Presented by

  • Josh Simmons

    Josh Simmons
    @joshsimmons
    https://joshsimmons.com

    Josh Simmons is a senior open source strategist at Salesforce and vice president of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). A community strategist, open source advocate, and dusty-foot philosopher, he’s a frequent traveler promoting free and open source software, inclusive community building, and teaching aspiring and junior developers how to learn by contributing to open source. Previously, he was an open source program manager at Google, a community manager at O’Reilly, a freelance web developer, a startup CEO, and a volunteer community organizer in rural Sonoma County, California.

Abstract

We all rely on open source software and, as our reliance grows, so do our policies for managing compliance and programs for cultivating mutually supportive relationships with the communities behind the software. In this session, attendees will be given a thorough accounting of: * what companies are doing to support open source communities, * what kind of support open source communities are actually asking for, * how to build a culture of open source citizenship in your company, * and how to make it easy for companies to support your community. Based on discussions with industry and community leadership, we'll establish a current and sweeping perspective on corporate open source engagement. By understanding the state of the art, and knowing what needs remain unmet, we can help our companies be even more effective in supporting healthy communities. And not just because it's the right thing to do... After all, healthy communities translate into greater productivity, innovation, and stability, and better security!