Open Source Community Summit

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The future of open source lies in the hands of those who create and use it.  The Open Source Initiative wants to hear how the local open source community is...


Friday, May 10, 2013

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
tel: 202 347 3000 fax: 202 776 9812

9:00amRegistration & coffee
9:30amConference begins
3:30pmConference ends

Registration Fees

  • Free to government service personnel
  • $20 to non-government personnel - proceeds to the Open Source Initiative (OSI)
  • Includes full conference registration and lunch


The Open Source Community Summit marks the start of outreach efforts to more fully understand the needs of open source communities. The OSI chose a DC venue for their Spring 2013 Board meeting for a number of reasons, including its position as a national and international epicenter of open source dialog and debate. There are also some high-profile open source implementations within US federal government operations.

The Summit follows the Board deliberations as a way to meet and share expertise with other interested parties. A public planning process gave rise to requests from many long-term community members for OSI to host a gathering of the diverse groups with genuine interests in open source. One principal aim is to better define the general goals of the OSI's mission to defend, protect, educate about and promote the open source definition and the use of standardized licenses.

Organized for the OSI by The Open Bastion, the Summit will bring together Open Source community and user group leadership, project leads, committers, developers, non-profit foundations and others with a stake in keeping software open.


The morning begins with presentations from community luminaries/people that like to share.  Then the agenda is yours; we'll move to an 'unconference'  lightning round where attendees will pitch their passion.  We'll all vote on the best idea/interesting problem/wanted projects and move into breakout groups for several rounds of sessions.  Confused?  No worries, we'll explain how it all works when you get here.

In the afternoon the unconference groups will re-convene and distill their session's best ideas/interesting problem and their solutions/community project they want to jump start  - including a thumbnail plan for turning their ideas in to action.  The summit ends with a presentation/brief from each group.   OSI will take your work and turn it into a published summary following the event, and be inspired to supportive action along the way.


9:00 - 9:30Registration, coffee, networking
9:30 - 9:45Open Source: The Hidden Power - Simon Phipps, President, Open Source Initiative (OSI)
9:45 - 10:30The State of Open Source and the Open Source of the State - Karl Fogel, author, Producing Open Source; Director, OSI
10:30 - 10:50Open Source Processes Now - Mike Milinkovich, OSI director; Eclipse Foundation executive director
10:50 - 11:00BREAK
11:00 - 11:20OSI: The Evolution Starts Now - Deborah Bryant, OSI director
11:20 - NoonUnconference Lightning Round Pitches
1:00 - 1:45Unconference Sessions #1 
1:45 - 2:30Unconference Sessions #2
2:30 - 2:40BREAK
2:40 - 3:30Session Report-Backs and Wrap-Up

We are grateful to our sponsors. Would you like to sponsor the Summit?


Program Contact: Deborah Bryant - Sponsorship: Steve Holden