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Speakers and Sessions Announced for The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit

SAN FRANCISCO, January 12, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced the program for Open Source Leadership Summit, taking place February 14-16 in Lake Tahoe, CA.


The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit is an invitation-only think tank where the world’s thought leaders in open source software and collaborative development convene to share best practices and learn how to manage the largest shared technology investments of our time. From open governance to community enablement, Open Source Leadership Summit provides the venue for business leaders to come together with leading technologists to create and advance the open source infrastructure that runs our lives.


Formerly known as The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, Open Source Leadership Summit is the annual meeting place for the world’s largest open source projects to come together and explore the latest information on how to start, build or participate in collaborative development.


Over 50 educational sessions are on offer at this year’s event. In addition to keynote sessions, breakouts will be offered across technical, leadership and professional open source tracks.


Keynote speakers include:


  • Katharina Borchert, Chief Innovation Officer & Patrick Finch, Strategy Director, Mozilla discussing community innovation

  • Donna Dillenberger, IBM Fellow, Watson Research Center talking about Blockchain

  • Camille Fournier, Senior Thinker and Raconteur sharing how to build and motivate engineering teams

  • Al Gillen, GVP, Software Development and Open Source, IDC providing an analysis of open source in 2017 and beyond

  • Dirk Hohndel, VP, Chief Open Source Officer, VMware discussing making projects production-ready

  • William Hurley aka ‘whurley’, Entrepreneur, Innovator & Author; Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs talking about open source investment and innovation

  • Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation sharing how cross-foundation collaboration is a win for open source

  • Dan Lyons, Fortune Columnist & Author of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble discussing healthy tech cultures

  • Chris Rice, SVP, AT&T Labs & Domain 2.0 Design and Architecture, AT&T talking about the future of networking and orchestration

  • Bruce Schneier, Security Expert discussing Security and Privacy in a Hyper-connected World

  • Aparna Sinha, Product Management Lead, Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform & Brian Grant, Principal Software Engineer, Google sharing how the Kubernetes community works

  • Linus Torvalds, Linux Foundation Fellow discussing the state and future of Linux

  • Simon Wardley, Researcher, Leading Edge Forum talking about the need for situational awareness in open source

  • Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation providing a state of the industry


The full lineup of sessions can be viewed here.


Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Dan Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Additional Resources

YouTube: The Linux Foundation Event Experience (

Collaboration Summit 2015 Keynote Slideshow (


About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at