September 13-16, 2022
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Tuesday, September 13 • 16:15 - 16:55
Drive Your Business With Open Source Sponsorship - Wolfgang Gehring, Mercedes-Benz Tech Innovation

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In 2014, the Heartbleed Bug sent shockwaves across the internet and lead to news headlines like: “The Internet Is Being Protected By Two Guys Named Steve”. Although this headline is somewhat humorous, it revealed a crucial vulnerability of FOSS altogether: Oftentimes, important Open Source Software is maintained by a few engaged, but tired and overworked, underpaid individuals. Recent examples include the Log4Shell vulnerability whose consequences aren’t even fully clear yet.

There are a few ways to remedy this situation: By active participation through community engagement, high-quality contributions, becoming a maintainer, or through membership in Open Source foundations. Another great option is through financial sponsorship – which goes beyond just money, but also gives the software we depend on the recognition their creators deserve. Let’s explore why sponsoring is a great way to drive FOSS forward altogether, how it can be done in practice, and what our experience with Open Source sponsorship is at Mercedes-Benz. In particular, we’ll also discuss how to overcome challenges in implementing such a sponsorship program at corporate level.

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Wolfgang Gehring

FOSS Ambassador / OSPO Lead, Mercedes-Benz Tech Innovation
Inspired by the Inner Source movement more than six years ago, Dr. Wolfgang Gehring turned into an ambassador for Inner and Open Source and has been working on enabling and spreading the idea within Mercedes-Benz and its IT-subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Tech Innovation. A software engineer... Read More →

Tuesday September 13, 2022 16:15 - 16:55 IST
Liffey Meeting Room 1 (Level 1)