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Tuesday, October 27 • 19:30 - 20:20
Panel Discussion: Using OSPOs to Catapult Ireland into Open Source - Danese Cooper, NearForm, Ltd.; Gar Mac Criosta, HSE Ireland; Tim Willoughby, An Garda Siochana (Irish Police); Clare Dillon, MOSSLabs Ireland; Brian Fitzgerald, LERO, Irish Software Rese

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The world is rapidly changing. Ireland has long been a critical technology player on the world stage, but has so far not been a leader in Open Source. In this panel discussion we present exciting new Open Source initiatives coming from Ireland as it consciously takes steps to grow, partner, and assume a leadership role in Open Source globally. Representatives from Irish Academia, the Government (Health Services and the Police), and Mosslabs.io Ireland will undertake a lively conversation.

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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 →
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Clare Dillon

Director, Mosslabs.io - Ireland
Clare Dillon has spent over 20 years working with developers and developer communities. She spent 8 years as part of the Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up their Developer Evangelism & Experience Group. She is a relatively new convert to the open source way, but is all... 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 →

Tim Willoughby

Head of Digital Services and Innovation, An Garda Siochana (Irish Police)
Innovative technology solution driven leader with a 20+ year track record of delivering creative customer driven solutions for the Local Government Sector. Lateral thinker who thrives and excels in creating energy, momentum and collaboration to plan, design and deliver open-source... Read More →

Brian Fitzgerald

Center Director, LERO, Irish Software Research Institute
Brian Fitzgerald is Director of Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre where he previously held the role of Chief Scientist. He holds an endowed professorship, the Krehbiel Chair in Innovation in Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he also served... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 19:30 - 20:20 GMT
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