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Save the date: EU Open Source Policy Summit on 4 February 2022

06 October 2021

Author: Paula Grzegorzewska

Join us on 4 February 2022 at the annual EU Open Source Policy Summit. This conference will happen both in person in Brussels and online. This year’s agenda will be packed with discussions on the most burning digital policy questions and will put open source in a broader European and global technological context.

More information and registration will be available soon. For now, add the event to your calendar.

2022 will be the eighth year OpenForum Europe hosts its Open Source policy event in the first week of February. What started as a 10-person meeting of minds on the then-niche subject of Open Source policy is now a successful annual gathering of policymakers, Open Source businesses, community members, developers, foundations and those involved with diverse digital policy subjects. 

The Summit 2022 is meant to reframe the conversation around Open Source and digital policy at the highest political level. Open Source is one of the most important vehicles to employ when tackling our digital challenges – not just in Europe, but globally. As shown by the study we conducted for the European Commission, Open Source software is estimated to contribute between €65 to €95 billion to the European Union’s GDP and promises significant growth opportunities for the region’s digital economy. Ensuring transparency, accountability, digital sovereignty, cybersecurity, increasing competition in concentrated digital markets, the provision of cutting-edge digital government services, or for that matter, a digital post-COVID economic recovery, Open Source and the Open Source industry will play an important, if not pivotal, role.

The 2021 event gathered over 1,000 attendees from all over the world, bringing a new, global dimension to the Summit. Participants joined from Europe, the US, India, Japan, Brazil and other countries. Speakers included: Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market; Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat;  Mario Campolargo, Director-General, DG DIGIT, European Commission; Francesca Bria, President, Italian National Innovation Fund; Sophie Proust, EVP and CTO, ATOS; Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation; and Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, Linux Foundation.

Key topics

  • Sustainability and the Green Transition

  • Digital Recovery

  • Open Source Program Offices

  • Digital Sovereignty

  • Security and the Global Software Supply Chain

  • Standardisation

  • Open Source Hardware

  • Industrial Policy

  • Digital Government

  • Artificial Intelligence

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