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Wednesday, October 28 • 16:15 - 16:40
Collaborative Leadership: Governance Beyond Company Affiliation - Dawn Foster, VMware

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The unbridled success of Kubernetes can be attributed in part to being in the CNCF. Putting Kubernetes under a neutral foundation provided a level playing field where each of us could contribute, collaborate, and innovate as equals to create a widely adopted solution that we can all use. Open source projects that are controlled by a single company are at a greater risk of changes that are not aligned with community interests, whereas projects that are under neutral foundations have a lower risk both for end users and software vendors. With advantages that include community building, innovation, and wider adoption, we should consider contributing more of our open source projects to neutral foundations, like the CNCF.

This talk will cover:
  • Challenges of giving up control and why it might be worth it.
  • Selecting a foundation and how to determine neutrality.
  • Creating a fair and neutral governance structure and processes for your project.
  • Tips for contributing and maintaining your project. 

The audience will get practical advice about whether they should contribute their projects to neutral foundations along with how and when to do it.

Speakers
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Dawn Foster

Director of Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is Director of Open Source Community Strategy within VMware’s Open Source Program Office. She is on the board of OpenUK, an organization committed to developing and sustaining UK leadership in Open Technology. Dawn is on the Governing Board and is a maintainer for the Linux... Read More →



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