With the creation of the Scala Center, Scala has achieved a level of open source collaboration that is heretofore unseen, where the worlds of government, academia, corporate enterprise and community are now actively engaging in a positive way to move the language forward in multiple dimensions. However, most other open source technologies do not have this level of diverse backing, and are in serious danger of losing their ability to meet their long-term potential.
In this talk, I will explore the reasons open source projects, libraries, tools and more are now in danger of never becoming more than isolated pet projects and islands unto themselves. I will then discuss how we can change this to allow all of our projects to succeed in the long term. Is Typelevel an example of this, and how can we all help it succeed?