Tobie Langel is the founder of UnlockOpen, a boutique consulting firm that helps large organizations build a strong open source culture and leverage it to recruit, retain, and foster top software engineering talent, improve team efficiency, and boost innovation.
His clients include companies such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, Mozilla, or Airtable.
Tobie is the facilitator of AMP’s Advisory Committee, a voting member of the OpenJS Foundation Cross Project Council, and sits on the Advisory Council of OASIS Open Projects.
Previously, he was a member of Facebook’s Open Source and Web Standards team, and was Facebook’s Advisory Committee representative at W3C.
A few years ago, Heartbleed epitomized a massive open source sustainability problem for critical parts of the internet infrastructure. The bug, which affected the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, notably compromised the confidentiality of 4.5 million US patient records and cost the industry an estimated $500M.
It was soon revealed that the root-cause of the issue was that OpenSSL was precariously understaffed. Open source sustainability became a major theme overnight. Stories of maintainer burn-out made the headlines. And tentative solutions started to emerge, most of them donation-based.
In this talk we’ll explore a number of existing strategies to fund open source and make it more sustainable, from patronage to dedicated ad networks. And we’ll defend the idea that the best path to open source sustainability is to help companies understand the tangible business value they can get from contributing to open source.
|Why contribute to open source?||All Things Open RTP Meetup||April 2020|
|From laggard to open source power house||OpenExpo Europe||April 2020|
|Open Source Contribution Policies That Don’t Suck||FINOS Open Source Readiness||March 2020|
|Bringing ethics back to open source||FOSDEM||February 2020|
|Build and leverage your open source culture to recruit, retain, and foster top talent||FINOS Open Source Readiness||January 2020|
|From laggard to open source power house—a transformative journey to successfully build a strong open source culture||Open Source Strategy Forum||November 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||All Things Open 2019||October 2019|
|Governance Update & Next Steps||AMP Contributor Summit||October 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||OpenExpo Europe||June 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||OW2con’19||June 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||InnerSource Commons Spring Summit 2019||April 2019|
|Towards a sustainable solution to open source sustainability||GenevaWeb||February 2019|
|Towards a sustainable solution to open source sustainability||FOSDEM||February 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||Open Source Strategy Forum||November 2018|
|What Value do Open Source Management Consultants Add?||Open Source Strategy Forum||November 2018|
|Open Source Contribution Policies That Don't Suck||Open Source Summit Europe||October 2018|
|SDOs as de facto do-ocracies — how standards are really made||Decision-making in standard developing organisations for the internet||April 2017|