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Nithya Ruff

Nithya Ruff
Nithya Ruff
Head, Open source program office
The Accidental Relationship
11:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST
Most independent open source developers never intended to be a supplier to a Fortune 50 critical infrastrure project. Imagine a home cook suddenly having to serve their food intended for daily consumption, in a 2 star Michelin Restaurant. It was just not built or ready for that level of expectation and scrutiny. In reality, that is what is happening with the success of open source in the world. Small one or two person projects suddenly come into the spotlight and discover that the world is now depending on them. To be fair, the Michelin restaurant did not know that their component came from a small home cook or a small farmer. It was brought in accidentally by their chefs or purveyors. It was all an accidental relationship that they now need to live with. How do we live in this world of unintended relationships between supplier and consumer, and who is responsible for making it work for both.
About Nithya Ruff

Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of the Amazon Open Source Program Office. She drives open source culture and coordination inside of Amazon and engagement with external communities.

Prior to Amazon, she started and grew Comcast and Western Digital’s Open Source Program Offices. Nithya first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the ‘90s and has been building bridges between companies and the open source community ever since. She’s also held leadership positions at Wind, Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and Eastman Kodak.

She is a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new and diverse people in technology and can often be seen speaking and writing on this topic. She has been pushing for all contributions to open source to be valued such as in marketing, legal and community and not just code. Nithya graduated with an MS in Computer Science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. Today she is an aspiring corporate director and corporate governance enthusiast.