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

Ignite your impact with open source

Zaheda Bhorat (Amazon Web Services)
16:05–16:45 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Collaboration and community
Location: Blenheim Room Level: Non-technical

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic familiarity with open source terminology

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to create value from the use and development of open source software
  • Discover best practices to improve collaboration, code compliance, contribution, and community


What is your open source strategy? Are you simply consuming open source, or are you also releasing open source software? Are you rearchitecting engineering teams to learn and use open source best practices in their development processes? Are you looking to attract developers and build a thriving community around a product? These are all real challenges organizations and governments are working on today. Could you be doing a lot better?

Zaheda Bhorat shares impactful lessons on open source collaboration techniques and tools. Take away industry best practices that will help you succeed while contributing to the long-term sustainability of open source. Make positive change in your software development and code contributions that will benefit from developer and user satisfaction and open source community growth.

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Zaheda Bhorat

Amazon Web Services

Zaheda Bhorat is the head of open source strategy at AWS, where she also leads the open source program office. A computer scientist, Zaheda is a long-time active contributor to open source and open standards communities. Previously, Zaheda shaped the first-ever open source program office at Google, launched successful programs including Google Summer of Code, and represented Google on many industry standards executive boards across multiple technologies; served as a senior technology advisor for the Office of the CTO at the UK Government Digital Service, where she co-led the open standards policy, in use by the UK government on open document formats; and was responsible for OpenOffice.org, and later NetBeans.org, at Sun Microsystems, where she built a thriving global volunteer community and delivered the first user version, OpenOffice 1.0. Zaheda is passionate about education, open source, and the positive impact of collaboration for social good. She serves on the board of directors of the Mifos Initiative, an open source effort that is positioning financial institutions to become digitally connected providers of financial services to the poor, and speaks internationally on topics related to open source.