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

Deb Nicholson
Community Outreach Director , Open Invention Network

Website | @baconandcoconut

Deb Nicholson is the community outreach director for the Open Invention Network—the defensive patent pool built to protect Linux projects. She is also the community manager for GNU MediaGoblin, a brand-new federated media hosting program. Deb works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience and got involved in the free software movement about five years ago when she started working for the Free Software Foundation. In her spare time, Deb serves on the board of OpenHatch, a small nonprofit dedicated to identifying and mentoring new free software contributors, with a particular interest in building a more diverse free software movement.


5:10pm–5:50pm Thursday, 05/19/2016
Business of OSS
Location: Meeting Room 9 A/B
Deborah Bryant (Red Hat), Danese Cooper (PayPal), Deb Nicholson (Open Invention Network), Stefano Zacchiroli (Software Heritage), Karen Sandler (Software Freedom Conservancy)
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Open source projects are increasingly opting to form an independent entity—a “foundation”—to serve as the core of their community rather than relying on good will or corporate oversight. Deborah Bryant, Danese Cooper, Sam Ramji, and Deb Nicholson share their experiences and provide introductory guidance on forming, managing, and leading an open source foundation. Read more.