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Monday, October 28


Commercial and Economic Models, Considering Open Sourcing - Mirko Boehm, Open Invention Network & Amanda Brock, United Nations Technology and Innovations Lab IP
"Understanding global mega-trends is crucial. We live in times of multiple, evolving and mutually-reinforcing shifts. These dynamics, of geopolitical, demographic, climatic, technological, social and economic nature, enhance threats and opportunities on an unprecedented scale."António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Vision Statement

Amanda Brock, chair of the United Nations Technology and Innovation Labs' IP and Open Source Advisory Group will interview group member, Mirko Boehm, in a fireside chat, discussing open source business and economic models and how these and recent theories such as the "Collaborative Non Permanent Cooperation" model impact on decisions re IP and Open Sourcing. As they work to support the United Nations Technology Labs, what are the key considerations and benefits that impact the decision whether and how open source to foster cooperation and collaboration.

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Mirko Boehm

Director, Open Source Governance and Compliance, Endocode AG
Free and Open Source Software contributor. Founder, Endocode. Director, Linux System Definition, Open Invention Network. KDE contributor since 1997 (including several years on the KDE e.V. board). Visiting lecturer and researcher at the Technical University of Berlin. FSFE Team Germany... Read More →
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Amanda Brock

CEO, Trustable Software
Amanda is the CEO of Trustable Software, www.trustable.io an open initiative and not for profit company, looking at risk and transparency in Software through the determination of state of the art practices in engineering, legal and compliance to create auditable processes and appropriate... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
Rhone 3A


Best Of Breed Tools For Building An Open Source Community - Jono Bacon, Jono Bacon Consulting
If you are building an open source community, you need simple, extensible tools that you can work with and deliver results quickly and easily. Problem is, out of the hundreds of tools out there, which ones do you pick?

In this new presentation from leading open source community consultant, Jono Bacon, he will recommended which off-the-shelf open source tools he has found to be most effective. These recommendations will cover code hosting, issue tracking, websites, blogs, social media, community platforms, discussion, productivity, and more.

Not only this, but he will provide concrete recommendations for how to use and integrate these tools as effectively as possible.

Sharpen your open source toolbox and be sure to get along to this session!

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Jono Bacon

Founder, Jono Bacon Consulting
Jono Bacon is a leading community strategist, 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 OpenAdvantage... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
Rhone 3A


Lightning Talk: Can Gamification Boost a Company's Opensource Culture? - Dr. Han Xiao, Tencent AI Lab
Since 2018 Tencent has committed to building open-source culture inside the company. This includes learning from the industry standards, encouraging internal and external collaboration and contributing our practices and tools to the community. However, challenges come along  with us all with way: legacy codebases, lack of motivation, competition between teams and low-engagement with communities.

To overcome these challenges, I together with Tencent OSS team have developed multiple game thinking and game-based tools that are used in a strategic manner to boost opensource inside the company. This includes: building innersource communities, awarding the best-practice projects, building stackoverflow-like forum internally, setting up an opensource leaderboard, awarding each milestone of an open-source project, interviewing top contributors. We've found that these gamification strategies can significantly increase the engagement, awareness of opensource inside the company.


Dr. Han Xiao

Engineering Lead, Tencent
Dr. Han Xiao is an Engineering Lead at Tencent AI Lab, a board member at LF AI Foundation, and the Chairman of the German-Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence. Han received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer science from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. At Tencent... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 14:25 - 14:30
Rhone 3A


Lightning Talk: Risk Associated with Corporate Presence and Employee Personal use of Social Media - Elisha Chitsenga, Metropeech & Browne/Crestclove Advisors
Social media technology involves the creation and dissemination of content through social networks using the Internet. The difference between traditional and social media are defined by the level of interaction and interactivity available to the consumer. Use of social media has created highly effective communication platforms where any user, virtually anywhere in the world, can freely create content and disseminate this information in real-time to a global audience ranging in size from a handful to literally millions. Types of social media tools which include blogs, image, and video sharing sites, social networking and professional networking sites.

Corporates are using social media to increase brand recognition, sales, revenue, and customer satisfaction; however, there are risks associated with its usage. The presenter will clearly illustrate these shortcomings and controls applicable to corporate presence and employee personal use of social media.

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Elisha Chitsenga

Compliance and security specialist, MPBW | Crestclove Advisors
Elisha is a fully certified information systems compliance and security expert at MPBW group and founding director of Crestclove Advisors a youth based open-source organization advocating for tech based solutions to Africa\'s challenges with aid of open source initiatives. Elisha... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 14:35 - 14:40
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Lightning Talk: Trusting your Product: How to Think about Product Quality - Luca Ingianni, Independent Consultant
Trust. Such a strange, emotional word in the straight-forward context of software quality. We're not about trust, we're about facts, right?

We run tests, write test plans, perform experiments, monitor products, track bugs. Where does trust come into play here?

Unfortunately, all of our activities can't prove the absence of defects, only their presence. Hence if we don't find bugs, it doesn't mean there aren't any -- it just means we haven't looked in the right place. The question is: how do we deal with this?

Thinking about software quality from the perspective of trust gives us a powerful tool to consider what we expect from our product and whether these expectations have been met.

This talk is about how to effectively reason about trust, how to create as much as we require: through tests (and tests of what?), or monitoring, or whatever other tool we decide to use. It bridges the gap between vague, hard to grasp concepts and the practicalities of how to work with them day-to-day.

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Luca Ingianni

Consulting Engineer, Independent Consultant
Luca Ingianni is an aeronautical engineer by trade, but somehow tumbled into IT and never found his way back out. During more than a decade in industry, he has filled all roles embedded systems development has to offer: from specification through coding to testing and managing teams... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 14:45 - 14:50
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Best Practices for Community Elections - Dave Neary, Red Hat
More and more communities are moving to representative bodies elected from communities. This change results in a number of questions which can consume an inordinate amount of time and effort:

* Who can be nominated and elected?
* Who gets to vote?
* How can people be nominated?
* How will you administer the vote?
* Should you defend against ballot stuffing or similar ills?
* How will people's votes be counted?
* How do you ensure that the vote is anonymous and verifiable?

Community elections can be a fabulous way to engage with your community. The running and counting of elections also has the potential to be contentious, disruptive, and time-consuming. This presentation will lay out your options, describe how elections are run in various open source communities, and make recommendations for how to run your own elections efficiently.

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Dave Neary

Community Architect, Red Hat
Dave Neary is part the Open Source Program Office at Red Hat, driving adoption and community growth for open source projects. Dave has been active in free and open source communities for more than 15 years as a consultant, community manager, trainer and developer. In that time, he... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 15:15 - 15:50
Rhone 3A


Building Bridges Between Engineering and Community - Jocelyn Matthews, Storj Labs
Learn how to build bridges between Community, engineering and product teams. As grassroots project move to large endeavors, it can be challenging to honor the history of an open source community while also nurturing its evolution. This talk charts the course of one open source and decentralized community, analyzes what works in different contexts and describes ways to close the gap.

Culture is born in communities (not ivory towers) and community is critical to open source. Therefore, the first step in bridging internal and external communities is embracing a radical candor about what community means to your project, and how you will stand up for what it needs. This virtuous cycle yields untold benefits, on every level

Using tactics such as "community-up" recruitment, designing ladders and programs, mentorship, and normalizing employee time spent in community as a management-down norm, are a few of the methods described.

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Jocelyn Matthews

Global Community, Events and Evangelism, Storj Labs
Jocelyn Matthews is Community Manager at Storj Labs, a company focused on decentralized cloud object storage. Her focus is to grow a vibrant ecosystem to which people bring their best selves. She is a former Rosberg-Geist Fellow at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies. Her ethnographic... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 16:20 - 16:55
Rhone 3A


Sustaining Open Source Software - Stephen Walli, Microsoft
The ‘open source sustainability’ debate continues as companies relicense their products to proprietary. The sustainability debates seem to fall into one of several buckets:
* Commercial collaborations working diligently to identify significant projects in which to invest member resources
* Individual project participants in the long tail working to manage their project efforts against other commitments and responsibilities
* End users just trying to get work done
* Startup companies creating open source licensed software projects that are struggling with competitors and users solving their problems in the open source project community instead of paying the company for product/service.

In each group, the sustainability debate is posed in terms of problems with ‘open source’ and the argument becomes how ‘open source’ has to change. This presentation provides a way to understand the issues better to solve for the underlying problems.

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Stephen Walli

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Stephen is a principal program manager in the Azure Office of the CTO at Microsoft. He is the governing board chair for the Confidential Computing Consortium. Prior to Microsoft, he has been a distinguished technologist (HPE), technical executive, a founder, a consultant, a writer... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 17:10 - 17:45
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


BoF: For Digital Transformation, the Answer is Open Source - Katrina Novakovic & Malcom Herbert, Red Hat
Whether your organization wants to modernize, increase speed & efficiency, break new ground, or redefine your core business model, its success will hinge on the organization's cultural transformation & ability to innovate while dealing with change. "An open source culture powers innovation" is truer than ever as we're now seeing enterprises not only adopting open source, but relying on it, too.

Join this interactive session to discuss:
• The relevancy, benefits & ROI of open source, including looking at the business drivers and goals.
• Use/adoption within organizations — consuming, collaborating, or creating open source. 
• What organizations are doing internally and externally to adopt open source technology, tools, process, and ways of working.
Dive into the conversation, share your insights & experiences, or just sit back, observe & listen.

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Katrina Novakovic

Business Architect, Red Hat
Katrina joined Red Hat, the world's leading provider of enterprise Open Source solutions, in 2013 and is as an Open Source business architect in the EMEA Office of Technology (EOT), working across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Katrina enables customers to realise... Read More →

Malcom Herbert

Chief Technologist, EMEA Office of Technology, Red HAt
Enabling and developing open source strategies and solutions for enterprise customers, based on 18 years in Red Hat Consulting.

Monday October 28, 2019 18:00 - 18:35
Roseraie 1 & 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


BoF: Innersource Experiences - Florent Zara, ENGIE Digital & Simon Clavier, SNCF
Innersource is not only a technological subject, but it's also a digital transformation process that could bring great value to your business by breaking silos, crowdsourcing talents and innovations, maximize code reuse and quality, … It is more and more popular among companies and European ones are no exception. However, depending on their size, culture and their organization model, they are sometimes facing complex challenges to solve in order to implement a successful innersource initiative. These challenges may be cultural, legal, financial, related to change management, and so on.

Some french big companies recently started a cross-company workgroup (ENGIE, SNCF, PSA, Thales, Veolia,  RTE, etc.) on this topic and this Bird of a Feather session is a great opportunity, beyond this workgroup, to share problems we are dealing with and improve our approach toward innersource by mutualizing experiences. This BoF is, of course, open to everyone.

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Simon Clavier

Technological Architect & Open Source Strategist at CTO's Office, SNCF
Simon CLAVIER is a french Engineer whose background is electrical and biomedical engineering before specializing on IT for the last 20 years, through a wide diversity of missions, from development to governance through sysadmin, working for SNCF since 2007. In 2013 he became the SNCF... Read More →
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Florent Zara

Innersource project leader, ENGIE Digital
LinuxFr.org (reference french-speaking, a community-driven website about Free and Open Source software) and CTO and open/Inner Source expert of Henix, editor of the open Source quality software toolsuiteSquashtest. He's been an Open Source advisor for large companies, helping them... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 18:00 - 18:35
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes
Tuesday, October 29


Experiences Building a Local Open Source Community via the OpenChain Project - Hiroyuki Fukuchi, Sony Corporation
This session shares challenges that were encountered and lessons that were learned working together as a new local open source community around the OpenChain project in Japan. The OpenChain project is dedicated to building trust in software supply chains. The project prepares specifications, conformance evaluations and curriculum to promote OSS compliance.

In Japan, we have been building a local workgroup(Japan WG) of the project since 2017. A local workgroup gives non-native English speakers the opportunity to have easier and deeper discussions in their native language. While we communicate internally in Japanese, Japan WG communicates with the global community in English.

OSS compliance is not an area where companies compete, but rather benefits greatly from inter-organization collaboration. Japan WG provides real solutions for business. Now that they are aware of the value of collaboration, over 150 people from over 60 companies across automotive, CE and IT industries work together.

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Hiroyuki Fukuchi

Senior Alliance Manager, Sony Corporation
Hiro Fukuchi is Open Alliance Manager in Sony.He is in charge of OSS compliance and relationship with OSS communities. He is one of core members of the Japan workgroup of the OpenChain project. He is an English-Japanese translation volunteer regarding OSS community related document... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Creating an Open Source Project in a Proprietary Industry - Olivier Crête, Collabora
Creating a new project is doubly challenging when the target industry has proprietary software as the norm. Taking code written as closed source and building a community around it is never easy, but it's even more difficult when none of the developers have participated in Open Source projects before. Such is the story of SRT (Secure Reliable Transport), an Open Source protocol that has taken the TV contribution world by storm. This is the story of how we helped Haivision take its internally built SRT protocol and helped make it the main player in low latency transport of video.

I'll explain the kind of things that we had to take care of when creating a new Open Source project. Starting with an evaluation of existing software, are we pointlessly re-inventing the wheel? Followed by a plan for a community, with an appropriate choice of license, a governance model, a communication and collaboration infrastructure. And last, but not least, a solid commitment from the main sponsor.

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Olivier Crête

Multimedia Lead, Collabora
Olivier Crête began his involvement in Open Source software in 1999. He has been involved in GNOME since 1999 and in Gentoo from 2003 to 2012. He currently works for Collabora where he leads the multimedia team. He has been an active GStreamer developer since 2007, first working... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


You Mess Up, People Die: Dealing with Failure in High-risk Environments - Luca Ingianni, Independent Consultant
Have you ever worked on a system where, if it fails, people may wind up dead?

How do you deal with risk, and with inevitable screw-ups? And
what can you learn from high-risk engineering, even if failure of your products
is only met with annoyed eye-rolls, not blood-curdling screams?

How do pilots deal with big or small failures? How do doctors? How do engineers
who build safety-critical systems?

There are tools to deal with this: technical, or process-related, but most crucially cultural: how to make it safe for your colleagues to mess up?

Safe technically, but moreso emotionally.

Because if you make it emotionally safe to fail, you enable discussions about ways the system might fail -- will fail, given enough time -- and what to do about them.

And it will give you a shot at reacting quickly, gracefully, correctly once you inevitably encounter failure.

Inviting your engineers to fail might be the most safety-conscious thing you
will ever do.

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Luca Ingianni

Consulting Engineer, Independent Consultant
Luca Ingianni is an aeronautical engineer by trade, but somehow tumbled into IT and never found his way back out. During more than a decade in industry, he has filled all roles embedded systems development has to offer: from specification through coding to testing and managing teams... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 14:25 - 15:00
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Opening up the Swedish Labour Market Through Cross-sector Collaboration - Johan Linåker, Lund University & Jonas Södergren, Swedish Public Employment Service
JobTechDev is an initiative from the Swedish Public Employment Service where the goal is to create a common infrastructure of open source software, data, and standards for private actors and citizens to build on. Envisioned outcomes include a higher variety of services and better matching for employers and job-seekers, as well as a lower barrier to entry for new job-matching service provides.

We will present an overview of the infrastructure and share a public-sector organization's rationale for sharing software as open source. Attendees will further get insights into the potential value and ways of extending collaboration and co-creation beyond open source software to also include related open data and standards.

Attendees are invited to discuss how to incentivize both organizations and citizens to join such cross-sector collaboration, and how a public-sector organization should best facilitate and enable the collaboration and development of this kind of infrastructure.

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Johan Linåker

Postdoctoral Researcher, Lund University
Johan is a postdoctoral researcher focusing on how the public sector can create platforms with open data and software on which ecosystems of actors can innovate through cross-sector collaborations. In his Ph.D., he focused specifically on helping companies make contributions and engage... Read More →

Jonas Södergren

Product Owner, Swedish Public Employment Service
Jonas is the product owner and one of the originators to JobTechDev. He has 15+ years experience from software development, of which the 10 latest within the Swedish Public Employment Service. He is a firm supporter and advocate to the use and development of open source software within... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 15:15 - 15:50
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


How to Start Contributing to Open Source - Piotr Gaczkowski, Toptal
Beginnings are always the most difficult. How do you find your first project? How does a valuable contribution look like? How not to be depressed in an online environment? How to earn doing Open Source projects?

The presentation is intended for people with any level of experience. If you want to expand your skills, you are welcome. If you don't have any technical skills yet, you are more than welcome!

Tuesday October 29, 2019 17:10 - 17:45
Rhone 3A
Wednesday, October 30


Panel Discussion: Thoughts on Trust in Open Source - Amanda Brock, Trustable Software; McCoy Smith, Intel Corporation & Andrew Katz, Moorcrofts LLP
Amanda Brock, European Representative to OIN and CEO of the Trustable Software engineering project will introduce the context of trust in software engineering, legal and compliance in 2019 and the panelists Charles H Schulz, a participant in the Trustable community, and Andrew Katz and McCoy Smith, members of the Trustable Advisory Board.

The three panelists will discuss and debate what it takes to make code Trustable.

Charles will lead around Engineering and Trust considering
** software safety
** cybersecurity (software security)
** compliance vs. other approaches
** SBOM, dependencies, licenses

McCoy and Andrew will consider recent progress in legal and compliance and the gaps remaining including
**Open Chain and license compliance
**Increased Availability and value of compliance tooling
**IP management

All three panelists and Amanda will interact with audience questions and suggestions.

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Andrew Katz

Managing Partner, Moorcrofts LLP
Andrew Katz is managing partner and head of the tech department at Moorcrofts LLP, a boutique law firm based in the Thames Valley near London. He specialises in free and open source software and other opens, and is also CEO of Orcro Limited, an OpenChain partner providing specialist... Read More →
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McCoy Smith

Intellectual Property and Open Source Attorney, Intel Corporation
McCoy Smith handles all IP matters for Intel’s Data Center Group. He chaired, for over a decade, Intel’s Open Source Legal Practice Group, and is a former co-chair for the Open Source Committee for the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO). He also is on the Editorial... Read More →
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Amanda Brock

CEO, Trustable Software
Amanda is the CEO of Trustable Software, www.trustable.io an open initiative and not for profit company, looking at risk and transparency in Software through the determination of state of the art practices in engineering, legal and compliance to create auditable processes and appropriate... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


When Should You Set Up an Open Source Foundation? - Stormy Peters, Red Hat
As open source software projects grow and evolve, their governance models must also change. A project might start with a single contributor, evolve to a consensus based system with a small group of core contributors and then grow into an individual membership model or into a foundation of companies. Deciding what the best next step for your project is key. Knowing whether a foundation is an option or not and how you'd go about creating one can help. Come learn how we created the Ceph Foundation to expand Ceph’s governance model to incorporate all the companies and individuals that wanted to participate.

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Stormy Peters

Director, Open Source Programs Office, Microsoft
Stormy Peters is Director of the Open Source Programs Office at Microsoft. Stormy is passionate about open source software and educates companies and communities on how open source software is changing the software industry. She is a compelling speaker who engages her audiences during... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
Rhone 3A


Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Running Code Across your APIs - Charles Eckel, Cisco Systems
Successful open source projects have APIs that are powerful and intuitive, documentation that is clear and concise, and libraries and SDKs that simplify and accelerate API usage. This fuels the creation of code by diverse communities spanning countless use cases. What if you could gather all that code and make it readily available to your developer community? With DevNet Code Exchange, we made this "what if" a reality, providing a curated set of code repositories that inspire, educate, and jumpstart developer success with our APIs. Learn how we did it, how it is going, and how you can do the same for your developer community.

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Charles Eckel

Developer Advocate, Cisco Systems
Charles started with open source in 1999 as a founding member of Vovida Networks, developing some of the industry’s first open source VoIP protocol stacks and applications. Now at Cisco, he is a recognized champion of open standards, open source, and interoperability. He runs DevNet’s... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 14:25 - 15:00
Rhone 3A
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Let's Have Great Meetings! - Deborah Nicholson, Software Freedom Conservancy
The FOSS community has lots of meetings. Team meetings, working group meetings and stakeholder meetings set the stage for your work as a group, but unfortunately many of us attend meetings that feel like a complete waste of time. Meetings that meander off-topic, that repeatedly drift back to the same unresolved topic, or end up turning into a monologue don't foster great team work. Once poor habits are established, it can feel difficult to reclaim a wasteful weekly or monthly meeting.

Luckily, there are ways to gently disrupt disorganized meetings. Either as the meeting convener or as a participant, you have the power to improve the meetings you attend. This talk will teach you how to set the stage for a productive meeting, how to keep a meeting on course and how to politely but firmly handle several common types of meeting derailment. The best part is that the difference is immediately noticeable. Healthy meeting habits are contagious, in the best possible way!


Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Operations, Software Freedom Conservancy
Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Director of Community Operations at Software Freedom Conservancy where she supports the work of its member organizations and facilitates collaboration with the wider free software community... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 15:15 - 15:50
Rhone 3A


The Japanese System of Community in Business and Hobby - A Comparison with Open Source Communities - Carsten Meskes, credativ
Carsten, originally from Germany, spent time living and working in Japan. Connecting to several different local communities while abroad, he quickly became interested in the unique concept of Japanese communities. Especially the connection to the hobbyist Yosakoi-dance-community made him realize significant differences between Japanese and international community interaction. In business, Japanese companies seem to leverage the strong bonds existing in communities, in order to bind the employees to the employer.
This talk aims to compare the uniqueness of Japanese community structure and how it is used by businesses or hobbyist, with interaction in global Open Source communities. A closer look reveals that many businesses nowadays have to work with communities and might take some lessons learned from the Japanese. On the other hand the Japanese might want to shift their focus back to the individual and the human aspect in community.

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Carsten Meskes

Executive Assistant, credativ
Studied Japanese, lived and worked in Japan for a couple of years before coming back to Germany to work for credativ, an independent Open Source service and support provider. Not much external speaking experience. Lots of time spend in and around communities.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 16:15 - 16:50
Rhone 3A