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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

Co-founder and Community Organizer, Open Ireland Network
Clare Dillon has spent over 25 years working with developers and developer communities. She is a co-founder of the Open Ireland Network, a community for those interested in advancing open source at a national level in Ireland. Last year, she was also appointed Executive Director of... Read More →
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Gar Mac Críosta

HSE Lead, Covid Tracker App, Ireland
Gar is the HSE Lead for the COVID Tracker App www.covidtracker.ie a COVID-19 pandemic response app. Since early 2019 Gar has worked as a Digital Advisor to the CIO/COO/CTO in the HSE developing digital strategies to support SláinteCare initiatives. Gar is the Chair of the Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) Advisory Committee.Prior to that; Gar is th... Read More →

Tim Willoughby

Head of Digital Services and Innovation, An Garda Síochána, Ireland's Police Service
Tim is head of Digital Services and Innovation in An Garda Síochána and is the Chief Disruptor who is responsible for Innovation and new and future directions in technology and the Mobility Programme. Tim was formerly CTO of the LGMA, with over 20 years in a number of Senior Management... 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
OS Program Office Management Theater