2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Office of the Future: Optimizing for Happiness

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We spend around a third of our lives at work – whether that’s in an office, in a coffee shop, or in your living room, the right work environment can dramatically impact productivity and happiness. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple are building huge campuses to attract the best talent. So what design and architecture considerations are actually most important?
GitHub’s Scott Chacon has spent much of the past year thinking about these challenges, as he oversees the design and building of GitHub’s new 55,000 square foot headquarters in San Francisco. Scott will discuss how he solicited feedback from the rapidly growing number of his colleagues (via GitHub, of course) to design an office that encourages productivity without becoming all-consuming (Scott said ‘no’ to beds in the office). He can also talk about optimizing the office space for remote employees who are only onsite a few times a year, and what considerations are most important in deciding where to open new offices.


Scott Chacon

CIO & Co-Founder


Scott Chacon is a Git evangelist, software developer and the CIO of GitHub. He was the very first hire (after the three founders) at GitHub, and is considered to be part of the founding team. Scott is one of the world’s foremost Git experts, but today he is heavily focused on GitHub company culture, how to run the company like an open source project, and how to optimize the company IT, physical, and digital infrastructures. He is tasked with maintaining the key cultural elements that have made GitHub so successful while also evolving them to accommodate growth.
He is the author of the Pro Git book by Apress and the Git Internals Peepcode PDF as well as the maintainer of the Git homepage and the Git Community Book.

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