September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Wednesday, September 29 • 10:30am - 10:55am
(IN-PERSON) Building an Open Source Community from the Ground Up - Red Hat’s Game Industry Community of Practice - Ruth Suehle & Derek Reese, Red Hat

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Building a community is fundamentally about recognizing a group of people with underserved needs and the common thread of interest and passion that engages them. Red Hat is home to more than 50 Communities of Practice (CoPs): internal, global communities where associates from a broad variety of roles and departments collaborate and share best practices on technical, task-related, and vertical-centric topics. Among them is the Gaming CoP, focused on the video game industry (a field that is not historically a deep user of or contributor to open source), but also more broadly, the interactive entertainment and simulation industries, including animation and film, robotics, and AI. It brings together associates who have worked in these industries as well as others from divers roles to promote adoption and enablement of open source. In a short time, we’ve built an open source arcade, hosted livestreams and podcasts, created demos, and engaged hundreds of colleagues with open source through a shared love for gaming. Join Gaming CoP co-leaders Derek Reese and Ruth Suehle to learn about building influence in an industry that has low open source familiarity or trust, the current state of open source in game development, and how to build an open community of practice in your company.

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Ruth Suehle

Director, Community Outreach, Open Source Program Office, Red Hat
Ruth Suehle is Director of Community Outreach in Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office. She is also executive vice-president of the Apache Software Foundation, co-chair of the Free and Open Source Software SIG in the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and governing... Read More →
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Derek Reese

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Derek Reese is a self-directed developer experienced with enterprise software and pipeline development and has been working with Open Source Software since 2003. Derek has experience speaking at camps, conferences, and to private audiences. He’s helped present everything from new... Read More →

Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:30am - 10:55am PDT
Room 502