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Tuesday, April 14 • 9:40am - 10:10am
Keynote: 20 Years of Valuable Lessons for the World - Jay Schmelzer, Microsoft

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The Apache Software Foundation is fifteen years old and the Apache Web Server project is 20. During that time not only has the web server helped deliver the world wide web as we know it today but the foundation has repeated that success across hundreds of projects. The foundation brings immense value to the to the IT industry within those projects, but it also provides a model for facilitating collaboration across all types and sizes of organization. The ASF model for open source development is something that we draw upon in the .Net Foundation, an independent organization to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET, Microsoft’s comprehensive development framework. In this session we’ll look Microsoft’s engagement with Apache projects in order to identify what, in our experience, makes the Apache Software Foundation successful. We’ll also discuss a few key differences between the ASF and the .Net Foundation governance models. Finally, we’ll take a look into the future and see how projects in the respective foundations will continue to benefit from one another’s existence.


Jay Schmelzer

Jay Schmelzer is a Director of Program Management at Microsoft.  Jay and his team are responsible for the CLR and .NET Framework, Microsoft's managed languages (VB.NET, C#, F#) and Visual Studio's support for building Microsoft Office 365 and Azure solutions.  Jay was a central figure in the open sourcing of .NET and the formation of the .NET Foundation and currently serves as the foundation's President.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Jay was... Read More →

Tuesday April 14, 2015 9:40am - 10:10am CDT
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