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Insightful Learning - InnerSource Dojo Way.

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North American Fall Virtual Summit 2020

North American Fall Virtual Summit 2020

15th and 16th September 2020, online!

The 11th InnerSource Commons Summit stayed online thanks to the success of the ISC Online Spring Summit 2020. You can now enjoy watching the talks on our Youtube Channel in the InnerSource Commons Online Fall Summit 2020 Playlist.

You can check out the original event site here.

The following information is for reference purposes only.

We continue to explore new ways to get together and keep advancing in the body of knowledge of InnerSource. Nowadays, particularly in this industry, it is more important than ever to successfully work remotely and across different geographical areas. This online event has this in mind and we hope to learn from each other, what it is working and what it is not.

Summit News

We are delighted to announce that Tim O’Reilly (Founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media) has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for this summit.

Tim will join Danese Cooper (VP of Special Initiatives at NearForm), James McLeod (Director of Community at FINOS, the Fintech Open Source Foundation), Martin Woodward (Director of Developer Relations at GitHub), and Silona Bonewald (Executive Director at IEEE SA Open) in the keynote sessions.

About the Event

The summit consists of two days, each a 3.5 hour slot: running from noon East Coast US / 9 am West Coast US / 6pm Europe / 5pm UK & Ireland / 9:30pm Mumbai / midnight Singapore & Bejing (4pm UTC).

We are a global community, but because our Fall Summit usually takes place in North America, it will take place slightly later than our Spring Summit (traditionally EU).

We are hoping to host an online summit later in the year to fit with the timezones of the growing number of Asian community participants.


The following agenda is based in Pacific Time and this will take place between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm (3.5 hours in total). Both days, 15th and 16th of September will use the timeslot.

Example of time differences in other timezones for the first day of conference:

  • Eastern Time: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm 15th September
  • Coordinated Universal Time: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm 15th September
  • Central European Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm 15th September
  • China Standard Time: 12:00 am 16th September - 03:30 am 16th September

Agenda and Speakers

Tuesday, September 15th

08:45 - 09:00 Lobby Hangout & Chat Join us for some informal chat and introductions before the summit begins!
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome to the Summit, including an address by Danese Cooper, ISC President
09:10 - 09:50 Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media)
Danese Cooper (NearForm)
Keynote: Tim O'Reilly joins ISC Chairperson, Danese Cooper, for a 1:1 discussion on InnerSource, Open Source and future trends in software development
09:50 - 10:05 Russ Rutledge (Nike) InnerSource Culture Change at Scale (Show Abstract)
10:05 - 10:20 Brittany Erica Istenes (Comcast) InnerSource is established, now what? (Show Abstract)
10:20 - 10:30 Attendee Challenge & Breakouts/Unconference Set-up
10:30 - 10:40 Break/Coffee
10:40 - 11:20 Open Discussions and Breakout Sessions
  • Channel 1: InnerSource Bootcamp 101 with Danese Cooper
  • Channel 2: Metrics, Maturity Models & Tooling
  • Channel 3: Patterns: Proven Solutions to Existing Problems
  • Channel 4: Cultural Change: Scaling InnerSource
  • Channel 5: Convincing Leadership, Stakeholder Management and ROI
11:20 - 11:25 Welcome Back/Coffee Break
11:25 - 11:35 Sebastian Spier (Meltwater) 1 year in the InnerSource Commons community: Getting your money's worth. (Show Abstract)
11:35 - 11:50 Michael Graf (SAP)
Harish B. (SAP)
The Unexpected Path of Applying InnerSource Patterns (Show Abstract)
11:50 - 12:05 Joe Chavez (Cognitive Software Services) InnerSource in Government: our 18 month journey (Show Abstract)
12:05 - 12:25 Martin Woodward (GitHub) The Top 5 Myths of InnerSource Keynote (Show Abstract)
12:25 - 12:30 Wrap Up: Day Summary and Highlights

Wednesday, September 16th

08:45 - 09:00 Lobby Hangout & Chat Join us for some informal chat and introductions before the summit begins!
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome back & ISC Foundation Update from ISC President Danese Cooper and Vice-president Georg Grütter
09:10 - 09:50 Andrew Aitken (Wipro)
Silona Bonewald (IEEE)
Alex Chittock (Lloyds Banking Group)
Russell Green (Deutsche Bank)
Dov Katz (Morgan Stanley)
James McLeod (FINOS)
Vitor Monteiro (GitHub)
Panel Discussion: InnerSource in Financial Services
09:50 - 10:05 Isabel Drost-Fromm (Europace AG) Remote First - what you can learn from Open Source (Show Abstract)
10:05 - 10:20 Arno Mihm (Microsoft) InnerSource at Microsoft (Show Abstract)
10:20 - 10:30 Attendee Challenge & Breakouts/Unconference Set-up
10:30 - 10:40 Break/Coffee
10:40 - 11:20 Open Discussions and Breakout Sessions
  • Channel 1: The Apache Way and InnerSource with Jim Jagielski
  • Channel 2: InnerSource Commons Community: How to Get Involved!
  • Channel 3: Patterns: Proven Solutions to Existing Problems
  • Channel 4: Cultural Change: Initial Steps on your InnerSource Journey
  • Channel 5: InnerSource in Regulated Environments: Collaboration, Management, Taxes
11:20 - 11:25 Welcome Back/Coffee Break
11:25 - 11:35 Clare Dillon (InnerSource Commons Community) Why the world needs more InnerSourcerers (Show Abstract)
11:35 - 11:50 Thomas Sadler (BBC) Using internal RFCs to enhance collaboration (Show Abstract)
11:50 - 12:05 Agustin Benito Bethencourt (Daimler Group) You can go fast by going together: software delivery process performance metrics (Show Abstract)
12:05 - 12:25 Diane Mueller (Red Hat) Community Development in the Age of Continuous Connection Keynote (Show Abstract)
12:25 - 12:35 Wrap Up: Summit Summary, Highlights, and next Summit news!


Click here to register for the InnerSource Commons Fall 2020 Virtual Summit. Ticket price is $35, inclusive of all taxes. Ticket price also includes a T-shirt to celebrate the event, which we will be send out afterwards.

If, for any reason, you find the associated fee prohibits you from attending - please email us at, as we have a number of complementary tickets we can allocate.

Call For Presentations

Call For Presentations is live now! Deadline for proposals is 25th August 2020.

Call For Sponsorship

We invite interested organisations and companies to sponsor this renowned event. These summits provide a basis to encourage InnerSource practitioners to share their experiences and to collaborate with each other on improving InnerSource. You can find our sponsorship propsoal here. If interested in sponsoring this event, please contact our Sponsorship team for more details (

What is the InnerSource Commons?

The InnerSource Commons ( aka ISC is a consortium of representatives from almost a hundred companies and institutions. It utilizes open source methods to provide organizations pursuing inner sourcing a forum for discussing and improving the practice of InnerSource through the sharing of experiences (under the Chatham House Rule), creation and review of InnerSource patterns, and the open exchange of ideas.

Who should attend?

The InnerSource Common Summits welcomes software professionals at all levels, from executive level manager to software developer. The program targets software development managers and executive managers in particular because adopting InnerSource requires significant efforts to make changes in the organization—whether these are implemented top-down or bottom-up. If you or your organization is adopting, or considering adopting, InnerSource, then attending the InnerSource Summit is the best thing you can do.

What will I get from this event?

The three key reasons to attend the InnerSource Common Summits are:

  • Learn from others who are on the journey of InnerSource adoption
  • Share your experiences and get help with your challenges
  • Network, network, network! The InnerSource Commons is an excellent place to network with likeminded people, all of whom are passionate about making InnerSource a success in their respective organizations!

Keynote Speaker Bios

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Silona Bonewald

Silona Bonewald is the Executive Director of IEEE SA Open. Previously, Silona served as Vice President of Community Architecture at Hyperledger, a global open source collaborative effort hosted by The Linux Foundation, where she integrated leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things (IoT), supply chains, and manufacturing. Other notable career accomplishments include, while with PayPal, pioneering the InnerSource process; for Siemens AG, creating a cutting-edge and Six Sigma-compliant e-commerce website; and for Ubisoft, creating an international content management system (CMS) architecture.

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Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper is the Chairperson of InnerSource Commons and Vice President of Special Initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was Head of Open Source software at PayPal, CTO of Wikipedia, Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun, and Senior Director of Open Source Strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.

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James McLeod

James is the Director of Community at FINOS and wholeheartedly believes the transformation of Financial Services can only be fulfilled if Open Source is embraced under the three pillars of Contribution, Consumption and Community. James has a twenty year career in software engineering having worked for telecommunication startups, the gaming industry, digital streaming platforms and financial services. Prior to joining FINOS James worked at Lloyds Banking Group where he focused on building engineering communities for Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows and other LBG banks. While at Lloyds Banking Group, James also drove the adoption of Inner Source and Open Source partly through the creation of engineering guilds providing in-person and remote educational sessions and large hackathon events. James also spent a number of years consulting on software engineering projects for RBS, NatWest and Barclays.

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Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media, the company that has been providing the picks and shovels of learning to the Silicon Valley goldrush for the past thirty-five years. The company’s online learning and knowledge-on-demand platform at is used by thousands of enterprises and millions of individuals worldwide. O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software”, “web 2.0”, “the Maker movement”,“government as a platform”, or “the WTF economy”, he’s had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. Tim is also a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and on the boards of Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox. He is the author of many technical books published by O’Reilly Media, and most recently WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us (Harper Business, 2017). He is working on a new book about why we need to rethink antitrust in the era of internet-scale platforms.

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Martin Woodward

Martin Woodward is the Director of Developer Relations for GitHub. Before that Martin was Executive Director of the .NET Foundation helping drive Microsoft’s move towards open source and was a Principal Group Program Manager of the team building tooling and policy to help support InnerSource communities inside the company.

Speaker Bios

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Andrew Aitken

Andrew and his team are responsible for crafting and executing Wipro’s open source consulting, go-to-market and solutions strategy. Andrew has served as an open source expert to the White House and California Senate and as a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Entrepreneur program. He is an investor in Mautic and on the Board of Advisors of various open source companies. He is past Board Member of OSEHRA, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide open source-based cost effective healthcare solutions for veterans. He has personally worked with organizations such as Capital One, Fidelity, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, and many startups, assisting them with developing their open source strategies. Andrew has been a pioneer in the development of open source adoption, governance and commercialization models and is a frequent international speaker on a variety of open source-related topics.

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Harish B.

Harish B. is the Director of Innovation and Strategic Customer Programs at SAP. His role focuses on the following key areas: driving Product Innovation by increasing patents, thought leadership , developing key products and with strategic initiatives such as InnerSource, building and enabling our employees to build world class products, leveraging the best development processes and ensuring the problem the product was meant to solve is being solved. Next is Customer Transformation: customers look up to SAP to help them run their businesses efficiently and effectively and there is no use of innovation, if it has no customer! Hence, Harish and his team at SAP are always working with product experts and working with customer CXOs to help them leverage SAP’s innovation to transform their business.

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Agustin Benito Bethencourt

Martin Woodward is the Director of Developer Relations for GitHub. Before that Martin was Executive Director of the .NET Foundation helping drive Microsoft’s move towards open source and was a Principal Group Program Manager of the team building tooling and policy to help support InnerSource communities inside the company.

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Joe Chavez

Joe Chavez is a technologist with a deep background in software architecture, design, development and operations. Currently Joe is focused on digital transformation of California’s Medi-Cal information technology infrastructure and applications. Leveraging and creating open source software is an integral part of this work. In the past, Joe has helped launch and operate a space telescope for NASA, built enterprise class software, and launched several mobile and IoT startups.

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Alex Chittock

Alex works for Lloyds Banking Group. In Alex’s words: “Code has always been part of life. My earliest memories are of being nose-deep in old programming magazines and hacking school computers. The decades that followed have been a blur of technologies, start-ups, consultancies and enterprises in fields covering real estate, health, entertainment, technology, and finance. These days my focus has shifted from developing applications to developing engineers, and changing how organisations think about software.”

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Clare Dillon

Clare Dillon has spent over 20 years working with developers and developer communities. Clare has been involved with InnerSource Commons since early 2019, when she helped set up NearForm’s InnerSource practice with Danese Cooper. Before that, Clare was a member of Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up their Developer Evangelism and Experience Group. Clare also works with Moss Labs to support the establishment of University and Government Open Source Program Offices and OSPOs++ globally, that can collaborate to implement public policy and trustworthy public services. Clare frequently speaks at international conferences and corporate events on topics relating to the future of work, innovation trends and digital ethics.

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Isabel Drost-Fromm

Isabel Drost-Fromm is Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She’s a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning background. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit - as a result she co-founded and is still one of the creative heads behind Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage.

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Michael Graf

Michael is software developer at SAP and Open Source enthusiast. He loves evangelizing technology, sharing knowledge, and collaborating with the community.

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Russell Green

Russell currently leads Deutsche Bank’s (DB) Group Architecture function, where he is responsible for ensuring that the bank’s architecture practice is comprehensive, operational and efficient.   This includes co-ordinating the group-wide architecture roadmap, ensuring an effective governance process for programmes and technology and developing the architecture foundations that underpin the strategy. Group Architecture also plays a central role in articulating the current technology landscape and measuring progress towards DB’s target state.   Russell chairs a number of key forums that define the future direction of DB’s IT practice. These include the Global CTO Council, which oversees the operational and future state of DBs architecture practice; the Technology Architecture Council (TAC), which controls the organisation’s technology portfolio and the Open Source Review Council, which oversees the bank’s engagement with the global open source community.   Russell joined DB in 2015 as CTO for the Control Functions, where he established the architecture control practice and led work to define the target state. Prior to DB, he has spent over 15 years in various architecture roles across the banking sector including LCH, UBS, Barclays and most recently RBC. Before moving into financial services, Russell developed high performance billing applications for the telecoms industry.   Russell attained his PhD from Imperial College in 1994 and this expertise forms the basis of his analytical approach to architecture and knowledge management. He believes that the establishment of a world class architecture function is needed to enable global organisations such as DB to execute in a coordinated and efficient manner. 

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Georg Gruetter

Georg Grütter is a social coding evangelist and developer advocate at Bosch.IO. He cofounded and led the first InnerSource community at Bosch. Georg is a passionate software developer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, he held various positions and roles at Bosch, Line Information, the Zurich System House, and DaimlerChrysler. Georg has created two open source projects, “XHSI”: and “stashNotifier”: He’s an avid recumbent cyclist and mountain biker who also loves photography and chocolate.

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Brittany Erica Istenes

Brittany started off her career as an elementary/special education school teacher in a lower income area of Philadelphia. Seeing the need for a stronger technology presence in education, she transitioned from the classroom for a company that specialized in getting students from lower income areas all across the country to read at or above grade level through teaching teachers all across the country how to use online tools that track and assist getting students to meet their goals. Now at Comcast, one of her main focuses is the delivery of OSS through the company and beyond as well as a a sharp focus on Community. She guides the Open Source Advisory Council which is comprised of compliance lawyers, patent/strategic IP lawyers, engineers and security to evaluate all Open Source contributions and new projects that come through the company. Some other projects she works on is the Open Source Ambassador program which takes technologists from all over the company and guides them through the OSS process to become evangels for what we do within and outside of the company. Another is the Open Source Fellowship program which focuses on getting developers to dedicate 25% of their year on Open Source Software tooling. Finally Brittany sits on the newly formed internal InnerSource Guild which guides teams through best InnerSource practices.

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Jim Jagielski

Jim Jagielski is co-founder of the ASF and OSPO Lead at Uber.

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Dov Katz

Dov Katz is the chair of FINOS and a Managing Director and Distinguished Engineer at Morgan Stanley. He has been at the Firm for 18 years, involved in a wide array of technologies ranging from instant messaging, to client facing electronic trading, to web platforms and toolkits, and has most recently been driving the Firm’s DevOps efforts. He currently leads the Morgan Stanley Developer Environment (MSDE) organization which is responsible for driving developer productivity and delivering key elements of the DevOps pipeline and tool-chain.

Within the Firm’s Institutional Securities Tech division, Dov led the delivery and architecture of the Firm’s award-winning Matrix electronic trading, pricing and analytics platform, serving the Institutional sales and trading desks and the Firm’s clients. He has been directly involved in the creation and execution of the Firm’s broader strategy around client-facing technology, and infrastructure needed to support it. Prior to leading Matrix, Dov created a web platform Application Infrastructure team, and was responsible for internal collaboration products.

Dov holds a BSc in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from New York University.

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Arno Mihm

Stemming from German roots, Arno settled in the nineties in Seattle working with Microsoft on operating system improvements while in parallel helping to drive a industry wide systems management framework through the DMTF. Living German and American cultures and the exposure to diverse company cultures in industry standardization organizations formed his strong believe that collaboration is a key factor for success in business and in life. As Microsoft formalized the approach to collaboration through the foundation of the Microsoft Open Source Programs Office, Arno joined the team focusing on open source process improvements before turning his attention inwards to drive InnerSource at Microsoft.

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Vitor Monteiro

Strategic Architect at GitHub for the past 5 years, Vitor has a computer science and finance background having worked multiple years in banking in the city. InnerSource in particular is a topic Vitor speaks particularly often about, being one of his passions within the industry. 

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Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller leads Community Development at Red Hat for the Cloud Platform Group focusing on OpenShift and Cloud Native ecosystem. She is the driving force behind both customer, partner and developer community initiatives helping to ensure the success of OpenShift, the world’s leading Open Source Platform as a Service along with Operators, ServiceMesh, Quay, OKD, OpenStack and other Cloud Native technology initiatives at Red Hat for the past 8 years.

She has been designing and implementing products and applications embedded into mission critical financial and manufacturing systems at F500 corporations for over 30 years. She has had a long career in software development spanning multiple industries and open source initiatives from Financial Services, Manufacturing, Education and Government.

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Russ Rutledge

Russ Rutledge is the Director of Community and InnerSource at Nike. This startup within the company guides the process and tools to encourage and foster cross-team and community interaction and development. Russ’s drive and passion is to enable all software engineers to achieve incredible technical and business throughput via quality tooling and streamlined work process.

Previously, he ran another successful startup delivering JavaScript continuous delivery solutions to hundreds of projects throughout Nike. Prior to Nike, Russ began his career with feature and infrastructure development on the Outlook and OneDrive consumer websites at Microsoft.

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Thomas Sadler

Tom Sadler is a Software Engineering Team Lead for BBC iPlayer, specialising in media playback for connected TV browsers. He has advocated for supporting open source projects, including the BBC’s TV Application Layer and bigscreen-player, and lead on collaboration between teams.

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Sebastian Spier

Implement. Learn. Repeat. #people #teams #business #technology


The summit is hosted online. Instructions will be provided to all speakers and attendees.

Code of Conduct

All participants, vendors, and guests at InnerSource Commons events are required to abide by the code of conduct.

All related conversations in the InnerSource Slack Channel will still be considered to fall under Chatham House Rules: information discussed can be shared but not attributed.

Interested in getting involved? Email or join the conversation on the #innersourcecommons slack channel!