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September 11-14, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
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Monday, September 11 • 4:00pm - 4:40pm
So You've Decided You Need an Open Source Program Office - Duane O'Brien, PayPal & Nithya Ruff, Comcast

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Your company uses open source software, but no one’s keeping track. You have engineers who want to make contributions, but you don’t have any policies. Someone just raised an open source issue, and no one knows who takes the lead for it. You’re starting to suspect that you might need to establish an open source programs office. But where to start? How can you help your company become open source friendly without stifling innovation or passion? This talk is based on our own experiences starting open source programs offices at PayPal, SanDisk, and Comcast. We will address fundamental questions of when to start an OSPO, how to get sponsorship, where it should live, and its role in transforming the open source innovation work that the company does.

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Duane O'Brien

Head of Open Source, Indeed
Duane O’Brien is the Head of Open Source at Indeed.com, the world’s #1 jobs site. He is passionate about helping companies responsibly participate in the open source community. He is the creator of the FOSS Contributor Fund, a program that enables open source contributors to direct... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Head, Comcast Open Source Program Office, Comcast
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office and the Chair of The Linux Foundation Board.    She drives Open Source culture and transformation inside of Comcast and expanding engagement with external innovation communities. Nithya has been director-at-large... Read More →


Monday September 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9