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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
Tuesday, October 27

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

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