REI's Expedition into Open Source

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B202/203

Excerpt

The software engineers at REI build, maintain, and operate the cooperative’s digital retail infrastructure, from our mobile apps to REI.com, and it runs on open source. We see many benefits to open sourcing our code, but it’s uncharted territory for REI.

This is our journey preparing the cooperative to contribute our code back to the open source community.

Will we be successful? What have we learned? You’ll find out!

Description

Slides: http://reidev.github.io/osbridge

Please note that due to a slower-than-expected journey, this presentation will be short. You will have an opportunity to share your own stories preparing organizations for open source contributions, e.g., successes, challenges, advice, etc.

The software engineers at REI build, maintain, and operate the cooperative’s digital retail infrastructure, from our mobile apps to REI.com, and it runs on open source. We see many benefits to open sourcing our code, but most of all, it’s the right thing to do.

Open source community contributions align well with REI’s core values of environmental stewardship and community service, but open source contributions is uncharted territory. As with any large organization, there are many considerations we must address, including security, public relations, and legal, before we can begin releasing our code to the public.

We want to share our journey preparing the cooperative for open source contributions. We hope others attempting to convince their organizations to contribute to open source will benefit from our experiences.

Tags

community service, open source stewardship, giving back, journey, experiences, legal, public relations

Speaking experience

- Open Source Bridge 2010: “Building Interactive Displays with Touchscreen 2.0” (http://opensourcebridge.org/sessions/404)

- Beaver Barcamp 2010, 2011, 2012: “How to Hotwire Your Car”, “Twitswarm: A distributed Twitter Bot Platform”, and “Combining Wikis and Blogs” (http://beaverbarcamp.org/)

Speaker

  • Best face only

    Biography

    I write software for REI.com, and have been a long-time contributor and advocate for open source. I spoke at Open Source Bridge in 2010 with the OSU Open Source Lab, and would love to attend again on behalf of REI!

    Sessions

      • Title: REI's Expedition into Open Source
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        The software engineers at REI build, maintain, and operate the cooperative’s digital retail infrastructure, from our mobile apps to REI.com, and it runs on open source. We see many benefits to open sourcing our code, but it’s uncharted territory for REI.

        This is our journey preparing the cooperative to contribute our code back to the open source community.

        Will we be successful? What have we learned? You’ll find out!

      • Speakers: Rob McGuire-Dale