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Tuesday, February 14


The True Cost of Open Source - Patrick Steele-Idem, eBay
Open source projects can be extremely rewarding for both companies and participating employees, but there are associated costs that may not be immediately obvious. Engaging in public outreach, fielding community support requests at all hours, and responding to feedback and criticism are just a few examples of things that can consume maintainers and negatively affect their productivity and morale. For those on the front lines of open source maintenance, it is often more than just a day job and these associated extra hours can lead to burnout. In this talk we will examine the true cost of open source so that companies can take steps to mitigate those costs and balance their needs against the demands of open source while also encouraging a good work/life balance of its developers to ensure long-term open source program success.

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Patrick Steele-Idem

Senior Platform Architect, Open Source Lead, eBay
Patrick Steele-Idem is a senior developer on the eBay Platform team and is currently spearheading eBay’s open source initiative and actively engaged in many open source projects (including Marko.js, Lasso.js and morphdom). In addition to giving numerous internal talks within eBay... Read More →

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


Happily Married or Warring Factions? Open Source and Standards Development - Margaret LaBrecque, Intel
Having been involved in development of standards in the IEEE, global spectrum policy in the ITU-R and numerous open source project and their respective advocacy groups, I find the evolving practices of how companies collaborate to advance new technology fascinating. This talk will share observations of how the process for development and adoption of new specifications, standards and code is evolving as well as touching upon how the protection and assertion of intellectual property is impacted.

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Margaret LaBrecque

Product Manager, Intel
Margaret nurtures the development of communities and ecosystems within Intel’s Open Source Technology Center and is currently focused on Internet of Things. Previously, she held leadership positions in global advocacy, standards and spectrum policy bodies related to data center... Read More →

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


How Walmart is Building a Successful Open Source Culture - Andrew Mitry & Megan Rossetti, Walmart
Open source is accelerating innovation, increasing collaboration, and enforcing an ethos of transparency. Modern enterprises that have embraced this are seeing results from this new way of working, but like all enterprise transformations, the journey isn’t always easy. As a key contributor in the open source community, Walmart understands this transformation firsthand as demonstrated by the release of OneOps * Electrode and the contribution to popular open source projects like React, Node.js, Puppet & OpenStack. In this presentation, Megan Rossetti and Andrew Mitry of Walmart share how the world’s largest retailer has adapted and continues to adapt to an open source philosophy. They’ll tell the story of Walmart’s journey to open source by showing what was successful and sharing metrics, key learnings & advice with the ambition of helping other companies adapt to an open source culture.

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Andrew Mitry

Sr. Distinguished Engineer, Walmart
Andrew Mitry, senior distinguished engineer at Walmart, currently leads architecture for a team that builds and operates one of the largest private clouds run on OpenStack and Ceph. Mitry coordinates among Walmart's development, engineering and operations teams as well as the OpenStack... Read More →
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Megan Rossetti

Senior Engineer, Cloud Technology, Walmart
Megan Rossetti is a project manager with the Comcast OpenStack operations team. She works with the team to set project priorities and meet ever-changing deadlines. In the last four years at Comcast, she has worked on a variety of different projects, and began her OpenStack journey... Read More →

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


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


Jessica Rose

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

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


We're from Capital One and We're Here to Help: The Experience of Contributing to Open Source at a Large Corporation - Jonathan Bodner, Capital One
When Capital One was looking for a tool to help manage its software development pipeline, I suggested LGTM, an open source pull request approval system, as a starting point. After fixing bugs and adding new features to LGTM, I contacted Capital One's open source office so I could return my changes to the community. And that's where things got interesting.

My talk is about the process of forking an open source project for internal corporate use and what happens when you try to contribute it back. I expected it to be a straightforward process, but it was a story of heroes with interlocking concerns and no villains. Along the way, I found a team of people to continue to develop the project internally, a community of users who provided feature requests and encouragement, corporate rules that vacillated between supportive and stifling, and an open source project with an uncertain future.

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Jonathan Bodner

Lead Software Engineer, Technology Fellows, Capital One
I am part of the Technology Fellows Program at Capital One, currently working on a fork of the LGTM project that we will be open sourcing soon. Our team is helping to transform Capital One through introduction of new technologies, working to shorten release cycles, and generally pushing... Read More →

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


Make Your Corporate CLA Easy to Use, Please! - Kevin P. Fleming, Bloomberg
If you run an open source project, and you'd like to get contributions from employees at medium-to-large companies, the simplest way to provide a smooth contribution process is to *not* use a Contributor License Agreement. If your project requires one, though, there are steps you can take to ease the burden this causes on contributions from company employees, and this talk will cover a number of issues encountered during 4+ years of managing contributions from a 20K+ employee global company.

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Kevin P. Fleming

Open Source Community Builder, Bloomberg
Kevin operates the OSPO at Bloomberg in New York City, managing Bloomberg's interactions with the global open source community. He facilitates open source contributions, project publications, and supports the processes to bring open source tools and infrastructure into the company... Read More →

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


CII Best Practices Badge, 1 Year Later - David Wheeler, IDA
OSS is critical in the world today. However, OSS projects do not always follow best practices, leading to dangerous security vulnerabilities that have far-reaching consequences. To address this, the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) established in early 2016 a "best practices badge" program. This program identified a set of "best practices" criteria and created a process so OSS projects could get a badge for meeting these criteria. This incentivizes projects to apply best practices and helps users identify projects using best practices.
This presentation will discuss the current status of the badging program, including the projects that have received badges, security improvements projects have made to get the badge, some interesting ways that projects have met the criteria, the criteria most missed today, and the efforts to create higher-level badges (including draft criteria).


David A. Wheeler

Research Staff Member, IDA
Dr. David A. Wheeler is an expert on developing secure software and on open source software (OSS) development. He wrote the book "Secure Programming HOWTO" on how to develop secure software, and his work on countering malicious tools ("Fully Countering Trusting Trust through Diverse... Read More →

Tuesday February 14, 2017 4:50pm - 5:20pm
Grand Sierra B
Wednesday, February 15


Open Source at Scale: 10,000 Engineers and Counting - Jeff McAffer, Microsoft & Jeff Wilcox, Microsoft
Microsoft is on a multi-year journey with open source. We've gone from scattered engagement to literally thousands of developers and projects on GitHub with whole businesses based on open technologies. Along the way we've encountered many opportunities and overcome numerous challenges. In this talk we discuss this journey with an eye towards enabling others to learn our mistakes and our successes, and openning discussions on the approaches of others. We will talk about how we frame the open source discussion in the company and how the policies, processes and tools in the company are being realigned towards collaboration and openness.

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Jeff McAffer

Senior Director of Product, GitHub
I love open source and love bringing more open source to more people and teams. My current role at GitHub fits that perfectly – enabling organizations to engage with open source @ scale. Whether it’s understanding communities and business models, or open source governance and... Read More →
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Jeff Wilcox

Principal Engineer, Open Source Programs Office, Microsoft
Jeff Wilcox is a software engineer working to drive forward Microsoft's culture and capabilities, currently focused on relentless automation, self-service tooling & company culture. Jeff built the company's self-service GitHub portal and management tools. Previously, Jeff worked... Read More →

Wednesday February 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Sierra C/D


Is HTTP/JSON the Best We Can Do? - Varun Talwar, Google

The biggest issue in changing a monolith into microservices lies in changing the communication pattern. As the industry adopts microservices, the need for an open efficient framework which works well for developers is becoming essential. Enter gRPC. It is an open source project form Google which can make connecting, operating and debugging distributed systems as easy as making local function calls; the framework handles all the complexities normally associated with enforcing strict service contracts, data serialization, efficient network communication, authentications and access control, distributed tracing and so on. Come listen to why gRPC may be a strong foundation for smarter clients and servers in cloud native world than http/json !




Varun Talwar

Product Manager, Google
Varun is the founding product manager for gRPC and Istio at Google Cloud.

Wednesday February 15, 2017 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Grand Sierra C/D


SW360 - An Open Component Hub - Steffen Evers, Bosch Software Innovations
SW360 is an open source catalogue for software components that let organizations manage third-party and own software components throughout the entire life cycle. It is built for easy integration with other tools and data sources, such as license scanners, code scanners, static code analysis or build infrastructure.

It's currently an Eclipse incubator project under the EPLv2 (https://www.github.com/sw360), it is highly customizable, let organizations keep their confidential product development data on premises, and prevents them from becoming dependent on a single vendor. Siemens Corporate Technology and Bosch Software Innovations are core contributors to the SW360 project and use it extensively within their respective large engineering organizations.

The audience is everyone who is involved in managing compliance and legal issues in software project and product development (e.g. project leads, architects, compliance officers).

The talk will introduce Open Source tooling for Open Source Management and therefore allows them to reflect on their current practices and possibilities for improvement.

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Steffen Evers

Director Open Source Services, Bosch Software Innovations GmbH
Steffen Evers leads the "Open Source Services" team of Bosch Software Innovations. The team provides development services for open source software (OSS) that is essential for Bosch. It also consults on strategy, community work, software management and compliance processes in the area... Read More →

Wednesday February 15, 2017 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Grand Sierra C/D


Running a Successful Open Source Project - Gunnar Wagenknecht, Salesforce & Wayne Beaton, Eclipse Foundation
An open source project is more than just a code repository. If you want to be more than a single-developer project in an obscure corner of the world, you need to build community around the code. But building communities of users, adopters, and developers requires planning and work. In this session, we’ll talk about the sorts of things that you need to think about: license selection, finding and connecting with your community, courting contributors and contributions, trademarks, intellectual property management, contributor agreements, whether or not you should consider moving the project to a foundation, and more.

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Gunnar Wagenknecht

Software Specialist, Salesforce
Technology enthusiast, world traveler, open source believer and dad. Addicted 2 DIY.

Wednesday February 15, 2017 4:10pm - 4:40pm
Grand Sierra C/D


Enabling Developers While Managing Risk: Disney's Open Source Journey - Nigel Simpson, The Walt Disney Company
Enabling Developers While Managing Risk: Disney's Open Source Journey (Nigel Simpson, The Walt Disney Company) – How do you resolve the conflict between managing risk from the use of open source, and enabling developers to be productive open source citizens? In this presentation, Nigel Simpson will explain how he established Disney’s Open Source Governance Program with developer enablement and risk management in harmony. Nigel will describe an operational model for building consensus across stakeholders in a distributed enterprise with different and sometimes conflicting goals. Attendees will learn how to apply the operational model in their enterprises.

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Nigel Simpson

Director, Tech Strategy & Architecture, The Walt Disney Company
Nigel Simpson is Director of Tech Strategy & Architecture at The Walt Disney Company. As a leader in Disney’s Enterprise Architecture group, Nigel has technical purview across Disney’s business units. Nigel leads strategic initiatives focused on technology strategy, future... Read More →

Wednesday February 15, 2017 4:50pm - 5:20pm
Grand Sierra C/D