Foundations, Non-profits, and Open Source

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in Broadway


Should you start a foundation? Should you start a nonprofit? What's the role of non-profits in the Open Source community today? How can you be a good citizen in the Open Source arena with a foundation to support?


Carol Smith is a member of the Board of Directors for the Metabrainz Foundation which oversees the Musicbrainz project. She will speak about the possible trials and tribulations of starting a foundation in the open source community, whether or not you should consider doing it and even whether or not you should collect licensing fees for your project.

Carol is also a program manager for the Open Source Programs Office at Google and is spearheading its Summer of Code effort this year. She’ll include some useful tidbits about the program and its mentor organizations.

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