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 Continuum.
Peter Wang is the cofounder and CTO of Continuum Analytics, where he leads the product engineering team for the Anaconda platform and open source projects including Bokeh and Blaze. Peter has 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 3D 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 has a BA in physics from Cornell University.
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