Starting An Open Source Business

Last autumn, the OSC was co-host with the BCS Open Source Specialist Group of Open for Business as part of the Wuthering Bytes festival. This was a one day conference to help those wanting to start their own open source business, or to use open source more widely in their existing business.

We recorded (almost) all the talks, to provide a permanent repository of information that will serve as an invaluable resource to those running, starting up or considering starting, their own open source business.

Tariq Rashid Opening keynote: Digital services video slides
Rob Blake The best of times, the worst of times: The golden age of the modern web, open source and market commoditisation. video slides
Stuart Mackintosh Discovering open source business models (or “hacking the IT industry”) video slides
Stuart Mackintosh The Open Source Consortium: An introduction video slides
Rob Taylor Thoughts from 10 years of open source business video  
Scott Wilson University R&D, technology transfer and FOSS video slides
Amanda Brock Open source and commercial agreements   slides
Peter Coates Building a self-sustaining ecosystem of clinically led open digital solutions for the care community video slides
Robin Kennedy Support for Innovation video slides
Cornelia Boldyreff The BCS Open Source Specialist Group video slides
Adam Jollans Closing keynote: IBM’s journey with open source video slides


The entire video set is also available as a playlist, allowing you to relive the day in its entirety. Amanda Brock gave her talk via Skype, and unfortunately we were unable to capture the audio, but we are able to offer her slides.

The event was very well received by all who attended, and by popular request, we hope to run a follow up event as part of Wuthering Bytes 2016. I’ll be writing more about this later in the year.

Finally, my thanks to our hosts at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Calderdale Council.

Jeremy Bennett, OSC Treasurer