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

Zaheda Bhorat
Head of Open Source Strategy, Amazon Web Services


Zaheda Bhorat is the head of open source strategy at AWS. A computer scientist, Zaheda is a longtime active contributor to open source and open standards communities. Previously, she 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. She also 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, which is in use by the UK government on open document formats. Zaheda 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 technology, education, open source, and the positive impact of collaboration for social good. She serves on the UK government’s Open Standards Board, which determines the standards government should adopt. She also 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. Zaheda speaks internationally on topics related to open source and social good.


1:30pm2:20pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Open Source, Open@Amazon , Sponsored
Location: F150/151
Zaheda Bhorat (Amazon Web Services), Matt Asay (AWS), VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks), Matt Wilson (Amazon Web Services), Adam Jacob (Chef), Tiffany Farriss (Palantir.net)
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Open source has come a long way in the last 20 years. With the rise of the developer and the shift of the community and interest going to foundations and VCs, there are many strong voices and debates in the industry on what it means to be a good open source citizen. Come listen to some of the strongest opinions and hear a lively discussion on what it takes to keep open source open. Read more.