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The story of the COVID Tracker Ireland App and how open source collaborations can help change the world

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - February 26 @ 1:00 pm

Danese Cooper has spent her life dedicated to promoting open source and InnerSource (the practice of open source methods inside corporations). It is well known that many organisations are inherently resistant to change. Throughout her career, Danese has gained many insights into how to effect change in organisations and ecosystems. In this session, Danese will share many of the lessons she has learned about how to effect long lasting cultural change.

Danese Cooper is the founder and president of InnerSource Commons. She is also vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.

Open Source & Ireland’s Innovation Ecosystem

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - February 25 @ 6:00 pm

Join Board member Phil Weir at 4:45 on a Panel Session speaking about Ireland’s Commercial Open Source Ecosystem.

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Lintol Coding Challenge

February 22 @ 10:00 am - February 22 @ 10:30 am

Lintol are challenging you (as a team or individual) to design a processor to check unstructured data specifically.

Different types of validation checks can be added to Lintol by building scripts called processors. For example, a processor could be designed to check for personally identifiable information such as an address, phone number, date of birth, or National Insurance Number. The possibilities for Lintol processors are endless.

What programming language can you use? 

Although Python will be the focus, other programming languages are welcome. It will be easiest to get started in Python as we have the required tooling. All code needs to be licensed, either MIT or Apache and publicly available by the time of submission.

Why enter?

  • £1k prize fund (£500 for 1st place, two runners up will get £250)
  • Skill-up and enhance your coding capabilities. The Lintol team will be available to share their knowledge and support you with any questions you have
  • Showcase your coding skills to our judges from leading government experts in Open Data, and renowned Software Developers from the global Open Source community
  • A handy team-building exercise (one that can be done remotely and safely during the Covid pandemic)
  • Opportunities to connect and network online with the Lintol team and other competitors via the Lintol Coding Challenge’s Rocket Chat channel
  • Your code could be incorporated into Lintol, and ultimately help people around the globe access Open Data more efficiently.

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Commercial and Business Models, making them work for open source

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - February 12 @ 1:00 pm

Amanda Brock, CEO at OpenUK, has conducted significant research over a decade in this area, from writing her first book chapter on this to revamping that chapter for the book Free and Open Source Law Policy and Practise, being published in 2021, by Oxford University Press with open access including both ereader and PDF thanks to the sponsorship of the Vietsch Foundation.

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Computing Deskflix 2021 – Hybrid and Multi Cloud

February 10 @ 10:00 am - February 10 @ 1:30 pm

Join Amanda Brock on a panel from 12:10 – 12:50 to discuss ‘Multi-cloud: are we nearly there yet?’ as well as other interesting panels on cloud computing.

You can register for the event here.


February 6 @ 8:00 am - February 7 @ 5:00 pm

FOSDEM 2021 is fully online this year.

Online stands may seem a bit different from physical stands, but not a lot has changed. With over 50 stands, organised per theme.

OpenUK is of course going to be there – and you can find our stand here. You can also join us in our chat room where someone from OpenUK will be available to chat about all things Open.

You can browse the stands per theme here or visit all the stands here. You can also return to the main conference floor at

Open Hardware at CERN

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - February 5 @ 1:00 pm

Javier will tell you about our Open Hardware activities at CERN, including a bit of history, some details about White Rabbit (our most important OSHW project), the latest version of the CERN Open Hardware Licence and the importance of FOSS tools to design Open Hardware.

He will also submit some considerations about the special role public institutions have in the development of open source, in the hope they trigger thinking and discussion.

Opening up Radio Access Networks with Commodity Hardware

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - January 29 @ 1:00 pm

Dr. Ebrahim Bushehri is the founder of Myriad RF, a family of open source hardware projects providing design for low-cost and fully configurable RF boards. Busherhi is also CEO of Lime Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company that develops RF/analog mixed signal solutions. His experience spans more than 20 years in directing and managing design teams for the implementation of high performance integrated circuits within the wireless communication market. Previously, he was working with organizations such as Nokia, QinetiQ (formerly Defence Evaluation and Research Agency), and Fraunhofer IAF. Ebrahim was a professional group committee member of Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Cloud Native and Platform Issues

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - January 22 @ 1:00 pm

Cheryl Hung (@oicheryl) is VP Ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, where she leads the CNCF End User Community. At over 140 members, including global names such as Apple, Spotify and Mastercard, it is the largest end user community of any open source foundation or standards body. CNCF is home to over 70 of the fastest growing open source infrastructure projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy, as part of the Linux Foundation. Cheryl is a regular keynote speaker and founded the Cloud Native London meetup with 6000 members. She previously built backend features for Google Maps as a C++ engineer, and holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, King’s College.

Founding an Open Source Business

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - January 15 @ 1:00 pm

Rob Taylor and Rob McQueen – Join two of the UK’s leading founders of Open Source businesses to hear about why and how to found a business based on open source software.

Reinventing the Eclipse Foundation

December 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - December 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Nobody is better qualified to talk about the work of the Eclipse Foundation than Mike, the Executive Director, leading the Foundation’s move from the US to Europe. But, what does this mean, why is the Foundation being reinvented and where is it going?

The Open Source Initiative

December 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - December 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Deb Nicholson, Executive Director, the OSI will look at what the OSI is, as the owner of the Open Source Definition, where its going and the challenges it faces as we approach the 30th anniversary of open source in 2021.

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Containers – Everything You Need to Know

November 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - November 27, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Armijn Hemel, Founder Tjaldur Software Governance Solutions is a leader in the container space, as one of the co-authors of the Linux Foundation report on containers,

Armijn is a rare beast, someone who understands both the technology and the governance of containers. His session will explain everything you need to know about containers, which are critical to the platform infrastructure and create a new set of issues for governance.

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5G and OpenRAN

November 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - November 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Tomas Lamanauskas Chair, 5G working group

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Brexit, GeoPolitical Shift and the Future of Open

November 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - November 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Open Hardware and the Circular Economy

November 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - November 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Why the GPL is Great for Business

October 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - October 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Frank Karlitschek, Founder Nextcloud and OwnCloud

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Running a business based on Open Source

October 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - October 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Olivier Maes

General Manager EMEA, Rancher Labs (recently acquired by SUSE)

OpenUK Awards

October 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - October 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

The highlight of 2020 for the Open Community

A celebration of UK Leadership in Open Technology, sponsored by Bristows law firm

Doors open 5.30pm. Allocated seating.

Event 6-8pm

Awards will be presented in 6 categories:


Young Person

Open Source Software

Open Hardware

Open Data

Open Source in Finance (sponsored by FINOS)

 OpenUK Kids’ Competition  – Special Guest Imogen Heap will announce Kids’ Competition Winners

Keynote by Jono Bacon

Guest tickets, including a *goody box*, available by invite only to nominees and guests or through a *diversity scholarship ticket*, supported by FINOS. For information and to apply for a diversity scholarship Applications must be received by 5pm on 30 September. Successful applicants informed by 7 October, registration required 8 October to receive a goody box.

Viewing tickets (include platform participation but not a goody box) available  free of charge at

Table plan and joining instructions shared with ticket holders in advance

Open Hardware and the Circular Economy

October 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - October 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

John Laban

Impatient for

Open Technology

and OpenUK Board Member

Freedom, Security and Community

October 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - October 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Charles Schultz

IBM’s journey to open source

October 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - October 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Adam Jollans
Program Director for IBM LinuxONE marketing, former Linux Strategy Manager at IBM, and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

OpenChain – a New Standard in Open Source

September 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - September 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Shane Coughlan

Open Knowledge is Not Neutral

July 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - July 31, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Dr Sara Thomas, Wikimedia UK

Open Innovation in the Private and Public Sector

July 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - July 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Josh D’Addario & James Maddison

Open Hardware

July 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - July 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Andrew Katz and Steve Helvie

Community matters

July 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - July 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Matt Jarvis

KDE is All About the Apps

June 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - June 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Jonathan Riddell

the Open Desktop

June 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - June 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Neil McGovern, Executive Director Gnome Foundation

Intro to open chain compliance

May 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - May 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Sami Atabani

Open and Trademarks

May 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - May 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Pamela Chestek, attorney and member of the OSI Board

Open Healthcare

April 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - April 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Kumar Jacob MBE

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The OSI and OSD

April 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - April 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Patrick Masson, OSI

Hat Labs and Hacking

April 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am - April 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

James Kingston

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A Covid19 response discussion

April 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am - April 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Terence Eden

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A deeper dive into licensing

April 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - April 3, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

Introduction – Part 2

March 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - March 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Sami Atabani

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Introduction – Part 1

March 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - March 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Sami Atabani

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OpenUK Healthcare Evening featuring Karen Sandler

February 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - February 6, 2020 @ 9:30 pm

OpenUK Open Healthcare evening sponsored by DITO and Great Ormond Street, DRIVE.

An evening of talks, and discussion of the place of open source in the NHS and healthcare. Keynote speaker and talks, drinks, nibbles and the opportunity to meet like minded people with an interest in health care and technology, supporting or curious about Open, over drinks and nibbles.

Keynote: Karen Sandler, Executive Director, Software Freedom Conservancy, former executive director of the GNOME Foundation, an attorney, and former general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Centre is based in New York. Karen will be introducing her big software heart and Digital Autonomy in her keynote speech. Learn more about Karen’s views in her recent blog for OpenUK.

Speaker from the Office of the Minister for Health or NHSX TBC.

Stuart Mackintosh, Founder of OpusVL, Director OpenUK and Lead of the DITO Project will update on the Innovate UK Funded EOP’s project.

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