Everything open source
May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

InnerSource overview

Cedric Williams (PayPal), Georg Grütter (Bosch Software Innovations GmbH), Guy Martin (Autodesk), Nithya Ruff (Comcast), Panna Pavangadkar (Bloomberg L.P.)
2:40pm–3:20pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Location: Meeting Room 9C Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 10 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

This is an introductory talk, but attendees will benefit from having some experience with software development teams and a familiarity with open source projects.


InnerSource applies the lessons learned from large-scale distributed open source projects to internal engineering. Benefits include increased delivery velocity, smoother collaboration between groups, spontaneous innovation, higher-quality development, and documentation that appears without having to resort to threats of removing the soda machine. Digging into examples of how Autodesk, Bloomberg, Bosch, PayPal, and SanDisk incorporated more open source development practices into their cultures, Cedric Williams, Georg Gruetter, Guy Martin, Nithya Ruff, and Panna Pavangadkar explore the factors that keep software teams from collaborating effectively, look at the development model used for Apache Software Foundation projects, and talk about ways to bridge the two approaches. You’ll learn practical guidelines and business justifications to get started building an InnerSource practice in your organizations as well as some antipatterns to watch out for.

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Cedric Williams


Cedric Williams is an InnerSource advocate for PayPal helping to grow the InnerSource Commons community. A technologist, pilot, coach, and advocate for individual freedoms, Cedric aspires to use narrative and technology to make communities powerful.

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Georg Grütter

Bosch Software Innovations GmbH

Georg Grütter is a social coding evangelist and developer advocate at Bosch Software Innovations. He cofounded and led the first InnerSource community at Bosch. Georg is a passionate software developer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, he held various positions and roles at Bosch, Line Information, the Zurich System House, and DaimlerChrysler. Georg has created two open source projects, XHSI and stashNotifier. He’s an avid recumbent cyclist and mountain biker who also loves photography and chocolate.

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Guy Martin


Guy Martin is director of Open@Autodesk, where he represents Autodesk to the broader open source community and works with internal teams to help accelerate their use of and collaboration with open source software. He also helps build InnerSource communities to enable better code sharing within the company. Previously, he worked to increase community uptake and collaboration across a wide variety of teams and projects at both Samsung and Red Hat. Guy speaks regularly on open source and community at conferences such as Open Source Summit, OSCON, SCALE, and All Things Open.

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Nithya Ruff


Nithya A. Ruff is the senior director for Comcast’s Open Source Strategy practice. Nithya first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the ‘90s and has been building bridges between hardware developers and the open source community ever since. Previously, she created and managed Western’s Digital’s Open Source office and has held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire, and Eastman Kodak. Nithya has been a passionate advocate for opening doors to new people in open source for many years and has promoted diverse ways of contributing to open source projects. She is coleader of the Women of OpenStack (WOO) group and a liaison into the OpenStack Foundation. Her work has included partnering with NCWIT on a Male Allies Workshop and panel and serving as a mentor at OpenStack. She is also a sponsor of the Women in Open Source (WIOS) Lunch at the Linux Foundation and an active leader of WIOS, advocating for reducing barriers for women and underrepresented minorities. Nithya was invited to be on a diversity leader panel at the 2015 All Things Open conference and has spoken at a number of other conferences, including OSCON, SCALE, Grace Hopper, OpenStack, and Red Hat Summit. Her writing on open source and best practices for increasing diversity has appeared in Light Reading, the Huffington Post, Opensource.com, and the San Jose Business Journal. You can often find her on social media promoting dialogue on diversity and open source. In recognition of her work in open source both on the business and community side, Nithya was named to CIO Magazine’s most influential women in open source list. In 2014, she was invited to be president of SanDisk’s Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), dedicated to the development of women’s highest potential in the work place. Nithya holds an MS in computer science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. She lives in the Bay Area and is a proud mother of two daughters.

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Panna Pavangadkar

Bloomberg L.P.

Panna Pavangadkar is the Global Head of ‘Developer Experience’ at Bloomberg L.P. Her team enables engineers to build an environment where they can focus on learning and creating innovative solutions.

Panna was previously a Technical Fellow, Vice President at Goldman Sachs leading major transformational changes across multiple disciplines, managing Application Development Platforms, Capacity Management and Database Engineering. Prior to that, she worked at JP Morgan and Chase, and other consulting engagements across India and Singapore. She has a Masters in Information Systems a Bachelors in Economics.

Panna loves to read, crochet and pay it forward by coaching and mentoring other aspiring technical women.