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Thursday, February 16


Gaining Power and Influence in an Open Source Community - Phil Robb, OpenDaylight
Technical leadership roles are traditionally easier to define in more closed, proprietary environments, often with one person or small group leading the charge (or, alternatively, held responsible when things south). But what does leadership look like in an open source project? With so many different people and organizations, how do leaders emerge and what does it take to become influential? In this presentation, Senior Technical for OpenDaylight, Phil Robb shares insights and best practices. Phil will also talk about the pros and cons of different investments, 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 →

Thursday February 16, 2017 11:20am - 11:50am
Grand Sierra B


Aim to Be an Open Source Zero - Guy Martin, Autodesk
Getting started in open source communities can be daunting, which can lead to people (and companies) over-compensating to try to prove their inherent value to a project. This talk applies lessons in space travel from Col. Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and former International Space Station commander, to getting started in open source, specifically, his ‘Aim to Be a Zero’ philosophy.

In this talk, Guy Martin will share the details of this philosophy, his experience with it, and its application to successful open source participation, particularly important as contributions from corporations grow. By applying these ideas as a basis for their successful participation in open source communities, companies can avoid the mistake of being too heavy-handed in an effort to prove their worth, and instead, grow their participation from a foundation of competence.

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Guy Martin

Executive Director, OASIS Open
Guy Martin is Director of the Open@ADSK initiative at Autodesk, where he's responsible for overseeing the company's open source strategy, execution and collaborative projects, as well as representing the company in open source communities and organizations. He has over two decades... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Grand Sierra B


How Open Source Can Get in the Way of an M&A Deal - Nithya Ruff, Comcast & Gil Yehuda, Yahoo
When companies get acquired, few people think about open source until the deal is in process. During diligence, open source becomes a surprising priority raising issue that can impact the deal. We will discuss how companies prepare for code compliance and audits. We’ll cover auditing software, differing policies and tricks to reduce the risk of breaking a good deal. We’ll share plenty of examples of what you need to do before, during, and after the deal.

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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 →
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Gil Yehuda

Sr. Director of Open Source, Yahoo Inc.
Gil Yehuda is the Sr. Director of Open Source and Standards at Yahoo Inc. where he manages the policies, processes, and relationships with organizations, foundations, and projects in the Open Source and Standards area. Prior to joining Yahoo, Gil was a Senior Analyst at Forrester... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Monument Peak


How to Deliver High Quality Commercial Products with Open Source Software - Greg Olson & Bill Weinberg, The Linux Foundation

Open Source Software provides the basis for vibrant commerce driven by a range of business models.  But whether you are building with, for or on open source software, the process of selecting, integrating, delivering and supporting OSS-based products and services can present myriad challenges.  This session will focus on how organizations meet the challenges of productization and product life-cycles as they intersect with releases and dynamics of open source projects and communities.

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Greg Olson

Sr. Director, Open Source Consulting, The Linux Foundation
Greg Olson has over 30 years of software industry experience in engineering, marketing and business development and executive management. As a consultant he has worked with over 350 companies to develop Open Source business, technology and community strategies and Open Source management... Read More →
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Bill Weinberg

Sr. Director and Analyst, Open Source Strategy, The Linux Foundation
Bill Weinberg brings three decades of open source, embedded/mobile, communications, and other technology experience to his role. Bill’s career includes industry consortia and standards bodies - he served as GM of the Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS), and as Senior Analyst and... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Sierra B


FOSS and the Enterprise: Now What? - Mitch Pirtle, Capital One
Engineers are having more trouble determining the difference between contributions to FOSS projects and regular work; with both employers and FOSS projects having equal difficulty keeping separated. Add the growing Polyglot Enterprise into the mix for good measure - and an overwhelming glut of tools, languages, frameworks, and philosophies - and the ride gets pretty bumpy.

What does 2017 look like? What can FOSS organizers, the enterprise, and engineers all do to keep the ride smooth?

Mitch leans on his experience with founding and forking major FOSS projects, integrating with large enterprise, and contributing to public and private projects.

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Mitch Pirtle

Tech Fellow, Capital One
Coming to CapitalOne from the startup scene, Mitch has been founding companies and FOSS projects for over two decades. His entrepreneurial involvement includes Apple, Sun, Sequent (now IBM), ClassMates,com, Starbucks, Microsoft, MTV, Food Networks, Gilt, National Geographic, Sesame... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Grand Sierra B


Taking PBS Pro Open Source: From Crazy Decision to Early Operational Success - Dr. Bill Nitzberg, PBS Works @ Altair Engineering
The PBS Pro workload manager focuses on high-performance computing (HPC), a small but influential sector of the overall IT space. The software was born at NASA Ames Research Center in the early 1990s, commercialized and acquired by Altair in the early 2000s, and, by the 2010s, became one of the top tools for HPC job scheduling and workload management.

Altair announced the bold (crazy?) decision to release PBS Pro as Open Source in November 2015, and made good on the promise in June 2016. This talk dives deep into the decision process (hint: not everyone was excited), the business and operational issues that had to be addressed (hint, many, many issues and a lot of effort), and the early outcome (hint: overall positive, and still a work in progress).

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Bill Nitzberg

CTO, PBS Works, Enterprise
Dr. Bill Nitzberg is the CTO of PBS Works at Altair Engineering, Inc. With over 25 years in the computer industry, spanning software development to high-performance computing research, Dr. Nitzberg is an internationally recognized expert in parallel and distributed computing. Dr... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Grand Sierra B


Open Source Governance Models: From BDFL to Consensus Seeking - Myles Borins, Google
This session will use the story of Node.js to discuss the positive and negative aspects of a variety of open source governance models. Prior to the fork Node.js was run using a Benevolent Dictator for Life model. After merging with io.js the project adopted a distributed consensus model for landing all changes and governance.

The project has seen a resurgence in contribution in the new model, but it is not without it's own problems. The sessions will examine the reality of these different models and lessons learned.

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Myles Borins

Developer Advocate, Google
Myles Borins is a developer, musician, artist, and maker They work for Google as a developer advocate serving the Node.js ecosystem Myles cares about the open web and healthy communities

Thursday February 16, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Grand Sierra B