Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

Open as a competitive advantage

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes (Mozilla Foundation)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Project leaders and contributors

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to work openly and use this as a competitive advantage
  • Understand the difference between working open and closed and what open leadership consists of


Applying open practices increases the reach and impact of projects in the market, and the unique characteristics of working open (e.g., understandable, participatory, and extensible) provide the best platform to solve problems we face today. Abigail Cabunoc Mayes draws on her experience mentoring hundreds of open projects to discuss how and why working open gives you a competitive edge. Abigail contrasts closed and open ways of operating and discusses ways you can build value exchanges with an outside community or organization, particularly by making contextual, deliberate decisions about how and when to be open, creating structures and systems that ensure clarity and process-based management, and modeling personal leadership skills that sustain these projects and their contributors. She also demonstrates how to use open practices to gain a competitive advantage in the market, such as building better products and services, lowering development and operating costs, and increasing market share.

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Abigail Cabunoc Mayes

Mozilla Foundation

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes is the Working Open practice lead at the Mozilla Foundation, where she runs Mozilla Open Leaders, an online mentorship program offering training and one-to-one support to open project leads. With a background in bioinformatics and computer science, she is fueling a culture of openness in research and innovation. Previously, she was lead developer of the Mozilla Science Lab and worked as a bioinformatics software developer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and at Michigan State University. Abigail is editor for the Journal of Open Source Software. She has been recognized as one of the 100 awesome women in open source.