Speakers Announced: FOSS4SMEs Policy Recommendations

02 July 2019

Author: Sivan Pätsch

OpenForum Europe and the FOSS4SMEs consortium are glad to announce speakers for our event on how policy can support SMEs in harnessing Open Source Software for their digital transformation

What policy environment do we need to support SMEs innovativeness and independence in a digital world? How can SMEs take advantage of digital tools to improve their competitiveness?

The FOSS4SMEs consortium invites you to explore these and more questions with our distinguished panel from academia, SMEs and Open Source.

The event will happen on 25 September 2019 at L42 Business Centre, Rue de la Loi 42, Brussels.

André Richier

Principal Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission

Sivan Pätsch

FOSS4SMEs consortium, OpenForum Europe

Amanda Brock - Moderator

CEO of Trustable; European Representative Open Invention Network; Chair Open Source (OS) and IP Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs Programme

Cedric Thomas


Cristina Rossi-Lamastra

Professor of Business Economics, Polytechnic University of Milan

Lucas Lanziotti

Project Manager, European Digital SME Alliance

Georg Greve

CEO of Vereign (tbc)

Justina Bieliauskaite

Project Manager, European Digital SME Alliance

Nadine Roijakkers

Professor of Open Innovation, Open University Netherlands
15:00 - 15:30
Welcome coffee
15:30 - 15:45
Keynote on European Commission point of view
15:45 - 16:00
Presentation of Policy Recommendation Report
16:00 - 17:00
Expert panel on academic, SME and policy implications
17:00 - 17:30
17:30 - 18:30
Cocktail reception