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June 21, 2016 12:00 ET

LinuxCon Hosts Kids Day to Bring Together Next-Generation of Technologists From Diverse Backgrounds

First-Ever Kids Day Provides Open Source Experience and Inspiration Against the Backdrop of the 25th Anniversary of Linux Gala, Women's Events, Group Fitness and Other Community Activities

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 21, 2016) - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced a wide variety of onsite experiences taking place at LinuxCon and ContainerCon North America August 22-24 in Toronto, Canada, including its first-ever Kids Day. This year's event marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, which offers an ideal forum to inspire the next-generation of technologists and community members who will build, support and manage open source projects for decades to come.

In partnership with MakerKids and Kids on Computers, Kids Day will engage school-aged children interested in learning more about computer programing. The day-long workshop will teach coding for Linux, open source and Arduino and will provide students with a head start on the pathway to the most lucrative job in IT.

With initiatives such as Kids Day and training and event scholarships, among other programs, The Linux Foundation aims to increase diversity in technology and the open source community and support career development opportunities for the next generation, especially those who have traditionally been underrepresented in open source and technology.

"LinuxCon and ContainerCon are recognized for being the place where open source innovators and leaders collaborate to advance today's most promising technologies, making it a great forum for children to be inspired about what's next in this space," said The Linux Foundation Executive Director, Jim Zemlin. "Increasing access to Linux and open source education and providing opportunities to engage in how open technologies are built is important to us. It helps build the talent pool and bring new people to the community, no matter their age."

LinuxCon + ContainerCon will also feature a 25th anniversary black tie Casino Royale Gala. Attendees are encouraged to break out their formal wear and participate in casino games and enjoy dinner and live entertainment, as well as other activities such as an onsite photo booth, ice wine tasting, cigar bar and Poker 101 tutorial. Discounted dress and tuxedo rentals will be available to attendees -- more details will be available soon. Additionally, a VIP reception for speakers, sponsors and press is planned for August 22 and a reception and sponsor showcase will be hosted on August 23, where all attendees are invited to network and check out sponsor products and technologies. For more details about the receptions or anniversary gala, visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-north-america/extend-the-experience/evening-events.

LinuxCon + ContainerCon will also feature bonus content on top of the 175 technical sessions for attendees who would like more in-depth training on a specific topic. To register for these bonus sessions, visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-north-america/extend-the-experience/training-tutorials.

Bonus content on August 25 includes:

· Fundamentals of Professional Open Source Management: This full-day course from Greg Olson and Bill Weinberg from the Linux Foundation Open Source Consulting team, will teach fundamental concepts by using real-world examples.

· Docker 101 Lab: Bruno Cornec, Linux Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard, will provide attendees with a deeper look into the Docker ecosystem, including how to download existing Containers from the Docker Trusted Registry to start building a container using Dockerfile, basic Docker commands and about other containerized applications such as ownCloud.

· Orchestrating Containers in Production at Scale with Docker Swarm: Jerome Petazzoni, senior engineer and tinkerer extraordinaire at Docker, leads a hands-on tutorial providing insight into advanced Docker concepts, strategies for deploying and scaling applications using Docker Swarm and other open source tools of the Docker ecosystem.

· Learning to Deploy Containers Using Rkt: Derek Gonyeo, rkt scientist at CoreOS, will showcase how to run containers with rktm and how to use it to download container images and configure the network and beyond.

This year's event will also host additional activities to complement technical content and keynote speaking sessions. These activities offer the opportunity for like-minded individuals to get to know each other better in informal environments.

Activities include:

· 5K Fun Run on August 24: The 6:30 a.m. run will take participants on a tour of Toronto where runners will see landmarks such as Union Station, Roundhouse Park, The CN Tower and Rogers Centre (home to the Toronto Blue Jays). Registrations are due by August 15.

· Morning Yoga: Each morning from 7:00 am - 8:00 am, complimentary yoga sessions will take place at the hotel for all interested conference attendees.

· Ally Skills Workshop: Presented by Valerie Aurora from Frame Shift Consulting, a former Linux kernel file systems developer and co-founder of the Ada Initiative, this workshop offers simple, everyday ways to support women from diverse backgrounds such as ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks and primary parents, especially mothers. The workshop is fun, thought-provoking, interactive and is focused on techniques that work well in technology-related organizations and online communities. It provides all participants with a safe place to share knowledge, tips and experience in a respectful and supportive environment. All conference attendees from a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds are welcome to join this workshop.

· Women in Open Source Networking Lunch: All LinuxCon + ContainerCon attendees who identify as women are invited to lunch for the opportunity to connect with other women in technology and build a stronger network.

The Linux Foundation welcomes technologists from all levels and different backgrounds to its conferences. Understanding that there are different needs and circumstances for each individual, there will be additional on-site services at the conference to help attendees. These services include a mother's room for nursing moms and complimentary professional child care services. In a Pinch will be available from the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on August 22-24 and during the 25th Anniversary Gala. To use this service, attendees need to pre-register by completing the RSVP form by August 5.

LinuxCon and ContainerCon are made possible by support from Diamond Sponsors Huawei and IBM; Platinum Sponsors Citrix, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE; and Gold Sponsors Datadog, Oracle, and SanDisk.

Members of the press who would like to apply for a press pass should contact Dan Brown (dbrown@linuxfoundation.org) or Maemalynn Meanor (mmeanor@linuxfoundation.org).

Additional Resources

YouTube: The Linux Foundation Event Experience (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WUeelICQ2U)

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