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Monday, June 29 • 4:45pm - 5:10pm
How to Keep Up with Open Source Innovation? - Alejandro del Castillo, National Instruments

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The Open Source ecosystem is gigantic and constantly growing. If Open Source projects of interest are identified at the right time during the development process, there is an opportunity to leverage the OSS project on a product/project. This reduces waste by avoiding reinventing the wheel, and also consolidates collaboration in common infrastructure that anyone can use.

However, identifying Open Source projects that can provide leverage to existing projects & products is a very challenging endeavor. Organizations tend to rely on individual motivation and knowledge, which is suboptimal. At National Instruments, the Open Source Guild was created to serve as a technology funnel for the rest of the organization. The Guild members are Open Source enthusiasts that dive into projects of interests to learn its capabilities and leverage potential, to then radiate the knowledge to the rest of the organizations. Discussion will include:

- Using Open Source Foundations as filters
- Tracking Open Source consideration and/or adoption
- Overcoming skepticism
- Success stories
- Challenges


Alejandro del Castillo

Chief Software Engineer, National Instruments
Alejandro is the current lead developer and maintainer of opkg, a package manager tailored for embedded devices. He works for National Instruments, having work extensively on the Yocto-based distribution (NI Linux Real-Time) used on x64 and ARM embedded controllers. Past work includes... Read More →

Monday June 29, 2020 4:45pm - 5:10pm CDT
OS Program Office Theater