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