July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Open source at 18 - The challenges of post-adolescence

Danese Cooper (PayPal)
1:40pm–2:20pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
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As Open Source moves out of its teen years, more and more practitioners are younger than the movement. What should grown-up Open Source be doing around communities, licensing, corporate involvement and more? What’s the minimum knowledge of history required to not screw up the future of Open Source? Long-time Open Source activist, Danese Cooper, will kick off what promises to be a lively discusion.

This session is sponsored by PayPal

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Danese Cooper


Danese Cooper is head of open source at PayPal and runs a successful consultancy serving companies wishing to pursue open source strategies, which have included SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Numenta among other clients. Over her 25-year history in the software industry, Danese has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Danese has held many leadership roles within the computer science sector. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple, served as chief open source evangelist for Sun Microsystems for six years, and served as senior director for open source strategies at Intel for four years. Danese advised the R community on open source policy while at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics) and served as chief technical officer for the Wikimedia Foundation. She is a director on the board of the Drupal Association, a chairperson for the Node.js Foundation board, a board advisor for Mozilla and Ushahidi, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation. Danese was also a board member of the Open Source Initiative for 10 years.