17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

Open source for closed source companies

Amanda Folson (GitLab)
16:55–17:35 Monday, 17/10/2016
The business of open source: From project to product
Location: Buckingham Room Level: Beginner

What you'll learn

  • Understand how to incorporate open source principles into your company whether through open sourcing your code or through open information


Open source goes beyond software; it’s also an approach to the nonsoftware aspects of your business. No matter what you’re shipping for profit, there are several aspects of your company that you can open source to increase transparency within your organization as well as outside of it.

Many companies shy away from open source, thinking that they’d go bankrupt if they released their bread and butter. Red Hat, Puppet, and many more have proven that false, but even if you’re still not convinced, you can adopt an open mentality by applying some of the same software-related principles to nonsoftware projects. Amanda Folson explores how individuals and companies can open source their documentation, libraries, and ideas for the greater good of the community in a way that doesn’t mean giving it all away for free.

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Amanda Folson


From humble beginnings as a PHP4 web developer in grade school, Amanda Folson now works as a developer advocate at GitLab, where she gets to share her passion for technology with others. When she’s not speaking, writing, or shooing cats off her keyboard, you’ll find her consuming APIs and IPAs.