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OpenUK June 2024 Newsletter 2

Zin Lwin
25th June 2024

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Dear Readers,

We are at that time of year where one of our critical pieces of OpenUK reporting is shared with you and the media. This year, Phase Two of our State of Open: The UK in 2024 report is taking on a different form. Our survey will run through September and our usual economic update will be shared in the autumn rather than the summer, as we focus on next week’s General Election in OpenUK’s The Open Manifesto Report.

The Open Manifesto brings together three key asks of the future UK government and in our Phase Two report we elaborate on these asks: Building Skills in open source; enabling the UK public sector to do open source better; and AI openness, bringing together Thought Leadership from our industry and beyond, Case Studies and Fireside Chats as well as updating the data about the UK’s contribution and usage of open source.

Will Hutton, familiar to many of you as a regular writer for the Observer and the author of the recently published book, This Time no Mistakes, will be writing for our report and delivering the opening keynote at the Launch event on 3 July in The Great Hall at Kings, on the Strand. We hope that you will join us.

He will be joined by an extremely impressive line up including our AI Advisory Board Chair, Neil Lawrence author of the recently published “The Atomic Human” and who will also deliver a keynote.

As well as sharing our report, their words of wisdom and a stellar line-up of speakers to explore the Manifesto asks we will also be giving away 30 copies of each of Will and Neil’s books and treating our audience to a book signing.

For anyone not able to attend in person the event will also be streamed and available afterwards via YouTube.

State of Open: The UK in 2024 Report Launch Event

In Person & Digital

Report Launch Event

The 3 July report launch convenes the conversation on The Open Manifesto and OpenUK’s key asks of the UK’s next government, as explored in the Report.

Speakers will cover Skills, the Public Sector and AI and include fantastic sessions from Dr Rebecca Taylor, Liz Rice, Matt Barker, Richard Granville-Hanson, Margaret Hartnett, Sonia Cooper, Professor Elena Simperl, Lee Fulmer, and more.

Keynotes from economist and journalist Will Hutton author of “This Time No Mistakes”, and Google DeepMind Professor of ML, Professor Neil Lawrence, author of “The Atomic Human”.

Both speakers who will also be participating in a book signing and give away of 30 copies of each of their books

The Report launch will take place in London on 3rd July, 13:00 – 18:00 The Great Hall, King’s College London.

The 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.

Sign The Open Manifesto

PPC Letter                 PPC Contacts

OpenUK Meet-Ups

OpenUK London Meet-up #16: Cloud Native

Join us Tuesday 9th July for our 16th OpenUK London community meet-up, we will be celebrating ten years of Kubernetes by talking to some of the UK’s cloud native maintainers! 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!

London Meet-up Sign Up

OpenUK Online Meet-up #2: What the Fork do we do now?

Join us on Wednesday 10th July for the Second OpenUK Online Meet-up, our online-only event for OpenUK community members. The meet-up will be around the process of Forking based on an upstream license rug pull. This will be a lunch-time webinar. The event will not be recorded. Speakers to be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Online meet-up sign up

OpenUK Research and Reporting
Show and Tell #3: July 12, “AI Openness”

OpenUK has been reporting on open source software since 2021 and encouraging a collaborative approach across the global research community, leading this with bi-monthly events. Each meeting is free to attend and anyone is welcome to join and learn more about what research is being undertaken and the reporting coming down the line. Show and Tell sessions are set for July 12, Sep 20, and Dec 06. Speakers will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Show and Tell 12 July Sign up

UKRI Advisory Board

Join UKRI’s Infrastructure and Digital Infrastructure advisory committees! UKRI is seeking passionate individuals to join two committees:

  • Advisory Group for Digital Research Infrastructure (AGD)
  • Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC)

Ideal candidates will have a strategic vision, excellent communication skills, and a collaborative spirit. For more details and to apply, visit: UKRI Infrastructure and Digital Research Infrastructure advisory committees vacancies – UKRI

Apply to UKRI

 OpenUK in the Press

Conservative Manifesto misses an opportunity to solidify a concrete tech strategy says CEO Amanda Brock

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CEO, Amanda Brock quoted in ITPro’s look at the Conservative and Labour Party election manifestos

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Nature reports not all ‘open source’ AI models are actually open: here’s a ranking

Read now

The New Stack reports that calls to Ban Open Source are Misguided and Dangerous

Read now

Events OpenUK will be at

Exhibiting at Open Source in Finance Forum 2024, London 26 June

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Open Source Summit Europe, 16 September – 18 September

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Events of Interest

London Data Week 2024

1 July – 7 July

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LF Energy Summit 2024, Brussels

5 September – 6 September

Get Tickets

I hope that we will see you at the Report launch.

Best wishes,


Amanda Brock, CEO


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