March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Tuesday, March 6 • 3:50pm - 4:20pm
So You've Decided You Need an Open Source Program Office - Duane O'Brien, Indeed.com & Nithya Ruff, Comcast

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Your company uses open source software, but no one’s keeping track. You have engineers who want to make contributions, but you don’t have any policies. Someone just raised an open source issue, and no one knows who takes the lead for it. You’re starting to suspect that you might need to establish an open source programs office. But where to start? How can you help your company become open source friendly without stifling innovation or passion? This talk is based on our own experiences starting open source programs offices at PayPal, SanDisk, Indeed, and Comcast. We will address fundamental questions of when to start an OSPO, how to get sponsorship, where it should live, and its role in transforming the open source innovation work that the company does.

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Duane O'Brien

Head of Open Source, Indeed
Duane is the Head of Open Source at Indeed.com, the #1 job site in the world. He is passionate about enabling smart and meaningful contributions to the open source ecosystem by both developers and corporations. Duane navigates the path between engineering and management, drawing on... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Executive Director, Open Source Program Officer, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently... Read More →

Tuesday March 6, 2018 3:50pm - 4:20pm PST
Pavilion Theater