Ohio LinuxFest (OLF) takes place each autumn in Columbus, OH. Originally, it was an "InterLUG" gathering of members of all of Ohio's LUGs. It has since grown in size to accommodate 3 days of activities and over 1000 participants.
In 2009, OLF hosted its first Diversity in Open Source Workshop, after Elizabeth Garbee pointed out to Esther Filderman that the Women in Open Source workshops at other conferences didn't go far enough.
Women who have spoken or are scheduled to speak at Ohio LinuxFest include:
- Cat Allman 2009
- Amy Andres 2010
- Bethany Andres-Beck 2011
- Robyn Bergeron 2010, 2013
- Angela Byron 2012
- Mel Chua 2010, 2011
- Benny Crampton 2010
- Catherine Devlin 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
- Beth Lynn Eicher 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Esther "Moose" Filderman 2008
- Elizabeth Garbee 2008, 2009, 2012
- Amber Graner 2010
- Joni Julian 2013
- Rikki Kite 2009
- Dru Lavigne 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Cathy Malmrose 2011
- Annette Miller 2006
- Mackenzie Morgan 2008, 2009, 2010
- Deb Nicholson 2012, 2013
- Stormy Peters 2010
- Mary Prouty 2013
- Karlie Robinson 2007, 2011
- Susan Rose 2010
- Wendy Seltzer 2012
- SigFLUP 2010
- Carol Smith 2010
- Ruth Suehle 2010, 2011
- Kelly West 2010
Bethlynn Eicher is not credited in the 2004 speakers list; however, she gave a well-attended presentation on LUGs during the BOF track.
I hate to have to bring this up, but in the past couple of years there’s been a surge of talks at various conferences – including OLF – that are have contained inappropriate content. Please remember that Ohio LinuxFest aims to be a family-friendly and professional event. Anyone who cannot meet this basic standard will be escorted from the stage immediately and then bbqed and served at the DIOS workshop the next day.
She still had to explain to one presenter why he would not be allowed on stage until his slides were modified. This information is now contained as part of a static speaker information page that all speakers are referred to. As of 2011 it is part of the talk submission process (as a contract). A similar statement is part of the sponsor contract as well.
Additionally, the Ohio LinuxFest has a Conduct Policy, of which a small sample version appears in the conference program. Discrimination and harrassment are not tolerated for any reason, human or computer related.