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July 15-18, 2019
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Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson
Director, Community Operations, Software Freedom Conservancy

Website | @baconandcoconut

Deb Nicholson is the director of community operations at Software Freedom Conservancy, where she supports the work of its member organizations and facilitates collaboration with the wider free software community. A free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate, Deb previously served as the community outreach director for the Open Invention Network, a shared defensive patent pool on a mission to protect free and open source software, and the membership coordinator for the Free Software Foundation. She won the O’Reilly Open Source Award for her work with GNU MediaGoblin, a federated media-hosting service, and OpenHatch, Free Software’s welcoming committee. She’s also a founding organizer of the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, an annual event dedicated to surfacing new voices and welcoming new people to the free software community. She lives with her husband and her lucky black cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


2:35pm3:15pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Open Source
Location: E145/146
Secondary topics:  Open Source
Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
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There are a lot of ideas about how to run an open source project. Sometimes governance just happens, but more often, projects have some things that work and some that don't. Maintaining and scaling your project is easier when you've laid a good foundation. Deb Nicholson takes you on a whirlwind tour of what not to do, what to do instead, and (maybe) what you can do to fix what you've already done. Read more.