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The EU Open Source Policy Summit 2021

05 February 2021

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Date
February 5
Time
13:00 - 18:00 CET

OpenForum Europe and the Linux Foundation are excited to invite you to the EU Open Source Policy Summit 2021

Keynote Speakers

Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for Internal Market

Chris Wright

Senior 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. 

Agenda

13:00 - 13:05
Welcoming Remarks from OpenForum Europe's CEO
13:05 - 13:15
Keynote: European Commissioner Thierry Breton
13:15 - 14:10
Presentation of Results: European Commission Open Source Impact Study
14:10 - 14:30
Keynote: Chris Wright, CTO, Red Hat
14:30 - 15:10
European Public Sector Innovation and Open Source
15:10 - 15:50
Doing Business in the Open
15:50 - 16:30
OSPOs Everywhere: Universities, Governments and Businesses
16:30 - 17:00
Fireside Chat: Scaling Open Source in Europe
17:00 - 17:50
The Future of Open Innovation
17:50 - 18:00
Final Words

Session Details and Speakers

Welcoming Remarks from OFE’s CEO
13:00 – 13:05

Keynote: European Commissioner Thierry Breton
13:05-13:15

  • Thierry Breton

    European 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
13:15-14:10

  • Prof. Dr. Knut Blind

    Coordinator of Business Unit Innovation and Regulation Fraunhofer ISI

Keynote: Chris Wright
14:10-14:30

  • Chris Wright

    Senior 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
14:30-15:10

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?

Doing Business in the Open
15:10-15:50

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?

OSPOs Everywhere: Universities, Governments and Businesses
15:50-16:30

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?

Fireside Chat: Scaling Open Source in Europe
16:30-17:00

  • TBA

  • TBA

The Future of Open Innovation
17:00-17:50

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?

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