Last week, members of the Comcast open source practice were at the Open Source Summit North America to learn about, collaborate, and share best practices in open source software, open source communities, diversity and inclusion, and much more.

The Summit is a new event that combines four open-source conferences – LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen, and the brand new Open Community Conference – into one. With so many talented open source technologists in one place we were honored and excited to participate.

The Open Source Summit has brought an impressive agenda of speakers and attendees from all around the globe. On day one, Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation, kicked off the event with an overview of Linux and the importance of open source. Later in the day, there was a keynote conversation between Jim and Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and Git. Throughout the week we have heard from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor, filmmaker, singer and entrepreneur, Dan Lyons, co-producer, writer, HBO’s “Silicon Valley”, Zeynep Tufekci, Professor, New York Times writer, author, technosociologist, and many others.

The Open Source Summit North America is one of the largest open source events in the world; with over 2,000 technology professionals gathered under one roof to join forces, share, and learn about different areas of open source expertise.

The biggest takeaway for our team was the continued growth and increasing sophistication of the open-source community. Enterprises of all sizes rely on these technologies and participate actively in the community to make them better. It was exciting to be part of such a group united in one overarching purpose, and we’ll look forward to seeing the progress next year.