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Monday, October 26

12:00 GMT

Forging a New Open Source Hardware Contributor Model - Mark I. Himelstein, riscv.org
RISC-V International stands on the shoulders of giants. From Linux and Apache and Hadoop to OpenPower and OpenSparc and MipsOpen and more,we have benefited from all that came before us and from the astounding hi-tech renaissance of the last 20 years. The Open Source Software culture was hard fought and found its way to a contributor model where it attracts the best and the brightest contributors. The largest Open Source Hardware projects have largely been based on a volunteer model coupled with a pay-for-dev model. This talk intends to provide historical context of how the industry arrived at this Open Source Hardware model, why it has to change, and how we intend to begin that journey. All Open Source Hardware organizations and projects can benefit from this talk as we lay a framework of change and community that derives the best of what Open Software has brought us in a way that is sustainable and scalable. This will also be a call to action for all Open Source Hardware communities to take the steps to apply the lessons learned form the past and enable companies and individuals to achieve the same kind of product benefits and recognition we appreciate in Open Source Software.


Mark Himelstein

CTO RISC-V, riscv.org
Mark Himelstein is the CTO for RISC-V International. Before RISC-V international Mark Himelstein was the President of Heavenstone, Inc. which concentrated on Strategic, Management, and Technology Consulting providing product architecture, analysis, mentoring and interim management... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 12:00 - 12:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

13:00 GMT

Sharing the Load Effectively: Roles and Responsibilities in Open Source Projects - Jeffrey Osier-Mixon, Linux Foundation
Success is almost always about setting & meeting expectations. This presentation details the standard roles within large-scale open source projects, and expectations associated with those roles. In addition, it covers best practices for community-led executive roles - board directors and officers, committee leaders, and others - as well as roles often contracted to foundations in order to stay neutral, such as executive director or program manager. Jefro will share experiences, revelations, and mistakes from over 10 years as an administrator and project leader, and as a technical contributor going back to the early days of open source. Open source projects are often a labor of love, and while it is tempting for many of us to step into gaps in order to fulfill the needs of a favorite project, it is possible to end up sprinting all the time. However, as the Zambian proverb says - When you run alone, you run fast; when you run together, you run far. It is more effective - and more in line with open source values - to share the load and go for the longer distance. (As a bonus, this also usually ends up being faster as well!)

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Jefro Osier-Mixon

Program Manager, Linux Foundation
"Jefro" Osier-Mixon has been an open source professional since the early 1990s as a technical writer and occasional developer as well as community manager, program manager, and OSPO leader. His primary activities over the years have included the Yocto Project, Zephyr Project, GNU... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 13:00 - 13:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
  Community Leadership, Open Source Governance and Models

16:15 GMT

M.V.G. – Minimum Viable Governance - Stephen Walli & Sarah Novotny, Microsoft
There is a proliferation of open source related non-profits, each working to drive attention to a set of projects or technology spaces, each demanding attention or membership dollars for growth. One of the first discussions such non-profits encounter is the governance discussion. Then come the projects for the non-profit to support, and each of them too wants to have a discussion about governance. We will look at the history of open source non-profits, and their governance structures, and how it met their goals (and the goals of their projects). Then we will look at what’s changed and work to evolve the model that people can use to judge for themselves whether a non-profit solves for the problems that need to be solved. Understanding the underlying governance models and structures in a non-profit will allow project owners and non-profit members to better judge what is needed for growth, what growth might look like, and what it will cost in effort and money. Sarah and Stephen have worked in a number of different open source project and non-profit settings and can speak to the models, mistakes, and learnings.

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Stephen Walli

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Stephen is a principal program manager working in the Azure team at Microsoft. Prior to that he was a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Stephen has been a technical executive, a founder, a writer, a systems developer, a software construction geek, and a standards... Read More →
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Sarah Novotny

Open Source Wonk, Azure Office of the CTO, Microsoft
My technological focuses have been in recent years Open Source; Cloud and Utility Computing; Infrastructure automation; and Data (big and small; relational and non-relational).My calling, though, lies in sharing my excitement about technology and coalescing a group around a consistent... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 16:15 - 17:05 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
  Community Leadership, Open Source Governance and Models

17:15 GMT

From Remote First Towards Async First - Isabel Drost-Fromm, Europace AG
Remote first - with current developments this is the new normal for many office workers globally. Often though this means replacing in person meetings with video calls - all to often leading to meeting fatigue. In this talk we will explore how open source projects have established different communication patterns. What is it that makes mailing lists so special for Apache Software Foundation projects and which properties would alternative technologies need to have to be a replacement? In which aspects does the use of issue trackers differ from your average agile project and what does that have to do with spring remote first collaboration? While likely basic to seasoned Open Source participants, these aspects are important to understand why they exist and how they are achieved to successfully communicate what makes both, InnerSource and Open Source projects work.

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Isabel Drost-Fromm

Open Source Strategist, Europace AG
Isabel Drost-Fromm is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, a co-founder and board member of the InnerSource Commons Foundation, and a member of the inaugural Open Source and Intellectual Property Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL). She's... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 17:15 - 18:05 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

19:30 GMT

Community Transformation - Enable Scalable Onboarding through Data Driven Initiatve - Sriram Ramkrishna, ITRenew Inc.
The GNOME Project to those not aware is an old project - from the late 90s. It grew up with a primarily engineering focus, an outdated development model, and a lack of structure. Despite that, the technology it has incubated is in widespread today. Growth is a problem - the continuing desire for resources is a common lament in large open source projects today. But the problem is more than just throwing developers at the problem. Scalable onboarding is a problem in its own right and it requires a deft touch. This talk will walk through the challenges of growing a project composed of many engineering teams, a media team, a documentation team, and a translation team with a host of skill sets not mentioned and the continuing work on the solution in development for over 6 months - methodology and ultimately implementation using the data built from the CHAOSS project on community health and aligning across each team dynamics.


Sriram Ramkrishna

Principal Ecosystems Engineer, ITRenew Inc.
Sri has a vision - building an application ecosystem and has been looking into connecting the various ecosystems around building apps together into a single meta ecosystem that can compete with the likes of commercial frameworks out there today. With over 25 years of experience both... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 19:30 - 20:20 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
Tuesday, October 27

12:00 GMT

Creating Community Messaging Strategy for Events and Beyond - Jennifer Madriaga, Red Hat
Are you part of an open source community, emerging or established, looking to participate in an event so you outreach to contributors and/or users, both current and net new? Are you struggling to find a voice or a balance with corporate stakeholders who want to prioritize product vs. technology messaging (to the detriment of community outreach)? Are you wondering how to create a messaging strategy that makes sense and benefits all stakeholders--community, the company, attendees? Events are a key part of strategy for open source communities as well as for many companies, trying to onboard contributors and users (including customers.) However open source communities must approach messaging with nuance and understanding, which can sometimes be a source of tension with those within corporate, product, and field marketing team, who may be several levels removed form daily open source participation. Learn how to navigate the maze of sometimes seemingly conflicting priorities and how to create a messaging strategy that can serve all interests, while respecting open source culture and communities.


Jennifer Madriaga

Global Marketing Manager, Community Event Strategy, Red Hat
Jennifer (Jen) Madriaga is the Global Marketing Manager in Community Event Strategy on the Events team in Marketing Communciations at Red Hat. Jen provides event management and event marketing expertise for a variety of open source and community events. She collaborates regularly... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 12:00 - 12:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
  Community Leadership, Event Strategy
  • Skill Level Any
  • Technical Talk No

13:00 GMT

How Non-Violent Communication Can Help Keep the Peace on Your Team - Casie Siekman, Prime Digital Academy
Non-violent communication will help you communicate with your coworkers in a manner that enables productivity and helps you understand how their unmet needs might lead to negative interactions. Successful communication is a huge part of a project’s success – everyone on the team can benefit from NVC. Non-violent Communication is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting their needs. Especially in our technological industry, there are many chances for miscommunication which can lead to all parties feeling dissatisfied. Unspoken expectations, ignored feelings, and accusatory or aggressive language can bring an otherwise productive team to a halt. This presentation will show you how to be aware of yourself, how your actions affect others, and how to deal with and understand others that may be negatively affecting you. I have given this talk before, and it evolves every single time based on feedback, and the lessons I continually learned while applying these concepts to my work and personal life.


Casie Siekman

Instructor and Software Developer, Prime Digital Academy
Casie is a software developer based in Minneapolis and is passionate about making the Twin Cities and Midwest tech community more diverse and accessible to all. Along with that, she is also interested in communication, the meanings and motivations behind what we say and how all that... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 13:00 - 13:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

16:15 GMT

Why the GPL is Great for Business - Frank Karlitschek, Nextcloud
In the last few years we saw a lot of discussion in the open source and free software startup space around licenses. Several companies stepped forward and claimed that it’s not possible to build a working company on top of a free software product. Some changed the license of their product to proprietary license like the Commons Clause or the Business Source License. They claim that this is needed to ‘save’ free software. This talk describes why this is fundamentally wrong. It’s possible to build a working startup and company on top of a free software product. This talk discusses how companies like Red Hat, SUSE and Nextcloud manages to have a 100% free software product including a big contributor community but is still able to pay developers and grow.


Frank Karlitschek

CEO/ Founder, Nextcloud
Frank Karlitschek studied computer science at the University of Tübingen. He founded several startups in Germany and the US. He is a long time open source developer and former board member of the KDE e.V. In 2016 he founded Nextcloud to create a fully open source and decentralized... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 16:15 - 17:05 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

17:15 GMT

Using GitHub at Large Corporations to Unlock Sustainable Open Source Contribution - Charles Eckel, Cisco Systems
Creating a GitHub organization with public repos is free, fast, and easy. This fosters a wild west of GitHub usage within corporations that is as confusing and troubling as it is liberating and empowering. We explore how GitHub has been used organically throughout Cisco and efforts to establish best practices that enable efficient open source collaboration that is responsible and sustainable. The audience is anyone considering or already running a corporate GitHub organization as well as anyone considering or already collaborating with partners and customers through a corporate GitHub organization. The benefit is becoming better open source citizens by having consistency and transparency without sacrificing freedom and innovation.

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Charles Eckel

Principal Engineer, Global Technology Standards, Cisco Systems
Charles is a recognized champion of open source, standards, and interoperability. At Cisco, Charles is responsible for identifying and guiding open source efforts related to key standards initiatives. In addition to work in MEF, Charles is active in IETF, where he started and runs... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 17:15 - 18:05 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

18:30 GMT

Exploration of OSPOs in EU Governments - Jacob Green & Clare Dillon, Mosslabs.io Ireland; Nejia Lanouar, City of Paris; Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University; Astor Nummelin Carlberg, Open Forum Europe
The OSPO is not just for Corporations. OSPOs are a powerful & flexible construct for organizations to achieve their policy goals around open source. For governments in the EU, from cites to nations, the OSPO offers us all a unique opportunity for structured collaboration in & between governments, industry, academia within Europe and on the global stage. In this panel, we talk to 4 panelists heavily involved in researching, building, and structuring Open Source policy for EU governments about how they are building OSPO++. Come learn about OSPO++, and how OSPO++ may help the layers of governments where you live achieve Open Source success.

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Sayeed Choudhury

Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries, Leading the JHU OSPO, Johns Hopkins University
G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute of Data Intensive... Read More →

Jacob Green

Mosslabs.io Ireland, Founder
Jacob Green, the founder of Mosslabs.io, is an open source artist, strategist & systems builder working to expand the impact and application of Open Source in society globally. Hailing from Baltimore, passionate about open source in cities & universities, Jacob currently working on... Read More →
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Astor Nummelin Carlberg

Policy Director, OFE (OpenForum Europe)
Astor Nummelin Carlberg is OFE’s Policy Director, responsible for policy development and advocacy. Before joining OFE, he was an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament. He has extensive experience of European policy making processes, communications and network-building... Read More →
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Clare Dillon

Director, Mosslabs.io - Ireland
Clare Dillon has spent over 20 years working with developers and developer communities. She spent 8 years as part of the Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up their Developer Evangelism & Experience Group. She is a relatively new convert to the open source way, but is all... Read More →

Nejia Lanouar

CIO, City of Paris
As the CIO of the City of Paris since 2012, Nejia is leading the digital transformation of the French capital. An open-source enthusiast, she believes in co-creation and use of data to improve public services. Her career includes experiences in both public and private project man... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 18:30 - 19:20 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

19:30 GMT

Enabling Dissent for Better Open Decision Making - Sim Zacks, Red Hat
The open decision making process is so successful by empowering everyone involved to participate, provide feedback and influence the decisions. This is critical for understanding issues, gaining additional perspectives and making sure that the decision makers see all sides of the issue. However, for this to be successful, you also need to hear dissenting viewpoints. Enabling dissent is a very challenging aspect as not everyone with an opinion wants to be part of a debate. An open discussion does not always ensure that all voices are heard, and does not necessarily give the appropriate weight to a differing opinion. Attendees will learn about: * using open decision making and why dissent is such an important aspect * some of the reasons that dissent is often not heard * how to encourage and enable participants to voice dissent * structuring the decision making process so that there is more opportunity for dissenting *


Sim Zacks

DevOps/CI Architect, Red Hat
Sim is a senior principal architect for Red Hat's Quality Engineering division. He has been at Red Hat for the past 5 years, working on continuous integration functions using DevOps methodologies. He has a proven record of success in leading cross functional initiatives across the... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 19:30 - 20:20 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
Wednesday, October 28

12:00 GMT

Lightning Talk: Give Open Source the Weight it Deserves in Public Policy - Sivan Pätsch & Paula Grzegorzewska, OpenForum Europe
When the last study on Open Source in Europe was concluded in 2006, the Open Source revolution had not yet taken over the world. Today Open Source Software is ubiquitous in business and Open Source Hardware could trigger the next revolution. Yet policymakers don’t have the data they need to treat Open Source as the innovation machine it has become. What is the value of Open Source for the economy? How many jobs does it support? How can innovation through Open Source be measured? Is Open Source as beneficial for innovation as we think? What do governments need to do, or not do, to support a flourishing Open Source ecosystem? Since the beginning of 2020, Fraunhofer ISI and OpenForum Europe, working with over 100 researchers around the world, have been tasked by the European Commission to research the value of Open Source Software and Hardware. During this presentation we will share some preliminary takeaways and tell you why we need your input to make a pro-open source policy a reality.


Sivan Pätsch

Research Director, OpenForum Europe
Sivan Pätsch is Research Director at OpenForum Europe (OFE), where he is shepherding OFE's academic network, the OpenForum Academy. Before he joined OFE, he gained experience in EU digital policy making at the Council of the European Union. Within OFE he is responsible for the ongoing... Read More →

Paula Grzegorzewska

Policy Analyst, OpenForum Europe
Paula Grzegorzewska, Policy Analyst at OFE, has been working on topics such as Open Source, ethical and trustworthy AI and most recently, Open Source Hardware and blockchain. Before, she supported women in closing the gender gap in ICT and entrepreneurship with an NGO in Luxembourg... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:00 - 12:15 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

13:00 GMT

How Open Source is Helping to Save the World - Kara de la Marck, CloudBees
The Internet is a driving force that is democratizing the world. Now more than ever, innovation needs to spread as fast as information. It is impossible for one governing body, one company, or one human to come up with the innovative solution to address global challenges surrounding legal issues, security, environmental issues, diversity issues, and more. These challenges are shared by all humans and it takes a concerted effort by all to help shape the solutions today for the problems of tomorrow. It is important that we maintain the principles and practices for creating diversity and inclusion to enable ways for everyone to participate in a project or a cause. In this talk, we will challenge everyone to consider how we can take a software solution and apply that to a humanitarian problem. In this talk, Kara will explore how open source brings people together to share data, best practices, and how to work as a global community. She will highlight frameworks and patterns for transparency and interoperability so that a community can learn about what’s working, what isn’t, and how to get away from fragmentation in ecosystems where nobody knows what’s what.

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Kara de la Marck

Open Source Community Manager, Cloudbees
Kara is CloudBees open source community manager. She is co-chair of the Continuous Delivery Foundation’s Interoperability SIG and a mentor and org admin for Outreachy and Google Summer of Code. Previously, she worked as a developer for a Fortune 500 company and as a freelancer... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 13:00 - 13:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
  Community Leadership, Advocacy and Evangelism

16:15 GMT

Keep Your Project Healthy: Grow Your Contributors - Kendall Nelson, OpenStack Foundation & Guinevere Saenger, GitHub
Open Source is a difficult concept to teach people because there isn’t anything in life that is truly ‘free’. Even more difficult than explaining what open source is in the first place, is teaching ways to openly collaborate and work together with people from other companies and places in the world. When you consider that some open source projects literally span the globe, and are worked on by thousands of contributors, this job gets even more difficult. In this talk, you will hear about the best practices Guinevere and Kendall have discovered through their work on the Kubernetes New Contributor Workshop and the OpenStack Upstream Institute trainings that teach attendees how to contribute to these projects. The struggles they have faced and overcome are applicable to all open source projects developing training on getting new contributors started.

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Kendall Nelson

Upstream Developer Advocate, OpenStack Foundation
Kendall is an Upstream Developer Advocate at the OpenStack Foundation based in Seattle, WA. She first started working on OpenStack during the Liberty release (2015) on Cinder and since then been involved in Release Management, StoryBoard, the Women of OpenStack (WoO), the First Contact... Read More →
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Guinevere Saenger

Software Engineer, GitHub
Guinevere Saenger was a part of Ada Developers Academy Cohort 6, transitioning into tech from being a full-time professional pianist. Two years after graduating, Guinevere writes deployment automation tooling on the Moda platform at GitHub, and keeps GitHub’s Kubernetes infrastructure... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 16:15 - 17:05 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

17:15 GMT

Burnout - When Your Mind is Tired - Jan Altenberg, Continental Automotive GmbH
Over the past few years burnout has become an increasingly serious topic for companies and for Open-Source communities. High demands in our working environments and constant availability by email, phone and social media are only a few of the factors that can increase our stress level drastically. People working on Open-Source are usually highly skilled and passioned for what they are doing. Bringing all these facts together the risk of suffering a burnout can be extremely high. Therefor it is essential for all of us to get a better understanding for this topic: As a company, as a community and as a developer. Based on personal experience Jan Altenberg will give some insights about the phenomenon of burnout, how to spot symptoms early and how to deal with it as an affected person, as a co-worker and as a team leader. Furthermore, this presentation wants to raise awareness for this subject which still seems to be a “taboo topic” in many companies and communities.

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Jan Altenberg

Open-Source Compliance Officer, Continental Automotive GmbH
Jan Altenberg has more than 15 years of experience in developing and maintaining Embedded Linux systems. He studied information technologies at the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart (Germany). From 2002 - 2006 he was involved in the OCEAN project, a european research... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 17:15 - 18:05 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
  Community Leadership, Community Management

18:30 GMT

Panel Discussion: How Ireland Created and Why They Open Sourced COVIDGreen - Danese Cooper & Cian O'Maidin, NearForm, Ltd.; Gar Mac Criosta, HSE Ireland; Jenny Wanger, Linux Foundation Public Health
We are seeing an unprecedented increase in open source activity to respond to the COVID-19 crisis with solutions. Ireland was much in the news in July with the release of their COVID Tracing App, which garnered over a million installs (>25% of the population of Ireland) within the first 48 hrs. A week later they donated their open source code to the fledgeling Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) project to promote wider reuse of their successful app. Learn about the process the team went through to create this landmark app, including considerations of product design, privacy architecture, how and when to open source the code, how to test it to allay the fears of privacy advocates, & how to market it for maximum local adoption. Panelists include experts from Ireland's HSE, NearForm, Ltd., and LFPH.

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Jenny Wanger

Head of Implementer's Forum, Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH)
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Danese Cooper

VP, Special Initiatives, NearForm
Ms. Danese Cooper is the president of the InnerSource Commons Foundation. Recently, Danese Cooper joined NearForm after 4.5 years as Sr. Director and Head of Open Source Software at PayPal, Inc. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. Ms. Cooper previously served... Read More →

Cian O'Maidin

CEO, NearForm, Ltd.
Cian is a computer scientist – turned entrepreneur in the open source world. He founded NearForm, now the largest independent company contributing to the Node runtime in the world. Passionate about people and creativity, Cian setup the Dublin Node.js UG and setup NodeConf.eu. Doing... Read More →

Gar Mac Criosta

Product Manager, Irish COVID Tracing App, HSE Ireland
- I'm immersed in working with & understanding how organizations change & what makes them successful - I think that many organizations need "brain rewiring" to allow them to succeed in uncertain times - I want to reinvent the way 'consulting' is done; strip it bare; keep it useful... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 18:30 - 19:20 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

19:30 GMT

Shift Left - How to Merge All Roles into One Team to Deliver Your Software - Stefan Staudenmeyer, Instana
“It’s QA’s fault that we didn’t deliver on time!” - “I can’t take care of this ticket now, I have to reach my sprint goals!” - “It worked on my laptop!” Sentences you hear from an engineering team. Once you shift left, the team mission is to deliver a product and bring it to the next level. A left shifted team has a “hands-on” rather than a “handover” mentality. Releases are made in time or not. Non-engineers who are often seen as satellites of an engineering team are an integral part of the engineering process, from sprint start to finish. In this talk, Stefan digs into why it is a good idea to integrate all functions into the team in order to deliver the best possible outcome for everyone. This session is aimed at individual contributors and leaders alike.

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Stefan Staudenmeyer

Director of QA, Instana
After starting his career in software development and operations, Stefan decided to sail to new waters: being Director of Quality Assurance at Instana, the APM of choice for microservice environments. "Shift Left" is what he uses to drive change. In his free time, he sews hoodies... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 19:30 - 20:20 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

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