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Tuesday, February 14


Balancing Openness and Control in Commecial Open Source Endeavors: Lessons Learned in the Kubernetes Ecosystem - Craig McLuckie, Heptio & Sarah Novotny, Google
An obvious tension that exists in commercial open source endeavors between the need for control and the need to build and sustain an open ecosystem. During this session we will look at it as a multi-variable optimization problem and talk about the decisions that can be made to balance the well being of the commercial OSS sponsor, with the health and well being of the general community. We will look through some of the decisions made during the early days of the Kubernetes project, talk about the issue at hand that drove those decisions and relate the outcomes of those decisions in terms of community health and vitality. Craig will also spend a few minutes talking in general about the philosophy of commercializing open source technology.

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Craig McLuckie

CEO, Heptio
Craig McLuckie is the CEO of Heptio. Previously he worked at Google where co-founded the Kubernetes project, bootstrapped the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and launched Google Compute Engine.
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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 →

Tuesday February 14, 2017 11:20am - 11:50am
Grand Sierra A


Eclipse Foundation: Lessons Learned, Both Bitter and Sweet - Mike Milinkovich, Eclipse Foundation
The Eclipse Foundation was the first open source foundation established as a 501(c)6 trade association, a model which has now become commonplace. Mike has been the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation since its inception. In this presentation he will talk about the lessons that he has learned at Eclipse over the past 12 years. Those lessons range from running what is effectively a small business, to balancing the demands of the industry's largest players, to dealing with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

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Mike Milinkonvich

Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation
Mike has been involved in the software industry for over thirty years, doing everything from software engineering, to product management to IP licensing. He has been the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation since 2004. In that role he is responsible for supporting both the... Read More →

Tuesday February 14, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Grand Sierra A


Diversity in Open Source Projects - Susan Wu, Midokura; Daniel Izquierdo, Bitergia; Nicole Rutherford, Intel
An independent analyst group Bitergia reported that women represented 9.9% of the population contributing to Linux kernel development and was responsible for 6.8% of the activity. Bitergia also reported that women contributed to 10.6% of the code commits and reviews into OpenStack.

A survey of a thousand female cloud professionals done by CloudNOW, a 503c non-profit reported that nearly one-third of the women surveyed believe they’ve been excluded from key opportunities because of their gender.

39 percent believe the estimated monetary impact of these compounded missed opportunities is more than $10,000 per year
25 percent do not feel that their company values the contributions of women

In this panel, we will be inviting Bitergia, Jocelyn de Gance, CEO of CloudNOW and others to share their point of view behind the data and the solutions underway and being proposed.

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Susan Wu

Senior Product Marketing Manager, VM Ware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public... Read More →

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Daniel Izquierdo

Director of Consulting, Bitergia
Daniel Izquierdo Cortazar is a researcher and one of the founders of Bitergia, a company that provides software analytics for open source ecosystems. Currently the chief data officer at Bitergia, he is focused on the quality of the data, research of new metrics, analysis, and studies... Read More →
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Nicole Rutherford

Community & Developer Advocate, Intel Corporation

Tuesday February 14, 2017 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Grand Sierra A


Solving Open Source Enterprise Adoption Challenges: Lessons from Apache Hadoop and ODPi - Roman Shaposhnik, Pivotal Inc.
With Apache Hadoop turning 10 in 2016 and completing its journey through the Gartner Hype Cycle it presents a very telling case study of how to balance open source community interests, pace of technology innovation and enterprise adoption concerns. There is no denying that Apache Hadoop has earned the support of a large & diverse community, with significant interest from businesses, governments, academia & technology vendors. While the distributed data platform’s ecosystem continues to grow, there remains some debate about its ease of adoption & how a wide-range of users can gain business value from it. This talk will cover the experience of solution providers, app vendors & end users around deploying Apache Hadoop, the daily challenges they faced and how ODPi is working side-by-side with ASF on making sure that Hadoop's growth as a #1 big data platform doesn't slow down.

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Roman Shaposhnik

Director of Open Source, Linux Foundation
Apache Software Foundation and Data, oh but also unikernels

Tuesday February 14, 2017 2:25pm - 2:55pm
Grand Sierra A


How to Run a Business that Relies on Open Source and Internal vs External Developer Adoption - Edward Hsu & Benjamin Hindman, Mesosphere
How Mesosphere works with an extremely diverse OSS ecosystem, while still supporting an enterprise software business. The new SDK enables stateful services to be developed on top of our platform, and has been used internally to update the services we offer, as well as externally by partners and developers. We can show how we came to the conclusion that an SDK was needed, how we structured the project to ensure the SDK supported our overall business strategy, and how we recruited internally and externally to drive adoption.

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Ben Hindman

Mesosphere Founder - Apache Mesos Co-Creator, Mesosphere
Ben is one of the creators of Apache Mesos, a platform for building and running resource-efficient distributed systems at scale. Ben started working on Mesos as a PhD student at Berkeley before he brought it to Twitter where it runs on thousands of machines. An academic at heart... Read More →
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Edward Hsu

Vice President, Product Strategy, Mesosphere
Edward Hsu a Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at Mesosphere after most recently serving as Sr. Director of Product Marketing at VMware where he oversaw the company’s software-defined data center (SDDC) product suites and VMware's first hyper-converged SDDC appliance... Read More →

Tuesday February 14, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Grand Sierra A


Collaborative Development and the Future Network - A New 'Old' Hope - Christopher Price, Ericsson
As collaborative development settles in it's place for technology development and strategy we should step back and measure the cost involved against the potential benefits. It is a commonly held belief that open source will help us find the future, however we need acknowledge that future is dependent on us providing the path.

In this presentation Chris will discuss the potential benefits and impact of the open source ecosystem on how we build and leverage networks and infrastructure today and counterbalance that with the cost and perseverance required to achieve these visionary highs.

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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 February 14, 2017 4:10pm - 4:40pm
Grand Sierra A


Kubernetes Case Study: Lessons Learned on Making Community Decisions - Jonathan Boulle, CoreOs & Sarah Novotny, Google
Brandon Philips and Sarah Novotny discuss making community decisions, what is working, what isn’t working, and why, in the world of Kubernetes.

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Jonathan Boulle

Site Lead, CoreOS
Jonathan Boulle works at CoreOS on all things distributed and all things contained. He's contributed heavily to etcd and fleet and lead the development of the App Container (appc) specification and rkt, the first appc runtime. He is actively involved in the upstream Kubernetes project... 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 →

Tuesday February 14, 2017 4:50pm - 5:20pm
Grand Sierra A
Thursday, February 16


Balancing Company and Community to Build Better Open Source - Jono Bacon, Leading Community Manager & Author
With open source playing a larger and larger role in companies, an interesting problem has presented itself. How do you connect your internal goals in your company with the external dynamics of an open source community? Get it right and you get great engineering, community relations, and growth. Get it wrong and you can alienate both your employees and community members.

In this new presentation from leading community strategist and manager, Jono Bacon, he will present a set of proven methodologies for getting this balance right. He will cover how to structure your teams for external engagement, building strategy in conjunction with community needs/drivers, gathering and acting on feedback effectively, building relationships both internally and externally, tracking the success of this work, and how to manage conflict, consternation, and coups.

Overall this presentation will provide a practical framework for getting this balance right, building trust in your employees and community members, and building a fruitful relationship for everyone involved.


Jono Bacon

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

Thursday February 16, 2017 11:20am - 11:50am
Grand Sierra C/D


Best Practices for Maintaining an OSS Project in Github - Owen Buckley, Kenzan
There is no doubt that Github is the primary destination for open source development and distribution on the web. Over time though, it has become more than just a GUI on-top of Git, and the Github platform now offers many helpful and powerful services and features that can help maintainers of OSS projects provide a more useful, transparent, and open experience for their project and their community. This presentation will talk through some of the best practices that can help make an OSS project successful and inspire community participation and contribution.

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Owen Buckley

Director of Engineering, Kenzan
Owen Buckley is a Director of Engineering for Kenzan, a software development company headquartered in Pawtucket, RI. Leading teams of developers, PMs, and technical architectes, Owen specializes in front-end architectures and build tooling, guiding projects through the SDLC, client... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Grand Sierra C/D


Project Best Practices - Dan Kohn, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
CNCF is one of the newest Linux Foundation projects, but that has enabled to learn from others and try to crystallize a series of best practies. These range from separating the technical and business boards, to lowering prices to bring in more end users, to using marketing automation on email lists, into how we take a largely hands off approach to the governance of our individual projects. This talk will review those best practices, contrast them with other organizations --- including the Apache Software Foundation and OpenStack -- and discuss lessons learned.

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Dan Kohn

General Manager, Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH)

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Sierra C/D


Standards and Open Source - Erik Riedel, Dell EMC & Mark Carlson, Toshiba
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Mark Carlson

Principal Engineer, CoChair SNIA TC, Toshiba Memory
Co-Chair SNIA Technical Council Co-chair Object Drive TWG Co-chair Cloud Storage TWG Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Toshiba, has more than 35 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than 18 years experience with Java technology. Mark was one... Read More →
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Erik Riedel

Sr Director, Engineering, Dell EMC
Erik Riedel is Senior Director, Technology & Architecture for Dell EMC, responsible for the hardware & platform software scale-out object storage. Erik has been involved in scalable object storage and open source since graduate school. Before Dell EMC (8 yrs), Erik worked at Seagate... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Grand Sierra C/D


Roles, Responsibilities, and Emerging Leaders in Collaborative Projects - Jeff Osier-Mixon, Intel Corporation / Yocto Project
What, or whom, does it take to run a successful open source project? The Linux Foundation lives on the forefront of collaboration in software development, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Foundation's Collaborative Projects. Balancing the principles of open source with resources from the corporate world, each project has a unique set of needs, resources, and values. The lineup of roles in each project is similar, but how those responsibilities are met is a puzzle.

I have worked with community managers in many different spheres and seen the puzzle take shape, often with leaders emerging from unexpected places. This presentation describes the basic responsibilities needed for open source projects, the roles that normally fill them, and the "gap filling" roles that also appear that can help point toward those emerging leaders.

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Jeffrey Osier-Mixon

Program Manager, Linux Foundation
Jefro worked as a technical writer and developer in both software and hardware for more than 20 years, focused on open source since 1992, and he has been a leader in Linux Foundation projects since 2011. Jefro is currently a program manager at Linux Foundation helping to make open... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Grand Sierra C/D