Panel: Transitioning Software to the Open Source Community

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In recent years we’ve seen an increased willingness by government agencies to transfer technology and provide more open access to data. This increased sharing opens the door for further research and contributions by commercial entities, contractors, and individuals. The panelists have extensive experience shepherding software through this process and will discuss their experiences. Aaron Cordova and Billie Rinaldi are founders of the Accumulo project which transitioned from a government technology, through the Apache Incubator process, to a top-level Apache project where they serve as Project Management Committee Members and Committers. Joe Witt is the founder of the recently open-sourced Nifi project, which is currently undergoing Apache Incubation where he serves as a Project Management Committee Member and Committer.


Dan Hood
Chief Technology Officer, Clearedge IT Solutions
(Moderator) Dan Hood is the Chief Technology Officer at ClearEdge IT Solutions, where he helps customers develop distributed software for Big Data problems. He has led various efforts that utilize Apache Accumulo and has focused on applications that require real-time user interaction. Dan has a B.S. & M.S. in Computer Science from UMBC where he has gone on to teach a wide range of courses as an adjunct faculty member for over a decade. He has also taught various Big Data courses within the commercial and DoD communities.
Billie Rinaldi
Sr. Member of Technical Staff, Hortonworks
(Panelist) Billie Rinaldi is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Hortonworks, Inc., currently prototyping new features related to application monitoring and deployment in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. Prior to August 2012, Billie engaged in big data science and research at the National Security Agency. Since 2008, she has been providing technical leadership regarding the software that is now Apache Accumulo. Billie is the VP of Apache Accumulo, the Accumulo Project Management Committee Chair, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Aaron Cordova
Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer, Koverse
(Panelist) Aaron Cordova is the original founder of the Accumulo project and led the development through the release of version 1.0. Since then Aaron has helped organizations build big data capabilities around Accumulo and has contributed to growing the Accumulo community, including organizing Accumulo meetups and writing the O’Reilly book on Accumulo with two others. He is currently CTO and co-founder of Koverse Inc. who recently announced a partnership with Cloudera to provide expertise and enhancements around Accumulo.
Joe Witt
Chief Technology Officer, Onyara
(Panelist) Joe Witt is CTO at Onyara Inc. Joe created NiFi in 2006. After many years of product development and contributions from countless development and operations experts NSA open sourced the software to the ASF. Joe is a member of the Apache NiFi PPMC and remains focused on solving enterprise dataflow challenges.