allies for inclusion

Diversity Empowerment Summit provides insights, ideas, and examples to help open source projects and professionals adopt inclusive practices.

Diversity and inclusion are hot topics as projects compete to attract more talent to power development efforts now as well as build their ranks to carry the projects into the future. The Diversity Empowerment Summit co-located with Open Source Summit coming up in Vancouver August 29-31, will offer key insights to help your project succeed in these endeavors.

Although adoption of diversity and inclusion policies is generally seen as simply the right thing to do, finding good paths to building and implementing such policies within existing community cultures continues to be challenging. The Diversity Empowerment Summit, however, provides hard insights, new ideas, and proven examples to help open source professionals navigate this journey.

Nithya Ruff, Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast

Nithya Ruff,  Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast, and member of the Board of Directors for The Linux Foundation, says “the mission of open source communities to attract and retain diverse contributors with unique talent and perspectives has gathered momentum, but we cannot tackle these issues without the support of allies and advocates.” Ruff will be moderating a panel discussion at the conference examining the role of allies in diversity and inclusion and exploring solid strategies for success.

Along with Erik Riedel of Dell EMC, Ruff will also present “Everyday Opportunities for Inclusion & Collaboration.” In this talk, the speakers will share specific examples and stories illustrating some less obvious opportunities for communication, networking, mentoring, and collaboration encountered in  on-the-job activities as well as at events and forums.

We talked with Ruff about the importance of the Diversity Empowerment Summit as well as some of the upcoming  highlights.

The Linux Foundation: Why is the Diversity Empowerment Summit important?

Nithya Ruff: A big part of open source is the developers who feel included and valued as human beings. And the Diversity Empowerment Summit helps us celebrate and discuss how we can continue to create inviting, inclusive and healthy communities. This conference welcomes talks on growing our community to practices for inclusion to being allies to people who are under-represented in our communities.  It is great to see The Linux Foundation make valuable space and time for this track every year.

The Linux Foundation: Who should attend?

Ruff: Everyone who cares about the health of the community should attend.  Projects are successful because of the people behind it and if you are interested in creating a sustainable project, you should attend these sessions.

The Linux Foundation: What are you looking forward to at the Summit?

Ruff: This year, I am excited about the panel on building allies as it brings some great speakers in one session to the audience. I’m looking forward to truly great speakers like our keynote speaker, Jennifer Cloer, and others like Tameika Reed, Deb Nicholson, Chloe Condon, Lucy Wyman, and Guy Martin.

There are also many terrific talks about welcoming and helping new contributors to open source, which is critical considering women comprise less than 10 percent of open source community members and many underrepresented communities account for less than 5 percent of open source community members.

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Keynotes announced for Open FinTech Forum, coming up October 10-11 in New York.

Announcing the initial lineup of financial services leaders keynoting at Open FinTech Forum!

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
  • Sally Eaves, Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Adviser and Member of the Forbes Technology Council
  • Yuri Litvinovich, Senior Cloud Engineer, Scotiabank
  • Hilary Mason, General Manager of Machine Learning, Cloudera
  • Rob Palatnick, Managing Director and Chief Technology Architect, DTCC
  • Bob Sutor, Vice President for IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM Research

Focusing on the intersection of financial services and open source, Open FinTech Forum will provide CIOs and senior technologists guidance on building internal open source programs and an in-depth look at cutting-edge open source technologies including AI, blockchain/distributed ledger and Cloud Native/Kubernetes that can be leveraged to drive efficiencies and flexibility.

The full event agenda will be announced on August 23.

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keynotes

Check out the first round of keynotes for Open Source Summit and ELC + OpenIoT Summit Europe, coming up October 22-24 in Edinburgh.

Announcing the first round of keynote speakers for Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit Europe!

Keynotes include:

  • Patrick Ball, Director of Research, Human Rights Data Analysis Group
  • Eric Berlow, Co-Founder, Chief Science Officer, Vibrant Data Inc.
  • Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux & Git, in conversation with Dirk Hohndel, Vice President & Chief Open Source Officer, VMware
  • Ed Cable, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mifos Initiative
  • Jonathan Corbet, Author, Kernel Developer and Executive Editor, LWN.net
  • Johanna Koester, Program Director of Developer Technology and Advocacy, IBM
  • Dr. Alexander Nitz, Gravitational-wave Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
  • Brenda Romero, Award-Winning Game Designer, Fulbright Scholar & Entrepreneur
  • Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation

The conference schedule will be released on August 14, with additional keynote announcements to follow.

Open Source Summit is THE leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate and learn about the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions. Join us for 200+ sessions and co-located events including Linux Security Summit, Zephyr Hackathon – “Get Connected,” LF Energy Summit, and Tracing Summit.

Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is the premier technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. The conference gathers user-space developers, product vendors, kernel, and systems developers to collaborate.

OpenIoT Summit is the technical conference for the developers and architects working on industrial IoT. It provides the technical knowledge needed to deliver smart connected products and solutions that take advantage of the rapid evolution of IoT technologies. It is the only IoT event focused on the development of open IoT solutions.

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Check out the co-located events at Open Source Summit, including Kubernetes training & more!

What makes attending Open Source Summit so valuable?

The people who attend, and the sharing of information that transpires when 2,000 open source leaders from around the globe gather to work together to transform technology.

In addition to education opportunities stemming from 250+ conference sessions and a plethora of collaboration opportunities in the hallway track and at networking events, Open Source Summit (previously LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen) offers added learning opportunities with a variety of co-located events: 11 this year to be exact.

The cost of travel can be the biggest hardship of attending an event, so you should make the most of it. Open Source Summit offers a number of ways to gain additional value from your trip.

This year’s co-located events and special events offerings include:

Co-Located Events

Linux Security Summit North America

Monday, August 27- Tuesday, August 28*

The Linux Security Summit is a technical forum for collaboration between Linux developers, researchers, and end users. Its primary aim is to foster community efforts in analyzing and solving Linux security challenges.

mountpoint 2018

Monday, August 27- Tuesday, August 28*

mountpoint 2018 unites the Ceph and Gluster communities, SDS experts, and partners to bring you an exciting two-day event.

LF Deep Learning Workshop

Tuesday, August 28*

Learn more about how the Linux Foundation’s Deep Learning Foundation is supporting open source innovation in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning.

CHAOSScon North America

Tuesday, August 28*

This conference will show CHAOSS updates, use cases, and hands-on workshops for developers, community managers, project managers, and anyone interested in measuring open source project health.

Cloud-Native Network Functions (CNF) Seminar

Tuesday, August 28*

Two of the fastest-growing Linux Foundation projects – ONAP (part of LF Networking) and Kubernetes (part of CNCF) – are coming together in the next generation telecom architecture. This interactive seminar will be co-moderated by LF Networking GM Arpit Joshipura and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Executive Director Dan Kohn.

Egeria Open Metadata & Governance Workshop

Tuesday, August 28*

Learn more about Egeria, a new project from the ODPi that supports the free flow of metadata between different technologies.

OpenAPI Workshop

Tuesday, August 28*

Participate in this hands-on workshop to learn what OpenAPI is, who is using it, what you can do with it, as well as hands-on training on its advanced features, and a preview of the anticipated September 2018 release.

OpenChain Mini Summit

Tuesday, August 28*

The workshop will feature new compliance reference material, new training material, new case studies, interactive panels, and plenty of networking.

OpenHPC Workshop

Tuesday, August 28*

Participants will get a hands-on experience installing a bare metal instance of OpenHPC on clustered Intel NUCs to see how easy it is to get started.

LFCS & Linux on Azure Training Courses

Wednesday, August 29 – Thursday, August 30*

Presented by ITGilde and The Linux Foundation.

Cloud & Container Apprentice Linux Engineer Tutorials

Wednesday, August 29 – Friday, August 31

Event Experiences:

Lightning Talks

Tuesday, August 28

Better Together Diversity Social

Tuesday, August 28*

Vancouver Sightseeing Bus Tour

Wednesday, August 29*

First-time Attendee Breakfast

Wednesday, August 29

Open Source Career Mixer

Wednesday, August 29*

Women in Open Source Lunch

Wednesday, August 29*

All-Attendee Opening Reception at Vancouver Aquarium

Wednesday, August 29

Meet & Eat

Wednesday, August 29 – Friday, August 31*

Diversity Empowerment Summit

Wednesday, August 29 – Friday, August 31

Open Collaboration Conference

Wednesday, August 29 – Friday, August 31

5K Fun Run

Thursday, August 30*

Speed Mentoring & Networking

Thursday, August 30*

Onsite Attendee Reception & Sponsor Showcase

Thursday, August 30

Invitation Only Partner Reception

Thursday, August 30

Morning Meditation

Friday, August 31*

Kids Day

Friday, August 31*

Puppy Pawlooza

Friday, August 31

*Limited availability and/or requires pre-registration

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Open Networking Summit

Register for Open Networking Summit Europe by August 4 to save $805.

The schedule for Open Networking Summit Europe is now live!

Open Networking Summit, the premier open networking event in North America, comes to Europe for the first time this year, gathering enterprises, service providers, and cloud providers across the open networking ecosystem.

Join 1000+ architects, developers, and thought leaders in Amsterdam, September 25-27, to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open networking, including SDN, NFV, orchestration, and the automation of cloud, network, and IoT services.

Keynote Sessions Include:

  • Talks from Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and Türk Telekom
  • Sessions and panels on the intersection of cloud native and networking; the intersection of blockchain and networking; ONAP leadership; and vendor innovation in open source.
  • Cross Domain/Cross-Layer VPN Service Orchestration Demo from China Mobile, Huawei, and Vodafone
  • Virtual Central Office (VCO) 2.0 – Virtualized Mobile Network Demo showing new and improved use cases extending the capabilities of the VCO, with presenters from China Mobile, Red Hat, and more.

Session Highlights Include:

  • Network Service Mesh: An Attempt to Reimagine NFV in a Cloud-Native Fashion – Frederick Kautz, Red Hat and Kyle Mestery, Cisco
  • Creating Synergies: Sharing and Reusing Results of CI/CD System Between Communities – Fatih Degirmenci, Ericsson and Yolanda Robla Mota, Red Hat
  • 5G Edge Cloud in a Lightpole – Tapio Tallgren, Nokia
  • ONAP Exploration at Verizon – Fernando Oliveira and Viswanath Kumar Skand Priya, Verizon
  • A Practical Approach to Intent-Based Networking: Dynamic On-demand QoS – Carlos Giraldo Rodríguez, Gradiant
  • Closed-Loop Automation for Edge Cloud with Distributed ONAP Multi-Cloud – Bin Yang, Wind River Systems
  • And many, many more including talks from Airbnb, Alibaba Cloud, General Motors, Intel, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pivotal, Thomas Reuters and VMware.

ONS Europe offers 100+ sessions, labs, tutorials and lightning talks across networking trends, networking business and operations, service provider and cloud networking, and enterprise IT covering a range of open networking projects and technologies.

Content is offered for both the business & architecture audience, and the developer/DevOps audience. Rounding out the event are unconference sessions, evening events and developer lounges for face to face collaboration, and the opportunity to view dozens of demos from networking projects and companies.

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Cloud-native

Sign up for this interactive workshop that examines networking and cloud-native technologies side by side.

ONAP and Kubernetes – two of the fastest-growing Linux Foundation projects – are coming together in the next generation of telecom architecture.  

ONAP provides a comprehensive platform for real-time, policy-driven orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions, and Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Telcos are now examining how these virtual network functions (VNFs) could evolve into cloud-native network functions (CNFs) running on Kubernetes.

In a three-hour interactive workshop on cloud-native network functions at Open Source Summit, Dan Kohn, Executive Director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and Arpit Joshipura, GM Networking & Orchestration, The Linux Foundation, will explain networking and cloud-native terms and concepts side by side.

“As the next-generation of telco architecture evolves, CSPs are exploring how their Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) can evolve into Cloud-native Network Functions (CNFs), ” said Joshipura. “This seminar will explore  what’s involved in migrating from VNFs to CNFs, with a specific focus on the roles played by ONAP and Kubernetes. We hope to see a broad swatch of community members from both the container and networking spaces join us for an engaging and informative discussion in Vancouver.”

Session highlights will include:

  • Migrating and automating network functions to virtual networking functions to CNFs
  • Overview of sub-projects focusing on this migration, including cross-cloud CI, ONAP/OVP, FD.io/VPP, etc.
  • The role for a service mesh, such as like Envoy, Istio, or Linkerd, in connecting CNFs with load balancing, canary deployments, policy enforcement, and more.
  • What is involved in telcos adopting modern continuous integration / continuous deployment (CI/CD) tools to be able to rapidly innovate and improve their CNFs while retaining confidence in the reliability.
  • Differing security needs of trusted (open source and vendor-provided) code vs. running untrusted code
  • The role for security isolation technologies like gVisor or Kata
  • Requirements of the underlying operating system
  • Strengths and weaknesses of different network architectures such as multi-interface pods and Network Service Mesh
  • Status of IPv6 and dual-stack support in Kubernetes

Additional registration is required for this session, but there is no extra fee. Space is limited in the workshop, so reserve your spot soon. And, if you plan to attend, please be willing to participate. Learn more and sign up now!

Open Source Summit

Open Source Summit is THE place to learn about latest open source trends and technologies. Register now!

Open Source Summit North America is right around the corner. There will be hundreds of sessions, workshops, and talks, all curated by experts in the Linux and open source communities. It’s not an easy feat to choose the topics and sessions you want to attend at the event  because there are so many topics and only so much time.

In this article, we talk with Laura Abbott, a developer employed by Red Hat, and Bryan Liles, a developer at Heptio, a Kubernetes company, based in Seattle, Washington, about the upcoming event. Abbott is on the program committee for Open Source Summit, and Liles is one of the program chairs, working hard “to build out a schedule that touches on many aspects of Open Source.”

Hot topics

“I’ve been interested in cloud-native applications for a few years now, and I spend most of my time thinking about the problems and developing software in this space,” said Liles. “I’m also interested in computer vision, augmented reality, and virtual reality. One of the most important topics in this space right now is Machine Learning. It’s amazing to see all the open source solutions being created. I feel that even as a hobbyist, I can find tools to help me build and run models without causing me to go into debt. Personally, I’m looking forward to the talks in the Infrastructure & Automation and the Kubernetes/Containers/Cloud Native Apps tracks.”

Here are just a few of the must-see cloud computing sessions:

As a kernel developer, Abbott gets excited when people talk about their future kernel work, especially when it involves the internals like the page cache or memory management. “I also love to see topics that talk about getting people involved in projects for the first time,” she said. “I’m also excited to see the Diversity Empowerment Summit and learning from the speakers there.”

You may wonder as we are moving toward the cloud native world, where everything is running in a cloud, does Linux even matter anymore? But, the fact is Linux is powering the cloud.

“Linux is what’s powering all those topics. When people say Linux. they’re usually referring to the complete platform from kernel to userspace libraries. You need a solid base to be able to run your application in the cloud. The entire community of Linux contributors enables today’s developers to work with the latest technologies,” said Abbott.

A few of the featured talks in the Linux Systems and Development track include:

Latest Trends

“DevOps is unsurprisingly a hot topic,” said Abbott. “There is a lot of focus on how to move towards newer best practices with projects like Kubernetes and how to best monitor your infrastructure. Blockchain technologies are a very hot topic. Some of this work is very forward looking but there’s a lot of interest in figuring out if blockchain can solve existing problems,” said Abbott.

That means OSSNA is the place to be if you are interested in emerging trends and technologies. “If you are looking to see what is coming next, or currently involved in Open Source, you should attend,” says Liles. “The venue is in a great location in Vancouver, so you can also take in the city between listening to your peers during talks or debating current trends during the hallway track,” said Liles.

Abbott concluded, “Anyone who is excited about Linux should attend. There’s people talking about such a wide variety of topics from kernel development to people management. There’s something for everyone.”

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Here’s a sneak peek at why you need to be at Open Source Summit in Vancouver next month! But hurry – spots are going quickly. Secure your space and register by August 4 to save $150.

  1. Awesome content: 250+ sessions on Linux systems, cloud native development, cloud infrastructure, AI, blockchain and open source program management & community leadership.
  2. Deep Dive Labs & Tutorials: Including Hands-On with Cilium Network Security, Cloud-native Network Functions (CNF) Seminar, Istio Playground Lab, Practical Machine Learning Lab, First Tutorial on Container Orchestration plus many more – all included in one low registration price.
  3. 3. 9 Co-located Events: Linux Security Summit, OpenChain Summit, Acumos AI Developer Mini-Summit, Cloud & Container Apprentice Linux Engineer tutorials, CHAOSSCon and much more!
  4. Evening Events: Collaborate with fellow attendees at the Vancouver Aquarium and the onsite attendee reception.
  5. Activities: Take a break and go on a sightseeing bus tour, join the 5K fun run or morning meditation, meet with fellow attendees through the meet & eat experience or networking app, or play with puppies at the Puppy Pawlooza.
  6. Diversity Empowerment: Explore ways to advance diversity and inclusion in the community and across the technology industry by attending the Diversity Empowerment Summit & Better Together Diversity Social.
  7. Kids Day: Bring your kids and introduce them to the fun and magic of web design.
  8. Women in Open Source Lunch: Join women and non-binary members of the open source community for an engaging, uplifting lunch!
  9. Developer & Hallway Track Lounges: Lounges and reserved spaces for developers to hack and collaborate throughout the event.
  10. Networking Opportunities: Attend the Speed Networking & Mentoring event or use the networking app to expand your open source community connections by finding and meeting with attendees with similar interests.

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Open FinTech

Speak at Open FinTech Forum, coming up this fall in New York.

Focusing on the intersection of financial services and open source, Open FinTech Forum will provide CIOs and senior technologists guidance on building internal open source programs and an in-depth look at cutting edge open source technologies including AI, Blockchain, Cloud Native & Kubernetes/Containers, Quantum Computing that can be leveraged to drive efficiencies and flexibility.

The call for speaking proposals is open through July 21st. If you are interested in sharing your experience with this audience, we’d like to hear from you. We’re looking for talks including project roadmaps from key community developers to use cases from those IT professionals in financial services or related verticals on their open source implementations.

Learn more about the CFP process, see a full list of suggested topics and submit by July 21. Update: The CFP closed on July 21. If you’re interested in speaking at other Linux Foundation events, learn more here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/.

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Already confirmed Open FinTech Forum 2018 speakers include:

  • Chris Aniszczyk, CTO/COO, Cloud Native Computing Foundationand Co-Founder, TODO Group
  • Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
  • Karen Copenhaver, Leading IP Strategist
  • Sally Eaves, CTO, Professor of FinTech Practice, Global Strategic Advisor and Author, Forbes Technology Council
  • Ibrahim Haddad, Vice President of R&D, Samsung Electronics
  • Keith Laban, Software Engineer, Bloomberg
  • Yuri Litvinovich, Senior Cloud Engineer, Scotia Bank
  • Ania Musial, Senior Software Engineer, Machine Learning Platform, Bloomberg
  • Robert Palatnick, Managing Director and Chief Technology Architect, DTCC
  • Jason Poley, Distinguished Engineer/VP Cloud Architect, Barclays
  • Justin Rackliffe, Director, Open Source Governance at Fidelity Investments
  • Kate Stewart, Senior Director of Strategic Projects, The Linux Foundation
  • Bob Sutor, Vice President for IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM Research

The full schedule of sessions will be announced in August.

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Open FinTech Forum will better inform IT decision-makers about the open technologies driving digital transformation and how to best utilize an open source strategy and implementation to enable new products, services and capabilities; increase IT efficiencies; establish and strengthen internal license compliance programs; attract top level talent; and train existing talent on the latest disruptive technologies. Register now to attend.

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Linux Foundation members and LF project members receive a 20% discount on registration pricing. FinTech CIOs and senior technologists may receive a 50% discount on registration fees.

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Linus Torvalds

Van Jones & Linus Torvalds to keynote at Open Source Summit North America in Vancouver.

We’ve announced additional keynotes at Open Source Summit North America, including:

  • Van Jones, President & Founder of the nonprofit, Dream Corps; CNN Contributor; Best-Selling Author; Human Rights, Education and Clean Energy Advocate
  • Austen Collins, Founder & CEO, Serverless Inc.
  • Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux and Git, in conversation with Dirk Hohndel, VP & Chief Open Source Officer, VMware

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The event also features the Open Collaboration Conference where ecosystem leaders learn to navigate open source transformation with sessions covering compliance, community leadership and open source program office management in the new TODO track. The Diversity Empowerment Summit is also featured, which highlights the ways in which the community can benefit from expanding diversity and inclusion practices.

Register now to save $150 through July 21.

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Linux Foundation members and LF project members receive an additional 20% discount off current registration pricing, and academic, student, non-profit, community, and group discounts are available as well. Email events@linuxfoundation.org to receive your discount code.

Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are also being accepted. Get information on eligibility and how to apply. Free childcare is also available for attendees.