Over the past few years, we have been working hard at NASA to modernize the way we approach software development. Open Source is a critical component to our strategy. In 2011, we started a conversation around open source in government and hosted a summit at NASA Ames Research Center to bring together leaders, policymakers, and developers into the same room to discuss how best improve the development and release of open source at NASA. The event resulted in 13 recommendations, which really shaped our strategy going forward.
The first summit was so helpful to the Agency that we wanted to hold another, but this time with a broader focus. In 2012, the summit moved to the Washington, DC area and the aim was to advance the use of open source software throughout a wider government audience. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the State Department joined the discussion. The highly interactive summit highlighted a number of real-world examples, and help everyone involved make forward progress towards the goal of helping to improve innovation in government while driving costs down.
This year, we are holding the third Open Source Summit on June 25th and 26th at NYU in Washington, DC. Like the two before, this event will again bring together an exponentially growing community of open source developers and leaders from over 11 federal agencies as well as private industry. We will expand the conversation and focus on the following 3 themes:
Eleven federal agencies have helped plan this summit to help ensure that the speakers and topics address the real needs of agencies and answer current questions that government agencies are asking. Tight budgets, a continual need to innovate, and the rise of open source make this a very relevant conference for anyone who is involved with IT in government or community engagement. Here’s a sampling of questions that you can expect will be addressed:
You can expect a very engaging event, presentations from industry leaders, and
face-to-face access to open source practitioners who are in the trenches solving real-world problems now. If you are interested in the role open source plays in government, as well as how you can build and engage an open source community, we encourage you to attend and join us on June 25-26th.
Johnson Space Center