July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
Deborah Bryant

Deborah Bryant
Senior Director, Open Source & Standards, Red Hat

Website | @debbryant

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.


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