Schedule and speakers

We're excited to feature the following topics and speakers at our annual meeting:


Opening Financial Services: Open Source 360° Survey Results - by Bob Canaway

The Symphony Software Foundation collaborated with Black Duck Software to survey the worldwide community about open source software, which makes up 80 to 90 percent of the code in modern software applications. Over 250 people from the banking and financial services industry responded to the survey, sharing how their use of open source components has changed and how open source drives development in their organizations. Bob will present the results of the survey and discuss implications for the industry.

About Bob Canaway - Chief Marketing Officer, Black Duck Software

Bob Canaway-122680-edited.pngBob Canaway brings more than 15 years of enterprise software experience and marketing leadership to Black Duck Software. Most recently he was Chief Marketing Officer at Nuxeo, where he helped establish the company as an enterprise open source content management provider and increase its year-over-year sales by 50 percent. Prior to Nuxeo, Bob was Vice President of Marketing at Ektron , a web content and digital experience management provider, where he led a marketing transformation and drove a strategy that addressed a new economic buyer. Those initiatives were instrumental in doubling Ektron's revenue during his tenure. Earlier in his career Bob held positions at well-known technology companies including Aspen Technology, TIBCO, and Intel. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Symphony Open Source Update - by Lawrence Miller 

Symphony Communication Services LLC is the main contributor to the Symphony Software Foundation and is increasingly driving the community towards open collaboration on its platform. In this session, Symphony Communication Services LLC will provide an update on the state of the art of key contributed components and an outlook to future contributions to the Foundation.

About Lawrence Miller - EVP, Global Technology, Symphony Communication Services LLC

Lawrence Miller, Symphony LLC-493496-edited.jpgLawrence Miller is an experienced financial services technology leader with multiple patents and has a strong track record in the industry. A former Managing Director with BlackRock, Lawrence was Global Head of Development Services with the firm’s Aladdin Product Group. He was also member of Aladdin Product Group’s Executive Committee, and was closely involved in the formation of Symphony Communication Services LLC. Prior to joining Symphony LLC, Lawrence was with BlackRock for 11 years, and JP Morgan Chase for six years.



State of the Foundation - by Gabriele Columbro 

About Gabriele Columbro - Executive Director, Symphony Software Foundation

Gabriele_Columbro-1.jpgGrown in the flourishing Open Source Enterprise ecosystem of the last decade, Gabriele Columbro brings a wealth of expertise on open source communities, enterprise content management and collaboration, application lifecycle management, developer platforms, SaaS and PaaS architectures, both in terms of product and people leadership.

With a Masters thesis on Business Process Re-engineering on a fully open source stack and 10+ years in the tech business in executive, services, sales, engineering and product management roles, he developed a full-spectrum technical and business expertise, in the context of large scale projects for key government and Fortune 500 global customers.

Technical leadership and management expertise in addition to personable skills allow effective communication at technical and executive levels. Playing a key connection role between engineering and ecosystem, liaising and working within product management to ensure a closed feedback loop.

An open source enthusiast, release manager for Apache Chemistry OpenCMIS, blogger and speaker at technical conferences. Main interests are the creation of a sustainable open source product lifecycle & ecosystem to solve common industry problems.


Building productive and predictable community engagement - by Jono Bacon

Recent years have seen an explosion in community engagement and collaboration across open source, hardware, funding, innersource and beyond. There is an enormous opportunity to harness this trend if a strategic and focused approach is taken.

In this presentation from Jono Bacon, leading community strategist and former director of community at Canonical, GitHub, and XPRIZE, Bacon will unpack this opportunity and present a model for delivering on it. This model will cover defining personas, building onramps and growth, engagement incentive strategies, and the psychology that underpins it all. All this content will be tuned to the focus of the Symphony Foundation.

About Jono Bacon - Community Manager, Speaker, Author, and Podcaster

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Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. He also previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage. His clients include Huawei, GitLab, Microsoft, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, HackerOne, Mattermost, SAP,, Creative Commons, and others. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community, is a columnist for Forbes and opensource.comfounder of the Community Leadership Summit, and co-founder of the Bad Voltage and LugRadio podcasts.


State of the Source - by Peter Monks 

A deep dive into the activity of open source projects hosted by the Foundation.

About Peter Monks - VP of Technology, Symphony Software Foundation

Peter_Monks_VP_Technology_Symphony_Software_Foundation-758123-edited-994171-edited.jpgSince joining the Foundation early on, Peter Monks has had responsibility for the technology strategy of the Symphony Software Foundation, with a particular emphasis on ensuring the successful operation of the open source projects and working groups hosted by the Foundation. Prior to joining, Peter came from a strong content, collaboration, open source, and SaaS background, having worked in one or all of those fields since 2000. Initially a software engineer and technical consultant, Peter transitioned to product management in 2006, and since 2010 has focused almost exclusively on platforms, with a particular interest in open developer platforms. He was a voting member of the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee (representing Alfresco Software Inc.), and continues to champion open source, open standards, and open governance as the ultimate development model for modern software companies. 


Symphony Strategy Assessment and Use Cases - by Nathan Bricklin

A number of members have been looking at the communication and collaboration uses cases within their organizations, and how Symphony Communication Services LLC can address some of those use cases. The findings to date will be presented and an interactive discussion facilitated with the wider membership.

About Nathan Bricklin - SVP, Head of R&D Strategy & Experience, Wells Fargo
Nathan Bricklin, SVP, Wells Fargo-659792-edited.jpgNathan Bricklin has been with Wells Fargo for over 25 years. He currently leads the Social Strategy team for the Innovation Group where he is responsible for developing strategies and partnerships to use digital collaboration and mobile technologies to engage innovation partners, co-create solutions for business lines, compliment relationships with customers and startups, and speed the implementation of transformative products and services with a focus on the future of work. He previously led the Wholesale social media and digital collaboration efforts and the customer experience teams for the Wholesale Internet and Intranet portals. During his tenure at Wells Fargo, Bricklin led the Premier Banking group and the Discount Brokerage business.  He received a B.S. in finance and investments from Babson College and an MBA from UC Berkeley in finance and investments from Babson College and an MBA from UC Berkeley.