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

Sustaining FOSS projects by democratizing the sponsorship process (sponsored by Indeed)

Duane O'Brien (Indeed)
2:35pm3:15pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Location: E141/142

Who is this presentation for?

  • Open source program office staff, executive sponsors of open source programs, open source champions, and sustainers




There are typically only a few people in any compnay involved in deciding which FOSS projects and initiatives to support financially. This year Indeed decided to change all that and democratize the decision-making process. It set up an internal FOSS sustainability fund and invited everyone to participate in the process.

Duane O’Brien examines how Indeed got executive buy-in for the fund, how the fund was set up, how the company encouraged participation, and what the impact has been so far.

This session is sponsored by Indeed.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with the open source sustainability conversation (useful but not required)
  • A basic understanding of corporate open source sponsorship processes (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Learn what you need to set up your own FOSS sustainability fund at your company, including CC-licensed materials you can reuse and share

Duane O'Brien


Duane O’Brien is head of open source at Indeed.

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