Creating an Open Source Office: Lessons from Twitter

According to some studies, open source is being adopted by well over half the companies in existence. Common challenges when companies start adopting open source is how do you contribute back or what do you even open source. Companies like Google, Intel, Yahoo, Box, Facebook, Samsung and Twitter have chosen to establish open source offices to facilitate working with open source communities.

In this session, I will speak from my perspective of creating and running Twitter’s open source office (@TwitterOSS). From a historical perspective, in 2011 Twitter embarked on the journey of creating an open source office to facilitate its collaboration with open source projects and communities the company depended on. We will dig in on why we started an open source office and how we established our open source culture. Furthermore, we’ll also go over some lessons learned on top of discussing why we open sourced certain projects and why we didn’t open source others.

We hope you will walk away with an idea on how to start an open source office along with ideas that can bring to improve open source collaboration within your organization.