How to Open Source an Internal Project + eBook Giveaway

What we'll do

We're back in July with a topic we've wanted to focus on for a long time, and one we get consistent questions about - How do I open source an internal project? It's an excellent example of "open source processes" we talk so much about.

Our speaker is the incomparable and fantastic Vicky (VM) Brasseur, and we couldn't be more excited. She's a good friend of All Things Open and one of the top open source experts in the world.

Speaker: Vicky (VM) Brasseur -

VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her twenty-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community.

She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available at

Vicky has been a moderator and author for, an author for Linux Journal, the Vice President of the Open Source Initiative, and is a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014), the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016), and two Moderator’s Choice Awards (2018, 2019). She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at {anonymous => ‘hash’};.

Topic: How to open source an internal project

Your company is going to release an internal project as open source. Are you ready for your new responsibilities? You could just throw the code up on a forge (like GitHub, GitLab), but it's unlikely to receive attention or provide much benefit to the company. Open sourcing an internal project requires a lot of thought & work.

Releasing a project as open source requires changes to the development/build/release workflow. This is not about the code per se; it’s about the processes & infrastructure that surround the code & that make the project successful.

This talk will introduce what you need to know & to expect before you release your internal project, including:

* Identifying company goals for the project
* Pre-release due diligence: licenses & code hygiene
* Community expectations & maintenance
* Processes which need to happen in the open
* Communication: internal & external

Vicky will deliver a 30-45 minute talk and we'll take 10-15 minutes for Q&A.

Also, we'll give away 5 copies of Vicky's fantastic book "Forge Your Future with Open Source" - It's one of the best open source books we've read, and we're happy to make 5 copies available to lucky winners.

We sincerely hope you'll take an hour over lunch and join us for some world-class education and networking.

Questions about the meetup can be sent directly to us at [masked].