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30 May 2023 – Newsletter

Zin Lwin
30th May 2023


The year is racing by and as we head into summer we have some exciting work ongoing at OpenUK.

Our Annual Survey, again pushes boundaries to establish data for the UK with respect to the impact of open source software, and the economy, not yet available for any other country, as we continue to reflect on the UK’s role as a centre of excellence in open source. You can play your part by:

– taking 15 minutes to complete our survey;

– sharing the survey on social media; and

– directly asking anyone based in the UK to complete the survey.

As we seek a clear snapshot of open source in the UK, we are looking for people working in public and private sector, in tech and outside it, and also including our colleagues who are currently out of work.

The survey outputs will shape our Phases 2-4 State of Open: The UK in 2023 reports.

Please do support our work and complete the survey and share! Thank you.


State of Open: The UK in 2023 Survey

Survey open until midnight UK on 4 June.

Take the Survey


Upcoming OpenUK Events

State of Open Subset

State of Open Subset weekly digital talks include topics from across the 7 tracks of State of Open Con. Speakers who didn’t manage to speak at SOOCon23 and topics that we didn’t dive deep into at the conference.

Upcoming episodes include Amanda Brock (30 May) and Carla Gaggini (6 June).

Register for State of Open Subset

All talks are available online after the live date. You can watch all past Subset talks on and follow our YouTube Channel. #stateofopencon


Open Technology for Sustainability Day

Schedule is now live for OpenUK’s free to attend Open Technology for Sustainability Day – Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on 14 September. Free tickets are available now until 10 September at 5pm or while stock lasts.

Get tickets


OpenUK Meet Ups

We have a very special London Meet Up sponsored by Avanade on 22 June with guest host and International Ambassador Bart Farrell, Civo’s Kunal Kushwana speaking alongside a panel hosted by Cheryl Hung. We’ll have swag swap, our sticker table and perhaps some lightening talks.

If you have not spoken before and would like to you can propose yourself as a First-Time Five speaker, and be supported in your first short talk. Rumour has it there will be karaoke afterwards.

Register now

Join the London Meet Up Group

Thanks to Dawn Foster & Nikita Koselev, speakers at the May London Meet Up, who focused on community in open source. UK-wide Meet Ups are planned.

If you’d like to involved by giving a talk, organising or volunteering at our Meet Ups contact and Mark Baker, our Chief Meet Up Officer will be in touch.


OpenUK Town Halls

29 June at 8am repeated 5pm will see us sharing an update at our Town Hall – an opportunity  to keep up to date with what’s going on at OpenUK and to find out how to get involved.  Early Town Hall is recorded and available on our YouTube Channel.

Register for June Town Hall


Save the Date – OpenUK Summer Picnic

Mark your calendars for OpenUK’s Summer Picnic happening on 25 June in Regents Park and across the UK. More details shortly


New Blog Post

A Volunteer Story

OpenUK in the Press

UK commits £1 billion to chip development

UK’s £1BN semiconductor plan branded ‘disappointing’ by chip sector


Industry CFPs

Civo Live

Call for papers deadline 31 May.

Learn more

Open Source Finance Forum

Call for papers deadline 23 June.

Learn more


Events OpenUK Will be Attending

CEO Amanda Brock will keynote the Scottish Council for Development and Industry Forum 5-6 June. “Elevating the role of open source software in the Sustainability agenda”


DevOpsDays Birmingham will see an OpenUK stand on 15-16 June at Millennium Point in Birmingham.


CEO Amanda Brock will be keynoting CommCon 19-23 June asking “Will Open Source Fail?”


OpenUK is recruiting!

We are looking for an entry level Community Manger to join OpenUK full time. To apply send a bio and why you are interested in the role to

Hope the sun is shining where you are.


Amanda Brock

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