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Weekly tech agenda: OSCON, Black Hat USA, SIGGRAPH

During the week of July 19 leading companies will demonstrate the future of Open Source software, products and services at the Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Oregon, USA. In Las Vegas, hackers and internet security professionals will be alerting people to a range of new security threats at Black Hat USA.

July 19-23
Portland, Oregon, USA

OSCON (short for Open Source Convention) is an event that covers the entire spectrum of open source - including software, applications, cloud computing, products, and services. There will be hundreds of sessions, hands-on demos, practical tutorials, keynote presentations, an expo hall showcasing the latest open source tools, services, projects and products, plus one-on-one time with open source developers, hackers, and experts.

Black Hat USA 2010
July 24-29
Las Vegas, NV, USA

The Black Hat USA conference provides attendees with useful and relevant information about the most pressing internet security issues currently found across the world. The event aims to alert people of the possible threats and suggest viable solutions to combat any foreseen security issues. Conference goers are treated to a series of lectures, hands-on sessions, training workshops and keynotes.

July 25-29
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Computer graphics, technology and art collide at the 37th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH). Fans of computer graphics and interactive techniques will be able to gather information from the world's leading experts about the future of digital art and multimedia. The latest gadgets, hardware, software and technology will also be presented at the event that is expected to attract more than 25,000 professionals.

July 30-August 1
Riviera Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV, USA

DEF CON is a hacker and technology convention that has roots going back to 1993. While the event is brimming with informative talks on hacking, computer games, security and computers, organizers reveal that some people "never touch a computer at DEF CON." Instead, they go to the event to take part in the infamous coffee wars, WiFi shoot outs, robot and art contests, TCP/IP contests, movie marathons, warez trading, awards ceremony or the Black and White Ball.

Mashable's US Summer Tour 2010, DC
August 5
USA Today HQ
Washington, DC, USA

Technology and social media blog Mashable has been touring around the USA, stopping in Seattle and San Francisco. On August 5, the team will drop by Washington, DC where between 300 and 600 participants will come to meet with industry leaders and network with others in the technology industry. Mashable will also make a stop in New York City on August 9 and in Chicago on August 11.

Second Life Community Convention
August 13-15
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Boston, MA, USA

Second Life Community Convention is a two-day event about Second Life - an internet-based 3D virtual world in which users interact with each other using avatars. Second Life "residents" gather together to share ideas about the role-playing community, and to meet and network with the people behind the avatars.

Search Engine Strategies San Francisco
August 16-20
Moscone West
San Francisco, CA, USA

The Search Engine Strategies (SES) conference and expo details the ins and outs of search engine marketing, website optimization, link-building tactics, pay-per-click advertising and landing page testing. SES San Francisco will play host to speakers from SearchEngineWatch, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Microsoft, comScore, AOL Inc., ABCNews.com, CNN, Google, Augment Reality, and CBS Interactive, as well as over 100 companies taking part in the SES Expo. The SES conference runs concurrently to Connected Marketing Week which will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.

Interactive Screen 1.0 Beautiful Lives
August 16-20
The Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta, Canada

The 15th edition of Banff New Media Institute's flagship new media event, Interactive Screen, brings together media makers, thinkers and movers to investigate the ways in which new media intersects with people's aspirations and ambitions for the betterment of life. The five-day conference is built around interactive and participatory lectures, presentations, discussions, workshops, performances and exhibitions.