Friday 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Keynote by Pieter Hintjens

Pieter Hintjens

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Pieter Hintjens' keynote addresses the development of open-source communities.


When we say "open source", we mean more and more, "built by communities". A well organized community can produce, it seems, infinite amounts of high quality software apparently out of thin air. Yet there is little science or teaching on how to build and organize open source communities. While some communities succeed, many fail simply due to lack of tools and techniques.

Pieter Hintjens addresses this gap with ten years of research and practice in community building. He focuses on building larger and more diverse groups, as living systems of competing projects, rather than elite teams of key individuals. His approach of "Social Architecture" aims to lower the cost to new contributors, develop good rule books for working together, and turn conflict into healthy competition. In 2007 he founded the ZeroMQ community, which he still guides, and which today spans hundreds of projects in the distributed computing area.