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InnerSource Commons at FINOS Open Source Readiness - Dec 2020 - FINOS OPEN SOURCE IN FINTECH PODCAST

December 21, 2020
Season 2, 6th and last edition of 2020 of the FINOS Open Source in Fintech Podcast: InnerSource Commons at the FINOS Open Source Readiness.



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We’re working on changing up our podcast for 2021 a little, to expand the type and quality of content we bring to you through this podcast.Forged out of the “uh oh, Covid, what do we do when we can’t engage people at in-person events” that happened to everyone this year, Our podcasts in 2020, were based around interviews from the virtual Meetups we started in this year.

In the coming year, we will of course have interviews with FINOS project leaders, members, and other industry thought leaders, but will also start including panel discussions and fireside chats that you may have missed from some of our events, case studies and deep dives, and then we may just start including you in some of our FINOS employee chats and office hours we do with the community - basically anything that we can do to provide you with more value within the world of open source, financial services, fintech, and banking tech.

So this particular episode is a preview of that.

At our last Open Source Readiness meeting of 2020, we featured the first in a series of collaborations with InnerSource Commons to promote best practice around InnerSource in financial services. InnerSource is the application of open source software development practices to internal software development projects. It's a great way for companies to increase collaboration within their organization, and for developers to gain skills that will make them effective participants in open source projects. We have definitely found this helpful within financial services in banks that are still looking to venture into open source.

We had guest panelists from InnerSource Commons, Deutsche Bank, Capital One, Lloyds Banking Group, and FINOS’ Open Source Readiness project. Check our show notes below for a complete list of panelists and bios.

Sit back and learn as our friend Danese Cooper, president and founder of Innersource Commons, and a multi-decade veteran of the open source world leads a discussion on Innersource patterns for the Financial Services Industry.


Speaker Bios

Danese Cooper - InnerSource Commons & NearForm
Danese_CooperDanese Cooper is vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.
Arthur Maltson - Capital One

Arthur Maltson is a Distinguished Engineer at Capital One who's 70% Dev and 30% Ops. He’s currently practicing DevOps during the day, and as a husband and father, DadOps at night. Arthur is passionate about crafting tools with Developer Experience at their core. He loves finding "goo" in existing systems and processes, then automating it away. In his spare time Arthur spends far too much time trying to keep up with the latest tech. He also occasionally blogs, Tweets and commits to OSS.


Daniela Zheleva - Deutsche Bank

Daniela-ZhelevaDaniela Zheleva is a DevOps Engineer at Deutsche Bank, FINOS Cloud Service Certification contributor and FINOS Community Spotlight winner. She has spent the first part of her career enhancing Deutsche Banks firm-wide InnerSource discoverability platform and is passionate about supporting the Inner Source community.
Anthony Vacca - RBC

Anthony Vacca began his career while he was completing his Bachelors of Computer Science at Brock University  where he began a startup that primarily took Open Source software and provided services to not for profit government agencies. After divesting his company by selling his major product to the Government of Ontario, he completed an MBA in Marketing from the Schulich School of Business.  Anthony has been with RBC for 16 years in various roles and now has a focus on bringing Open Source development best practices to Canada’s Largest Bank.

Pooi Cheong - Lloyds Banking Group

Pooi works for Lloyds Banking Group, and is building InnerSource Communities of Practice to help engineering communities become more aligned and autonomous. Pooi believes that InnerSource can be extended to global principles, which are needed to bring about alignment in local practices. Her initiative is looking to see how these can be achieved in a scalable way.

Aaron Williamson - FINOS Open Source Readiness Chair
Aaron Williamson, General Counsel, Symphony Software Foundation

In addition to managing the Foundation’s legal affairs, Aaron chairs the Foundation’s Open Source Readiness working group, helping members to develop policies that enable productive engagement with open source. Aaron has counseled both commercial software producers and nonprofit foundations on legal issues related to open source software. As counsel for the Software Freedom Law Center, he advised some of the most significant open source software foundations. At IEEE, he advised internal clients on open access and open licensing matters. And as a partner at Tor Ekeland P.C., he advised startups and commercial software companies on establishing open source policies, designing open source business models, and on license compliance.



Did you know that FINOS has a podcast? Our Director of Community, James McLeod, and Marketing Manager, Grizz Griswold regularly speak with our community about FINOS projects and interesting topics at the cross section of financial services and open source.

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