Can Project Forks Be Healed?

Danese Cooper (NearForm), Scott Hammond (Joyent), Jim Zemlin (The Linux Foundation), Mikeal Rogers (Modulus), Dan Shaw (NodeSource), Bert Belder (StrongLoop, Inc.)
12:00pm–12:30pm Tuesday, 04/21/2015
Development tools
Location: Salon 9

Node.js has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in the past few years, powering large scale web presence from PayPal to LinkedIn and from Walmart to the Dow Jones. But last year saw a dangerous rift in the Node community when many of the core engineers started io.js, a code fork that was a response to their frustration with the pace of innovation and the BDFL governance of Node. This panel will bring together voices from both sides of the fork to discuss the newly launched Node.js Foundation, and the tricky process of healing a fork.

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Danese Cooper

NearForm

Danese Cooper is vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.

Scott Hammond

Joyent

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Jim Zemlin

The Linux Foundation

Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. Today, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate innovation in technology through the use of open source and Linux.

At the Linux Foundation, Zemlin works with the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud and on a variety of new mobile computing devices. His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him a unique and aggregate perspective on the global technology industry.

Zemlin has been recognized for his insights on the changing economics of the technology industry. His writing has appeared in Businessweek, Wired, and other top technology journals and he is a regular keynote speaker at industry events. Zemlin advises a variety of startups and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union. Learn more about Zemlin’s insights in his blog.

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Mikeal Rogers

Modulus

JS Community Organizer.

Creator/Curator of NodeConf & JSFest.

Author of request and frequent writer on open source community.

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Dan Shaw

NodeSource

Dan Shaw is a co-founder of NodeSource and is dedicated to helping improve and expand the Node Community. He is a veteran of numerous Node.js startups, including Voxer, Spreecast and Storify. Dan has extensive experience building large-scale, realtime systems with Node.js and has been building production services using Node since v0.2. Dan is a frequent speaker at Node.js, JavaScript and Realtime conferences, the host of the NodeUp podcast and the organizer of events like International NodeBots Day and the NodeBots SF meetup. Prior to Node, Dan worked in large-scale government contracts for Defense, Health Care and Education.

Bert Belder

StrongLoop, Inc.

Node.js / Io.js core team &
StrongLoop founder