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Dirk Hohndel Named Chief Open Source Officer Of Cardano Foundation


Open source veteran Dirk Hohndel has joined the Cardano Foundation as its Chief Open Source Officer. Hohndel, most recently VP and Chief Open Source Officer at VMWare, has more than 30 years of experience as an open source developer and has been an executive leader driving open source transformations across industries for more than two decades. He will lead the Foundation’s strategy to build a third-party contributory open source ecosystem for the core Cardano Protocol.

“Decentralized computing and blockchain are quickly becoming the bedrock of the future, and open source is a critical part of building a thriving ecosystem that can be sustainable for years to come,” said Hohndel. “I’m excited to bring open source transformation to another industry, one that is unlocking so many possibilities for all.”

The Cardano blockchain protocol provides a sustainable computing infrastructure, one that will continuously evolve, adapt, and grow as more contributors participate and benefit from it. An open ecosystem and governance model will ensure this collaboration has the necessary support and moves as fast as the opportunity at hand. Open source projects combined with transparent and open governance are excellent activators for technology adoption and acceleration. Plus, they can encourage broad collaboration between a variety of stakeholders.

Prior to VMWare, Hohndel held the position of Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel for nearly 15 years. In addition to being a Linux Foundation board director for five years, Hohndel was one of the of the original creators of the organization in the early 2000s. Today he serves on the board of advisors of Netki, a provider of remote digital identity verification technology, and is a strategic advisor to CIQ.

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