Open Source Maintainers Take Center Stage, Joined by Leaders from GitHub, Red Hat, Google, and JFrog at Tidelift Upstream Event

Press Release | Tidelift | May 18, 2021

BOSTON, Mass. - May 18, 2021 - Tidelift, the premier provider of solutions for managing the open source software behind modern applications, today announced the schedule for Upstream, a free, one-day virtual event that brings together developers, open source maintainers, and the extended network of people who care most about their work.

United by a vision to make open source work better for everyone, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the maintainers behind the open source tools they use every day and learn from industry experts developing with open source at scale.

Joshua Simmons"We don't often stop to think about all the open source libraries, frameworks, and components we depend on until something goes wrong. Upstream aims to change that," said Joshua Simmons, ecosystem strategy lead, Tidelift. "We're honored to have the opportunity to bring together some of the greatest minds in open source and celebrate all of the things that make open source and the people who work on it amazing."

Upstream 2021 will be held on Monday, June 7 and will consist of 30-plus virtual sessions that attendees can watch live-or access following the event.


Confirmed talks:

  • Maintainers like John Leider of Vuetify, Valeri Karpov of Mongoose, Jordan Harband of hundreds of npm projects, Forbes Lindesay of Pug, and Roel Spilker and Reiner Zwitserloot of Project Lombok will share their stories
  • Sarah Novotny of Microsoft will discuss open source as an innovation engine
  • Deb Bryant from Red Hat will explore what it means for businesses to "create authentic value" with open source
  • Brian Douglas of GitHub will talk about open source hospitality and how to attract new contributors
  • Erin McKean from Google will share how organizations can create and maintain documentation in open source projects
  • Kevin Fleming from Bloomberg will discuss how the organization is stepping up to help the Python Software Foundation, and how others might follow suit
  • Dmitry Vinnik of Facebook will detail the approach that the Facebook Open Source team takes to measure the current health of their open source projects
  • Scott Owens from the United States Geological Survey-National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (USGS-NGTOC) will share how a government agency transformed by adopting an agile approach and embracing open source technology
  • Simon Phipps, well-known for his work at the Open Source Initiative, will be discussing the "rights ratchet" model we see in the recent spat of relicensing
  • Alex Williams from The New Stack will moderate a panel discussion about open source supply chain health, security, and management best practices
  • Jerry Wiltse from JFrog will share the interesting tale of how they acquired open source project Conan, and how their approach might've been different in today's landscape

You can view the full agenda here. Upstream will kick off Maintainer Week, a weeklong celebration of open source maintainers that will also feature the first GitHub Global Maintainer Summit and other forthcoming activities.

Register for Upstream 2021 now at Learn more about Maintainer Week at

About Tidelift

Tidelift helps organizations effectively manage the open source behind modern applications. Through the Tidelift Subscription, the company delivers a comprehensive management solution, including the tools to create customizable catalogs of known-good, proactively maintained components backed by Tidelift and its open source maintainer partners. Tidelift enables organizations to accelerate development and reduce risk when building applications with open source, so they can create even more incredible software, even faster.



Melissa Logan for Tidelift

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