Open Source Summit v3.0 Communities

Event Details
June 25, 2013 - 8:00am - June 26, 2013 - 4:00pm
NYU Washington, D.C.
1307 L St NW
DC 20005
United States

This year's Open Source Summit will explain how to build, engage with, and maintain open source communities -- and when we say open source, we don't just mean software, we also mean hardware and data.

If you are a federal civil servant that needs to build or engage with an open source community, you should plan on attending.

Be warned however: this is not your average event! The multi-agency planning team is tasked with ensuring that the event provides substantive benefit to federal agency personnel, and the format is uniquely designed to deliver not just abstract content from subject matter experts (of course we have those), but also the opportunity to see this knowledge applied to a specific case study, and then to learn how to apply it to your specific situation.

In addition, we will collate the results of the discussions during the event and make them available afterwards so that others may learn from the shared experiences and wisdom of their peers.


  • Pierros Papadeas, Community Manager, Mozilla Corporation
  • Jim Jagielski, President/Director/Co-Founder/Member, The Apache Software
  • Vicki E. Allums, Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Defense
  • Engaging America: The Open-Source Opportunity at the Census Bureau
  • Alec Permison, Applications Manager,
  • Ben Balter, Government Bureaucrat, GitHub
  • Mike Pulsifer, Lead IT Specialist, Department of Labor
  • Joseph Porcelli, Director, GovDelivery & GovLoop Engagement Services
  • Juli Klemm, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Thea Aldrich, Random Hacks of Kindness Community Support Manager, Second Muse
  • Jeff Walpole, CEO, Phase2
  • Gray Brooks, Senior API Strategist, General Services Administration
  • Daniel S. Katz, Program Director, CISE/ACI, National Science Foundation
  •  Dr. Christopher White, XDATA Program Manager, DARPA

Event Format

This event has four parts, each of which is 4 hours long. The first three are each focused on a specific topic and follow this format:

  • (3) 10 minute speeches by experts
  • (1) hour long vignette where a federal employee will pose a current issue they are struggling with and receive advice from the three experts. There will also be opportunity for the audience and remote participants to provide suggestions and recommendations.
  • (2) 1 hour long small group discussion periods during which the participants will propose topic-relevant discussions that the experts and other participants will engage in. All will work to improve their understanding of the topic or find solutions to the raised issue.
  • (1) 1/2 hour Report out where all participants have the opportunity to share what they learned in their discussions to further disseminate knowledge and learning.

The fourth is unconference style to allow participants and experts to discuss additional topics they are interested in.

Final Report

At the end of the event, the proceedings of all discussions will be made available for others to learn from.


This event grows out of the past two years of success. The first Open Source Summit was held at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA and focused specifically on NASA's open source policies. Last year, OSS [full schedule] moved to the University of Maryland in College Park and broadened the discussion to include all agencies, including NASA, the State Dept, and the VA on the planning team.

The Planning Team

  • Wayne Moses Burke, Open Forum Foundation
  • Nick Skytland, JSC, NASA HQ
  • Chris Gerty, JSC, NASA HQ
  • Paul Ramirez, NASA JPL
  • Andrew Hart, NASA JPL
  • Estelle Dodson, NASA Ames
  • Matt Burton, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
  • Timothy Hayes, State Department
  • Logan Powell, Census Department
  • Chris Shoup, FEMA
  • Dan Risacher, DOD CIO
  • Christopher White, DARPA
  • Sam Park, MDA Information Systems
  • Anthony Kerlavage, National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • Rebecca Lee, Grant Thornton
  • Sarah Rigdon, NASA HQ
  • Chris Mattmann, NASA JPL
  • Ali Llewellyn, JSC, NASA HQ
  • Sean Herron, NASA HQ
  • Cameron Goodale, NASA JPL
  • Robert Downs, Columbia University
  • John Farmer, Office of Science & Tech Policy, White House
  • Chris Bendsen, State Department
  • Isaiah Joo, State Department
  • David Hale, National Library of Medicine, NIH
  • Alex Permison, Census Department
  • Michelle Fox, DOE
  • Sri Kumar, DARPA
  • Doug Gelbach, DARPA
  • Juli Klemm, National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • Greg Wilson, Phase2
  • Gray Achiu,
  • Gray Brooks, GSA