The EU Open Source Policy Summit 2021
05 February 2021
OpenForum Europe and the Linux Foundation are excited to invite you to the EU Open Source Policy Summit 2021
Thierry BretonEuropean Commissioner for Internal Market
Chris WrightSenior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat
The EU Open Source Policy Summit 2021 aims to build bridges and encourage exchanges between the vast Open Source community and European policymakers.
At this virtual event, we will hear representatives from the many stakeholders working at the intersection of politics and technology. We look forward to convening this conversation at this critical juncture as discussions of Open Source move into a deeper understanding of the strategic role Open Source software and hardware will play in Europe’s digital future.
Session Details and Speakers
Welcoming Remarks from OFE’s CEO
13:00 – 13:05
Sachiko MutoCEO OpenForum Europe
Keynote: European Commissioner Thierry Breton
Thierry BretonEuropean Commissioner for Internal Market
Engineer, with a Supélec qualification in computer science, Thierry Breton begins his career as an entrepreneur in the new technologies sector. In 1981, he set up in the United States Forma Systems, an SME which he heads for 5 years. At the same time it publishes a number of science-fiction novels, including Softwar, sold at 2 million copies and translated into a dozen or so languages.
In France, he designs and then designs the Futuroscope, the first science and technology tourism park, between 1986 and 1990. In parallel, he was also elected regional councillor and then Vice-President of Poitou-Charentes from 1986 to 1992.
He runs a number of companies in the market for goods, as well as in the IT sector and new technologies. He was Director of the Strategy and Development, then Managing Director of Bull between 1993 and 1997. He then takes the lead of Thomson Multimedia, a global electronics company. In 2002, he was appointed to the head of the multinational operator France Télécom.
In 2005 he was appointed Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry of France, which he held until 2007.
Following his ministerial office, he teaches the governance at the Harvard Business School.
In 2009, he became CEO of Atos, a technology and digital service company until 2019.
He chairs ANRT, the National Association for Research and Technology until 2019. He is a member of the Technology Academy.
In 2019 he became the European Commissioner for the Internal Market. It is responsible for industry, services, digital, defence and space, as well as tourism and audiovisual.
Presentation of Results: European Commission Open Source Impact Study
Prof. Dr. Knut BlindCoordinator of Business Unit Innovation and Regulation Fraunhofer ISI
Keynote: Chris Wright
Chris WrightSenior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat Red Hat
Chris Wright is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) at Red Hat. Wright leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledger.
During his more than 20 years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry on high availability and distributed systems, and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, most of that time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems.
European Public Sector Innovation and Open Source
In the last 12 month there have been impressive developments relating to Public Sector Open Source in the EU. Examples such as the new Berlin Declaration and the European Commission’s new Open Source Software Strategy prove the momentum Open Source is gaining in the government. Our panel of senior European public officials will speak about the role of Open Source in Digital Government and Innovation. How can ‘Open’ help solve the current and future challenges and bring the EU into the next Digital Decade?
Mario CampolargoActing Director-General, DG DIGIT European Commission
Rafael LagunaCEO SPRIND - German Agency for Disruptive Innovation
Francesca BriaPresident Italian National Innovation Fund
Pia KargerDirector of the Department for Digital Society The German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Maria de Fátima FonsecaSecretary of State for Innovation and Administrative Modernization Government of Portugal
SESSION LEADERJames Lovegrove, Director EMEA Red Hat
Doing Business in the Open
The panellists will provide a broad ecosystem view of how Open Source connects and catalyses open innovation between ICT companies and traditional industry. Are these lines starting to blur? How do they see the economic impact of their Open Source use? What about Gaia-X’s Open Source ambitions? Where does Open Source fit in the upcoming industrial strategy and in the Commission’s view of standardisation efforts?
Dr. Birgit BossDigitalisation Engineer Robert Bosch GmbH
Todd MooreVice President of Open Technology IBM
Gerald PfeiferVP Products and CTO EMEA SUSE
Dr. Catharina MarackeStrategic Advisor Daimler MBition
SESSION LEADERGaël Blondelle, VP Eclipse Foundation
OSPOs Everywhere: Universities, Governments and Businesses
Globally, ICT companies have widely adopted the OSPO as best practice for dealing with Open Source. This practice is now not only spreading to all other industries, but also to the public sector and academia as well. One example is the EC OSPO presented in November 2020. Is the OSPO becoming the fundamental organisational building block of a global institutionalised Open Source ecosystem? What is the rationale behind these efforts and what is the projected impact? Why do these developments matter?
Sayeed ChoudhuryAssociate Dean for Research Data Management Johns Hopkins University
Deborah BryantSenior Director Open Source Program Office Red Hat
Boris van HoytemaChief Executive Foundation for Public Code
Peter GantenCo-Founder and Board Member APELL (The European Open Source Business Association)
SESSION LEADERJacob Green, Founder & Chief Organiser Mosslabs.io
Fireside Chat: Scaling Open Source in Europe
The Future of Open Innovation
Where is open innovation heading now when you hear people saying that “open source has won”? What are the next frontiers of open innovation? What are the risks to openness?
Calista RedmondCEO RISC-V International
Jim ZemlinExecutive Director Linux Foundation
Mike MilinkovichExecutive Director Eclipse Foundation
Guy MartinExecutive Director OASIS Open
Lucilla SioliDirector Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG Connect European Commission
SESSION LEADERDr. Maha Shaikh, Senior Lecturer of Digital Innovation King’s College London