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Monday, September 11
 

11:00am PDT

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Community Organizer - Jason Hibbets, Red Hat
Community organizing can be challenging not only for someone just getting started, but for veteran leaders as well. This session highlights five major themes from lessons learned on the path to becoming a community organizer. Sharing these lessons will help new community organizers avoid similar mistakes. On the other end of the spectrum, veteran organizers can reminisce about their experience. Either way, all attendees should get valuable, practical advice for community organizing.

This session will:
* share 25 practical tips for community organizers
* provide details on several programs and their impact
* demonstrate the value of community organizers

Speakers
avatar for Jason Hibbets

Jason Hibbets

Senior Community Architect, Red Hat
Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager designing programs for people to participate in communities. His current role involves building community interest for #EnableSysadmin--a knowledge sharing... Read More →


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

11:00am PDT

Building Predictable Community: Strategy, Incentives, Value, and Psychology - Jono Bacon, Community/Developer Strategy Consultant and Author
Jono Bacon, a leading community strategy and leadership consultant and author, will break down the complex art and science of community building into a set of building blocks for adding value to your organization or project. The talk will touch on 4 key areas. Firstly, how to manage community strategy in an organization efficiently, openly, and serving multiple different teams and audiences. Secondly, how to incentivize community members to participate, and deliver both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to build retention. Thirdly, how to build value, either in a project or a business, with pragmatic community participation and where to strike the balance. Fourthly, which psychological principles can provide a short-cut in this work. This talk will be delivered in a simple, practical, and applicable format, with a healthy dose of amusement. Be sure to be there!

Speakers
avatar for Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon

Founder, Jono Bacon Consulting
Jono Bacon is a leading community and collaboration speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, workflow, and other services. He previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, and... Read More →


Monday September 11, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

11:50am PDT

Aim to Be an Open Source Zero - Guy Martin, Autodesk
Getting started in open source communities can be daunting, which can lead to people (and companies) over-compensating to try to prove their inherent value to a project. This talk applies lessons in space travel from Col. Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and former International Space Station commander, to getting started in open source, specifically, his ‘Aim to Be a Zero’ philosophy.

In this talk, Guy Martin will share the details of this philosophy, his experience with it, and its application to successful open source participation, particularly important as contributions from corporations grow. By applying these ideas as a basis for their successful participation in open source communities, companies can avoid the mistake of being too heavy-handed in an effort to prove their worth, and instead, grow their participation from a foundation of competence.


Speakers
avatar for Guy Martin

Guy Martin

Executive Director, OASIS Open
Guy Martin is Director of the Open@ADSK initiative at Autodesk, where he's responsible for overseeing the company's open source strategy, execution and collaborative projects, as well as representing the company in open source communities and organizations. He has over two decades... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

11:50am PDT

Leading By Experience: The Unvarnished Truth about Community Leadership - Jeffrey Osier-Mixon, Intel Corporation
As community manager for a large-scale collaborative project involving over 20 organizations, many of whom compete directly with each other, I have learned a lot of lessons and made a huge number of mistakes. In this talk, I share simple and not-simple truths about working directly with communities of developers and business leaders in the open source world so that you can learn which examples not to follow.

Speakers
avatar for Jefro Osier-Mixon

Jefro Osier-Mixon

Program Manager, Linux Foundation
"Jefro" Osier-Mixon has been an open source professional since the early 1990s as a technical writer and occasional developer as well as community manager, program manager, and OSPO leader. His primary activities over the years have included the Yocto Project, Zephyr Project, GNU... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

2:00pm PDT

Building Open Source Project Infrastructures - Elizabeth K. Joseph, Mesosphere
With the rise of continuous tooling in development, open source projects are keen to join the new wave of tooling which allows them to replicate this within their projects, rather than depending on supporting companies for testing and quality assurance. As open source projects they are often on using open technologies, infrastructure platforms like OpenStack, DC/OS (powered by Apache Mesos), and Kubernetes are allowing them to replicate much of the functionality that was previously only available with proprietary, hosted solutions.

Taking this one step further, several open source projects and organizations have begun full-scale open sourcing of their infrastructures. This allows their community members and other organizations to directly benefit from their Continuous Integration tooling and more.

Complete infrastructures have now become open source projects unto themselves, and operations engineers becoming more experienced open source contributors, alongside their open source developer colleagues. This has brought in considerable value to these organizations and today there's a concentrated effort to share even more tooling across them.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Joseph

Elizabeth Joseph

Developer Advocate, IBM
Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Linux systems administrator turned developer advocate for IBM Z where she works with the community to explore Linux workloads on mainframes. She has previously worked on distributed systems, including OpenStack and Apache Mesos, and has written books on Ubuntu... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

2:00pm PDT

Scaling Open Source - Lessons Learned at the Apache Software Foundation - Phil Steitz, Apache Software Foundation
The Apache Software Foundation began in 1999 as a small group of developers working on a single project. It has grown to host more than 100 projects and several thousand committers. Managing that growth has been, and continues to be, an ongoing challenge for the foundation. In this talk, we will discuss the challenges that we have faced as a foundation, how we have handled them up to now, and what we see as the key challenges ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Steitz

Phil Steitz

Director, Apache Software Foundation
Phil Steitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Apache Software Foundation. He has been an ASF volunteer since 2003 and an ASF member since 2005. He has served as VP, Apache Commons, as a mentor in the Apache Incubator and a committer on multiple ASF projects. His involvement... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

2:50pm PDT

Experience Forking an Open Source Community - Judy Gichoya, Librehealth
A natural occurrence of the evolution of open source communities can involve forking the community, versus a buyout which may occur in startups. Some projects, for example open source health systems that provide support to health care systems in developing countries may be detrimental in cases of a buyout that goes wrong. This talk shares the experience of forking a community to form the LibreHealth project which is an umbrella organization for open source projects related to health care. This talk describes the decision making regarding community forking, dealing with code forking and includes lessons learnt, strategies for conflict resolution, and governance.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Gichoya

Judy Gichoya

Project Maintainer, Librehealth
Judy Gichoya has a passion for utilizing technology to save lives. A medical doctor from Kenya, she has worked with various open source health systems used in many developing countries as a developer, implementer and end user. Her passion in global health and informatics has seen... Read More →


Monday September 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

2:50pm PDT

Seven Lessons Learned from Growing a Project Too Fast - Matt Butcher, Microsoft
At a company team-building hackathon, our team of three built a cool project. We open sourced it. Within a few months, we had attracted far more attention than we anticipated. And now, 18 months in, we have hundreds of contributors and thousands of active users. Hear the war stories of a team that has been stretched to its limit as we learn how to grow. This presentation delves into seven things learned during the project's 18 month rise from a three-person side project to a community with hundreds of contributors and thousands of active users.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Butcher

Matt Butcher

Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft
Matt Butcher is a Principal Software Developer at Microsoft, where he leads the team of open source developers that manage Helm, CNAB, Brigade, Porter, and several other projects. Matt has a Ph.D. in philosophy, and is the author of eight technical books. He’s also the co-author... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

4:00pm PDT

So You've Decided You Need an Open Source Program Office - Duane O'Brien, PayPal & Nithya Ruff, Comcast
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.

Speakers
avatar for Duane O'Brien

Duane O'Brien

Head of Open Source, Indeed
Duane is the Head of Open Source at Indeed.com, the #1 job site in the world. He is passionate about enabling smart and meaningful contributions to the open source ecosystem by both developers and corporations. Duane navigates the path between engineering and management, drawing on... Read More →
avatar for Nithya Ruff

Nithya Ruff

Executive Director, Open Source Program Officer, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently... Read More →


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

4:00pm PDT

Why I Forked My Own Project and My Own Company - Frank Karlitschek, ownCloud
Frank Karlitschek founded the ownCloud open source project in 2010 and co-founded a company names ownCloud Inc. late 2011. After being the maintainer for over 6 years and CTO of ownCloud Inc. for over 4 years Frank decided to start over. Leave his own project and company to create a fork called Nextcloud. This talk will describe the reasons why ownCloud was founded as an open source project. The good and bad things when it was turned into a centure capital founded company, the thing that Frank and the core team want to do differently with Nextcloud and how the business model, licensing and community relations improved. This talk covers insights into different open source business models and how to create a win win situation for a company and a community.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Karlitschek

Frank Karlitschek

Founder, Nextcloud
Frank Karlitschek started the ownCloud project in 2010 to return control over the storing and sharing of information to consumers. In 2016 he initiated the Nextcloud project to bring this idea to the next level. He has been involved with a variety of Free Software projects including... Read More →


Monday September 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

4:50pm PDT

Finding People: Job Posting Strategies - Deb Nicholson, Open Invention Network
Open source needs amazing, curious and thoughtful people, but we aren't very good at broadcasting what we need in our job descriptions. Many job postings seem to have been cut and paste from an older posting or even from another company's posting. The tech industry has a surplus of openings, but many companies are still competing for the same small pool of workers. Getting your job postings in front of people who are outside that small pool starts with writing an amazing and thoughtful job description and then doing some creative thinking about where you post it. If you're looking to diversify your workplace, you'll probably have to examine some existing assumptions about who will be "a good fit" or how your tasks are divided up. Highly skilled workers have choices about how to spend their days, and they do not have time for companies that treat them like cogs in a machine. Respect your potential applicants and you will find that they will respect your company enough to come work for you, and grow with you, and help your project succeed. 

Speakers
avatar for Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach, Open Invention Network
Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Community Outreach Director for the Open Invention Network, the world's largest patent non-aggression community which serves Linux, GNU, Android and other key FOSS projects. She’s won... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

4:50pm PDT

Increasing Student Participation in Open Source - Gregory Hislop, Drexel University & Heidi Ellis, Western New England University
Open source community members are often surprised to learn that most college students are not knowledgeable about open source. While students use open source extensively, they typically do not understand how open source is created, how they might be involved, or that open source is a career option for them.

This presentation will discuss what students know and do know know, why open source concepts, tools, processes, and culture are not widely taught in higher education, and the author's experiences in trying to change that situation. The presenters will also provide observations about how open source projects can encourage meaningful student involvement that will benefit both the project and the students.

Speakers
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Heidi Ellis

Professor, Western New England University
Heidi Ellis is a Professor at Western New England University and maintainer of the GNOME MouseTrap project. She has been involving students in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) since 2006 and has been co-PI on four different NSF grants to support this effort. She... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Hislop

Gregory Hislop

Professor, Drexel University
Gregory Hislop is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. He has been involved with promoting student participation in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software projects since 2008 and has been principle investigator... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

5:40pm PDT

BoF: Linux and Open-Source in the Media Today? - Sean Michael Kerner

How are Linux and Open-Source technologies reported in the media today? What is being reported and what isn't being reported at all? What stories do you have that you want to be told?

This Birds of a Feather (BOF) is an opportunity to talk with other like minded developers, writers, PR people, vendors and everyone in between that makes up the diverse community we call open-source.

Join long-time open-source journalist Sean Michael Kerner, and friends in this open session to talk about the state of Linux and open-source media today. Everyone has a story to tell, what's yours?


Speakers
avatar for Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Reporter, Linux Foundation
Sean Michael Kerner is a technology journalist and his coverage of the technology industry appears in multiple publications around the world. Kerner is also an IT consultant, technology enthusiast and tinkerer, and has been known to spend his spare time immersed in the study of the... Read More →


Monday September 11, 2017 5:40pm - 6:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

5:40pm PDT

BoF: Smashing Silos: Changing Culture in Organizations - Matt Micene, Red Hat

Tried to bring DevOps to your business and wound up on a team in a new silo?  Have a new tool that started strong but your colleagues just aren't using?  Bucked the system and showed the product owner how small changes beats Change Control hands down?  Well process is hard and people are harder.  But collaboration is still the cornerstone of successfully implementing new practices. Where there's collaboration, there's culture.  Bring your stories and questions to this unconference style birds of a feather discussion to talk with other folks who've tried to make waves.

We'll take 10 minutes at the start to write down and vote on topics.  You control what we discuss and how long.


Speakers
avatar for Matthew Micene

Matthew Micene

Sr Evangelist, Linux and containers, Red Hat
Matt Micene evangelizes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and how the OS relates to the new age of compute environments. Always watching people, how and why decisions get made, he's never left his anthropology roots far behind.



Monday September 11, 2017 5:40pm - 6:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10
 
Tuesday, September 12
 

11:05am PDT

How to Build a Community in Your Organization from the Ground-Up - Shilla Saebi, Comcast
As open source software is embraced by the enterprise, companies are starting to look at more than just the technical aspect of open source projects. Building a community around these open source projects is extremely important. They are also vital to create because they provide support to the individuals who are working together on the same project. It brings a sense of unity, and can be made possible through processes such as communication, inter-group relations, tools, and networking.

Starting the base for a vibrant community is not always easy or straightforward and is often not the first thing engineers and developers are thinking about.

Want to learn more about how to build an active, and diverse community in your organization and maybe even have it expand company wide?

In this presentation, I will discuss practical tips on how to change an organization’s mindset towards embracing open source and inclusiveness, community building, and how to find resources to start contributing upstream. I will discuss the techniques, the tools, and the practices needed to get started and have an impact.

Speakers
avatar for Shilla Saebi

Shilla Saebi

Program Manager, Open Source, Comcast
Shilla Saebi is an Open Source Program Manager who focuses on community and has been with Comcast for almost a decade. She has worked in many diverse roles within the tech industry in positions ranging from operations engineering, system administration, customer service, and network... Read More →


Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:05am - 11:45am PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

11:05am PDT

So You Have a Code of Conduct... Now What? - Sarah Sharp, Otter Tech
All members of technical communities can help create a safe and inclusive community. This talk will cover both common and complex issues around practical Code of Conduct enforcement.

We’ll cover everything from dealing with microagressions in online spaces to dealing with conflicts of interest in your CoC enforcement committee. How do you enforce a weapons ban at an event? How does a community deal with harassment that takes place between community members outside of community spaces? Enforcing a Code of Conduct is often complex, so this talk will provide a framework for evaluating the right level of response to a CoC violation, and give lots of practical (anonymized) examples.

Speakers
avatar for Sage Sharp

Sage Sharp

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Otter Tech
Sage is the CEO of Otter Tech, which provides diversity and inclusion consulting. They have trained Code of Conduct enforcement teams for open source communities like Kubernetes, GNOME, Python, WordPress, OpenStreetMap, Elastic, and Symfony. Sage is an organizer for Outreachy, a paid internship program with the goal of increasing diversity in free and open source software communities. They are a Python and Django developer for the Outreachy website. Sage was a Linux kernel developer for seven years, and is the original author of the Linux USB 3.0 driver... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:05am - 11:45am PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

11:55am PDT

Freedom & Loathing on the Campaign Trail '16 - Brady Kriss, Ragtag
Like it or Loathe it, this election was historic--for the candidates, for citizens, and even the Free Software Movement. The creation of DevProgress.us marks the first time that a major national political party or presidential campaign in the United States has officially adopted contribution policies embracing Free and Open Source licenses. Come hear about how hackers and artists from around the world made an impact up and down the ticket, and ways #wewillcontinue.

Speakers
avatar for Brady Kriss

Brady Kriss

Founder, Ragtag
Brady Kriss is the founder of Ragtag, a group of tech volunteers helping activists, organizers, and candidates leverage technology to amplify their work. Ragtag's volunteer team helps with product design, development, support, and education so that their partner organizations can... Read More →


Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:55am - 12:35pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

11:55am PDT

Just Good Practice: Developing Business with Open Source Technology - Christopher Price, Ericsson
Developing profitable business with open source software is an essential component of a healthy commercial eco-system. Open source software is quickly providing a benchmark for products, services and interfaces across all aspects of software related business. Open source is no longer a component developed by a university one might fit into a product, it has become a methodology for industrial alignment and architectural co-development. Open source has not reached the point where it can be widely consumed “from the repo” in commercial environments, however the line between open code and shipped products continues to thin.
How does an industry continue to motivate and promote the development and adoption of new technologies through open source co-development, while maintaining a highly motivated, skilled and compensated workforce driving innovation through the ecosystem. This talk will discuss methods for efficiently bridging the gap between open source and product, the emerging roles of the consumer and seller in a co-producer ecosystem and describe models for promoting community engagement and innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Price

Chris Price

President, Ericsson software technology
Christopher Price heads the network architecture and standardization team for Ericsson's IP and Broadband division where he focuses on the development of technology and innovation. Across his career he has worked as an integrator, verification engineer, developer and technical leader... Read More →


Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:55am - 12:35pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

1:55pm PDT

Bootstrapping Community - Colin Charles, Percona
Communities need seeding, they just don't get created if you opensource some code. Communities, despite having "managers"/developer advocates can never really be managed as you have diverse participation. However, the hardest part is starting and sustaining a community.

The key to starting a good community is having a community action plan that works alongside the Architecture of Participation. Today this involves:

* social media including blogging
* outreach
* metrics
* travel far & wide to evangelise about your code

Code alone doesn't cut it. Communities make the difference. Adoption not invention is how you make a difference. Successful community managers today are a mixture of advertising agency, public relations agency, marketing team, sales team & human resources team. It is a multi-skilled job.

Overall, learn the art of bootstrapping community with takeaway tips & tricks.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Charles

Colin Charles

Consultant, GrokOpen
Colin Charles is the Managing Consultant at GrokOpen. Previously, Colin was on the founding team of MariaDB Server, worked at MySQL and Percona, and worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. Colin has been a MySQL user since 2000. He’s well known within open source communities, enjoys building business and market entry in APAC and has spoken at many conferences... Read More →


Tuesday September 12, 2017 1:55pm - 2:35pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

1:55pm PDT

Fora, Q&A, Mailing Lists, Chat...Oh My! - Jeremy Garcia, LinuxQuestions.org / Datadog
The shear number of options available when building your online community can be daunting. Should you setup a forum or Q&A site? Or maybe both! Would users prefer Slack or IRC? Perhaps a mailing list would be better received? Should you just setup one of every available solution? In this presentation, Jeremy will cover the pros and cons of the various options and give some real world advice on where each option is the best fit.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Garcia

Jeremy Garcia

Director of Technical Community and Open Source, Datadog
Jeremy is the founder of LinuxQuestions.org, Director of Technical Community and Open Source at Datadog, community moderator at Opensource.com, and a presenter on Bad Voltage. He's an ardent but realistic open source advocate.



Tuesday September 12, 2017 1:55pm - 2:35pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

2:45pm PDT

Marketing Your Open Source Project - Deirdre Straughan
Building and nurturing an open source project can be challenging, with so many others competing for time, attention, and money. For your project to stand out and have its best chance of success, you (or someone) will have to do some marketing.

This talk will address why and how you can market a technical project at any stage in its lifecycle from prototype code to a mature ecosystem. It will cover the open source marketer’s toolkit: code and things directly related to code (sample code, examples, tools, documentation); other content (blog posts, articles, tutorials, reference architectures, books, videos… and don’t forget a logo/mascot!) and places to publish it; other means of communication (mailing lists, irc); meetups and conferences; social media, and more.
It will also address the importance of community, and how a healthy community can be a key differentiator for a project.

Speakers
avatar for Deirdre Straughan

Deirdre Straughan

Open Source Content Lead, Amazon Web Services
Deirdré Straughan helps technologies grow and thrive through marketing and community. Her product experience spans consumer apps and devices, cloud services and technologies, and operating systems and kernel features. Her toolkit includes words, websites, blogs, communities, events... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 2:45pm - 3:25pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

2:45pm PDT

Panel Discussion: Building and Maintaining Open Source Communities - Moderated by Jonas Rosland, {code}
Being successful in creating an open source community requires planning, measurements and clear goals. Why are we doing this, who are we targeting and how can we achieve our goals? In this panel you will hear from Mary Thengvall, Ashley McNamara, Jenny Burcio, Jason Hibbets and Jonas Rosland as they share experiences and best practices when building and maintaining open source communities.

Moderators
avatar for Jonas Rosland

Jonas Rosland

Open Source Community Manager, VMware
Jonas Rosland is a community builder, open source advocate, blogger, author and speaker at many open source focused events, as well as an Open Organization Ambassador. As Open Source Community Manager at VMware, he is responsible for the growth and prosperity of the communities surrounding... Read More →

Speakers
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Jenny Burcio

Sr. Manager, Marketing, Docker
Jenny Burcio manages the Docker Community, including managing content for DockerCon and the Captains program, where she helps awesome Docker community members inspire and educate others. Prior to Docker, Jenny worked at Apigee helping to build their community programs and partner... Read More →
avatar for Jason Hibbets

Jason Hibbets

Senior Community Architect, Red Hat
Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager designing programs for people to participate in communities. His current role involves building community interest for #EnableSysadmin--a knowledge sharing... Read More →
avatar for Ashley McNamara

Ashley McNamara

Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft
Ashley is a 20-year tech industry veteran, starting from homebrew hardware all the way through cloud evangelism, community management, and mentorship. She is currently a Developer Advocate for Microsoft, with a focus on Cloud Native tools and the Go community. She is also an active... Read More →
avatar for Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

Director, Developer Relations, Camunda
Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster developer communities and has been doing so for over 10 years. In addition to her work, she's known for being "the one with the dog... Read More →


Tuesday September 12, 2017 2:45pm - 3:25pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10
 
Wednesday, September 13
 

11:00am PDT

Data Science for Community Managers - Manrique Lopez, Bitergia
We will present some typical community management worries about community health, productivity and visibility and how some open source tools could be used to face them. Open source development transparency allows community to behave as data scientists and extract valuable information.

During last years we have seen the growth of an specific position in many companies and OSS foundations. You might have seen them as “community managers”, “developer advocates”, “developer relations”, etc. All of them share some goals / responsibilities in common with their communities: health, productivity and visibility. How to achieve them?
It has been said that “without data, you are another person with an opinion”, and management shouldn’t rely in.

During this talk, we will present some community managers typical questions and how tools OSS, like for example GrimoireLab, could be used to answer them.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Manrique Lopez de la Fuente

Jose Manrique Lopez de la Fuente

CEO, Bitergia
CEO at Bitergia, one of company's shareholders and a free, open source software development communities passionate. Graduated Industrial Engineer that started a doctorate in computer science (and sadly never finished). Research and development experience from the Technological Center... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

11:00am PDT

Have It Your Way: Maximizing Drive-Thru Contributions - VM (Vicky) Brasseur
They drop by, they fix their particular problem, they leave. They're the drive-through contributor. While, yes, we all would prefer that these people stick around and join the community, there's no denying that a good drive-thru contribution adds value to your project.

A strong argument can be made that the more drive-thru contributors your project has, the healthier the project process and ecosystem. It shows that you've set up a process which is easy to understand, easy to follow, and which makes it easy to contribute. In a situation like that, it increases the opportunities for new contributors to become new community members and everyone is a winner.

This talk will present:

* Methods for maximizing drive-thru contributions
* Overall advantages of those methods for your project
* An argument for using number of drive-thru contributions as a metric for project health

Speakers
avatar for VM (Vicky) Brasseur

VM (Vicky) Brasseur

Open source consultant, Freelance
VM (ak Vicky) spent most of her 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

11:50am PDT

How We Built Fuel OpenStack Community: Challenges of OpenSource Projects - Evgeniya Shumakher, Mirantis
OpenStack allows easily add a new project into its ecosystem. But for that project itself to be alive and successful, it’s very important to build a community of developers and users around it.
We at Mirantis like anyone else know how difficult it is to build communities. We are core contributors to Fuel and some other projects. And from the project that only Mirantis was contributing to Fuel became a 3rd popular OpenStack deployment tool with a pretty large ecosystem of Fuel plugins (over 60 of them on Github).
In this presentation, we are going to share our journey, summarize the lessons that we learned and give a list of things that in our opinion is very important to take into account when a small company starts building an open source initiative which is aimed to be a key to success in ones business.

Speakers
avatar for Evgeniya Shumakher

Evgeniya Shumakher

Head of Technology Partnerships, Mirantis
Evgeniya Shumakher is a Head of Technology Partnership at Mirantis, where she coordinates and leads efforts to help Mirantis partners navigate OpenStack and Kubernetes ecosystems and to expand the utility of Mirantis products to customers via integration of partner products and t... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

11:50am PDT

Mixed License FOSS Projects: Unintended Consequences, Worked Examples, Best Practices - Lars Kurth, Citrix
Many projects start out with the intention of staying single license FOSS projects. As your project grows, reality hits: some components or files may need to use different licenses than originally anticipated. There are many reasons why this can happen: you may need to interface with projects of another license, you may want to import code from other projects or your developers may not understand the subtleties of the licenses in use. Besides the obvious challenges of managing mixed license FOSS projects, such as license compatibility and tracking what licenses you use, you are running the risk of exposing your project to unintended consequences.

This talk will explore unintended consequences, risks and best practices using some examples from the recent history of the Xen Project. In particular we will cover:

Refactoring can lead to licensing changes: best practices and unintended consequences when importing code from elsewhere.

Making code archeology easy from a licensing perspective and why it is important.

A worked example of a license change of a key component: process, pain points, their causes and how they could have been avoided

The perils of LGPL/GPL vX (or Later): the unintended consequences of not providing pre-defined copyright headers in your source base

We will conclude with a summary of lessons and best practices from both the Xen Project and a quick overview of how usage of SPDX and other tools may help you.

Speakers
avatar for Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth

Director Open Source / Project Chairperson The Xen Project , Citrix Systems UK Ltd.
Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is the community manager for the Xen Project. Lars has 12 years of experience building and leading engineering... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

2:00pm PDT

Open Source Licensing 101 - Jim Jagielski, Capital One
The differences between FOSS licenses can be subtle and large. Sometimes, the importance of a FOSS license itself isn't totally understood. An overview of the various FOSS license types available to the developer, the advantages/disadvantages of all of them, and some pragmatic, helpful hints in picking the right license for your project. If you have ever been confused about the differences between FOSS licenses, this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Jagielski

Jim Jagielski

Developer, Uber
Jim Jagielski is a well-known and acknowledged expert and visionary in open source, an accomplished coder, and frequent engaging presenter on all things open, web, blockchain, and cloud related. As a developer, he’s made substantial code contributions to just about every core technology... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

2:00pm PDT

Selling Open Source, Keeping Your Soul - Jessica Rose, Crate.io
Stuck in a battle between your open source true believers and your bottom line? The two perspectives of business and open source ideals don’t need to be continually opposed, though conflicts will arise between them. By designating individuals within your projects as advocates for these essential viewpoints are balanced you have the opportunity to channel this conflict into your product and community. Through creating low risk, democratic environments where we’re asked to advocate in turn for our business needs and open source goals we can create a setting where this conflict becomes a productive, driving force, demanding excellence from us across both fronts. For this form of collaborative conflict to be successful it demands a diverse range of perspectives, an equal voice in exchanges and a shared commitment to mutual respect.

Speakers
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Jessica Rose

Head of Developer Relations, FutureLearn
Jessica Rose is a self taught technologist obsessed with helping to foster more equal access to technical education, meaningful work with technology and digital spaces. She's helping Crate.io reach more developer communities with their open source SQL database as their head of developer... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

2:50pm PDT

Copyleft.org: The Definitive Guide for Copyleft Education and Compliance - Bradley Kuhn, Software Freedom Conservancy
Every organization involved with Open Source and Free Software has called for more educational resources about Free Software licensing. Historically, materials were written by a myriad of organizations, over a long period of time, and published separately. The copyleft.org project brings these materials together in one place, as part of a collaborative community project working together to create better information and documentation about GPL and other copyleft licenses, and how to properly comply with those licenses.
This talk presents an overview of the material available in the current 125-page Definitive Guide to Copyleft available from copyleft.org and explains what parts are ready to use, which ones need more work, and how you can contribute. During interactive Q&A, we can brainstorm about what areas of copyleft and compliance need the documentation most urgently.

Speakers
avatar for Bradley M. Kuhn

Bradley M. Kuhn

Distinguished Technologist, Software Freedom Conservancy
Bradley M. Kuhn is the President and Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy and editor-in-chief of copyleft.org. Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 2:50pm - 3:30pm PDT
Plaza III

2:50pm PDT

First 90 Days - Building an OSS Practice - Nithya Ruff, Comcast


I have started and grown OSS practices and strategy inside 2 companies both of which may seem like unlikely OSS cultures. I will talk about my first 90 days of starting the OSS practice inside both companies and what it takes to assess, create a plan and communicate what is needed to grow the OSS mindset and collaboration inside large and seemingly traditional companies. I will cover sponsorship, charter, reporting structure and how to start the process of change.

Speakers
avatar for Nithya Ruff

Nithya Ruff

Executive Director, Open Source Program Officer, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 2:50pm - 3:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

2:50pm PDT

The Trouble with Open Source Software - Stephen Walli
Problems have been laid at the open source world's feet since the definition was first created. Indeed the definition came from a desire to create something more "business friendly" than the historical definition of software freedom. Problems arise when folks stop looking at history and the context in which decisions were made, in essense cease to look at underlying cause-and-effect in the software world.

This talk will take a tour through the open source software space demonstrating why some problems are software problems, some are business and economic problems, and some are community problems, and none of them having anything to do with open source.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Walli

Stephen Walli

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Stephen is a principal program manager working in the Azure team at Microsoft. Prior to that he was a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Stephen has been a technical executive, a founder, a writer, a systems developer, a software construction geek, and a standards... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 2:50pm - 3:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

4:00pm PDT

Venture Capital Community: Applying Open Source Principles to Disrupt a Traditional Industry - Cory Bolotsky, Underscore VC
Venture capital has followed a relatively autocratic model for decades, but the best entrepreneurs and investors have seen the value that an aligned community can create for businesses and technologies.

Inspired by the open source world, Underscore VC has built a community-driven program to connect the most successful technology leaders with the next generation of transformative entrepreneurs through meaningful engagements to build enduring businesses.

Cory Bolotsky who leads the Underscore Core Community will share how their community-driven model is disrupting the VC industry to provide unique value for entrepreneurs to succeed.

This talk is for community managers looking to understand how open source principles can create value outside of the software world as well as for technologists and entrepreneurs looking to understand how a new wave of VC's can support their startups.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Bolotsky

Cory Bolotsky

Community Manager, Underscore VC
Cory is a passionate entrepreneurial community builder who manages the Core Community at Underscore VC, an Boston-based early-stage venture capital firm. As Community Manager, Cory works closely with the firm’s portfolio and engages a community of experienced entrepreneurs and operators... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9

4:00pm PDT

Who Owns that Open Source Brand? - Shane Curcuru, The Apache Software Foundation
Do you know who runs the projects behind the code you run – or contribute to? It’s not always obvious, and while you can always try forking the code, successfully attracting contributors to your fork is hard.

You don’t have to get involved in branding: but you do need to know who truly controls the direction of the open source technologies that you rely on every day. Far too many individual developers and companies rely on a wide variety of open source tools that come from different projects. How do you accurately evaluate the security, stability, and potential for future support around an open source project? How can you find if your chief competitor truly has a lock on a project’s governance and future direction?

The power behind a project’s brand is not always obvious. Come discover who governs some key open source project brands, and what might happen to governance when someone goes IPO or gets bought out. Learn how to keep governance of the project truly independent and welcoming – or how to properly own and run your own open source brand.

Surprises guaranteed!

Speakers
avatar for Shane Curcuru

Shane Curcuru

Founder, Punderthings Consulting
Shane serves as V.P. of Brand Management for the ASF, setting trademark and brand policy for all 250+ Apache projects, and has served as five-time Director, and member and mentor for Conferences and the Incubator. Shane's Punderthings consultancy is here to help both companies and... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

4:50pm PDT

Community Building in Anytown - Josh Simmons, Google + Open Source Initiative
User groups are fabulous resources for introducing people to your project and providing support for existing users and contributors. While they’re relatively easy to spin up in big cities like San Francisco and Sydney, the vast majority of the world’s population lives outside of tech hubs.

How do you support the growth of communities for the rest of us? If you value inclusion and are keen to scale your outreach efforts, increasing geographic diversity is a no-brainer.

In this talk we’ll discuss the unique challenges of building meetups where the tech industry isn’t an 800 pound gorilla -- and ways to tackle those challenges. The goal is for attendees to leave ready to double down on outreach by empowering community builders in rural and suburban regions, or even build their own community.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons

Open Source Strategist, Salesforce
Josh Simmons is a community strategist, open source advocate, and dusty foot philosopher. He is a Senior Open Source Strategist at Salesforce and serves as Vice President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Previously an Open Source Program Manager at Google and Community Manager... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10

4:50pm PDT

Why and How We Build and Run a Global OSS Community - Masafumi Ohta, Japanese Raspberry Pi Users Group
Why and how we build and run global OSS community (Masafumi Ohta, Japanese Raspberry Pi Users Group) - There are various OSS communities lately, those are for Fan clubs made by OSS companies, OSS projects in GitHub, Circle of friends,Guilds to request our demands to OSS companies..and etc.so what is the better ways to build and run you OSS community? In this session Masafumi will review his activities for OSS communities which he has joined,built,run and watched and then the background why much more OSS communities are born lately, discuss the elements what to build and run the communities in detail, the challenge we face with community building and running, many more issues on community run, the community expansion and spreads may address those challenges and issues and some useful case community leaders might adopt for their communities.

Speakers
avatar for Masafumi Ohta

Masafumi Ohta

Founder and Representative, Japanese Raspberry Pi Users Group
Masafumi is leading Raspberry Pi community in Japan and volunteering Raspberry Pi Foundation from farthest east country, Japan,.He has helping their business and encourage Raspberry Pi related projects with Raspberry Pi Foundation.Masafumi has elected ARM INNOVATOR by ARM+Hackster.io... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 9