InnerSource and OSPOs: Institutionalizing Open Source Culture Change
03-17, 16:00–16:40 (Europe/Berlin), Stage 3

Many Open Source Program Offices are exploring InnerSource (using open source methods and practices internally in organizations to create proprietary code) as a step on the path to open source readiness. Some OSPOs find that they can overcome organizational resistance to open source by getting teams to first sharing code internally. Others go as far as to mandate that teams who plan to open source their projects first prove they can build and maintain a community using InnerSource. Some OSPOs are motivated to create InnerSource Programs as a way to bring in learnings from the open source communities into their organizations just because it is just a better way to build software. In this panel session we will examine the trend of InnerSource in OSPOs, why it’s happening and the ways in which OSPOs are using InnerSource as a tool in their toolbox to drive open source culture change.

Tim is head of Digital Services and Innovation in An Garda Síochána (Ireland’s National Police and Security Service) and is the Chief Disruptor who is responsible for Innovation and new and future directions in technology and the Mobility Programme. Tim was formerly CTO of the LGMA, with over 20 years in a number of Senior Management and Technical / Engineering Roles in the Local Government Sector. He has been working in the Public service for almost 30 years. Tim has a Civil Engineering Degree from TCD and a Masters in Innovation from the University of Ulster.

Ana is the OSPO Program Manager at the TODO Group, a Linux Foundation project and an open group of organizations who want to collaborate on best practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective Open Source Projects and Programs. Formerly she worked at Bitergia, a Software Development Analytics firm, and she has recently finished her MSc in Data Science, whose final thesis focused on measuring DevRel’s success within Open Source development communities.

Ana is really interested in Open Source, InnerSource, and community metrics. She has been a speaker at some international conferences such as DevRelCon Tokyo, OpenInfraDays, DevRelCon London, ISC Summit or OSSummit NA.

During her spare time, you can find Ana practicing yoga or illustrating.

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Isabel Drost-Fromm is the President of InnerSource Commons. She is also an Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She’s a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning background. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit - as a result she co-founded and is still one of the creative heads behind Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage.

Clare Dillon is the Executive Director of the InnerSource Commons Foundation. Clare has spent over 25 years working with developers and developer communities. Clare has been involved with InnerSource Commons since early 2019, when she helped set up NearForm’s InnerSource practice. Before that, Clare was a member of Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up their Developer Evangelism and Experience Group. Clare helps to organize the OSPO++ Network, to support the establishment of University and Government Open Source Program Offices globally, that can collaborate to implement public policy and trustworthy public services. She is also a co-founder of Open Ireland Network. Clare frequently speaks at international conferences and corporate events on topics relating to the future of work, innovation trends and digital ethics.

John Mark Walker is the Director of Fannie Mae’s Open Source Program Office. He has been a long-time practitioner and advocate for open source collaboration, leading initiatives at Red Hat, Capital One, Dell EMC, and SourceForge.