Open for Business 2016 is Next Month

Jeremy Bennett
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OpenUK and the BCS Open Source Specialist Group are co-hosts of the annual Open for Business conference.  This festival of open source in the business environment takes place just four weeks from now in Hebden Bridge on Monday 5th September.

This year we are focusing on how to bring open source into your business,  looking at how to make money using open source, how to manage open source procurement and how to handle legal and licensing issues.  But most of our speakers are an international group of senior executives, with huge real work experience of success  with open source in their own business.

Highlights include:

  • A keynote from Mike Little, co-founder of WordPress, which now powers 26% of the Web.
  • Maarten Ectors, VP for IoT at Canonical presenting on making money with open source.
  • Matija Suklje, lawyer and FOSS legal specialist who spent 5 years heading up the FSFE Legal Network (global FOSS legal network and Chatham House Rule list, which also publishes the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review journal

Over the course of an extended lunch break, our speakers will be offering “surgery” sessions: an opportunity to seek free advice one-to-one with leading practitioners.  In the evening you are invited to join speakers and other attendees for an informal dinner in a local pub.

Open for Business is just one part of the Wuthering Bytes festival, a 10-day celebration of open source technology in the heart of the UK’s “Northern Powerhouse”.  There are many more meetings of interest to OpenUK members, from workshops on open source hardware, through to open smart cities, along with the global meetings of the LLVM and GNU Tools Cauldrons.

Full details of Open for Business 20016 are here, with free registration through Eventbrite here.  We look forward to seeing you in Hebden Bridge next month.

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