September 13-16, 2022
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Thursday, September 15 • 11:55 - 12:35
Panel Discussion: Open Source as a Second Language - Chan Voong, Comcast; Clare Dillon, Innersource Commons; Nithya Ruff, Amazon; Ana Jimenez Santamaria, TODO Group; Vicky Twomey-Lee, Coding Grace

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The open source community has developed a vocabulary and culture that can be viewed as a second language. In learning open source, there can be a steep learning curve for those who do not initially arrive at it in their education, early careers or only participate as a small percentage of their work. To speak the language, one must meet colleagues in common areas like Github, learn the terminologies and methods, practice contributing, and repeat often to become fluent. However, there are still language barriers as open source practices differ across companies, and stakeholders can drastically vary anywhere between legal, security, and technical experts that bring their own lingo. With developers being distributed globally, there are challenges but also opportunities for open source software to be written in multiple programming languages and languages other than English. This panel brings diverse perspectives and will share how they learned to speak open source, guidance on working with stakeholders, and why open source has become a primary language in their careers. They will explore the impact of language, open source culture and communication styles, and strategies for making language inclusive.

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Ana Jimenez

OSPO Program Manager, TODO group, Linux Foundation
Ana is the OSPO Program Manager at the TODO Group, a LF project and an open community of practitioners who aim to create and share knowledge and collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective Open Source Program Offices. Formerly she worked at Bitergia... Read More →
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Vicky Twomey-Lee

Founder, Coding Grace
Coder, Mentor, Tech Event Organiser, Advocates Diversity in Tech and Maker Advocate. Involved with Coding Grace (diversity-friendly workshops and events), PyLadies Dublin, Women Who Code Dublin, Women in Technology & Science Ireland, GameCraft (community game jams).Ran Python Ireland... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Chair, Board of Directors / Head, Open Source Program Office, The Linux Foundation / Amazon
Nithya A. Ruff recently joined Amazon as the Head of Amazon’s Open Source Program Office. Amazon is guided by four principles: Customer Obsession, Invent and Simplify, and Think Big; especially as they relate to the engagement, contribution, and participation in the broader Open... Read More →
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Clare Dillon

Foundation Member, InnerSource Commons Foundation
Clare Dillon has spent over 25 years working with developers and developer communities. She is currently a researcher at the University of Galway. She is a co-founder of the Open Ireland Network, a community for those interested in advancing open source at a national level in Ireland... Read More →
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Chan Voong

OSPO Technical Program Manager, Comcast
Chan is a Sr. Technical Program Manager at the Comcast Open Source Program Office. She works closely with technologists to successfully open source and innersource their work through the contribution request process and helps to build developer relationships within Comcast. She is... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 11:55 - 12:35 IST
Wicklow Meeting Room 5 (Level 2)