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.
In a recent Twitter poll which received over 2,000 responses, 65% of respondents claimed that being able to release and contribute to open source software as part of their full time job was somewhat or extremely important. Only 18% thought it was not important at all.
Facebook ran a survey with its new engineering recruits in 2015—when it was still one of the most desirable Silicon Valley companies to work for—75% mentioned Facebook’s open source program as a key reason they had joined the company.
In a market where there’s much more demand for software engineers than there is supply, building a strong open source culture is critical to recruit and retain top talent. And promoting it is just as important.
In this talk, you’ll learn why software engineers care about open source so much, what you can do to foster a strong open source culture, and how you can make sure to effectively promote it to attract—and retain—top talent.
We’ll then put some of you in the hot seat. We’ll have a look at your online presence from the perspective of a job seeking software engineer and compare it with what the best brands are doing.
You’ll leave with actionable and personalized takeaways which will help you build a better engineering culture and become more attractive to the kind of candidates you really want to hire.
|Making the business case for contributing to open source||KubeCon + CloudNativeCon||November 2020|
|Making the business case for contributing to open source||Open Infrastructure Summit||October 2020|
|Making the business case for contributing to open source||AnsibleFest||October 2020|
|Y a-t-il de la place pour l’éthique dans l’open source ?||Paris Web||October 2020|
|Does open source need its own Priority of Constituencies?||State of the Source Summit||September 2020|
|Towards a sustainable solution to open source sustainability||OpenJS World||June 2020|
|Why contribute to open source?||Open Source 101||May 2020|
|Open Source Contribution Policies That Don’t Suck||OpenChain Webinar||May 2020|
|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|