We start off by asking each person to introduce themselves, their current occupation, and their current employer and to talk very briefly about how that work relates to open source.
Then - questions!
Frequent questions include:
* How did you
first hear about/get involved in open source?
* What advice would you have for if students should participate in open source things in college? Are there particular things that do or don't matter, as things to focus on? (For example, "Definitely start your own open source project rather than contribute to existing ones" or "Don't waste time talking to people on IRC".)
* Do you have advice on what to do when approaching a project for the first time?
Either in terms of code, or in terms of community.
We typically do the career panel just before lunch so that attendees can socialize with panelists immediately afterwards.