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Wednesday, October 28 • 18:30 - 19:20
Panel Discussion: How Ireland Created and Why They Open Sourced COVIDGreen - Danese Cooper & Cian O'Maidin, NearForm, Ltd.; Gar Mac Criosta, HSE Ireland; Jenny Wanger, Linux Foundation Public Health

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We are seeing an unprecedented increase in open source activity to respond to the COVID-19 crisis with solutions. Ireland was much in the news in July with the release of their COVID Tracing App, which garnered over a million installs (>25% of the population of Ireland) within the first 48 hrs. A week later they donated their open source code to the fledgeling Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) project to promote wider reuse of their successful app. Learn about the process the team went through to create this landmark app, including considerations of product design, privacy architecture, how and when to open source the code, how to test it to allay the fears of privacy advocates, & how to market it for maximum local adoption. Panelists include experts from Ireland's HSE, NearForm, Ltd., and LFPH.

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Jenny Wanger

Head of Implementer's Forum, Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH)
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Danese Cooper

VP, Special Initiatives, NearForm
Ms. Danese Cooper is the president of the InnerSource Commons Foundation. Recently, Danese Cooper joined NearForm after 4.5 years as Sr. Director and Head of Open Source Software at PayPal, Inc. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. Ms. Cooper previously served... Read More →

Cian O'Maidin

CEO, NearForm, Ltd.
Cian is a computer scientist – turned entrepreneur in the open source world. He founded NearForm, now the largest independent company contributing to the Node runtime in the world. Passionate about people and creativity, Cian setup the Dublin Node.js UG and setup NodeConf.eu. Doing... Read More →

Gar Mac Criosta

Product Manager, Irish COVID Tracing App, HSE Ireland
- I'm immersed in working with & understanding how organizations change & what makes them successful - I think that many organizations need "brain rewiring" to allow them to succeed in uncertain times - I want to reinvent the way 'consulting' is done; strip it bare; keep it useful... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 18:30 - 19:20 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater