Here’s a brief summary of my personal highlights from the Community Leadership and Open Source Programs Office tracks.
To be as authentic and credible as possible is crucial for companies to succeed in their Open Source outreach efforts and community building activities. Just throwing money at something won’t work sustainably.
Open Source is not just about the code but about the people who contribute to the code. They form a community. This community has various levels.
There are various reasons why companies want to participate in the global FOSS community. But to become a valuable member of the FOSS ecosystem, it takes a lot more than just sponsoring conferences or open-sourcing a project on GitHub or GitLab.
If a FOSS project would restrict the contributions of the people that work on it to a company or a locality, it would no longer be “Open” and it would thwart its chances of success.