ApacheCon NA 2013

Portland, Oregon

February 26th – 28th, 2013

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Wednesday 9:30 a.m.–10 a.m.

Building New Communities

Steve Holden

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Plenary Keynote


Open source communities have traditionally built by geeks, for geeks. As the first open source foundation the ASF led the way, and its policy of meritocratic governance has been a model for many communities. Times are changing, however, and open source is growing incredibly fast. This leads to stresses, particularly around issues such as gender diversity and corporate involvement. I'll review some of the challenges faces by many open source foundations, and suggest that it's time for them to become less "geek isolationist" by pointing out some of the potential advantages of engagement with a broader community.