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

Nithya Ruff
Director, Open Source Strategy Office , Comcast


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.


1:50pm–2:30pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Location: Meeting Room 9C Level: Non-technical
Chris Aniszczyk (Cloud Native Computing Foundation), Nithya Ruff (Comcast), Jeff McAffer (Microsoft), Chris DiBona (Google), Benjamin VanEvery (Simon Data, Inc.), Andrew Spyker (Netflix)
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 11 ratings)
Members of the TODO Group—an open group of companies who collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source projects and programs—discuss why they started open source offices in their respective companies (Twitter, Netflix, Box, Google, Microsoft, and SanDisk) and share the lessons they learned along the way. Read more.
2:40pm–3:20pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Location: Meeting Room 9C Level: Non-technical
Cedric Williams (PayPal), Georg Grütter (Bosch Software Innovations GmbH), Guy Martin (Autodesk), Nithya Ruff (Comcast), Panna Pavangadkar (Bloomberg L.P.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 10 ratings)
InnerSource applies lessons from the best open source projects to engineering and transforms cultures that use it. 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. Read more.
2:40pm–3:20pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Business of OSS
Location: Meeting Room 9 A/B Level: Non-technical
Nithya Ruff (Comcast)
Nithya Ruff argues that marketing is not a "four-letter word" and explains why we should be doing more of it in open source. Whether it's called advocacy or evangelizing, we need to do it to promote projects, sell more open source-based software, and attract more users and developers. Read more.