Stormy Peters

04 June 2009

Title: Open source is changing the way work gets done


Open source software is changing not only the way the software industry works, but also the way work gets done. In the open source software model, individuals and companies collaborate together to produce software. They learn new ways of getting work done that are based on meritocracy and little management. In addition, they learn ways of communication that work well across large groups and virtual environments. These new ways of communicating and getting work done are changing the nature of work across all industries, not just the software industry, industries like mobile technology providers and medical equipment. Come learn how the open source software model is changing the way individuals and companies work and collaborate.


Stormy Peters is Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. She joins the GNOME Foundation from OpenLogic where she set up their OpenLogic Expert Community. Previously, Stormy worked at Hewlett-Packard (HP) where she founded and managed the Open Source Program Office that is responsible for HP's open source strategy, policy and business practices. Stormy joined HP as a software engineer in the Unix Development Lab after graduating from Rice University with a B.A. in Computer Science. Stormy is a frequent keynote speaker on business aspects of Open Source Software at major conferences such as the Open Source Business Conference and the O'Reilly conferences, as well as government organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Stormy is involved in GNOME and free and open source software because it is changing the world and the community is full of smart, passionate people!

Brian Behlendorf

05 June 2009

Title: How Open Source Can Still Save The World


Many of the worlds' major problems - economic distress, natural disaster responses, broken health care systems, education crises, and more - are not fundamentally information technology issues. However, in every case mentioned and more, there exist opportunities for Open Source software to uniquely change the way we can address these problems. At times this is about addressing a need for which no sufficient commercial market exists. For others, it is in the way Open Source licenses free the recipient from obligations to the creators, creating a relationship of mutual empowerment rather than one of dependency. For yet others, it is in the way the open collaborative processes that form around Open Source software provide a neutral ground for otherwise competitive parties to find a greatest common set of mutual needs to address together rather than in parallel. Several examples of such software exist today and are gaining traction. Governments, NGOs, and businesses are beginning to recognize the potential and are organizing to meet it. How far can this be taken?


Brian Behlendorf is an Open Source software guru and businessman. At the end of the 20th century he founded two important institutions: the non-profit Apache Software Foundation in 1998 (where he served as President and Board of Directors member through 2003), and the for-profit CollabNet in 1999 (where he served as CTO through 2007 and continues as a Director). Brian is a frequent speaker on topics related to Open Source, particularly its use in business or other kinds of organizations. Brian is also on the Board of the Mozilla Foundation, and advises many different startups, government officials, and non-profits on their use of Open Source.


  • April 17th, 2009

    Additional information about the tutorial has been added.

  • March 31st, 2009

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  • March 20th, 2009

    The US National Science Foundation will support travel and attendance for a diverse group of US PhD students to participate in the international doctoral consortium at the OSS2009 conference. For further information, please contact Prof. Kevin Crowston

  • February 25th, 2009

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  • November 30th, 2008

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  • November 3rd, 2008

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  • August 26th, 2008

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