Linux Foundation Unveils Impressive Speaker Lineup for Open Source Leadership Summit 2019

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Linux Foundation Unveils Impressive Speaker Lineup for Open Source Leadership Summit 2019

Industry leaders to discuss open source strategy, tapping new markets, community best practices, growing for scale and much more.

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the speakers and schedule for Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS), taking place March 12-14 at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

The full lineup of sessions can be viewed here, and features speakers from Adobe, Comcast, Fidelity Investments, GitLab, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, Nokia, Red Hat, Uber, Walmart, Wipro, and others.

An intimate, invitation-only event for Linux Foundation and LF Project members, OSLS gathers technical and business leaders transforming technology across a multitude of industry verticals –  financial services, healthcare, software, transportation, telecom and energy to name a few, to share best practices and accelerate open source development and cross-industry collaboration.

“Open source has hit an inflection point as organizations across different sectors are seeing the value open source brings to their business and the impact it can have on the bottom line,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at the Linux Foundation. “The Open Source Leadership Summit is an opportunity for the best and brightest developers and business leaders to exchange insights and share real world experiences.”

OSLS 2019 tracks include: Automating Compliance, Business Leadership, Open Source Program Office/TODO, Growing and Sustaining Project Communities, Best Practices in Open Source Development, Open Source Project Updates, Highlights & Use Cases and Security & Certification of Open Source.

Featured Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, Global Lead for Responsible AI, Accenture Applied Intelligence
  • Ruchi Bhargava, VP, Security Solutions Delivery, Comcast
  • Sid Sijbrandij, Co-Founder & CEO, GitLab
  • Jason Chan, VP, Information Security, Netflix
  • Edward Hsu, Senior Advisor, Office of the President, World Bank Group

Session Highlights Include:

  • The Journey to Open Source – Andy Shi, Developer Advocate, Alibaba
  • The War for Talent and How OSPOs Can Help – Nithya Ruff,  Senior Director, Open Source Practice, Comcast
  • Three Cs to an Open Source Program Office – Justin Rackliffe, Director, Open Source Governance, Fidelity Investments
  • The Serverless Landscape and Event Driven Futures  – Priyanka Sharma, Director of Cloud Native Alliances, GitLab and Dee Kumar, Vice President, Marketing, CNCF, The Linux Foundation
  • Releasing Open Source from a Large Company – Jessica Marz, Chief Open Source Compliance Officer, Intel and Alexios Zavras, Senior Open Source Compliance Engineer, Intel 
  • Envoy: An End User Driven Open Source Success Story – Matt Klein, Software Engineer, Lyft
  • Cultivating Open Source Leadership – Kay Williams, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft and Sarah Novotny, Head of Open Source Strategy for GCP, Google
  • What’s Your Open Source Strategy? – Katharina Borchert, Chief Open Innovation Officer, Mozilla
  • Enable Linux in Industrial IoT System – Tiejun Chen, Staff Engineer II and Technical Leader, VMware
  • A number of sessions showcasing project highlights and updates from the Academy Software Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, CII, Hyperledger, Let’s Encrypt, LF Deep Learning, LF Energy, LF Networking, Linux, Node.js, OpenSDS, R Consortium, the Open Mainframe Project and more.

OSLS also includes a variety of activities for attendees including Whale Watching, Horseback Riding, Kayak Tours, Coastal Bike Rides, Wine Tasting, nightly networking at oceanside fire pits and more. Visit the events website for a full list of activities.

Thank you to our sponsors including Attendee Reception Sponsor Intel, and Breakfast and Breaks Sponsors IBM, VMware, and Walmart Labs.

Linux Foundation events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies such as Acumos, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), Cloud Foundry, GraphQL, Hyperledger Fabric, Kubernetes, Let’s Encrypt, Linux, Node.js, and Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP).

For a full list of 2019 events, please visit:

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