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The official Jupyter Conference
August 22-23, 2017: Training
August 23-25, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Fueling open innovation in a data-centric world (sponsored by Anaconda Powered by Continuum Analytics)

Peter Wang (Anaconda)
11:55am–12:35pm Thursday, August 24, 2017
Location: Regent Parlor

What you'll learn

  • Understand perspectives on building a commercial company that is founded on the principles of open source
  • Learn why it's important for the open source community to understand its core values and how to apply them in any organization
  • Explore guidelines for bringing those values and practices into an enterprise founded on sustainable open source innovation


Over the last few years, Jupyter has emerged as a shining example of successful open source development, whose power lies in a cooperative contribution model that efficiently harnesses innovation from all of humanity. Even as the world increasingly relies on open source, the software and computing industries are undergoing transformative change. The pervasive business adoption of web and cloud technologies—which is still in its early stages—will leave behind a very different landscape.

Although there have been many recent discussions and concerns about the sustainability of volunteer-based open source software, almost none of them draw from the actual experience of trying to build an honest commercial open source company. Peter Wang offers his perspectives on the unique challenges of building a company that is fundamentally centered around sustainable open source innovation.

Peter discusses why it is critical for us, as a community of socially minded technologists, to have a principled understanding of the core values that have manifested themselves thus far as open source. Peter then shares guidelines for how to carry those values forward, intentionally and thoughtfully, in a data-centric world where computational hardware and software development are increasingly commoditized.

This session is sponsored by Anaconda Powered by Continuum Analytics.

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Peter Wang


Peter Wang is the cofounder and CTO of Anaconda, where he leads the product engineering team for the Anaconda platform and open source projects including Bokeh and Blaze. Peter’s been developing commercial scientific computing and visualization software for over 15 years and has software design and development experience across a broad variety of areas, including 3-D graphics, geophysics, financial risk modeling, large data simulation and visualization, and medical imaging. As a creator of the PyData conference, he also devotes time and energy to growing the Python data community by advocating, teaching, and speaking about Python at conferences worldwide. Peter holds a BA in physics from Cornell University.