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Friday, May 13 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Why Can't We Be Friends: Do Corporations and FOSS Really Mix? - Lynn Root & Noa Resare, Spotify

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Many folks in the community appreciate and contribute to FOSS. But sometimes, your employer may not be on your side. There are a lot of things that we can all agree with respect to what the FOSS community would like to see companies do. From the small things, like being more polite when interacting with volunteers and writing high quality bug reports, to the more expensive and time consuming things like employing maintainers of software you use or donate significant money. However, it requires a lot of work to get your company to move in this direction. You need to have good, solid arguments and employ smart strategies. In this talk, we build on the experiences we have from working with Free Software inside Spotify and recount lessons learned. We also look at other well-publicized examples of organizations engaging with the FOSS community and help provide strong arguments for persuasion.

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Noa Resare

Free Software Ombudsman, Spotify
Noa Resare is a senior engineer and the Spotify Free Software Ombudsman. Noa is an accomplished public speaker has been giving talks at conferences such as Cloud Open, Usenix Lisa and LinuxCon on a wide variety of technical subjects.
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Lynn Root

Software Engineer, Spotify
Lynn Root is an SRE at Spotify in NYC, with historical issues of using her last name as her username, and the resident FOSS evangelist. She is also a global leader of PyLadies and former Vice Chair of the Python Software Foundation Board of Directors. When her hands are not on a keyboard... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm PDT
Plaza B