Fireside Chat with Stephen Augustus

Using Open Source Events & Ecosystems to Improve Company Culture

60 mins

This Fireside Chat is best for:

    • Those who want to understand the dynamics of OSS in enterprise environments
    • Anyone running or evaluating an OSS program
    • Community Leaders

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Stephen Augustus, Head of Open Source at Cisco, for a discussion about Open Source and how it’s changing the corporate world as we know it. Stephen has been a lead in the Kubernetes and Cloud Native world for several years, and we welcome his observations on this topic.

We’ll be talking about everything from company culture and transparency, to the proliferation of Open Source Project Offices, to conferences and conference-driven development. Come listen in, and learn about the models that are changing the face of the entire technology landscape!

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to adapt your company in the age of Open Source eating the world
  • Why the spirit of collaboration has altered the workforce and how they view the companies they work for
  • How Open Source-focused events have grown from meetups to the main stage
  • What impacts Open Source will have as it changes the face of the entire tech industry

    Featured Guest:

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    Stephen Augustus

    Head of Open Source

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    Stephen is a Black engineering director and leader in open source communities.

    He is Cisco’s first Head of Open Source, within the Emerging Technologies & Incubation division.

    For Kubernetes, he has co-founded transformational elements of the project, including the KEP (Kubernetes Enhancements Proposal) process, the Release Engineering subproject, and Working Group Naming. Stephen has also previously served as a chair for both SIG PM and SIG Azure.

    He continues his work in Kubernetes as a Chair for SIG Release, a Lead for WG Naming, and an owner of Enhancements subproject.

    Across the wider CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) ecosystem, Stephen has the pleasure of being one of the Program Chairs for KubeCon / CloudNativeCon, the cloud native community’s flagship conference, a SIG Contributor Strategy Chair, and a maintainer for the Dex project.

    He is a prolific contributor to CNCF projects, amongst the top 25 (as of writing) code/content committers, all-time.

    In 2020, Stephen co-founded the Inclusive Naming Initiative, a cross-industry group dedicated to helping projects and companies make consistent, responsible choices to remove harmful language across codebases, standards, and documentation. He leads multiple workstreams here and maintains the initiative’s infrastructure.

    He has previously held positions at VMWare (via Heptio), Red Hat, and CoreOS.

    Stephen is based in New York City.