July 17-19 | Tokyo, Japan
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Wednesday, July 17


Panel Discussion: OpenChain Activities of Japanese Companies - Masato Endo, Toyota Motor Corporation; Shinsuke Kato, Panasonic; Satoru Ueda, Sony Corporation; Yoshitake Kobayashi, Toshiba & Nobuo Imada, Hitachi, Ltd.; Wang Mingyu, Fujitsu
Recently, the scale of OpenChain project is expanding rapidly by joining platformers (Facebook, Google, and Microsoft) and Auto-industry (Bosch and Uber). At the same time, OpenChain Japan Work Group's activities also become very active.

In this panel, each Japanese company (Fujitsu, Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, and Toyota) will share each best practice of OSS compliance and the latest activities of OpenChain Japan Work Group.


Wang Mingyu

Software Engineer, Fujitsu
Wang Mingyu joined the Fujitsu Corporation in 2008. Her main job now is developing an In-House Distro for Embedded Ecosystems which is based on Yocto project and LTS Kernel.

Nobuo Imada

Engineer, Hitachi, Ltd.
Nobuo Imada is an engineer, OSS Solution Center, Hitachi, Ltd.He has been involved in research and development of optical system for optical disk systems, design and engineering of optical fiber transmission systems, system engineering for cellular phone base stations, network systems... Read More →

Shinsuke Kato

Software Engineer, Panasonic Corporation
Shinsuke Kato is a staff Software Engineer for Panasonic Corporation, where he helps Panasonic R&D improvements to Linux for use in Panasonic's products.He has been working with Linux and the OSS compliance in his company for over 10 years.He has some seminar of the OSS compliance... Read More →
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Yoshitake Kobayashi

Senior Manager of Open Source Technology department, Toshiba Corporation
Yoshitake Kobayashi is the Senior Manager of The Open Source Technology Department at Toshiba Corporation. The team provides a Linux based system and related technologies such as Database and Web application frameworks for various Toshiba products. His research interests include operating... Read More →


Chief Open Alliance Manager, Sony Corp.
Since early 2003, Satoru Ueda has been engaged in projects to promote and use Linux widely in consumer electronics appliances and IoT devices. Ueda was one of the founders of the CE Linux forum, which was established to enhance the collaborative relationship between the OSS community... Read More →
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Masato Endo

Project Manager, Toyota Motor Corporation
Masato Endo is Project Manager of the IP Strategic Group in the Toyota IP Division. He is engaged in the planning and implementation of the IP strategy for the Toyota Motor Corporation. He focuses mainly on building the OSS governance structure within Toyota and developing relationships... Read More →

Wednesday July 17, 2019 13:30 - 14:10
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
  • Experience Level Any


From User to Contributor: How Documentation Enables Vibrant Open Source Communities - Riona MacNamara, Google
Documentation grows adoption and supports development - and, critically, detailed, accurate documentation of a project's architecture, processes, and governance empowers community members to become contributors. Yet too often, documentation is neglected, incomplete, stale, or hard to find - and that hurts everybody. In Q1 2019, Google's Open Source Strategy team commissioned a study to better understand why users do (or do not) contribute back to the project, and how documentation can empower and engage those users.

This talk will cover the methodology and participant profiles of the study, and describe the critical user journeys of three essential user personas. It distills the research to provide concrete, actionable recommendations and best practices for creating documentation that supports your project's users and grows your contributor base.

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Riona MacNamara

Senior staff technical writer, Google
Riona is senior staff technical writer at Google, where she has worked for 11 years, and is focused on open source documentation strategy. She previously led the team that builds g3doc, Google's internal platform for engineering documentation, used by thousands of projects within... Read More →

Wednesday July 17, 2019 14:20 - 15:00
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
  • Experience Level Any


The Untold Story Behind Creating an Open Source Program Office - Brian Hsieh, Uber
TODO group has published a series of useful guidelines on how to create an open source program office but the reality of implementing can come with unexpected challenges and surprising opportunities. The broad scope of an open source program requires cross-functional coordination between multiple teams with differing goals, culture, focus areas, perspectives, and priorities, including legal, engineering, design, product, business, marketing, and branding. The success of the open source movement has made the concept of open source software so pervasive that it created another layer of challenges in education and communication. This talk will provide the honest story of my one-year journey of building the open source program office at Uber. I will share my observations and takeaways, as well as what I found rewarding and impactful during the process.

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Brian Hsieh

Head of Open Source, Uber
Brian Hsieh created and leads the Open Source Program Office at Uber. In this role, he builds and manages open source strategy, processes, governance, licensing compliance, ecosystem growth, brand identity, industry alignments, standards, and foundation relationships. He has experience... Read More →

Wednesday July 17, 2019 15:10 - 15:50
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
  • Experience Level Any


BoF: Every Effort Counts: How Can You (and Your Company) be an Ally in Bridging the Gender Gap in Tech - Mariana Varela, Chicas en Tecnología (CET)
An individual’s identification and connection with a role model can influence their aspirations. The lack of female role models in STEM professions, especially in leading positions, affects the confidence that females have in their own ability to follow these career paths.

The question is what can YOU do to bridge the gender gap in tech?

The speaker, co-founder of the organization Chicas en Tecnología (Girls in Technology), will share some advice and ideas taken from their experience on how the audience can help bringing gender parity, understanding the challenges and possible solutions suited for institutions, companies and organizations.

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Mariana Varela

Co-founder, Chicas en Tecnologia
I'm passionate about women and youth empowerment through technology. I'm a UX researcher and I've always understood technology as a tool to change our realities and have a positive impact in the world.In year 2012, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology... Read More →

Wednesday July 17, 2019 16:20 - 17:00
Hall A (3) (Floor 5F)
  • Experience Level Any


Consistency in OSS Libraries: Google’s Approach - Tomohiro Suzuki & Garrett Jones, Google
Java developers suffer from diamond dependency issues when libraries are not compatible with each other. For Google’s open source Java libraries, this has been a challenging problem, because different teams maintain more than 150 Maven artifacts with hundreds of transitive dependencies. The diamond dependency issues degrade the productivity of library maintainers and consumers of Google Cloud services.

In this talk, attendees will learn Google’s “Java Library Best Practice” with example scenarios and see a demo of a recently-developed tool (Linkage Checker) that mitigates the issues.

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Garrett Jones

Staff Software Engineer, Google
Garrett is a software engineer based out of Seattle, Washington, using mostly Java and Python. He has been programming professionally for 14 years, has worked on APIs, UIs, backend projects, and open source libraries, and has worked at both Amazon and Google. He lives with his wife... Read More →
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Tomohiro Suzuki

Software Engineer, Google
Tomohiro Suzuki is a software engineer in Google New York office. He is part of the “Cloud Java tool” team that focuses on providing open source tools for Java developers to enjoy cloud computing. He received a Master's degree in Computer Science after attending the Graduate School... Read More →

Wednesday July 17, 2019 16:20 - 17:00
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
Thursday, July 18


More Collaborative Approach in Translation: CTE (Collaborative Translation Effort) - Masao Taniguchi, NEC
Collaborative development in "Open source way", or "OSS way" is widespread globally mainly in software engineers. but when you look into locally, that's not always common for non-tech people such as management, planning, marketing staffs. This could be because localization of good OSS resources isn't enough.

Translation process is a key to improve that.

To get "OSS way" more common locally, we need to get translation more productive. This seems to be simple, but actually is not.

There are two big issues in Open source, or Open collaboration related translation. That's about quality and quantity, and both tend to contradict each other. In this presentation, I explain about the issues, trials with LF Japan, and propose how we improve processes more collaboratively using machine translation and Hackmd .(Of course with much more "Fun").

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Masao Taniguchi

Assistant Manager, NEC
Working at NEC corporation from 1999 -Started as a system engineer of Telecommunication switching system - Currently in charge of marketing, business planning related to AI, IoT, and DX. - Open Source Program Office * Reforming internal processes relating to Open Source usage... Read More →

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:10 - 11:50
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)


The Japanese System of Community in Business and Hobby - A Comparison with Open Source Communities - Carsten Meskes, credativ
Carsten, original from Germany, spent time living and working in Japan. Connected to several different local communities, especially the Yosakoi community, he quickly noticed that Japanese companies are keeping afloat by faking a sense of community and thus binding the employee not only by the tasks and remuneration. This talk aims to compare the uniqueness of Japanese community structure, how it is exploited by businesses or hobbyist with global Open Source communities. A closer look reveals that many businesses nowadays have to work with community and might take some lessons learned from the Japanese. On the other hand the Japanese might want to shift their focus back to the individual and the human aspect in community.

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Carsten Meskes

Executive Assistant, credativ
Studied Japanese, lived and worked in Japan for a couple of years before coming back to Germany to work for credativ, an independent Open Source service and support provider. Not much external speaking experience. Lots of time spend in and around communities.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00 - 12:40
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)


OSS Collaborative Leadership and the Software Supply Chain Problem - Satoru Ueda, Sony Corporation
Contemporary software is, in many cases, developed by the collaborative work of many developers in a large and complex supply chain network. Some of developers in the supply chain are well-acquainted with using Open Source Software, and handle it appropriately. However we must be reminded that there are still many parties in the product ecosystem that lack familiarity or experience with OSS. Product vendors cannot wait for all members to become mature in their OSS usage. Sometimes, even the OSS leaderships in different companies are required to help each other, to achieve satisfactory results.

In the OpenChain Project Japan Work Group, OSS leaders from different companies are working together to help each other resolve supply-chain issues. In this session we would like to discuss the way to help those early stage level companies. Some actual efforts and outcomes will be introduced.



Chief Open Alliance Manager, Sony Corp.
Since early 2003, Satoru Ueda has been engaged in projects to promote and use Linux widely in consumer electronics appliances and IoT devices. Ueda was one of the founders of the CE Linux forum, which was established to enhance the collaborative relationship between the OSS community... Read More →

Thursday July 18, 2019 14:50 - 15:30
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)


Using SW360 for OSS Compliance Management Process - Kouki Hama , Toshiba
SW360 is OSS tool for centrally managing software component information, license information, vulnerability information, and etc. This tool also allows you to associate project information with many software components.

Toshiba has begun centralizing information management of open source software by SW360. This made it possible to share open source information across departmental barriers. On the other hand, feedback from users obtained various issues.

Kouki will explain how Toshiba has promoted the use of open source by SW360 and will explain how to approach issues. These include issues that originate from Japan domestic requirement and issues that need to be solved beyond the boundaries of a company. Moreover, we will report on what kind of open source compliance management system Toshiba aims for.


Kouki Hama

Software Engineer, Toshiba
Kouki Hama is a software engineer at Toshiba Corporation and researches how to use open source effectively without any kind of problems. He is particularly interested in the use of  Open Source Management tools.

Thursday July 18, 2019 16:00 - 16:40
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
Friday, July 19


(How to) Be a Good Citizen in Open-Source Documentation - Robert Kratky, Red Hat
Open-source projects continue to struggle with documentation -- it is often cited as the weak spot of open source. Many projects have failed to attract docs contributors, and many companies that contribute code don’t have processes for working with upstream docs. How can you, both as a corporate and individual contributor, help to create a healthy documentation set? What are the best practices for writing and maintaining open docs?

This session will introduce attendees to basic principles of fitting docs work into the open-source collaboration model. You will learn about open-source documentation what you may already know about open-source code: how to be a good community member, how to contribute meaningfully, and how to ensure the resulting docs serve the community well and can also be downstreamed easily.

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Robert Kratky

Principal Technical Writer, Red Hat
Robert Kratky often presents about documentation topics at industry and open-source events. In the role of a technical writer at Red Hat, Robert specializes in developer docs and improvement of user experience with documentation.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00 - 11:40
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
  • Experience Level Any


Open Source QA: What It Will Take to Get to the Next Level - Tim Bird, Sony Corporation
Over the last 20 years, Open Source software has made incredible inroads and become the de-facto standard for system software in many market categories. The same is not true of Open Source Quality Assurance. Despite the availability of many QA resources that are Open Source, the testing landscape is very fragmented, and there are lots of areas where in-house and ad-hoc testing hardware, code and methods are used.

In this presentation, Tim will describe barriers to sharing existing tests and test infrastructure. Tim will give his insights about what will it take to get Quality Assurance to the same level of ubiquity, quality, community, ease of deployment, and low cost, as Open Source coding.

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Tim Bird

Senior Staff Software Engineer, Sony
Tim Bird is a Senior Software Engineer for Sony Corporation, where he helps Sony use Linux and other open source software in their products. Tim is the maintainer of the Fuego test framework, and is involved in various groups in the Linux Foundation that advance the use of Linux in... Read More →

Friday July 19, 2019 11:50 - 12:30
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)


Developer Experience (DX) for Open-Source Projects: How to Engage Developers and Build a Growing Developer Community - William Cheng & Akihito Nakano, Founding Team Members of OpenAPI Generator
Developer experience is one of the most important factors when it comes to building a successful product for developers. Most successful open-source projects share a similar pattern - an engaging developer experience. How can an open-source project engage developers more easily? How should the developer experience be crafted differently compared to commercial products? What are the best practices in providing a world-class developer experience?

In this talk, William Cheng, who is the core team and founding member of OpenAPI Generator, will walk you through lessons in turning developers into loyal contributors to achieve 1000+ contributors with 100+ generators covering 30+ programming languages and 20+ server-side frameworks with the help of a vibrant and growing developer community.

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Akihito Nakano

Founding Member, OpenAPI Generator
Akihito Nakano is a web application developer of E-Commerce Platform Department at ASKUL Corporation. He has been involved in web API development, cloud migration, development environments improvement & unit tests organization.
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William Cheng

Founding Member, OpenAPI Generator
William Cheng is an experienced IT professional with 10+ years of experience in IT startups, academic research, a leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer and a top-tier global investment bank. He is also an entrepreneur, eBook author, conference speaker, and active open-source... Read More →

Friday July 19, 2019 14:00 - 14:40
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
  • Experience Level Any


The Activity of the Security Workgroup in the CIP Project - Takehisa Katayama, Civil Infrastructure Platform
The IEC established the IEC 62443 international security standard covering all layers engaged in the manufacturing of industrial control systems and all players. The Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Project established Security Workgroup for supporting them to get the IEC 62443-4-2 Certification by using open source software. I'll introduce the activity and the aim of the Workgroup.


Takehisa Katayama

Director, Renesas Electronics Corporation
TSC representative from Renesas and Security Workgroup lead in CIP project. I'm a software architect and have more than 20 years of experience in software development for embedded systems.

Friday July 19, 2019 14:00 - 14:40
Meeting Room 1 (Floor 5F)
  • Experience Level Any


The Strategic Value of CommunityBridge: An Open Dialogue - Timothy Fong, The Linux Foundation
This discussion will share and invite feedback on the CommunityBridge suite of solutions, which includes Analytics, Security, Mentorship, EasyCLA, Funding, and other services.  

This session will also share a framework for how Open Source can deliver more Strategic Innovation to your company with the “LF Innovation Maturity Model.”

We would welcome your feedback in this breakout session where you participation is encouraged.


Timothy Fong

Developer Relations, Linux Foundation

Friday July 19, 2019 14:00 - 14:40
Hall A (3) (Floor 5F)
  • Experience Level Any


Markings of a Healthy OSS Project - Clement Ho, GitLab
Almost all projects rely on open source. That is fantastic for everyone but not all open source projects are created equal. Some are healthy than others. In this talk, I’d like to share what indicators I use to gauge the health of an open source project so that we can all contribute in making open source projects healthier for everyone.

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Clement Ho

Frontend Engineering Manager, GitLab
Clement is a frontend engineering manager at GitLab for the monitor stage of the DevOps lifecycle. He is a maintainer of GitLab's frontend code and is currently building his team in becoming charting experts at GitLab and in the industry. Prior to GitLab, he worked at HP and received... Read More →

Friday July 19, 2019 14:50 - 15:30
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)
  • Experience Level Any


To Improve and Sustain Your Business with Open Source - Yoshiya Eto, Fujitsu Ltd.
Recently, it is necessary to use open source software to create products and services. And it is very difficult to create any differentiation in them especially in platform technologies.

In this session, I will try to describe how I created an advantage and an entry barrier in my business.

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Yoshiya Eto

Principal Architect, Fujitsu Ltd.
Yoshiya ETO had been leading open source development team for more than 15 years at Fujitsu. He served Linux Foundation board for 10 years and now he is fellow at Linux Foundation.

Friday July 19, 2019 16:50 - 17:30
Hall B (4) (Floor 4F)