Workshop: Inner Source from the Trenches

Inner Source is an emerging paradigm of software development that aims to adopt best practices and tools from successful open source software development projects. Many companies are adopting Inner Source initiatives, but much uncertainty remains about how to go about it.

On February 19, we are organizing an industry workshop around Inner Source with a number of fantastic speakers:

  • gurbaniVijay K Gurbani is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Computer Systems and Security Research group in the Enabling Computing Technologies Domain at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent. Gurbani was the principal developer of the SIP stack, a project that was run as an Inner Source initiative.
  • riehleDirk Riehle is the Professor for Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before joining academia, Riehle led the Open Source Research Group at SAP Labs, LLC, in Palo Alto, California, including SAP’s Inner source initiative.
  • dermot hughesDermot Hughes is program manager at Ericsson, and responsible for Inner Source innovation at Ericsson. Hughes has led numerous development teams and has extensive experience with outsourced suppliers.


  • john landyJohn Landy is Lead Product Owner for a group championing inner source community development, promoting re-use and contribution across Ericsson R&D.


Location and Agenda

The Workshop will be held at NUI Galway, in the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, Room CA-243. Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland (click to see map).

The agenda is as follows; Coffee will be available from 09:30, and there will be (very) small breaks in between the talks (max. 5 min) to refill.

  • 09:30 Coffee
  • 09:50 Welcome
  • 10:00 Vijay K Gurbani 10:50 Dirk Riehle
  • 11:40 Dermot Hughes & John Landy
  • 12:30 Panel
  • 13:30 Lunch

Getting There

By Train: When you arrive at the train station in Galway, the best way is to take a taxi. Traffic in Galway is quite bad during traffic hour so please allow yourself plenty of time to get there.

By Bus: Several bus services serve Galway, which will bring you to Galway train station. See below for more information about buses (from airports). We suggest to take a taxi from there on.

By Car: Parking at the JE Cairnes Business School is for employees only; there is paid parking available nearby (limited to 2 hours), but a better option is to drive to the free Park’n’Ride parking lot. Free shuttle buses run every 15 minutes, which takes about 10 minutes. Please ask the bus driver to let you off at the JE Cairnes Business School.

By Plane: Ireland is served by many different airlines. Dublin Airport is the largest airport and thus best connected. However, there are good connections available from the USA to Shannon Airport on the West coast (and nearby Galway). AerLingus is the national airline. Shannon, Cork and Dublin are all well connected with AerLingus and also with RyanAir. A viable option is to plan a connection through one of the airports in London (Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted), all three of which connect well with Irish airports. However, do plan for sufficient transfer time – the minimum for Heathrow is 1 hour, for instance (without any delays). Ireland has several bus operators that serve the airports. Bus Eireann is the national public bus operator. Private bus operators include CityLink and JJ Kavanagh. Details per airport are listed below. Please note that most services do not run till late at night. Only JJ Kavanagh has night services. Irish railroad is oriented around the capital, Dublin, and consequently taking trains between other cities may not be time-efficient. You can also choose to rent a car from any of the airports. However, this will not greatly reduce your travel time, only make it more flexible. Cars drive on the left-hand side in Ireland.

From Shannon Airport

Shannon is the closest airport to Galway at about 1 hour distance. Buses are operated by Bus Eireann only from this airport (link opens timetable for Line 51). (JJ Kavanagh runs a service from Shannon Airport to Dublin Airport, and goes through Limerick).

From Cork Airport

CityLink operates a service from Cork Airport to Galway, passing through Cork City and Limerick City. See for details the CityLink website (link opens PDF with timetable). Cork Airport to Galway takes about 3 hours.

From Dublin Airport

CityLink serves Galway directly from Dublin Airport. See the CityLink website for more details.

There are trains operated by Irish Rail between Dublin Heuston train station and Galway (link opens PDF with the timetable). In order to get from Dublin Airport to Dublin Heuston train station, please allow approximately 30 min. to 1 hour depending on traffic. There are buses between Dublin Airport and Dublin Heuston train station.