State of the Source Summit

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A World-wide Open Source Summit: Build your local community, while engaging the global community.

The State of the Source Summit invites open source communities of practice from around the world to organize and contribute to a global conversation on the current state of open source software: non-technical issues that foster development and community, the licenses that enable collaboration, the practices that promote contribution, and the issues confronting cooperation.

State of the Source is an innovative program that follows the sun around the globe with regional projects, and communities in every timezone creating and delivering content relative to local open source issues and interests, while engaging with an international audience of peers.

Conference Goals

  • Share the current state of open source licenses: understanding their value and impediments to further adoption.
  • Identify current, non-technical, issues affecting open source software, development, and communities through the lenses of developers, companies, and projects.
  • Conceptualize and plan for what the future may hold for open source software as a community and the Open Source Initiative as an organization.

Date and Location


In order to fully engage and be part of the conversation, you will need to register for the event (it’s free, and you can choose to make a donation to support the event). All sessions will be released on the OSI YouTube channel after the event. 


  • State of Source is an event of Open Source Initiative.
  • Chairperson: Hong Phuc Dang 
  • Event coordinators: Jenn Cummings and Kathy Azevedo 


We are thrilled to announce that the full program for the State of the Source Summit is now available! We have 24 hours of content put together by and for our global community.

View the full schedule of sessions and events HERE

Thank you to our Sponsors… 

Hosting Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

Captioning / Accessibility and Video Recording Sponsorship

Watch Parties



Production Sponsors

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The Open Source Initiative’s mission is to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. The State of the Source serves the OSI’s mission and our community, with a focus on understanding, implementing, and improving the state of open source software. Below you will find four tracks, themes that should drive each track’s sessions, and even a few examples of topics that might help you develop your presentation.

Track Themes and Topic Examples

 Open Source Licenses and the OSI

How do licenses and their application enable the collaboration, contributions, and co-creation realized through open source software? Understanding licenses, the motivations for their creation, their application, affordances, and the OSI’s role, are key for successful projects, communities, and the entire open source software movement. What is (should be) the role of the OSI, the OSD, and the License Review Process? What are the challenges facing these? What does the future of licenses and licensing hold? Possible presentation topics include:

  • Benefits, risks, and possible approaches for reviewing the process and practices associated with OSI’s “License Review Process” (LRP).
  • Possible reasons and approaches for reviewing and/or editing the Open Source Definition (OSD).
  • Is license proliferation a problem and, if so, a problem that the OSI can fix?
  • Process for reviewing and potentially de-listing or deprecating approved licenses based on problematic experiences with a license that was not foreseeable at the time of approval.
  • License enforcement from community pressure to legal intervention.
  • The unwritten rules of license approval – what they are, and should they be written?

 Projects & People

Everyone now uses open source in some way—from individual end-users to the biggest companies, in small non-profits or the largest governments, by self-learners and comprehensive universities. How are organizations leveraging open source licenses and software to not only deliver value to their constituents and community, but also ensure sustainability (funding, development, adoption, etc.) of the project? What are the responsibilities of those who benefit from open source software and licenses to the projects and communities that they rely on? How can we encourage, foster and support the maintainers that make it all possible? How can organizations best engage with communities in the development of their own projects? Possible presentation topics include:

  • Open source business models (if they exist) through licensing.
  • Unique issues in public and academic settings: sustainability is needed here too!
  • Source available licenses, e.g., Polyform
  • Compensation models for developers
  • Using patents to enforce OS licenses
  • Trademarks used for sustainability

 Principles, Policy, & Practices

The identification and application of open source licenses can impact both the development community and end-users. How are organizations managing their open source portfolios, identifying risks and benefits, while maximizing the value of co-development and software freedom? Possible presentation topics include:

  • License explainer, pick a license and explain it to your peers.
  • How to pick a license for your project, company, community.
  • Compliance, compatibility, re-licensing, and other issues facing adoption, use, and development.
  • “Post open source” and the emergence of ethical, source available, etc. licenses.

 “Hot Topics”

What are we missing around open source licenses and licensing, the Open Source Definition, the OSI, and other non-technical issues impacting the open source software movement?

Code of Conduct 

State of the Source is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the open source community.

We value the participation of each member of the community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events.

To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers and volunteers at any Open Source Initiative event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

Short Version

The Open Source Initiative is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for State of the Source.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

The Longer Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for State of the Source.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Contact Information

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Jenn Cummings at

Conference staff will be happy to help participants experiencing harassment feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

Procedure for Handling Harassment


This Code of Conduct was forked from the North Bay Python Code of Conduct, which was derived from the PyCon US Code of Conduct under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, itself originally forked from the example policy in Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers, which is under a Creative Commons Zero license.


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