the Midwest, and beyond through our conference and have every intention of holding a Flourish conference in 2020.
Flourish has always been primarily planned by students of the University of Illinois at Chicago but we hope the with some more volunteer support from the community we can make the next Flourish better than it's ever been. It takes a lot of work to orchestrate all the speakers, sponsors, facilities, volunteers, and everything else that goes into making Flourish great but the more volunteers the work per person is minimal and Flourish can continue to grow and support open source for years to come.
If you are interested in helping to plan Flourish 2020 please send an email to [email protected] and we'll contact you as planning for Flourish 2020 starts up in the summer.
Thank you all for your support of Flourish. Let us not let this minor set back destroy the conference we hold dear and use the lessons we've learned to make Flourish 2020 even better.
Warm Regards,
The Flourish 2019 Planning Committee

What is Flourish?

The Philosophy

Flourish! celebrates the open source philosophy that software source code should be free to use and modify, easily shared, and available to anyone. This has allowed for the creation of invaluable software such as the Linux kernel, the Firefox web browser, Wikipedia, and the Apache web server, enabling the modern connected world as we experience it today.

The Conference

First held in 2006 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Flourish! is a student-organized conference dedicated to promoting the use and development of open source software. The conference is organized by UIC’s student chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Linux User Group (LUG), and Women in Computer Science (WiCS). We pride ourselves in providing a venue for the open source community to share their experiences in the software development industry and celebrate the use of open source technologies.

Past Speakers

Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell

Co-Organizer of the Chicago LUG, and contributor to the GNOME project

Daliah Saper

Daliah Saper

Daliah Saper is an American intellectual property, internet, entertainment and business attorney. She founded the Chicago law firm Saper Law Offices in 2005. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Derek Eder

Derek Eder

Partner at DataMade, Co-founder of Open City, and leader of the Chi Hack Night.

Raymond Hightower

Raymond Hightower

Tech company founder & leader for 21 years before selling the company to 8th Light. Director of 8th Light Los Angeles. Creator of WindyCityRails.

Luke Westby

Luke Westby

Elm core developer, engineer at NoRedInk, and creator of ellie-app.com, the Elm live editor

Past Sponsors