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Wednesday, October 28

12:00 GMT

Lightning Talk: Give Open Source the Weight it Deserves in Public Policy - Sivan Pätsch & Paula Grzegorzewska, OpenForum Europe
When the last study on Open Source in Europe was concluded in 2006, the Open Source revolution had not yet taken over the world. Today Open Source Software is ubiquitous in business and Open Source Hardware could trigger the next revolution. Yet policymakers don’t have the data they need to treat Open Source as the innovation machine it has become. What is the value of Open Source for the economy? How many jobs does it support? How can innovation through Open Source be measured? Is Open Source as beneficial for innovation as we think? What do governments need to do, or not do, to support a flourishing Open Source ecosystem? Since the beginning of 2020, Fraunhofer ISI and OpenForum Europe, working with over 100 researchers around the world, have been tasked by the European Commission to research the value of Open Source Software and Hardware. During this presentation we will share some preliminary takeaways and tell you why we need your input to make a pro-open source policy a reality.


Sivan Pätsch

Research Director, OpenForum Europe
Sivan Pätsch is Research Director at OpenForum Europe (OFE), where he is shepherding OFE's academic network, the OpenForum Academy. Before he joined OFE, he gained experience in EU digital policy making at the Council of the European Union. Within OFE he is responsible for the ongoing... Read More →

Paula Grzegorzewska

Policy Analyst, OpenForum Europe
Paula Grzegorzewska, Policy Analyst at OFE, has been working on topics such as Open Source, ethical and trustworthy AI and most recently, Open Source Hardware and blockchain. Before, she supported women in closing the gender gap in ICT and entrepreneurship with an NGO in Luxembourg... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:00 - 12:15 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater

13:00 GMT

How Open Source is Helping to Save the World - Kara de la Marck, CloudBees
The Internet is a driving force that is democratizing the world. Now more than ever, innovation needs to spread as fast as information. It is impossible for one governing body, one company, or one human to come up with the innovative solution to address global challenges surrounding legal issues, security, environmental issues, diversity issues, and more. These challenges are shared by all humans and it takes a concerted effort by all to help shape the solutions today for the problems of tomorrow. It is important that we maintain the principles and practices for creating diversity and inclusion to enable ways for everyone to participate in a project or a cause. In this talk, we will challenge everyone to consider how we can take a software solution and apply that to a humanitarian problem. In this talk, Kara will explore how open source brings people together to share data, best practices, and how to work as a global community. She will highlight frameworks and patterns for transparency and interoperability so that a community can learn about what’s working, what isn’t, and how to get away from fragmentation in ecosystems where nobody knows what’s what.

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Kara de la Marck

Open Source Community Manager, Cloudbees
Kara is CloudBees open source community manager. She is co-chair of the Continuous Delivery Foundation’s Interoperability SIG and a mentor and org admin for Outreachy and Google Summer of Code. Previously, she worked as a developer for a Fortune 500 company and as a freelancer... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 13:00 - 13:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
  Community Leadership, Advocacy and Evangelism

18:30 GMT

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
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

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