Keynote speakers announced for The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit.

The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit is the premier forum for open source leaders to convene to drive digital transformation with open source technologies and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time.

Confirmed keynote speakers and panelists for this year’s event include:

  • Deepak Agarwal, VP of Artificial Intelligence at LinkedIn
  • Subbu Allamaraju, VP of Technology, Expedia
  • Dustin Bennett, Software Engineer Sr. Manager, The Home Depot
  • Austen Collins, Founder & CEO, Serverless Inc.
  • Justin Dean, SVP Platform & TechOps, Ticketmaster
  • Ashley Eckard, Sr. Software Engineer, The Home Depot
  • Dr. Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology, AT&T Labs
  • Chen Goldberg, Director of Engineering, Google Cloud
  • Nidhi Gupta, SVP of Engineering, Hired
  • Patrick Heim, Operating Partner & CISO, ClearSky Security
  • John M. Jack, Board Partner, Andreessen Horowitz and Advisor to The Linux Foundation
  • Edward Kearns, Chief Data Officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Marten Mickos, CEO, HackerOne
  • Mark Russinovich, CTO, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft
  • Tarry Singh, Author, AI, ML & Deep Learning Executive, and Deep Learning Mentor, Coursera
  • Aaron Symanski, Chief Technology Officer, Change Healthcare
  • Rachel Thomas, Co-Founder,
  • Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation

Open Source Leadership Summit fosters innovation, growth, and partnerships among the leading projects and corporations working in open technology development. Business and technical leaders will gather at the summit to advance open source strategy, implementation and investment.

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Open Source Leadership Summit

Share your knowledge, best practices, and strategies at Open Source Leadership Summit.

Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS) is an invitation-only think tank where open source software and collaborative development thought leaders convene, discuss best practices, and learn how to manage today’s largest shared technology investments.

The Linux Foundation invites you to share your knowledge, best practices, and strategies with fellow open source leaders at OSLS.  

Tracks & Suggested Topics for Open Source Leadership Summit:

OS Program Office

  • Consuming and Contributing to Open Source
  • Driving Participation and Inclusiveness in Open Source Projects
  • Standards and Open Source
  • Managing Competing Corporate Interests while Driving Coherent Communities
  • How to Vet the Viability of OS Projects
  • Open Source + Startup Business Models
  • Project Planning and Strategy
  • Internal vs. External Developer Adoption

Best Practices in Open Source Development / Lessons Learned

  • Contribution Policies
  • Promoting Your Open Source Project
  • Open Source Best Practices
  • Open Source Program Office Case Studies and Success Stories
  • Standards and Open Source

Growing & Sustaining Project Communities / Metrics and Actions Taken

  • Collaboration Models to Address Security Issues
  • Metrics for Understanding Project Health

Automating Compliance / Gaps & Successes

  • Using Trademarks in Open Communities
  • Working with Regulators / Regulated Industries
  • Working with the Government on OS
  • How to Incorporate SPDX Identifiers in Your Project
  • Legal + Compliance
  • Licensing + Patents
  • Successfully Working Upstream & Downstream

Certifying Open Source Projects

  • Security
  • Safety
  • Export
  • Government Restrictions
  • Open Source vs. Open Governance
  • New Frontiers for Open Source in FinTech and Healthcare


  • Upcoming Trends
  • R&D via Open Source
  • Sustainability

Business Leadership

  • Cultivating Open Source Leadership
  • How to Run a Business that Relies on Open Source
  • How to be an Effective Board Member
  • How to Invest in Your Project’s Success
  • Managing Competing Corporate Interests while Driving Coherent Communities
  • Monetizing Open Source & Innovators Dilemma

View here for more details on suggested topics, and submit your proposal before the Jan. 21 deadline.

Get inspired! Watch keynotes from Open Source Leadership Summit 2017.

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Engagement in an open source community leads to collaboration, says Jason Hibbets, community evangelist at Red Hat. And social media is one good tool that projects can use to help increase engagement in their communities, he adds, “because you can reach a broad audience at pretty much no-to-low costs.”

Hibbets will discuss how Red Hat has increased engagement with one such social media tool, Twitter chats, in his talk at Open Source Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe on Feb. 16, 2017. Here, he shares with us some of his reasoning behind why engagement is important, some best practices for increasing engagement, and a few lessons learned from Red Hat’s Twitter chats. Why should an open source project be concerned with building engagement?

Jason Hibbets: Let’s first start with why have a community in the first place? A community is a group of people who come together with a common vision, collective passion, and shared purpose. Communities bring together a diverse group of people to share work and can accomplish more than individuals can alone.

Many open source projects exemplify these qualities and come together to form a community. Typically, an individual wants to solve a problem (scratch their own itch) and it just so happens that other people are trying to solve a similar problem. When communities collaborate to solve these problems together, it leads to better outcomes and results.

So, why should leaders be concerned with engagement? Engagement leads to collaboration. And if communities can collaborate, then work gets done and they can achieve something together. As an individual, your knowledge is limited. There will be a point when you want feedback, need advice, or get stuck. If you have an engaged community, you are building in a human-powered support system. What are some of the best practices, in general, for increasing engagement and gaining more active followers?

HIbbets: I’ll share two best practices, but believe me there are a lot more. The first is to provide a safe environment. The second is to create value.

Having a well-written Code of Conduct and enforcing those rules is a foundation for having a safe and inviting environment. This can ultimately lead to increased participation from a more diverse group of contributors and creative problem-solving with faster, more innovative solutions.

A second best practice is to provide value. In the community programs I’ve built, you need to think about why a person would volunteer their precious time to contribute–this is commonly referred to as the “what’s in it for me?” question.

When contributors are finding value in the community, they are more likely to be engaged. And if they are more engaged, they can become your advocate. Which can lead to the best type of marketing for your community, word-of-mouth recommendations.

For more best practices about community building, I recommend reading The Art of Community by Jono Bacon. Why is social media, and Twitter in particular, a good place for open source projects to do outreach?

Hibbets: In general, social media is a good place for outreach and amplification because you can reach a broad audience at pretty much no-to-low costs (other than your time). The challenge, of course, is putting in the investment and time to build a following, a content strategy, and determine the right way to fit into each social media community.

Twitter is a great platform for open source projects because of ease-of-use and, for now, unfiltered streams. Engagement levels can be higher, and people follow specific hashtags. Once you filter through all the noise, there is a lot of valuable information that can be found for open source communities.

And bonus, there’s a lot of open source behind each Tweet. What is a Twitter chat?

Hibbets: I like to describe a Twitter chat as a public-facing conversation at a set time, using Twitter as the platform and a hashtag as the way to follow. It’s the equivalent of using a chat room in IRC (Internet relay chat) or similar chat functionality, but instead, you’re using and following a hashtag on Twitter. What it boils down to for our Open Organization community on is to have focused discussions on topics with several source matters experts invited to participate and help lead the discussion. For example, last October, we talked about the intersection of DevOps and Open Organizations.

There are several different formats Twitter chats can take. We chose to do more of a live event where we are actively Tweeting questions for an hour and watching the responses come in. My team leads the conversation, monitors the responses, and learns from our community. Participants learn from other participants and make valuable connections that enhance their network. How do you measure progress and what’s the goal?

Hibbets: My talk at the Open Source Leadership Conference will be on building a community using Twitter chats for our Open Organization community. The examples I will use come from my experience doing this for the Open Organization community, so  I’ll focus on my response on that aspect.

First off, the goal is two-fold: to build awareness of our community and attract new people to join the conversation.

By hosting a Twitter chat, we are able to have an amazing conversation with our community. Seeing the engagement, responses, and interactions really makes me proud as a community manager. We are having a conversation that is engaging to people with vastly different roles–from solutions architects to consultants, and open source project leaders to people managers outside of open source. We have a diverse audience of participants.

So, how do we measure success? There are two main metrics we are concerned with: the number of unique participants and how many Tweets they generate. From there, we can calculate more impressive numbers like total reach and total timeline exposures. These numbers can impress managers, which is helpful, but the more meaningful metrics are really around the number of active participants as well as how many new people continue to join.

To give you some context, on average, we have about 30-50 unique participants generating about 300-400 tweets in about an hour. What did you learn from hosting regular Twitter chats with your community?

Hibbets: There are three things we learned I’d like to share. First, there are people out there who not only want to have this conversation in the first place, but want to continue the conversation. The number of repeat participants that come back to our Twitter chats is high for the Open Organizations community. .

Second, being prepared makes our “live” events successful. We did a number of things (which I cover in extreme detail in my talk) that makes our event run smoothly. A few examples include promoting your Twitter chat in advance, preparing your questions ahead of time, and sharing your questions with invited guests in advance.

Third, having guest hosts and source matter experts is critical. Nothing draws a crowd more than a crowd, right? We found that inviting experts to join us and putting them in the spotlight worked really well for our community building efforts.

Join us for a future #OpenOrgChat Twitter chat to see what it’s all about.

Want to learn more about what it takes to grow an open source project? Tune in for the free live video of Open Source Leadership Summit. Sign up now!

Executives, experts, analysts, and leaders in open source technology will convene this week at Open Source Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe. The event is invitation-only but The Linux Foundation is pleased to offer free live video streaming of all keynote sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Catch the livestream to hear some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations discuss how to start, build, participate in and advance open source strategy and development.  

AT&T, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, IDC, Leading Edge Forum, Mozilla, and VMware are among the many organizations that will keynote next week.

The livestream will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. Pacific. Sign up now! You can also follow our live event updates on Twitter with #LFOSLS.

All keynotes will be broadcast live, including talks by Camille Fournier, former CTO of Rent the Runway and author of O’Reilly’s forthcoming book The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change; Dan Lyons, New York Times best-selling author of Disrupted; Donna Dillenberger, IBM Fellow at the Watson Research Center; and entrepreneur William Hurley aka ‘whurley’ whose retirement savings startup Honest Dollar was acquired last year by Goldman Sachs.

Other featured keynotes include:

  • Katharina Borchert, Chief Innovation Officer, and Patrick Finch, Strategy Director, Mozilla who will discuss community innovation.

  • Al Gillen, GVP of Software Development and Open Source at IDC, will provide an analysis of open source in 2017 and beyond.

  • Abby Kearns, Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, will share how cross-foundation collaboration is a win for open source.

  • Chris Rice, SVP at AT&T Labs and Domain 2.0 Design and Architecture at AT&T, will talk about the future of networking and orchestration.

  • And more.

View the full schedule of keynotes.

And sign up now for the free live video stream.

Once you sign up, you’ll be able to view the livestream on the same page. If you sign up prior to the livestream day/time, simply return to this page and you’ll be able to view.