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The 2021 Tidelift open source maintainer survey. Get the results.

Upstream is a wrap! You can watch all the talks on-demand

Amy Hays
by Amy Hays
on June 8, 2021

Well, that was fun! On Monday, we hosted the first-ever Upstream conference, what we called a celebration of open source, the developers who use it, and the maintainers who make it. We think the day mirrored that description!

We celebrated open source with hundreds of developers—and the extended network of people who care about developers—in a myriad of ways. You can watch the whole day on-demand at upstream.live, but we wanted to share some of the highlights.

  • Tidelift CEO and co-founder Donald Fischer kicked off the day with a keynote shared with Dr. Rishi Manchanda, explaining the upstream parable and ways we can apply upstream thinking to open source.
  • Brenna Heaps of Tidelift led a fascinating discussion with a group of open source maintainers with varying backgrounds about the 2021 Tidelift open source maintainer survey. If you missed this conversation, you definitely need to watch!
  • Simon Phipps explained what the rights ratchet is—and if you develop code using open source, you need to listen to this talk.
  • Alex Williams of The New Stack moderated an important panel about the open source supply chain featuring industry experts like Shannon Lietz of Intuit, Arun Batchu of Gartner, Tom Callaway of AWS, and Donald Fischer of Tidelift. Check it out.
  • Our friends at the Changelog podcast debuted a whole new episode for the event, discussing the social contract of open source with Python core developer Brett Cannon.
  • Brian Douglas of GitHub coined a new concept, called “open source hospitality,” and shared why it’s so important.
  • Talks by maintainers held the day together like glue and generated the most discussion in The Hallway (the Upstream version of networking):

Thank you to all our wonderful speakers for making the day so awesome. There were so many talks running simultaneously it was impossible to watch them all, but lucky for you, the whole 9 hours is available on-demand. Watch it at your leisure anytime here.

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