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#IBMOTS: The Future of Open
A glimpse into the future of open tech & preview of the Open Technology Summit at IBM InterConnect.
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#IBMOTS#IBMOTS: Love & the Open CloudAn ode to open tech and a preview of the Open Technology Summit at IBM InterConnect.
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What can #opentech communities do to field a broader range of contributors?
IBM Cloud
... and how can we get more #OpenTech users to become contributors?
Phil Estes
a lot of communities are assessing their "barrier to entry"--from tools, to docs, and so on. Lowering the barrier to entry with easy to access docs, tools, and welcoming help from the current community are some of those keys.
Lauren Cooney
Looking at not only corporate entities but also academia + user groups + partnerships w/different developer ecosystems can foster broader range of contributors (vs droids) ;)
Sriram Subramanian
open communities are pushed forward by Jedis who raise above their employee/ personal affinities towards common goals. Need to encourage and enable them
Lauren Cooney
@estesp +1 on docs -> key to on boarding new users/contributors
Swarna Podila
Communication, communication, communication. It's easy for newbies to get lost in the millions of "things" that go on in open source communities. Great documentation and communication are key.
Abby Kearns
Make sure that a diverse AND inclusive community is a focus.
Kris Borchers
guidelines around diversity and codes of conduct, and actually enforcing them, definitely encourage broader engagement
Dave Messinger
@estesp completely agree, I call it the hello world problem if you can't use the tech in 15 minutes people will walk away
Duncan Johnston-Watt
IMO #opentech users _are_ contributors - the very fact that they use #opentech improves or contributes to its quality
Amy Hermes
+1 on clear and concise communication @skpodila
Abby Kearns
Ensuring that everyone has a voice in the community.
Sriram Subramanian
@estesp can't agree more on lowering the entry barrier.
Lauren Cooney
Usability from DX to UX (developer & user experience) is critical as well.
Dave Messinger
as far as documentation, I think rewarding and recognizing document updaters is important to not only onboarding new contributors but also new end users
Sriram Subramanian
@duncanjw totally agree. In fact, successful #opentech communities are those that get contributions back from users
Swarna Podila
As they say with relationships - establishing one is much easier than maintaining it, communities must focus on on not only lowering the entry barrier but also on keeping the level of commitment (and engagement) high.
Susan Malaika
there are less than 10% women in open source - #girslwhocode communities help https://wp.me/p6tTze...
Phil Estes
@duncanjw for sure, and even better if they close the feedback loop to the dev/docs/etc. teams in the community.
Lauren Cooney
@ab415 And to add to that a friendly platform for that voice, whether it be online or in-person
Sriram Subramanian
we also need to recognize the limitations of the users in terms of time/ sources to contribute back. Helping them/ representing them do will be a big win.
IBM Cloud
Which #OpenTech communities should people be more aware of?
Duncan Johnston-Watt
We've already called out @hyperledger and this is the fastest growing #opentech community that I am aware of < standing by to be corrected :)
Swarna Podila
Linux Foundation, OpenStack, CloudFoundry are some that come to mind.
Lauren Cooney
OpenCompute will be increasingly critical
Kris Borchers
I have to mention @the_jsf. We support the innovation layer on top of the more stable platforms in the JavaScript ecosystem
Sriram Subramanian
OpenAI is on my radar, but it's a different type of community.
Phil Estes
the OCI (Open Container Initiative) and CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) are both LF collaboration projects that have broad membership, but could use more broad contribution (beyond major players).
Todd Moore
@node.js doubles in size each year. 7.5 million users and billions on package downloads each months from npm
Lauren Cooney
@estesp and consumers... alignment will be key for those 2 projects
Susan Malaika
Join us tonight in Manhattan JanusGraph Meetup https://www.meetup.c...
Dave Messinger
outside of technology there are great educational #opentech communities like @freecodecamp teaching people to code using non profit projects and @operation_code teaching military vets to code and matching them with mentors
Sriram Subramanian
@duncanjw fastest growing may be questionable :). I'd say one of the fastest growing.
Susan Malaika
@ODPiorg have some great special interest groups (data science, spark, governance etc). Do join
Swarna Podila
@sriramhere that's because #CNCF is just getting started ;-> *cracks knuckles*
Sriram Subramanian
@sumalaika yes, open data/ open gov. Hopefully they continue the momentum they had before Nov 2016
Todd Moore
@estesp +1 on #CNCF and #OCI are ones to watch with a strong cadre of new projects landing soon. Watch that space
Duncan Johnston-Watt
@tmmoore_1 hot topic is where will containerd land - this is the $64k question https://thenewstack....
Sriram Subramanian
@skpodila i think people primarily think CNCF = Kubernetes. Will change soon.
Swarna Podila
@sriramhere yup; lot more to CNCF than k8s
IBM Cloud
We're seeing an abundance and sophistication of open source projects unlike anything we've ever witnessed. Can we continue this pace? How?
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... or if we can't continue this pace, why not?
Abby Kearns
I think this pace will only increase, as more innovation is driven from #opentech.
Duncan Johnston-Watt
it is relentless and the challenge is tracking everything which is where open governance is key as is an open mind
Lauren Cooney
I see the way forward for most innovative products is going to be to "build in the open." It's faster, enables developer diversity & stronger mindshare in the open.
Kris Borchers
but to expand on that ... i would again go back to increased collaboration among organizations in neutral forums will provide the support structure to continue this pace
Susan Malaika
Engage enterprise employees via bug scrub hackathons and open tech internal hackathons
Lauren Cooney
Pace of innovation dramatically increases when you look at things like Min Viable Product & Open Source as new ways to create products
Dave Messinger
I agree with @ab415 innovation builds on innovation and as resources are tight building on open tech makes too much financial sense
Phil Estes
agree that pace can increase. The availability and access to the needed tools, the comfort level that the major & historic players (LF, Apache, OpenStack, etc.) have brought to open source and "open everything" in general all play a role.
Sriram Subramanian
it's not only going to continue, it's going to disrupt more things than we had imagined
Duncan Johnston-Watt
@lcooney building in the open from inception is hard to achieve but a great goal
Susan Malaika
Engage more women in open source #girswhocode
Lauren Cooney
@sriramhere And the MO is - disrupt or be disrupted ;)
Dave Messinger
As #opentech explodes it will be key to have foundations and others curate the tech. Today it is difficult to find and locate the best tools for the job.
Duncan Johnston-Watt
open space the final frontier perhaps
Sriram Subramanian
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