The Open Source Summit North America 2018 in Vancouver, to describe in a few words was a diverse gathering that touched upon all aspects of an open source project and work involved, and more. In the keynotes, Jim Zemmelin talked about how Linux has grown into the most important software platform in the world. To say in his words, every market Linux has entered it eventually dominates. While the Supercomputer market is at 100% Linux, smartphone market share is at a whopping 82%, 90% for mainframes, 90% of the public cloud workload. In 2018, the Linux Foundation is actually adding a new member everyday.

The keynote by Angel Diaz, IBM VP was interesting. He mentioned about how IBM invested 20 years ago in open source, and how consortia like Linux foundation nurtures the right environment. He explained that even with humble beginnings, you can try reaching for the stars.

People who haven’t learnt it yet, or are not into it yet, like Vincent Van Gogh said, I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.

There was another informative keynote by Van Jones, president and founder, Dream Corps, and best selling author of human rights, education and clean energy. While he touched upon several important aspects in the industry, there was one key takeaway for me. People have blind spots and sore spots and need to be honest about it with each other. I also almost immediately met a person who admitted to having facial recognition issues and was honest about it with me. Next time I met that person, I went ahead and greeted them, else it would have been a networking opportunity missed. Van Jones also spoke about the wearable charging idea and how diversity in the team helps to come up with innovative ideas.

The keynote by Professor Ajay Agarwal, author of Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, was quite interesting. He spoke about how in 1995, Internet became a new economy, similar to how now AI is. He gave a nice analogy of how humans and AI are substitutes and that if value of one goes down, the other also goes down. He also spoke about anticipatory shipping. And how prediction accuracy is priority.

I also attended another session on how important commit messages are. Giving a good background and a description goes a long way when you submit patches. Like the speaker said, if you do not include that, people will be afraid of touching your patch!

The discussion about how writing can change your career was very well conducted. It was a group discussion of sorts with discussion about how writing helps to know what you know and what you don’t in a very precise manner. It closes the knowledge gap and crystallizes your talk. With blogging the in thing, a great tip was how the questions that are asked in your sessions can be an article. So next time you wonder what you can blog about, you know what to do!

In my session, I spoke about how how the marketing landscape has changed with the introduction of social media, why there is a need to “Go Social”, and how social media can be leveraged by companies and individuals to collaborate, learn, and innovate. I also had a demonstration on how you can optimize various social tools.

All in all, again a wonderful opportunity to collaborate, learn, and innovate!

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