Matt Jarvis

Description of the candidate: 

Matt is a Board Director of OpenUK and Director of Developer Relations at Snyk. He has spent more than 15 years building products and services around open source software, from embedded devices to large scale distributed systems. Matt is a regular speaker on open source software at conferences across the world, including KubeCon, DockerCon, FOSDEM, Open Infra Summit and All Things Open, a past winner of the OpenStack Outstanding Community Contributor award, and in 2021 was named one of the Top 100 Influencers in Open Technologies in the UK. He is also the founder of several successful open source communities and events including Cloud Native Manchester, Kubernetes Community Days UK and Cloud Natives UK.

Matt has been involved in open source software and communities since the 1990’s and has seen open source go from an individual contributor hobbyist model through to the modern era of well funded Foundations. Throughout that time he’s worked with communities with a huge variety of governance models, and contributed broadly. For the OpenStack community he helped to draw up the Active User Contributor model, and built the EMEA user community, in the CNCF he has been active in various TAG’s and community groups worldwide, and has recently been working with the OpenSSF around supply chain security for open source. 

Matt also created the Open Source Program Office at Mesosphere, an early stage OSPO. 

As a founding member of the OpenUK Board Matt has contributed to building the organization and helped to draw up the supporter model and membership structure, enabling OpenUK to become one of the most recognised organizations in Open Technology today.

How will you contribute to the board

Massive adoption of open source software across all sectors has thrown up many new challenges for the open source community. The principles of our movement are increasingly under threat, principally because of misunderstandings about the freedoms at the heart of the open source definition and why they exist. 

In my experience the OSI is under-represented in the mainstream of adopters, with relatively little understanding of the context around the OSD. My day job is building awareness and community on a global scale, and I would bring those skills and experiences to bear in growing the OSI community, promoting awareness of the mission and goals as well as building a better understanding of the meaning of open source. 

I would also support the executive function as required bringing practical organizational management, open source engineering, governance and Board experience.

Why you should be elected

I am not a lawyer, I represent open source end users and the organizations who rely on it, but I also have a solid understanding of licenses and the OSD. I believe that a proper understanding of why those licenses exist in the form that they do is critical to the future of open source software. 

I’ve been a user, a developer, a contributor, an advocate and an educator, and have worked for many years with end users across almost every industry. I have a deep bias towards action, and am equally comfortable at a strategic level or being involved more directly in execution. I’m both a pragmatic thinker and a doer, and focused on achievable goals and outcomes. 

In my day job I work with license compliance and open source users across the world, and can bring that perspective to the board. I also have significant experience around new consumption models like cloud and SaaS, and in emerging technologies and their potential impacts

Based in Europe, I am engaged in UK leadership and global collaboration across the entire field of open technologies, and have deep links across many different ecosystems.

Type of seat: 


To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.