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OpenUK June 2024 Newsletter 1

Zin Lwin
12th June 2024

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Dear Readers,

As we move into an unusual summer for the UK all eyes, including OpenUK’s, are focused on the upcoming 4th July election. OpenUK is a non-partisan organisation seeking to work with all political parties and this election offers the opportunity for you our supporters to have your voice heard on UK tech policy. Please take time if you haven’t already to read The Open Manifesto, sign up as an individual and perhaps add your organisation, or your employer’s support. If you have already done this, why not help us further in building a cohesive voice by sharing The Open Manifesto with others and asking them to support too – share it across your social media, newsletters, slack and other digital channels to help build momentum.

We now have data on Prospective Parliamentary Candidates. Download the draft letter and send The Open Manifesto to your local PPC’s.

Our July report will focus on The Open Manifesto topics and we will explore these in its launch event on 3 July. Why not join us?

OpenUK’s Open Manifesto

The Open Manifesto sets out 3 critical asks for the future government in the UK. Please lend your and your personal and your organisation’s support to this document.  We have also provided data on your Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for you to share The Open Manifesto with them.

Read & Sign The Open Manifesto

Letter                 Data


State of Open: The UK in 2024 Survey and Report


Our Annual Survey is open and we would be grateful if you are UK-based if you would please complete the survey. The more you can complete the better. This is the 4th year we have conducted our survey and each year we build more of a picture of the UK, detail that no other country in the world has about its usage of open source. The data is critical data in our economic analysis of the UK and open source. Please spare 20 minutes and take the survey, your data will make a difference and be included in Phase Three of our reporting in September.

Take Survey


State of Open: The UK in 2024 Report Launch Event and Summer Drinks

The 3 July report launch will see Chief Research Officer Dr Jennifer Barth and CEO Amanda Brock share the output of our survey and research along with an afternoon of panels and keynote speakers.

Topics will include Skills, Public Sector and AI openness as well as the economics of open source.

Keynotes will include the economist and Observer journalist, Will Hutton and OpenUK AI Advisory Board Chair and GoogleDeepMind Professor of Machine Learning at Cambridge, Professor Neil Lawrence.

The Report launch will take place in London on 3rd July, 12:00 – 5:30 pm and will be followed by a summer drinks reception 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Space is limited.

OpenUK MeetUps

OpenUK London #15: Sustainability and Open Source

Join us Tuesday 18th June for our 15th OpenUK London community meet-up we will be collaborating over greener open source and sustainability! Thank you to Avanade for sponsoring the venue and providing refreshments. Please bring any unwanted swag in new condition to swap or contribute to the stock!

Details of our Scottish, new regional and digital meet-ups will be in our next newsletter.

London Meet-up Sign Up

OpenUK in the Press

UKTech shares our CEO’s thoughts on the UK’s late-mover advantage in AI regulation

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OpenUK CEO Amanda Brock is listed in the Computing IT Leaders 100 List for a second year

Read now

Events of Interest

SUSECon Berlin 2024

17 June – 19 June

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SUSECon Berlin 2024

17 June – 19 June

Get Tickets

We are looking for a number of new members of our Leadership team, volunteers who can give 1/2 a day or more a month to support a range of activities and give their time to OpenUK. If that’s you please drop us an email.

Best wishes,


Amanda Brock, CEO

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