July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Building and running an open source programs office: Lessons from the TODO Group

Chris DiBona (Google), Chris Aniszczyk (Cloud Native Computing Foundation), Chris Kelly (GitHub), Will Norris (Google), Christine Abernathy (Facebook), Gianugo Rabellino (Microsoft)
11:30am–12:10pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Scale D137/138
Average rating: ***..
(3.12, 8 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge



Whether your company is just getting started with open source or if you have a well-established open source office, there are a number of considerations to running an effective program.

This discussion will bring together representatives from companies with dedicated open source offices to discuss how they run their program, what has worked for them, and what hasn’t. How do they monitor and measure success? How do they manage their numerous open source projects? And what do they worry about most?

The panel will be moderated by Chris DiBona, and is made up of members of TODO, a group of companies that want to build and share best practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source programs and projects. Learn more at todogroup.org.

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Chris DiBona


Chris DiBona is the director of open source for Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. Additionally, he looks after Google Making Science, an emerging scientific outreach program. For Google Ideas, he looks after Uproxy and Project Shield, among other programs.

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Chris Aniszczyk

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Chris Aniszczyk is an engineer by trade with a passion for open source and building communities. Currently, Chris is serving as interim executive director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Previously, at Twitter, he created their open source program (@TwitterOSS) and led their open source efforts for many years. Chris has served for many years on the Eclipse Foundation’s board of directors, representing the committer community, and represents Twitter on the Java Community Process (JCP) organization. In a previous life, he bootstrapped a consulting company, made many mistakes, and led and hacked on many Eclipse.org and Gentoo Linux-related projects. In his spare time, you’ll find Chris doing yoga, writing, running, or cycling.

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Chris Kelly


Chris Kelly is a long-time developer, open source advocate, and Conway’s Law evangelist. He believes that flourishing is the key to happiness, servers are an anachronism, and the person that will create SkyNet has already been born. At GitHub he focuses on open source and outreach programs. His things live in San Francisco where he visits them from time to time. Chris tweets occasionally, speaks often, and drinks coffee in between.

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Will Norris


Will Norris is a software engineer in Google’s Open Source Programs Office. He focuses on projects relating to license compliance and supporting the release of open source projects throughout Google. He can be found online at willnorris.com.

Christine Abernathy


Christine is a Developer Advocate on the Open Source team at Facebook, with previous Developer Advocacy roles with Parse and Facebook Platform. Prior to Facebook, Christine headed up engineering at Mshift, a mobile banking software provider, delivering iOS apps and mobile browser-based products. Prior experiences include co-founding Clickmarks, a mobile and enterprise middleware provider.

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Gianugo Rabellino


Gianugo Rabellino is the senior director for open source communities at Microsoft. He is also a vice president of the Apache XML Project Management Committee and founder and former chief executive officer of Sourcesense. Gianugo has a deep understanding of open source technologies and platforms, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group of passionate and committed individuals who share his same enthusiasm for interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms. He blogs at http://boldlyopen.com/.