Community growth and summits
After many years in development, looking for a break from Java, Maria Rita stumbled into the IBM Open Technology team in early 2013. The Open Technology team has been fostering the development of the next generation of open source communities for years starting with Eclipse in the early 90s to the latest and greatest open source projects like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Node.js, and many more. On top of that, the team is on the front-line experimenting with cutting edge technologies and engage with developers around the world to help them be successful at what they do.
Maria Rita has been working closely with the OpenStack Foundation and the many teams in IBM that leverage and contribute to OpenStack. She is also the mastermind behind IBM @ the OpenStack Summits which she hasn't missed since Fall 2013. Passionate about Women In Technology, you can find her in the front line at the Women Of OpenStack events.