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Monday, September 11

11:00am PDT

Mentoring: Your Path to Immortality - Richard Bowen, Red Hat
Open source needs people to write the code today, but, even more important, is those that will write the code tomorrow. Investing in the people who will replace you is the only way to ensure immortality, both for yourself, and for the project you care so much about. In this session, you'll learn you practical ways to invest in people, and about why, sometimes, *not* fixing a bug is a better choice than fixing it.

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Rich Bowen

Community Architect, Red Hat
Rich has been involved in Open Source since before it had that name. He's a director at the Apache Software Foundation, and a community architect at Red Hat.

Monday September 11, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Plaza III

11:50am PDT

Gaining Influence in an Open Source Community - Phil Robb, Open Daylight Project
In the open source developer community, code is king. But who is the kingmaker?

Most people are used to operating in hierarchical, “command and control” environments, and often expect the same rules and behaviors to work when they join open source communities. But with so many different people and organizations all theoretically working as peers, how do leaders emerge, and what does it take to become influential?

This presentation will provide insights and best practices into navigating open source projects and ways to get involved, including: submitting code, becoming a PTL, joining an Advisory Group, Technical Steering Committee or board of directors. Hear about the different values and leadership opportunities and what they can mean for you and your organization. 

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Phil Robb

Vice President - Operations, Networking & Orchestration, Linux Foundation
Phil Robb’s experience spans more than 30 years of work on the leading edge of software and networking technology, beginning with the launch of the personal computer in the early 1980s. He began working with open source in 2001 at Hewlett Packard, where he formed and led the company’s... Read More →

Monday September 11, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Plaza III

2:00pm PDT

Quantum Computing is Here, Powered by Open Source - Konstantinos Karagiannis, BT Americas
Quantum computing is no longer a thought experiment. Companies, labs, and even nation states all have achieved success at working prototypes that will be scaled within 3 years. As we build toward a sea change where quantum bits or qubits enable the instant cracking of PK, ECC, and other encryption, open source software by D-Wave and IBM is already being used. It's a chance for FOSS to get in on the ground floor of the next breed of supercomputer, as well as the systems being built to upgrade our encryption.

No Physics degree needed for this look at how quantum computers and their software work. We'll also dive into what is being done to protect future encrypted communications and even blockchains via open source.


Konstantinos Karagiannis

Chief Technology Officer, Security Consulting, BT Americas
Konstantinos Karagiannis is the Chief Technology Officer for Security Consulting at BT Americas. In addition to guiding the technical direction of ethical hacking and engagements, Konstantinos has extensive experience in cryptography and hacking financial applications. He has spoken... Read More →

Monday September 11, 2017 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
Plaza III

2:50pm PDT

The Open Road to Autonomous Driving - Walt Miner, The Linux Foundation
The autonomous driving market continues to heat up as automakers race to acquire tech companies or forge partnerships with suppliers who can accelerate and expand their development efforts. This flurry of M&A activity over the past year is being driven by the realization that the software and hardware required for autonomous driving is too complex for any company to develop alone. While this is a step in the right direction, an open source platform for automakers to share information such as map data, miles driven and scenarios tested could speed up production cycles and decrease time-to-market.

Dan Cauchy, General Manager of Automotive at The Linux Foundation, will discuss the impact that open source could have on autonomous driving and how collaboration could benefit automakers without hindering competition.

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Walt Miner

AGL Community Manager, The Linux Foundation
Walt Miner has worked for The Linux Foundation as the Community Manager for Automotive Grade Linux since 2014. Walt has spoken at Automotive Linux Summit, Embedded World Conference in Nuremberg, Embedded Linux Conference, LinuxCon North America, and Open Source Summit North America... Read More →

Monday September 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:30pm PDT
Plaza III

4:00pm PDT

Fireside Chat: Blockchain, Healthcare and the Role of Open Source - Brian Behlendorf, Hyperledger; Siva Kannan, GEM; Presanna V Sundararajan, Wipro

Hyperledger Executive Director, Brian Behlendorf, Siva Kannan, VP of Engineering at Gem and Presanna V Sundararajan, head of the blockchain practice at Wipro will participate in a fireside chat that will focus on blockchain technology, healthcare and the role of open source.

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Brian Behlendorf

Executive Director, Hyperledger / The Linux Foundation
I've dedicated my career to connecting and empowering the Free Software and Open Source community to solve hard technology problems and have a positive societal impact. I've done this wearing many different hats - as a startup company founder, as an advisor to the U.S. government... Read More →
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Siva Kannan

VP Engineering, Gem
Engineering Executive with strong technical background in Operating Systems, Security, IoT, and Distributed systems. Experience in defining and developing architecture of multiple scalable, secure and reliable software platforms. Started as a Developer at Microsoft - Developing Windows... Read More →

Monday September 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
Plaza III

4:50pm PDT

Zulipbot: Solving GitHub Workflow Limitations and More - Joshua Pan & Cynthia Lin, Zulip
On a large open source project like Zulip, we were starting to see major productivity problems for the project, caused by longstanding limitations in GitHub’s permissions and notifications systems. Learn how we created zulipbot, an open source GitHub workflow bot written in Node.js, that patches these limitations in GitHub’s model and how you can use it to manage your own GitHub projects and organizations. zulipbot creates a significantly more democratic workflow for our contributors, allowing them to claim issues, manage labels, and transition from new contributors to being the maintainer of their portion of a busy open source project, even if they’re a volunteer with only a bit of free time. While in part, zulipbot is a workaround for GitHub limitations (that GitHub should probably just fix for everyone), it also is a tool that gives maintainers control over how their project works.

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Cynthia Lin

Cynthia Lin is a 15-year-old high school student from Torrance, California. A full-stack developer at heart, she has extensive experience developing software, web applications, automated bots, and games through various projects. As an avid supporter of open source software, Cynthia... Read More →
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Joshua Pan

Joshua Pan is a student attending Proof School. His background in programming came from his competitive programming experience. He got introduced to open source programming through Google Code-in, which he was awarded Grand Winner in 2016 for his contributions to Copyleft Games. Joshua... Read More →


Monday September 11, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Plaza III

5:40pm PDT

BoF: Are You Getting Paid What You’re Worth? Know Your Skills Value - Alison Kane, DICE

What are the hottest jobs in open source? According to Dice’s annual Salary Survey, the highest salary increases are happening in the networking and storage technology areas. This talk will share original Dice data that can inform open source developers’ and open source IT manager’s next salary negotiation or career move. It will review the best ways to determine what skills are increasingly in demand and how to approach skills development, from training to certification and hackathons, among other strategies.

Tech is moving fast, and so goes the jobs associated with the latest language, open source project or newest technology. Staying current on where the most lucrative jobs are will increase your open source influence, career mobility and bank account.

Join Alison Kane, from Dice, for a talk that will provide tangible next steps for your next promotion or job opportunity. The presentation will also benefit employers and recruiters who need to understand what skills are warranting what salaries so they can stay competitive in their recruitment efforts.

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Alison Kane

VP, Product Management, DHI Group
Alison Kane is VP, Product Management at DHI Group. Her background includes a focus in SaaS, digital media, publishing and consumer web businesses. Alison is known for delivering results at the intersection of strategy and execution with a focus on providing pragmatic solutions to... Read More →

Monday September 11, 2017 5:40pm - 6:30pm PDT
Plaza III
Tuesday, September 12

11:05am PDT

TensorFlow in the Wild: From Cucumber Farmer to Global Insurance Firm - Kazunori Sato, Google
One of the largest global insurance firm recently introduced TensorFlow, the open source library from Google for machine intelligence, for classifying car drivers who has high likelihood on major accidents with deep neural network. The model provides 2x higher accuracy compared with existing random forest model, gives them a possibility to lower the insurance price significantly. Also, a cucumber farmer in Japan has been using TensorFlow to build a hand-made sorter that classifies cucumbers into 9 classes based on its length, shape and color. At this session, we'll look at how TensorFlow democratizes the power of machine intelligence and is changing the world with many different real-world use cases of the technology.

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Kaz Sato

Developer Advocate, Google
Kaz Sato is Staff Developer Advocate at Google Cloud for machine learning and AI products, such as TensorFlow, Cloud AI and BigQuery. Kaz has been invited as a speaker at major events including Google Cloud Next, Google I/O, NVIDIA GTC and etc. Also, authoring many GCP blog posts... Read More →

Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:05am - 11:45am PDT
Plaza III

11:55am PDT

A Casual Intro to Mobile App Development - Sarah Du

Mobile devices are widely used in our every day lives and the apps that we download onto our phones play a large role as well, whether they're used for home automation, social media, or other purposes. Being able to understand the current trends and latest developments in this area can be advantageous for those who want to develop the next big thing. In this workshop, Sara will provide an overview of mobile application development and the most recent crop of technologies, like ARCore/ARKit and CoreML.


Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:55am - 12:35pm PDT
Plaza III

1:55pm PDT

Intellectual Property for Engineers - Noah Kantrowitz, SAP
Intellectual property is everywhere in software, especially in open source. From licenses to copyrights, our world is one drenched in IP. This talk will cover the essentials of IP law in the US, giving both open source developers and users a working knowledge of the systems behind those big blocks of legal text. Starting from the four main branches of IP, we'll cover topics like copyrights, licenses, trademarks, CLAs, and more.

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Noah Kantrowitz

Infra Lead, Ridecell
Noah Kantrowitz is a web developer turned infrastructure automation enthusiast, and all around engineering rabble-rouser. By day he runs an infrastructure team at Ridecell and by night he makes candy and stickers. He is an active member of the DevOps community, and enjoys merge commits... Read More →

Tuesday September 12, 2017 1:55pm - 2:35pm PDT
Plaza III

2:45pm PDT

The Set of Programmers: How Math Restricts Us - Carol Smith, Microsoft
Let's start a discussion about how we are introducing new developers to programming. Most textbooks, tutorials, and trainings begin by using mathematics lessons to teach newcomers to code. Many courses on programming require math skills as prerequisites. However, math prowess is not usually an indicator of one's potential programming abilities, and in fact presents a significant barrier to entry for a lot of people who might otherwise be interested.

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Carol Smith

Program Manager, Microsoft

Tuesday September 12, 2017 2:45pm - 3:25pm PDT
Plaza III
Wednesday, September 13

11:00am PDT

Building Trust: Testing SPDX Generation Tools - Kate Stewart, The Linux Foundation & Philippe Ombredanne, nexB
Having open source tooling that can generate SPDX documents is an important first step in automating detection and summarizing of the license compliance information found in source or binary code. However, how can you tell which tools are able to accurately detect what is actually in the source code? Due to the imprecise nature of the way developers express licenses, there can be a lot of variance. To build up trust in the heuristics used by tools, a curated set of common packages and associated reference set of SPDX documents have been created to provide a starting point for tools to self certify against. This talk will go through the criteria use to select the packages, and provide some preliminary results.

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Philippe Ombredanne

AboutCode.org and ScanCode maintainer, AboutCode.org and nexB Inc.
Philippe Ombredanne is a passionate FOSS hacker, lead maintainer of the ScanCode toolkit and on a mission to enable easier and safer to reuse FOSS code with best in class open source tools for open source discovery, software composition analysis and license & security compliance at... Read More →
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Kate Stewart

Senior Director of Strategic Programs, Linux Foundation
Kate Stewart is a Senior Director of Strategic Programs, responsible for Embedded and Open Compliance programs. Since joining The Linux Foundation, she has launched Real-Time Linux, Zephyr Project, CHAOSS, and ELISA.

Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Atrium III

11:00am PDT

Growing Open Source Talent via Certification - Clyde Seepersad, The Linux Foundation
Open source software has traditionally relied on individuals taking the initiative to become a developer or a user. The expectation was that people would 'teach themselves' and use fora such as IRC to get advice. In today's world of rapid adoption we need a better way. This session shows how performance based certification programs can contribute to the growth of the technical talent pool for open source projects. It will draw on the experience gained by The Linux Foundation over the past few years in developing programs for Linux, Cloud Foundry, Kuberetes, Node.js and OpenStack.

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Clyde Seepersad

General Manager, Training, The Linux Foundation
Clyde is responsible for the training and certification arms of The Linux Foundation. The goal of the team is to provide high quality training and skills development to the Linux community. Over the past decade Clyde has held senior leadership positions in the Education space, most... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Plaza III

11:50am PDT

Collaborative Security: Securing Open Source Software - Nicko van Someren, The Linux Foundation
There is no set of practices that can guarantee that software will never have defects or vulnerabilities, whether that software is open source or proprietary. Even formal methods can fail if the specifications or assumptions are wrong. Nor is there any set of practices that can guarantee that a project will sustain a healthy and well-functioning development community.

But with open source software, it is possible to reduce security issues in the same way it’s built -- with collaboration and transparency. In this talk, The Linux Foundation CTO Nicko van Someren, will present the Core Infrastructure Initiative, a multi-million dollar project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure. He will discuss the latest research and an update on creative self-serve tools and best practices that help improve the security and quality of open source projects.

The Best Practices Badges Program, for example, is a free open source secure development maturity model designed with and for the open source community. The Linux kernel, Curl, GitLab, OpenBlox, OpenStack, OpenSSL, Node.js, and Zephyr among the first projects to have a new Best Practices badge. Available on GitHub, the badges program continues to evolve. New badge levels were introduced this year to provide even more sophisticated criteria.

Citing both good and bad examples, he’ll dive into what progress is or isn’t being made with security vis a vis the software development lifecycle. OpenSSL is in the habit of making major quality improvements and consciously works to bring the number of defects down. As of June 2016, the current number of defects was 407, its lowest since June 2006. This proves OpenSSL developers are making a concentrated effort to both find new bugs and close existing ones instead of just closing old ones.

He will also explore how, and if, there are differences between open source and commercial software through multiple industry examples.

Whether a producer and consumer of open source, attendees will gain an understanding of how to quickly assess which open source projects care about security-conscious development and how to apply secure development methodologies to the software that they create and use.

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Nicko van Someren

CTO, Linux Foundation
Nicko is The Linux Foundation’s chief technology officer focused on the Core Infrastructure Initiative and other security-focused efforts at the organization. He has extensive experience across the security and networking industries. Most recently, he was the chief technology officer... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Atrium III

11:50am PDT

FD.io: The Universal Dataplane - Ed Warnicke, Cisco

All Open Source Networking projects depend on having access to a Universal Dataplane that is:

  • Able to they deployment models: Bare Metal/Embedded/Cloud/Containers/NFVi/VNFs
  • High performance
  • Feature rich
  • Open with Broad Community support/participation

 FD.io provides all of this and more, via a landing site with multiple projects fostering innovations in software-based packet processing towards the creation of high-throughput, low-latency and resource-efficient IO services suitable to many architectures (x86, ARM, and PowerPC) and deployment environments (bare metal, VM, container).


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Ed Warnicke

Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Cisco
Ed Warnicke is a Distinguished Consulting Engineer in the Chief Technology and Architecture Office (CTAO) office at Cisco Systems. He has been working for over a decade in many areas of networking and Open Source. He was the longest serving founding TSC member at OpenDaylight TSC... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Plaza III

2:00pm PDT

Panel Discussion: Open Container Initiative: What’s Next for Standards and Container Portability? - Moderated by Chris Aniszczyk, OCI
With recent rapid growth of container-based solutions — including those from almost all major IT vendors, cloud providers and emerging start-ups—the industry needed a standard to support container formats & runtime. Enter the Open Container Initiative (OCI), established to help promote a set of common, minimal open standards & specs around container formats and runtime. Having recently issued its v1.0 release of container runtime and image format specs, OCI has seen early adoption from the AWS, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, Mesos communities and more. With this early adoption trend and the impending release of a formal certification program, OCI is bridging the industry closer to standardized container distribution. Hear from OCI experts on how these specs impact the ecosystem; use cases for how they’re implemented across scenarios/ environments, and what’s next for the project.

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Chris Aniszczyk

CTO, The Linux Foundation
Chris Aniszczyk is an open source executive and engineer with a passion for building a better world through open collaboration. He's currently a CTO at the Linux Foundation focused on developer relations and running the Open Container Initiative (OCI) / Cloud Native Computing Foundation... Read More →

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Vincent Batts

programmer, Kinvolk
Vincent Batts has spent half his life in Linux and open source communities. Works with emerging technology such as knative and tekton. An Open Containers Initiative maintainer and technical board member. An ongoing member on Slackware Linux's Core Team, past maintainer on the docker... Read More →
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Jeffrey Borek

WW Program Director, IBM
Jeffrey Borek is a senior technology and communications professional with over twenty years of leadership and technical experience in the Software, Telecommunications, and Information Technology industries. He is currently the leader of the OSPO at IBM, and works in the Open Technologies... Read More →
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Stephen Day

Containerd Maintainer, Cruise Automation
Stephen Day is a software engineer at Docker. His many contributions to Docker ecosystem projects include SwarmKit and the version 2 specification for the Docker Registry HTTP API, and evolving the available models for container image distribution. He currently works on containerd... Read More →
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Sarah Novotny

Head of Open Source Strategy for GCP, Google
Sarah Novotny leads an Open Source Strategy group for Google Cloud Platform. She has long been an Open Source community champion in communities such as Kubernetes, NGINX and MySQL and ran large scale technology infrastructures before web-scale had a name. Novotny currently sits on... Read More →

Ken Owens

Vice President, Digital Native Architecture, MasterCard
Ken Owens is Vice President, Digital Native Architecture at MasterCard. Previous to that, Ken was Chief Technology Officer, Cisco DevNet at Cisco Systems. Ken was responsible for creating and communicating technical/scientific vision and strategy for Cloud Platforms & Services business... Read More →
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Josh Wood

DocOps, CoreOS
Josh Wood’s passion for the rkt container runtime led him to CoreOS, where he is responsible for documentation. He enjoys photographing polydactyl cats and writing short autobiographies.

Wednesday September 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
Plaza III

2:50pm PDT

Giving Everyone Access To Open Source Best Practices: The OpenChain Curriculum - Shane Coughlan, OpenChain Project
This talk will explain how the OpenChain Curriculum team assembled and released extensive compliance training material under CC-0 licensing. It will expand on how this material can be either used for generic in-company or cross-company training and how it helps to comply with the OpenChain Specification. A run through of the key material will be given to illustrate how it can support every company in the adoption and customization of best practices to suit their needs. The talk will conclude with a brief overview of how to engage with the OpenChain Curriculum, the broader OpenChain Project, and what can be expected around Open Source supply chain management in the coming year.

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Shane Coughlan

OpenChain General Manager, Linux Foundation
Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication, security and business development. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated Open Invention Network into the largest patent non-aggression community in history, establishing the leading professional... Read More →

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

4:50pm PDT

The History & Future of AI on Code - Eiso Kant, source{d}

This talk explores where we are in terms of artificial intelligence based programming, what has been achieved so far, what is coming in the near future and what will be the impact for how we code and build software. 

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Eiso Kant

Founder and CEO, Source{d}
Eiso Kant is the CEO & Co-Founder of source{d}, a company focused on building an open-source stack for ML/AI on code. He has been involved in founding tech companies for the last 10 years. Eiso has a passion for programming, machine learning, AGI and cryptography.

Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Plaza III