Speaker Details

Nikos Katirtzis

Expedia Group

Software Engineer with a keen interest in Distributed Systems, Developer Productivity, and Open Source.

I enjoy solving problems, shipping products, growing individuals and teams, and sharing knowledge through public speaking and technical writing.

My goal is to promote good engineering practices, provide great developer experience, and make systems more resilient.

Experienced in leading projects in product, developer productivity, and SRE/platform engineering teams.

My studies include a MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a MSc in Computer Science with a focus on source code mining.

Open Source at commercial organisations

Development Practices

Open Source software dominates the world. It powers NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, it enables founders to quickly turn business ideas into products, it reveals its adoption through critical vulnerabilities that scare companies.

In this talk we will go through our learnings of doing Open Source at a company with thousands of engineers. The focus will be primarily on producing open source software rather than on using it.

Topics to be discussed:

  • How we improved the open-source release cycle from almost a year to a few days
  • Providing an on-road experience for Open Source across the company
  • Moving from 10+ GitHub organisations to a single one
  • Why your legal and security counterparts are your friends and how you can best work with them
  • Promoting your open source projects