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Panel discussion at GitHub Universe 2016

by LINE Engineer on 2016.11.9


Hello, my name is Inami (@inamiy), a member of the LINE development team. In this post, I’ll be sharing my experience from being a part of the panel discussion at GitHub Universe 2016.

About GitHub Universe 2016

GitHub Universe 2016 took place during September 13-15 at Pier 70 in San Francisco.
Inside the refurbished warehouse, now conference hall, gathered over 1500 developers, technology and business leaders. Beginning with a keynote presentation from GitHub cofounder and CEO Chris Wanstrath, over 40 speakers from all over the globe gave talks on various open source projects and business activities.

I was invited as the sole Japanese member at the panel discussion.

Below are some photos from the event.

Here is Pier 70, the event venue, and Octocat looking down from above the roof.

Here are some photos from the event floor (Heroku, Travis, Circle CI, and IBM had their own booths).

Buffet style breakfast and lunch meals and tapioca juice were provided for the attendees. The “Octoshop” selling GitHub merchandise was also very well received.

Chris Wanstrath giving his keynote presentation.

During the Keynote, Wanstrath mentioned the following 6 new features as the “biggest changes” made to GitHub.
1. Integration: Access to GraphQL API and early access to expanded features.
2. Businesses: Mandatory 2-step authentication, account management using SAML (slated for next year).
3. Workflow: Projects, a task management system based on the Kanban method (Link).
4. Reviews: The entire process from code review to merging has been streamlined by adding buttons to begin reviews, approve changes, and request changes(Link).
5. Profile: A timeline where all user activity history can be found.
6. Forums: Places where users can freely communicate with each other about education and platforms. Support for GitHub communities coming next year.

Up until now, GitHub has only released new features in small increments. And that’s why this announcement came as a bit of a surprise. Projects and Reviews in particular, were features that users have wanted for a long time. I’m looking forward to using these features in future projects and daily duties.

The innersourcing activities of LINE

I had the honor of being invited to a panel discussion on innersourcing (encouraging corporate open source development). GitHub’s own Kakul Srivastava acted as the host, joined by Jeff Jagoda from IBM, Joan Watson from Hewlett-Packard, Jeremy King from Walmart, and Panna Pavangadkar from Bloomberg. I talked about LINE’s activities and tasks concerning innersourcing. You can check the entire panel in the video linked below.

Launch – InnerSource: Reaping the Benefits of Open Source, Behind Your Firewall(video)

LINE has used GitHub Enterprise for project management since 2012. You can read more about how we introduced GitHub Enterprise to our system in the blog posts below (The following blog posts are provided in Japanese only).

Closing words

In other talks, representatives from the White House and UK Government introduced their open source activities (such as how they share code between departments). Black Girls Code, an initiative to increase the number of women of color in the digital space was also introduced. And finally, GitHub announced Electron and Atom. I was able to see the many communities in various fields first-hand.

Members of the panel were all very enthusiastic about open-source development, and their passion towards using technology to tear down cultural barriers left a lasting impression on me.

LINE has begun its open-source activity on GitHub starting this year, and there will be more contributions to other fields in the future.