InnerSource Commons Spring Summit 2020

14th to 15th April 2020, online

Welcome to the 10th InnerSource Commons taking place in your living room! ;) We’re going virtual - see details below. Latest update: all the summit talks are now available on the InnerSource Commons YouTube channel!

We are all exploring new ways to get together and keep advancing in the body of knowledge of InnerSource. Nowadays and in this industry, it is more and more important to successfully work remotely and across different geographical areas. This online event has this in mind and we hope to learn from each other, what it is working and what it is not.

These two days will be a three hours slot taking place from 4 pm CET till 7 pm Central European Time, / 9 am and noon Central Time / 7 am and 10 am Pacific Time / 10 pm and 1 am China Standard Time.

The day will be split as a sandwich, where talks will be the bread and discussions the yummi yummi part. We are expecting to have two keynotes per day (up to 25 minutes each), and four lightning talks (up to 15 minutes each). These will be initially pre-recorded and discussions will take place in the InnerSource Commons Slack. Right in the middle we will have a break and two breakout sessions with live interactions.

We’re planning to have a contest as well as icebreaker during the first moments of this, do not miss this!

COVID-19 and InnerSource Commons current Status

As of now, the InnerSource Commons Madrid Summit is taking place. However, not in Madrid, Spain.

The current situation as you all know has quickly evolved and we all need to be socially responsible. Our first priority is the safety of everyone and we have decided to celebrate the April meeting as a virtual meeting where we all can keep collaborating, and learning from each other.

If you have already registered and paid for the ticket entry, you have several options:

  • We do a refunding as soon as we get notified by you.
  • You are still interested in participating. For this, we would like to ask you to support the InnerSource Commons. We ask for a small fee and you will get a t-shirt and some stickers.
  • If you already bought a ticket with the higher fee, you can donate the difference of ~20EUR to the InnerSource Commons. In this case: Thank you!
  • If you already bought a ticket with the higher fee, you can also get a partial refund of the difference.


Registration is already open! We are using Brown Paper Tickets for this process. Please notice that taxes will be added on top of the sales process. There is a fix rate of 30€ that includes taxes, and a t-shirt and stickers that we will send as soon as possible.

Agenda and Speakers

We are delighted to welcome Danese Cooper (VP of Special Initiatives at NearForm), and Nithya Ruff (Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office) as our keynote speakers for the first day. And Isabel Drost-Fromm (Open Source Strategist at Europace AG) and Georg Grütter (Social Coding Evangelist and Developer Advocate at Bosch.IO) as our keynote speakers during the second day!

The Summit agenda is available here and you can start checking the great set of speakers here.

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Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper is vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.

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Isabel Drost-Fromm

Isabel Drost-Fromm is Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She’s a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning background. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit - as a result she co-founded and is still one of the creative heads behind Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage.

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Georg Grütter

Georg Grütter is a social coding evangelist and developer advocate at Bosch.IO. He cofounded and led the first InnerSource community at Bosch. Georg is a passionate software developer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, he held various positions and roles at Bosch, Line Information, the Zurich System House, and DaimlerChrysler. Georg has created two open source projects, XHSI and stashNotifier. He’s an avid recumbent cyclist and mountain biker who also loves photography and chocolate.

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Nithya Ruff

Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Prior to this, she started and grew Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the 90s and has been building bridges between companies and the open source community ever since. She’s also held leadership positions at Wind, Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and Eastman Kodak. At Wind, she led a team of product managers in managing a world class embedded Linux distribution and was a key member of the Yocto Project advocacy team on the board. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently elected to be Chair of the Linux Foundation Board.

Nithya has been a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new people in Open Source for many years. She has also been a promoter of valuing diverse ways of contributing to open source such as in marketing, legal and community. You can often find her on social media promoting dialogue on diversity and open source.

What is the InnerSource Commons?

The InnerSource Commons ( aka ISC is a consortium of representatives from almost a hundred companies and institutions. It utilizes open source methods to provide organizations pursuing inner sourcing a forum for discussing and improving the practice of InnerSource through the sharing of experiences (under the Chatham House Rule), creation and review of InnerSource patterns, and the open exchange of ideas.

Who should attend?

The InnerSource Common Summits welcomes software professionals at all levels, from executive level manager to software developer. The program targets software development managers and executive managers in particular because adopting InnerSource requires significant efforts to make changes in the organization—whether these are implemented top-down or bottom-up. If you or your organization is adopting, or considering adopting, InnerSource, then attending the InnerSource Summit is the best thing you can do.

What will I get from this event?

The three key reasons to attend the InnerSource Common Summits are:

  • Learn from others who are on the journey of InnerSource adoption
  • Share your experiences and get help with your challenges
  • Network, network, network! The InnerSource Commons is an excellent place to network with likeminded people, all of whom are passionate about making InnerSource a success in their respective organizations!


The summit is hosted online. Instructions will be provided to all speakers and attendees.

Call For Sponsorship

We invite interested organisations and companies to sponsor this renowned event. These summits provide a basis to encourage InnerSource practitioners to share their experiences and to collaborate with each other on improving InnerSource. If interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Dr. Daniel Izquierdo for more details (

The sponsoring prospectus is available here.

Call For Presentations

Call for presentations is already closed, thanks for your interest.

Code of Conduct

All participants, vendors, and guests at InnerSource Commons events are required to abide by the code of conduct.

InnerSource Commons meetings and events run under the Chatham House Rule: information discussed at a meeting can be shared but not attributed.

Interested in getting involved? Email or join the conversation on the #innersourcecommons slack channel!