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Wednesday, July 1 • 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Driving Community-based Innovation at Large Company -- 5 Lessons Learned - Barton H George, Dell Technologies

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Driving grass roots innovation at a large company is never easy. When you target a customer segment that the company views as esoteric (open source developers) and whose expectations and methods are foreign to that entity it gets even trickier.

Barton George will take you through Project Sputnik a skunkworks effort at Dell to create a community-driven Linux laptop and how ultimately it has been the building and engaging of that community that has been the core of the project's success. He will walk you through the internal selling and education needed to get management comfortable with the project’s three guiding principles, 1) publicly engage and involve the community, 2) maintain transparency and 3) give back . He will also talk about the strong internal head winds that the project encountered along the way and how its demise was often a hair's breadth away.

At the end of the presentation Barton will share the team’s five key learnings that have enabled them to not only survive but thrive in an often hostile environment.

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Barton George

Developer strategy, Dell Technologies
Barton is leading the creation of Dell Technologies’ first coordinated developer program. At Dell, Barton has worked in a variety of positions focused around Open Source and developers. He is also the founder of Project Sputnik, a line of Ubuntu-powered developer laptops and workstations... Read More →

Wednesday July 1, 2020 3:30pm - 3:55pm CDT
Community Leadership Theater