July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

How to use OSI's resources to change the open source world

Simon Phipps (Public Software CIC), Deborah Bryant (Red Hat)
10:00am–10:40am Friday, 07/24/2015
Collaboration D135/136
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Prerequisite Knowledge

The panel assumes nothing more than familiarity with open source as a general concept


Do you have a great idea for how the open source world could be a better place? Would you like the resources and mentors to make it real? Since 2012, OSI has been transforming into a member organisation and it has now reached the stage where it has a member-elected Board and a General Manager ready to empower change. This session will cover:

  • OSI’s journey to now deal with far more than just licenses
  • How the OSI Incubator Program can make your brilliant change to community or licensing or any other non-code aspect of open source real
  • Other ways to spread open source goodness
  • A no holds barred Q & A with OSI’s Board on any topic that interests you
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Simon Phipps

Public Software CIC

Currently Director of the Open Source Advisory Practice at global technology implementer Wipro Technologies, Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking executive leadership roles around open source. He worked with X-series standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems.

As a director of the Open Source Initiative and of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator at InfoWorld, Computerworld and his own Webmink blog.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Open Forum Academy.

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Deborah Bryant

Red Hat

Deborah Bryant is senior director, open source and standards (OSAS) in the Office of the CTO at Red Hat. The OSAS team is dedicated to ensuring that its upstream communities are wildly successful, and that Red Hat is appropriately involved in the standards bodies that influence Red Hat’s products. This is done through direct participation in projects, supporting community events, providing infrastructure and other project resources, and helping to promote projects to ensure their use and attraction of future developers.

Deborah’s 20-something-year background in tech spans three industries: private industry and start-ups, the public sector and government, and education. She’s been an advocate of open source adoption, governance, policy, and economic development across those sectors for the last 15 years, and has published a number of studies addressing open source communities and their impact on government and the services they provide.

Deborah serves on numerous boards and councils with public trust agendas and an emphasis on open source as enabling technology: National Steering Committee for Open Source for America; Board Adviser to Open Source Digital Voting Foundation, Code for America, and Intrahealth International’s Open Council. Most recently she was elected to a three year term as a Board Director by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

During her previous role as public sector communities manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab (OSU OSL), Deborah founded the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) as a collaborative platform with a focus on state and local IT leadership (2005-2011). In 2010 she received an O’Reilly Media Open Source Award in recognition of her contribution to open source communities and advocating the use of free and open source software in government.