Sunday's keynote at SCaLE was given by Stormy Peters. She talked about open source, business contributions and the social and financial economies driving development.
Three of her research questions were:
How do companies pay for open source contributions? (and what's the effect?)
How do companies change projects when they join?
Her conclusion was that the developer community needs to teach businesses how to do things right for the community. We canâ€™t wait for businesses to figure it out on their own. The call to action was a good one, but it seemed to leave some audience members scratching their heads. One audience member asked, "How do we do that?"
A few interesting figures she mentioned:
1/3 of all developers believe that software should be free
Average number of open source projects a developer works on: 5
40% of open source developers are paid to contribute
10-20% are paid but their bosses donâ€™t know it - that probably was a joke ;)
One quote that stuck with me was: â€œTypically people have been divided between left and right brain [professions].â€ I donâ€™t agree. I think you only have to look briefly at the history of science to see that creativity (â€œright brainâ€) and reason (â€œleft brainâ€) have often gone together.
The developer community just like many others - regular people who want to be useful, and inspired by their work. Creativity may not be asked for in a person's work. But people invent, dream and create regardless of whether their profession requires it.
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