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Tuesday, June 30 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Panel: Succession Planning for the Open Source Movement - Georg Link, Bitergia; Dawn Foster, VMware; Michael Downey, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation & Maria Cruz, Google

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How well are we, as an open source movement, prepared to continue the legacy when the “first generation” retires?

We want to have an open dialog with the audience about how the open source movement, not just individual projects, can continue. Ideally, we would like to see us carry forward the lessons learned, not repeat mistakes, and build on the foundation we have today. Much knowledge is available across blog posts, mailing list discussions, and implicitly embedded in “how things are done”, but that knowledge is almost as inaccessible as implicit knowledge. We should be worried about losing critical expertise, experience, and the network of the first generation in open source.

The panelists will share their personal experiences with succession planning in open source, good and bad, and discuss implications. In an open dialog with the audience, we want to discuss training and nurturing future leaders, increasing diversity of leaders, ensuring that next-generation leaders have a strong network, avoiding the reinvention of the metaphorical wheel. The goal is not to remove anyone but ensure that the open source movement is prepared for the first generation to retire.

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Dawn Foster

Director of Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy at VMware within the Open Source Program Office. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about... Read More →
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Georg Link

Director of Sales, Bitergia
Georg Link is an Open Source Strategist. Georg’s mission is to make open source more professional in its use of community metrics and analytics. Georg co-founded the Linux Foundation CHAOSS Project to advance analytics and metrics for open source project health. Georg is an active... Read More →

Michael Downey

Director of Community, Open Source Center, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation
"""Michael Downey is the Director of Community for the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) Open Source Center, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation. The Center is a collaborative community promoting knowledge sharing, collaboration, and co-investment in technology and human capacity... Read More →
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María Cruz

Program Manager, Google
María holds a BA in Communication with an emphasis in journalism, which she obtained in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After college, she did a year of liberal arts at European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, Germany. She built her career in the non-profit sector in Buenos Aires. In... Read More →

Tuesday June 30, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Community Leadership Theater