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Monday, October 28


Inclusive Open Source Maintainership: How to Utilize Good-first-issues to Increase Participation and Retention - Rose Judge, VMware
Healthy Open Source projects thrive and continue to be productive by attracting and retaining new contributors. This talk will detail practical ways you can make your Open Source project more approachable for newcomers and returning contributors alike by crafting small tasks with high impact.  Rose will discuss what has worked well to attract new contributors to the project she co-maintains and what hasn’t. If you maintain an Open Source project or are invested in any way in the success of an Open Source project, this talk will help you better organize project tasks and evaluate the best practices for your project to make it easier for new contributors to get involved and stay involved.


Rose Judge

Open Source Engineer, VMware

Monday October 28, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
Rhone 3B
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Sustaining Global Public Goods - OSS for Social Good - Heath Arensen & Michael Downey, UN Foundation Open Source Center
Is supporting the coder in the basement scratching an itch still a useful picture for OSS sustainability? When $90 Million USD is spent by international donors to develop a single open source health platform for low-income countries, how do we sustain it? Who is responsible for maintaining it? The international development community has embraced Open Source to build digital solutions to achieve the UN's SDGs, but these projects often struggle with their own long term sustainability.

Heath will profile several specific Digital Public Goods championed by USAID, Unicef, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and walk through their pathways to sustainability. This will include a review of the the role of revenue streams, community, organizational structures, and talent development.

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Michael Downey

Director of Community, UN Foundation Open Source Center
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Heath Arensen

Director of Business Sustainability, UN Foundation Open Source Center
Heath is the Director of Business Sustainability for Open Source Software at the UN Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance. The international development and humanitarian community has long embraced Open Source in developing digital solutions for global challenges. The Digital Impact... Read More →

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


Trends in Open Source Program Management from the 2019 TODO Group Survey - Alex Williams, The New Stack & Chris Aniszczyk, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Open source offices play an important role in how DevOps and open source best practices are adopted by organizations, according to a survey conducted by The New Stack in partnership with the TODO Group.
In this talk, Alex Williams will present the results of the 2019 survey and discuss what open source program managers and community leaders can learn about open source trends and best practices in the enterprise. Come away with actionable advice on how to start or improve an open source program in your organization based on feedback from others in the TODO Group community.

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Chris Aniszczyk

CTO, The Linux Foundation
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Alex Williams

Founder and Publisher, The New Stack
Alex Williams is founder and publisher of The New Stack, an online technology publication that explains and analyzes at scale application development and management. He was an editor at ReadWrite and TechCrunch before leaving in 2014 to start The New Stack. Alex hosts The New Stack... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 14:25 - 15:00
Rhone 3B


Panel Discussion: What’s Essential in an OSS Project Launch Playbook? - Karen Chu, Matt Butcher & Aaron Schlesinger, Microsoft; Betty Junod, Solo.io
Creating and developing a new open source project is hard enough as is, but how exactly can you go about successfully sharing your project with the community once you’re ready to do so?

Collectively, this panel group has launched/worked on multiple open source projects such as Helm, Habitat, Cloud Native App Bundle (CNAB), Docker, Gloo, Athens, Service Catalog, & Service Mesh Interface (SMI). From our experiences, we've identified essential elements for any open source project launch, no matter how small/big your project is.

In this panel, we'll discuss what should be in an OSS project launch playbook:
• Infrastructure: tools needed to create a public space for your project
• Communications: techniques for setting a tone, creating a brand, & spreading the word
• Governance: what you need to create a protected but open space for your community
• Goal: purpose of open sourcing your project & the rules of engagement
• Community: what you need to plan to grow, cultivate, & engage members

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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 →
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Karen Chu

Community Manager, Microsoft
Karen Chu is a Community Manager on the Microsoft Azure Container Compute Upstream team with a focus on open source tools such as Helm, CNAB, Brigade, Virtual Kubelet, and more. She is a CNCF Ambassador, meet-up organizer, and conference organizer. She has also worked on and keynoted... Read More →
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Aaron Schlesinger

Developer Advocate, Microsoft
Aaron is a developer advocate at Microsoft Azure and a core maintainer of the Athens Project. Before Athens, he was a core maintainer and chair of the Kubernetes SIG-Service-Catalog and a contributor to various other projects in the Kubernetes community. He has 15+ years of software... Read More →
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Betty Junod

VP of Marketing, Solo.io
Betty Junod is the VP of Marketing at Solo.io focused on open source and commercial software tools in the Service Mesh and Kubernetes ecosystem including Gloo, SuperGloo, GlooShot, Squash and Service Mesh Hub. Previously Betty led product and partner marketing at Docker, the container... Read More →

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


Jumpstarting an OSPO and How to Measure Internal Community Success - Alison Yu, Indeed
Getting buy-in for an Open Source Program Office (OSPO) can be tough, for a successful program, you need almost the entire company to buy-in. And once you get buy-in? Be prepared to measure and prove success.

In this talk, Alison will go over how we got executive and marketing buy-in, and the different initiatives that are targeted to our internal audience.

Now the mighty question: What metrics should we be tracking?

You may be asking yourself, how do I get a sense of the community’s activity and growth? Alison will go over what data that we collect, why this specific data, and how we use the data to show success, update community strategy, point out weaknesses, and eliminate obstacles as they arise.

This talk will be an expanded version of Alison's DevRelCon SF talk. Alison will go into more detail around measuring metrics and how we implement changes due to the metrics.

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Alison Yu

Open Source Community Manager, Indeed
Alison is the Open Source Community Manager at Indeed and co-founder of the Open Source Community Managers group. She leads the communications team for the FOSS Responders initiative and is a co-lead for their events team. Prior to joining Indeed, Alison led global social media at... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 16:20 - 16:55
Rhone 3B
  • Session Slides Included Yes


The Untold Story Behind Creating an Open Source Program Office - Brian Hsieh, Uber & Michael Cheng, Facebook
TODO group has published a series of useful guidelines on how to create an open source program office but the reality of implementing can come with unexpected challenges and surprising opportunities. The broad scope of an open source program requires cross-functional coordination between multiple teams with differing goals, culture, focus areas, perspectives, and priorities, including legal, engineering, design, product, business, marketing, and branding. The success of the open source movement has made the concept of open source software so pervasive that it created another layer of challenges in education and communication. This talk will provide the honest story of my one-year journey of building the open source program office at Uber. I will share my observations and takeaways, as well as what I found rewarding and impactful during the process.

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Michael Cheng

Associate General Counsel, Facebook
Lawyer. Raspberry Pi Fanatic. Currently supporting mergers & acquisitions and the open source program office at Facebook. Former IT sysadmin, investment banker and high school dropout. Spent most of my professional career in China and Asia before moving to the US.
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Brian Hsieh

Head of Open Source, Uber
Brian Hsieh created and leads the Open Source Program Office at Uber. In this role, he builds and manages open source strategy, processes, governance, licensing compliance, ecosystem growth, brand identity, industry alignments, standards, and foundation relationships. He has experience... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 17:10 - 17:45
Rhone 3B


BoF: Open Source Software at European Commission's Informatics Directorate - Thomas Gageik, European Commission - DIGIT
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) has long recognized the value of open source software solutions. DIGIT first formulated an OSS Strategy in 2000 and has since updated this every so many years.

Examples of our involvement in open source are found all over the organization. We massively use open source (Linux) distributions running our servers for websites, portals and web services. We use it for our IT security, for many of our internal solutions and services. You find it on our desktops and in smart phone apps. We share an increasing number of solutions under open source licenses. We use it to co-create and collaborate.

DIGIT is now taking the next big step.

At an EU eGovernment meeting in Tallinn (Estonia) in late 2017, the “Tallinn eGovernment declaration” urged the European institutions to increase participation in open source software communities and developments.


Thomas Gageik

Director of Digital Business Solutions, European Commission - DIGIT
Thomas Gageik joined the European Commission in 2017 as the Director in charge of Digital Business Solutions –including the Open Source Strategy – within the European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics.Thomas has a Master in Computer Science and throughout his career... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 18:00 - 18:35
Tête d'Or 2
Tuesday, October 29


Open Source Collaboration and Companies: Finding the Right Balance - Dawn Foster, Pivotal
Collaboration within open source projects is becoming increasingly important for companies, but it can be difficult to strike the right balance between the needs of the company and the open source project. This can create friction and put significant pressure on employees who participate on behalf of their company when the needs of the individual, the company, and the community are not aligned. This talk will focus on ways to create this alignment between individuals, companies, and the community to help all of us be successful together.

The talk covers:
* Dynamics of collaboration in open source projects between individuals, companies, and communities.
* Strategies for participating in ways that will benefit your company, your employees, and the community.
* Tips for being a good corporate citizen as you contribute to open source projects.

This presentation is primarily for open source program offices, but community managers and other OSS contributors would also benefit.

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Dawn Foster

Director of Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy at VMware within the Open Source Program Office. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about... Read More →

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


Transitioning to Working in the Open - Marion Daly, New York Times
Work at a closed source organization and wanting to embrace OSS? This talk will walk you through the steps to transitioning your project and your team to open source. Embracing OSS is not just about releasing a Tar Ball to an FTP somewhere, it requires completely changing how you work.

This talk will cover the facets of transitioning a team to open source from open issues queues to the politics of remaining competitive in an OSS world. Marion will walk you through some real-world examples of how companies have migrated to OSS, their struggles and how they were over come with best practices.

Working in the open and building a community is not easy and Marion will walk you through how to ease the transition for yourself and your company.

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Marion Daly

Senior Engineering Manager, New York Times
Previously at the Linux Foundation, Mozilla, and Microsoft helping them build out their new chromium browser. Currently senior engineering manager on the core team at the New York Times, she has many years of experience in building open source projects in her companies.

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


Case Study: When the Open Source Program Office is Responsible for Innovation - Mark Gisi, Wind River
The Open Source Program Office is responsible for several mission critical tasks including managing: open source strategy, policy, open source in products, community contributions and engagements, attracting talent, and cross group collaboration.
Our program office was also tasked with “fostering grassroots innovation” by leveraging open source principles. Although our company staffs a formal research team, we wanted to obtain an additional boost by embracing the “scratch and itch” principle to empower employees at ALL levels. The value creation and cultural impact has been fantastic – creating new product features, new offerings, customer demos, improved processes, and compelling tradeshow presentations. We present the playbook and software we developed to support this mission (both available under Apache-2.0), and share several success stories (some of which you might find surprising).


Mark Gisi

Director, Open Source Program Office, Wind River
Mark Gisi, Director of Open Source Programs at Wind River Systems, is manager of the open source program office responsible for open source adoption; risk mitigation; community engagement and innovation acceleration. Mark is also a lead contributor to the Hyperledger Software Parts... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 15:15 - 15:50
Rhone 3B


Open Sourcing Your Enterprise - Matt Asay, Amazon Web Services
With software innovation moving into open source, every organization needs to figure out how to unleash the productivity of its developers. Unfortunately, most companies struggle to understand why and how to give their developers more flexibility in contributing to open source projects.

Adobe was no different. Despite being active consumers of open source technologies for years, the company wasn't an active contributor, ranking 37th among all tech companies in terms of contributors. We set about to change that.

In this talk, I'll outline exactly what we did to streamline contributor policies, enlist executive support, and more, which has significantly increased our open source activity (18 months into the transformation, we now rank #14). You'll leave with tangible actions you can take back to your own organization to make it the open source organization it needs to be if you're going to compete, whatever your industry.

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Matt Asay

Amazon Web Services, Principal
Matt Asay is currently a Principal at Amazon Web Services and prior to that, was Head of Developer Ecosystem for Adobe. Prior to Adobe, Asay held a range of roles at open source companies: VP of business development, marketing and community at MongoDB, a leading big data database... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 16:20 - 16:55
Rhone 3B


Starting and Scaling an Open Source Office: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Thomas Steenbergen , HERE Technologies
In this talk we present the challenging journey of the conception and growth of the Open Source Office at HERE Technologies from its start in 2016 till the present day.

New ways of software development are of great benefit to a company, enabling it to work smarter - delivering more code, more quickly to more people with roughly the same amount of people - all of which can have a positive impact on it’s bottom line. However, it’s also a very complex puzzle that can lead to big risks if you don’t have the right set up to support OSS reviews and contributions to the community.

In this talk, you will learn from our experience in setting up an OSS office within the company grass route up with a small team and limited budget. We will talk about how to get organizational buy-ins, and some of the steps that we could have done better/smarter.

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Thomas Steenbergen

Head of Open Source, HERE Technologies
Thomas Steenbergen is the Head of Open Source at HERE Technologies (www.here.com). HERE is the open location platform company, which enables people, enterprises and cities to harness the power of location. He has been an active contributor to the SPDX specification since 2015, helping... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 17:10 - 17:45
Rhone 3B
  • Session Slides Included Yes
Wednesday, October 30


The Journey of Leading Open Source Engineering Team in China - Jocelyn Li, Intel Corporation
7 years ago, Jocelyn started her journey in open source development world as a software engineering team manager.

At beginning, Jocelyn simply assumed that the only difference with open source development model is making the source code publicly available. In the last 7 years, Jocelyn built up 3 software engineering team in China working on several open source software projects libVA, Sound Open Firmware and Zephyr OS. Jocelyn led the Sound Open Firmware project from scratch to delivering to Chromebook product in 2 years.

In this talk, Jocelyn will talk about the various challenges(listed below) and share how she led the open source engineering team by changing her mindset, embracing the open source development model and role-modeling the way.
- Reluctant to discuss via mailing list
- Embracing community
- Submitting patches with good quality change log and code
- Discussion and debating
- Upstream vs Product

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Jocelyn Li

Senior Software Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation
Jocelyn Li, Senior Software Engineering Manager within the Open Source Technology Center in System Software Group at Intel Corp. Her current responsibilities span Intel’s development in Zephyr OS as well as community contribution and promotions. Jocelyn has led other open source... Read More →

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


Business Models & Open Source Licenses in 2019: Can We All Get Along? - Jeffrey Borek, IBM & Stephen Walli, Microsoft
The open source definition is over 20 years old. Cloudera and Hortonworks have completed their all-stock merger of their software companies. Major companies in the open source ecosystem are being snapped up by traditional IT companies. Seems like a good business model, yes? But Stephen would like to observe that despite these successes, there is NO open source business model.

Jeffrey would beg to differ! From data centers to the cloud, from self-driving cars to drones - open source software is everywhere. Major enterprise companies that are bottom-line driven are changing the way they participate in open source, starting to actively engage and contribute to open source projects - not just consume them as products. Having OS in your business model looks great, or does it?

Over the last year a major conflict has emerged between Cloud Platforms and VCs looking to make $$$ with open source. Join this session to hear their unique points of view and debate what is, and what comes next.

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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 →
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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 →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 14:25 - 15:00
Rhone 3B
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Panel Discussion: Day in the Life of an OSPO - Nithya Ruff, Comcast; Jonas Öberg, Scania CV AB; Stormy Peters, Microsoft; Thomas Steenbergen, HERE Technologies
Be sure to attend this panel, whose objective is to share how OSS fits into their company strategy and the role of their OSPOs. I would like to allow for a lot of audience engagement. As OSPO leaders we often get many questions on how did you convince your leadership, how do you work with legal, which organizations do I join etc. and this will be a practical panel to inspire and influence companies sitting on the sideline or wanting to start one.

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Jonas Öberg

Open Source Officer, Scania CV AB
Jonas Öberg is the Open Source Officer for Scania CV AB, putting open source in support of his childhood dream of making buses, trucks, marine engines and other things that go wroom-wroom. For 20 years, he has worked to develop the ecosystem of open source software, focusing on automation... Read More →
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Thomas Steenbergen

Head of Open Source, HERE Technologies
Thomas Steenbergen is the Head of Open Source at HERE Technologies (www.here.com). HERE is the open location platform company, which enables people, enterprises and cities to harness the power of location. He has been an active contributor to the SPDX specification since 2015, helping... Read More →
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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 →
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Nithya Ruff

Board Chair, Linux Foundation, Comcast
Nithya Ruff is a well-known and well-regarded leader in Open Source. As the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Practice, she is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. She is a passionate advocate for opening doors to new... Read More →

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


Crafting an Open Source Product Strategy - Dave Neary, Red Hat
Some common questions which are asked frequently of open source programs include:

* How should I open source a proprietary project?
* How can I get some more support for this open source project?
* What business model will work best for this open source project?

It turns out that there are some very common patterns that can help answer all of these questions, by first answering the question "why?" This presentation will present some of the foundational questions that you should ask yourself when putting together a business case for an open source project. We will talk about the economics of open source, the steps involved in open sourcing proprietary code, and how you can help your company realize the benefits of open source.

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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 →

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


Grounding Contributions and Community Engagement in Your Business Goals - Johan Linåker, Lund University
Knowing what contribution requests to approve or what communities to invest in can be a difficult task. A default upstream-first policy can render in unfocused work with a limited return compared to potential costs and risks. Conversely, having a restrictive policy can discourage contribution requests and block contributions or engagements which otherwise could have provided great value.

In this talk, Johan will guide the attendees in how they can develop contribution and community strategies, both answering what should be contributed, where, and when, and in what communities to engage in and how. Concrete tools will be presented that attendees can take home and tailor to their own organization and specific needs.

The tools presented have been developed in a 5-year PhD-project with case studies at 4 large open source-mature organization, and interviews with 20+ open source program officers, strategists, and community managers. The research is published and available as open access.

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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 →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 17:05 - 17:40
Rhone 3B
  • Session Slides Included Yes