• Open Source SIG: Building Vibrant & Sustainable Communities Monday, March 03, 2008 - 06:30PM to 09:00PM
    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.
    2000 University Avenue (note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Ave. and Woodland, west of Hwy. 101)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Software Architecture and Platform

Open Source SIG: Building Vibrant & Sustainable Communities



  • The Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Open Source SIG: 

    Topic: Building Vibrant and Sustainable Communities



    Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO, Funambol

    John Mark Walker, Community Manager, Hyperic

    John Mark Walker is responsible for growing and managing the Hyperic open source community, one of the fastest growing and successful open source software providers. http://www.hyperic.com/resources/index.html

    Fabrizio Capobianco is CEO of Funambol, a venture-backed open source mobile company. They have built a tremendously successful community around their core solution syncML. http://www.funambol.com/opensource/

    Andrew Aitken, Managing Partner, Olliance Group
    Susanna Kass, Advisor to Ohloh Inc., Palamida Inc., SignaCert Inc., UBmatrix Inc., Zogix Inc.

    Andrew and Susanna will be facilitating this panel including Fabrizio Capobianco and John Mark Walker, two leaders in successful community building. Bring a colleague who will benefit from this collective experience. Networking is a valuable part of these meetings so make sure you stay after the presentations to exchange ideas with your colleagues.

    Building a healthy and productive open source community is essential for the success of any open source project or business. 

    Topics will include strategy for building a cohesive community, continuously creating value to members, managing communities effectively, and real world examples of success and failures. The format for these well-timed subjects will be both presentation and open forum so everyone will have a chance to participate, ask questions and provide answers. This is a wonderful opportunity to get expert insight on one of the most important aspects of successful open source…building strong and effective communities.

    About Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO Funambol:

    Fabrizio Capobianco, a serial entrepreneur and veteran executive at Reuters and Tibco, founded the first Italian Web company, Internet Graffiti, in 1994. He also founded Stigma Online, developer of an information portal product with customers that included Kraft, Novartis, Italian Broadcasting Television and the Italian Stock Exchange. Capobianco has taught courses on wireless and mBusiness strategies at the University of Pavia in Italy, where he holds a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on usability. Fabrizio was recognized in 2007 as a top "40 under 40" leader by American Venture Magazine and by the readers of Mobile Village for being a consumer email visionary. He writes a blog that was voted among the 20 best in the wireless industry by FierceWireless.

    About John Mark Walker, Community Manager, Hyperic:

    John Mark Walker has been a Free Software agitator, contributor, and in a previous life, developer. At VA Linux Systems, he survived an IPO and learned the ins and outs of Open Source politics. He then went on to stints at No Starch Press, GroundWork, and then IDG World Expo as the LinuxWorld conference director before landing at Hyperic, where he currently serves as community manager.

    John Mark views the opening of software technologies as an inevitable expression of long-term economic trends driving down the price of commodity software and all commoditized knowledge, for that matter. His great quest is to figure out how to leverage the economies of scale driving the big picture into a micro-level view of successful community development for individual projects and companies. You can find his musings on Open Source at his blog, There is no Open Source Community: http://tinosc.blogspot.com/

    If you have any questions please contact:

    Norm Swaton, Sales and Marketing Manager, Olliance Group,

    [email protected]

    Note: Catered wine and appetizers brought to you by our sponsors Olliance Group and Palamida


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.
    2000 University Avenue (note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Ave. and Woodland, west of  Hwy. 101)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration/Networking
    7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation



    $15.00 for non-SDForum members
    $Free for SDForum members