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Build and leverage your open source culture to recruit, retain, and foster top talent - Tobie Langel

April 02, 2020


Guest Speaker: Tobie LangelOpen Source Strategist and Principal at UnlockOpen presents on leveraging open source culture to recruit, retain, and foster top talent.

This video was from a live webinar conducted for the FINOS Open Source Readiness (OSR) project. The OSR project meets bi-weekly for guest presentations, knowledge-sharing between financial industry firms solving similar issues on their road to open source readiness, and discussion of open source strategy. Take a look at upcoming meeting agendas and join us!



TOBIE'S Presentation

Build and leverage your open source culture to recruit, retain, and foster top talent - from January 15, 2020 - Open Source Readiness (OSR) Project

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In a recent Twitter poll which received over 2,000 responses, 65% of respondents claimed that being able to release and contribute to open source software as part of their full time job was somewhat or extremely important. Only 18% thought it was not important at all. 
Facebook ran a survey with its new engineering recruits in 2015—when it was still one of the most desirable Silicon Valley companies to work for—75% mentioned Facebook’s open source program as a key reason they had joined the company. 
In a market where there’s much more demand for software engineers than there is supply, building a strong open source culture is critical to recruit and retain top talent. And promoting it is just as important. 
In this briefing, you’ll learn why software engineers care about open source so much, what you can do to foster a strong open source culture, and how you can make sure to effectively promote it to attract—and retain—top talent. 
We’ll then put some of you in the hot seat. We’ll have a look at your online presence from the perspective of a job seeking software engineer and compare it with what the best brands are doing. 
You’ll leave with actionable and personalized takeaways which will help you build a better engineering culture and become more attractive to the kind of candidates you really want to hire.


Tobie was a speaker recently at the FINOS Open Source Strategy Forum in NYC. View his presentation on From Laggard to Open Source Power House here.



Tobie Langel is the founder of UnlockOpen, a boutique consulting firm that helps organizations think strategically about open source. His clients include top tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Mozilla.

Tobie Langel is the facilitator of AMP’s Advisory Committee and sits on the Advisory Board of OASIS Open Projects.

Previously, he was a member of Facebook’s Open Source and Web Standards team, and was Facebook’s Advisory Committee representative at W3C.

An avid open-source contributor, Tobie Langel is known for having co-maintained the Prototype JavaScript Framework and for numerous open source projects. He also edited a number of Web standards (notably WebIDL), and led W3C’s Web platform testing effort.


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