Thursday, August 2 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Panel/Workshop: How do we create sustainable funding for Open Source Projects?

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This session is a panel discussion on effective ways to fund open source communities and projects of various stages and sizes. Reflecting on Nadia Eghbal’s report–Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure, and drawing on experiences from different funding initiatives among our communities, we hope to collaboratively strategize moving forward.

What are the methodologies and tools that will help us support the diversity of contributions to open source ecosystems? What can we learn from previous experiences to ensure the flow of monetary incentives will reinforce social networks that have formed through open source collaborations? We will explore themes around accessiblity, accountability, inclusivity, sustainability, and transparency that have been surfaced as important topics for both contributors and funders.

We will begin our session by having each panelist share personal experiences and experiments in open source funding, followed by a panel moderated by Jenny Ryan from Omni Commons. Through this session at the Summit, we hope to frame the topic and provide context for panelists and audiences to find common grounds in general principles important to open source sustainability. The audience is invited to the Mesh the Planet! 2018 Unconference hosted by People’s Open Network on August 4th, to extend our strategizing to small work sessions where we can put our thoughts into concrete actions.

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Jenny Ryan

Co-founder, Community Organizer & Treasurer, Omni Commons, People's Open Network
Jenny Ryan is co-founder, community organizer & treasurer of both the Omni Commons and the People's Open Network. She works alongside organizations to build human and communications infrastructure. She connects grassroots communities and global initiatives rooted in the shared struggle... Read More →


Mehan Jayasuriya

Program Officer, Mozilla Foundation
Mehan is a Program Officer at the Mozilla Foundation, where he oversees the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) Challenges and Tracks I and II of the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program. He has previously worked for NYU, Tumblr, General Assembly and Public Knowledge and has written for the Guardian, Gizmodo and Pitchfork... Read More →
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Andrew Lee

Co-Founder, Purse / Bcoin
Andrew is the CEO and co-founder of Purse, a cryptocurrency company that builds protocol implementations and consumer applications. Purse launched the flagship consumer marketplace in 2014 and launched Bcoin, a full node bitcoin implementation, in 2016.
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Nicolás Pace

Community Networks Movement Building Coordinator, APC
AlterMundi A.
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Dominic Tarr

Founder, Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium
Scuttlebutt was created by Dominic Tarr, a Node.js developer with more than 600 modules published on npm and who lives on a self-steering sailboat in New Zealand. It is here, from the need for offline connection with the outside word, Scuttlebutt emerged. http://dominictarr.co... Read More →

Thursday August 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
[C] Hash Lounge 88 5th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

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