Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Built to Last - building and growing open source communities

Kay Williams (Microsoft)
9:30am9:40am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Location: Portland Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)

Open source has become a cornerstone of many tech stacks. A good idea and few lines of code can be the start of the next big project, but many lose steam because they fail to foster a thriving community to shepherd the project in the years to come. Kay Williams explores key learnings for building strong open source communities based on Microsoft’s real-world experience with Kubernetes and VSCode.

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Kay Williams


Kay Williams is a principal program manager in the Azure Office of the CTO at Microsoft, where she works with teams across the company to connect, design, and deliver innovative solutions through open source communities. Previously, she spent many years leading product design in Office, MSN, and Windows Server before leaving to work on Linux and open source.