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Open Source Panel: How to create an open source project


In this panel, creators of open source projects share their stories from why they started the project to the challenges they encountered on the way.


Ben Lorica is the Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, Inc. and is the Program Director of both the Strata Data Conference and the Artificial Intelligence Conference. He has applied Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of settings including Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Text Mining, and Financial Engineering. His background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services.


Max is the CEO and founder of Preset, the Apache Superset company. He has worked at the leading edge of data and analytics his entire career, helping shape the discipline in influential roles at data-dependent companies like Facebook, Airbnb, Lyft and Yahoo!. A leader in the open-source community, Max is the creator of Apache Superset, a popular open-source data visualization, exploration and analytics platform and Apache Airflow, an open-source tool for orchestrating complex computational workflows and data processing pipelines. More recently he founded Preset, a company devoted to building upon Superset to offer next generation analytics as a service.

Tobi Knaup is the CTO and Co-Founder of Mesosphere, the hybrid cloud platform company which helps organizations adopt transformative technologies like container orchestration, machine learning and real-time analytics. He was one of the first engineers and tech lead at Airbnb. At Airbnb, he wrote large parts of the infrastructure including the search and fraud prediction services. He helped scale the site to millions of users and build a world class engineering team. Tobi is the main author of Marathon, the world’s first open source container orchestrator. He also co-created KUDO, an open source toolkit for building Kubernetes Operators.

Haoyuan (H.Y.) Li is the Founder and CTO of Alluxio. He graduated with a Computer Science Ph.D. from the AMPLab at UC Berkeley. At the AMPLab, he co-created and led Alluxio (formerly Tachyon), an open source virtual distributed file system. Before UC Berkeley, he got a M.S. from Cornell University and a B.S. from Peking University, all in Computer Science.

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