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OpenUK December 2023 Newsletter

Zin Lwin
12th December 2023

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Dear Readers,

As 2023 draws to a close we are looking back on another full and successful year for OpenUK. Thank you to everyone who participated in our activities and who volunteered, whether contributing to a report or attending and staffing our first State of Open Con. Our forthcoming Annual Report will look back on our activities and a year where open technology – particularly Open Source Software and Open Data – has been a central part of the AI trajectory.

We will be sharing one final update with you in 2022, our Schedule for the 8 tracks at State of Open Con 24, and if you haven’t already grabbed a ticket now is the time to do so.

State of Open Con 24 – Call for Volunteers

State of Open Con 24, is a unique conference sitting at the intersection of engineering, law, policy and business, but also through its inclusion of all areas of open technology – software, hardware, data, standards, AI and more. It takes place at the Brewery in London on 6 and 7 February, with a free-to-view stream of the plenaries and all 8 tracks.

You can volunteer to be part of the event staff and receive a free ticket for one day by working the other day. Volunteers also receive an exclusive event kit.

Join our warm and welcoming community and learn more about Open Technology.

Get invovled as a volunteer

The CFP closed and our CFP Committees are hard at work to share a schedule with you this Friday, 15 December.

Tickets are on sale at the heavily subsidised price of £199, with free tickets available for community, students and the unemployed. For free tickets email

We hope to see many of you join us as speakers, volunteers and attendees.

Buy Tickets

We’re grateful to our sponsors whose generosity allows us to sell heavily subsidised tickets and support community tickets to make SOOCon24 an inclusive event. This is part of the EDI considerations that have led our event to receive a CHAOSS Gold Medal for a second consecutive year.

Our many table holders bring their projects and businesses to our Delegate Experience area at SOOCon24 so join us to meet them and learn more.


State of Open: The UK in 2023 Reports

In our third year of reporting on Open Source Software and the UK, we published a three-phase report.

Phase 1: “A Year in Review” –  Published March 2023

Phase 2: “Show us the Money” – Published July 2023 – A 2-part report focusing on Economics, Business and AI

Part 1: The Economics of Open Source Software

Part 2: AI Openness

Phase 3: “Skills or Bust” – Published November 2023 – focus on Skills, the Future of Work and Software Security

State of Open: The UK in 2023

Phase 1: “A year in Review”

Released: 20 April 2023

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State of Open: The UK in 2023

Phase 2, Part 1: “Show us the Money – The Economics of Open Source Software”

Released: 13 July 2023

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State of Open: The UK in 2023

Phase 2, Part 2: “Show us the Money – AI Openness”

Released: 13 July 2023

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State of Open: The UK in 2023

Phase 3: “Skills or Bust”

Released: 21 November 2023

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Open Manifesto

OpenUK will be sharing its Open Manifesto – building on its initial work with the UK political parties this year – in the coming weeks. The manifesto builds on our reporting and policy work to set out OpenUK’s open technology asks to further the democratisation of technology via open source in the UK. This will encourage a future UK Government to build on the UK’s world-leading public sector open source first policy which is now over 10 years old and understandably out of date. It will also look to recommendations that will see improvements in skills in the UK and economic growth through our flourishing open source ecosystem.

We will be asking our OpenUK supporters to add their brands to this document as we share it with our UK politicians. If you work for a company that might be interested in supporting this please get in touch –

As individuals we will also be asking you to share our Open Manifesto with your MPs and as we progress to a political election in the UK next year, to share it with the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates in your constituencies.

OpenUK Meet Up

OpenUK London #10: OKRs and Goal-Setting

OpenUK Meet-ups will resume in January 2024 with one in London and our first in Glasgow.

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OpenUK in the Press

Computer Weekly reports Can contributing to open source get you a job?

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Surfacing the people in the Open Source Submarine under the digital economy in OpenUK’s phase three report – Skills or Bust, in computing

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Events OpenUK Will be Attending Open Source GenAI & ML Summit, 12-13 Dec 2023, San Jose

Panel Discussion:” The Impact of AI Regulation on Open Innovation in AI” – Ben Brooks, Stability AI; Amanda Brock, OpenUK; Imo Udom, Mozilla and Peter Cihon of GitHub, on 12 Dec 2023

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Events of Interest


FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate. Every year, thousands of developers of free and open source software from all over the world gather at the event in Brussels. You don’t need to register. Just turn up and join in! State of Open Con 24 is part of the FOSDEM Fringe so why not add a trip to London after FOSDEM?

Learn more about FOSDEM

If you would like to get more involved with our work, events and activities contact We host a calendar of all Open Technology Industry events and if you would like us to add your event we will share a form via

There’s a lot of important work happening at the moment, particularly around the impact of AI, open source policy and a lot of fun to be had with OpenUK as we engage with our communities through MeetUps, Awards and other events.

We’ll keep you up to date as the year comes to an end.

Best wishes,


Amanda Brock, CEO

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