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.
The first open source practitioners were fueled by passion and a sense of purpose. As open source has both professionalized and become more mainstream, this has obviously changed. While the open source ethos and the desire to contribute to the commons may still be very much alive, there are also much more pragmatic considerations at play.
And that’s OK.
In this talk, we’ll look at how—both on an individual and organizational level—contributing to open source can be tied to career and business objectives while still being aligned with community values and culture. We’ll consider the positive impact that open source can have on individual careers, how this impact is still very unevenly distributed, and what important role employers can play to correct this. We’ll then dive into the more strategic benefits that building a strong open source culture can provide to corporations, and how what once appeared to be the realm of hackers, tinkerers, and activists can now also be a huge competitive advantage leveraged by companies of every size across all verticals.
|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|