Sustaining FOSS Projects by Democratizing the Sponsorship Process
Tuesday, October 15 | 10:45am | Room 201
Speaker: Duane O’Brien, Indeed head of open source
Within a given company, there are typically only a few people involved in deciding which FOSS projects and initiatives to support financially. This year we decided to change all that and democratize the decision making process. We set up an internal FOSS Sustainability Fund and invited everyone to participate in the process.
This talk examines how we got executive buy-in for the fund, set it up, and encouraged participation. It also explores the fund’s impact on our engineering culture.
Using Open Source Tools for Machine Learning
Tuesday, October 15 | 10:45am | Room 301A
Speaker: Samuel Taylor, Indeed data scientist
Machine learning can feel like a magic black box, especially given the wealth of proprietary solutions and vendors. This beginner-friendly talk opens the box. It reveals the math that underlies these services and the open source tools you can use in your own work. It introduces machine learning through the lens of three use cases:
- Teaching a computer sign language (supervised learning)
- Predicting energy usage in Texas (time series data)
- Using machine learning to find your next job (content-based filtering)
You’ll walk away prepared to practice machine learning in the real world.
Your Company Cares about Open Source Sustainability. But Are You Measuring and Encouraging Upstream Contributions?
Tuesday, October 15 | 2:15pm | Room 201
Speaker: Dani Gellis, Indeed software developer
You encourage the behavior that you measure. If you want your company to help sustain the open source projects you depend on, start by measuring how your employees participate in those projects.
How many of your engineers contribute to projects your company consumes? Do they only open issues, or do they contribute code? Are they part of the conversation? Are your non-engineers also involved in the open source community?
This talk demonstrates how we use open source tools to measure the velocity of our employees’ open source contributions, as well as how Indeed chose these tools. It covers the evolution of our tooling as our open source program has grown. And it reveals our exciting new initiatives to promote sustainable contributions.
You’ll leave with new ideas for measuring and improving your organization’s contributions to open source projects.