Open Source Community Summit


The Community Summit is an annual open workshop focusing on the growth and management of open source communities. This year, leaders and practitioners from free and open source software communities will discuss the role of open source communities in the software value chain.

This session is about the many different participants and their roles in the open source software value chain and the relation between communities of developers and open source organizations, software vendors, systems integrators and users. What are the specifics of the OSS production line? What are its key constituants? Are open source communities only about technology and ethics or are they also market players? What are the different aspects of communities engagement with market forces? How do they, or can they ensure they deliver market-ready software? What is “market-readiness”? Is “OSS product” an oxymoron? What are the specifics of open source product marketing? What are the best practices that ensure OSS market adoption? What end-users should know in order to define C-level open source strategies? What are the dirty little secret of the open source software production line?

Who should attend:

  • open source projects leaders and contributors
  • open source business managers
  • open source software decision makers
  • community members
  • government policy makers
  • strategic planning specialists
  • students and developers

Cédric Thomas, OW2

Cedric Thomas, is OW2 CEO. An IT industry veteran with twenty-five years of experience in strategic and marketing consulting for IT vendors and systems integrators, Cedric has masterminded the launch of the OW2 Consortium. Previously, as both an investor and a consultant with FronTier Associates, the consulting company he founded in 1997, he actively took part in three IPOs, contributed to the launch of several technology start-ups, helped establish a start-up incubator in Paris and set up technology firms in Boston and San Francisco. Before that, he was VP and Research Director at PAC, an independent provider of consultancy and marketing studies for the IT industry where he established successful research programs in Open Systems, IT spending and Outsourcing. Cédric studied for his PhD in Economics at the Sorbonne and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris. He teaches business strategy in several master programs.



Long time contributor to the project, founding member of the Document Foundation, Sophie is now working as a release coordinator and administrative assistant for the foundation. She is also a member of the Inno³ team, where she helps on community management topics.


TALK 2: European Open Source Anchors in the Supply Chain

Community and code is necessary but not sufficient for an open source project in the modern supply chain. There also needs to be the anchor of a legal entity, taking care of the paperwork and the shared assets like money, the passwords and domain names. Public Software CIC was established in 2016 to help European projects quickly and easily gain a firm anchor for their evolution. The TravelSpirit Foundation has rapidly emerged to lead Europe’s open source Mobility as a Service platform, using Public Software as its anchor.


Simon Phipps co-founded Public Software CIC based on his extensive involvement with open source free software projects in the previous decade. He was previously an executive at both IBM and Sun Microsystems and helped both adapt to the emerging meshed society arising from the pervasive Internet. A forrmer president of the Open Source Initiative, he is currently a director of The Document Foundation and of the Open Rights Group and is CEO of open source advisors Meshed Insights Ltd.



Mike Milinkovich is the current Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. Since April 1, 2012, he serves on the board of the Open Source Initiative. He is a former Vice President for Oracle as well as WebGain. In the past, he served as the Strategy Manager for IBM’s Visual Age IDE. Visual Age is the ancestor of Eclipse.

Milinkovich is known for advocating OSGi as a solution for modularity in the Java programming language. Milinkovich is a highly recognized figure in the Java community and is a nominee for Top Java Ambassador. He is also known for advocacy against software patents.



Deborah Bryant is senior director of open source and standards (OSAS) at Red Hat. The OSAS team is dedicated to ensuring that its upstream communities are successful and that Red Hat is appropriately involved in the standards bodies that influence Red Hat’s products. Deborah’s 25 year background in technology spans three industries: private industry and startups, the public sector and government, and higher education. She’s long been an advocate of open source adoption, governance, policy, and economic development. Deborah serves on numerous boards and councils with public trust agendas and an emphasis on open source as enabling technology, including on the National Steering Committee for Open Source for America, as board adviser to Open Source Elections Technology (OSET) Foundation, and board member for DemocracyLab. She also presently serves as an Open Source Initiative (OSI) board director. In 2010, Deborah received an O’Reilly Media Open Source Award in recognition of her contribution to open source communities and advocating the use of free and open source software in government.