Join us to learn more about the open ecosystem in Ireland and beyond and to explore the opportunities presented by open data, open source software as we digitally transform.
Hear from global and local experts on the topics of Open Data, Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware. We will explore the value being open brings to Ireland. From accelerating innovation, to reducing our carbon emissions, being more open can positively impact from an environmental, economic, political, and social perspective.
This event does not require prior technical experience. Whether you have a history of open source and open data and are interested in hearing the latest worldwide trends, or are just curious to hear real world examples of how being more open has accelerated national and regional innovation agendas, please do join us for what promises to be a fascinating set of presentations.
3:00 pm Welcome & Introduction – Clare Dillon, Host
3:05 pm How Open Source Hardware Can Reduce Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions – John Laban, Open Compute Project
The Open Compute Project Foundation is a non profit open source hardware community which since its formation in 2011 has been disrupting the 20th Century Data Centre Industry. In this session, John will share how open hardware can dramatically increase the positive economic impact of data centres, and reduce carbon emissions for the sector in Ireland.
3:35pm Top 10 Myths of Open Source Software – Danese Cooper – Founder & Chairperson of InnerSource Commons
Long-time open source advocate, Danese Cooper will discuss the most common myths associated with open source software, while sharing some of the truths that matter.
4:05 pm The Pivotal Role of Open Data in Ireland – Deirdre Lee, Derilinx
In the past 10 years, there have been significant advancements in the area of Open Data and related domains, such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. In this session, Deirdre will share how Open Data can help public sector bodies to ensure their initiatives have positive environmental, economic, political and social impact.
4:35 pm Open Source Powering Smart Cities – Leslie Hawthorn, Red Hat
Through open source and open standards based solutions, Smart City deployments can provide replicable models that will advance the state of the art within Europe, allowing for wider sharing and repurposing of time and work already invested to be adapted to the widest possible set of use cases. Further, policy and technical work done within the European member states can serve as a reference model for similar work done worldwide. Join Red Hat’s Leslie Hawthorn to learn about architecting smart cities with open source thinking, standards, data & technology.
5:00 pm Event Close
Moderator Bio: Clare Dillon
Clare Dillon has spent over 20 years working with developers and developer communities. Clare has been involved with InnerSource Commons since early 2019, when she helped set up NearForm’s InnerSource practice with Danese Cooper. Before that, Clare was a member of Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up their Developer Evangelism and Experience Group. Clare also works with Mosslabs.io to support the establishment of University and Government Open Source Program Offices and OSPOs++ globally, that can collaborate to implement public policy and trustworthy public services. Clare is currently a member of the industry expert group for the Technology Ireland Innovation Forum and frequently speaks at international conferences and corporate events on topics relating to the future of work, innovation trends and digital ethics.
Ms. Danese Cooper is the founder and chair of InnerSource Commons. She joined NearForm as VP Strategic Initiatives in 2018. Prior to joining NearForm, Ms. Cooper spent 4.5 years as Sr. Director and Head of Open Source Software at PayPal, Inc. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. Ms. Cooper previously served as the CTO of Wikipedia, as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun and as Sr. Director of Open Source Strategies for Intel. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the Boards of the Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Hardware Association and has advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. She also runs a successful open source consultancy which counts Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and Numenta as clients. She has been known to knit through meetings.
An internationally known open source strategist and community engagement expert, Leslie Hawthorn has spent her career creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities. She has driven open source strategy in Fortune 10 companies, pre-IPO startups, and Foundation Boards including senior roles at Red Hat, Google, the Open Source Initiative, and Elastic. She currently leads the team responsible for vertical community strategy within Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office in the Office of the CTO. A frequent speaker at FIWARE and other events focused on Smart Cities, she enjoys exploring how open standards can create citizen-centric Smart Cities. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Leslie has called Europe home for the past six years and resides in Bonn, Germany with her daughter and their two canaries, Elle and Nana.
John supports various not for profit foundations that promote the open source tech collaborative commons and decarbonisation: Open Compute Project; OpenUK; SDIA.
He loves books and has an insatiable curiosity which has resulted in a varied life to date: Gardener; Metallurgist; London Stock Exchange Network Specialist; Jungle Explorer; Long distance motorcycle traveler; Rock Singer; Data Centre Architect; Teacher; Maker; Story Teller……
John dislikes the words Expert & Professional with a vengeance because those people stifle change. John’s favorite colour this decade is purple, having spent the previous decade being very fond of green and wash. John is always questioning the status quo because he believes that things can always be improved and done better through open source tech in the collaborative commons…..but he also thinks he could be wrong about this?
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Deirdre Lee is a founder of Derilinx, an Irish company that has been leading Linked and Open Data developments since 2014. She has extensive experience in the provision of fully hosted and managed data solutions, as well as providing guidance and support for data sharing and Data Governance programmes. Deirdre’s ambition is to make it easy for people to discover, understand and use data. Derilinx is responsible for the development and provision of support to the Irish National Open Data Portal, which currently provides access to over 10,000 datasets from over 100 publishers. The Irish Open Data Initiative has been ranked 1st in Europe in the EDP Maturity Index study three years in a row.
Derilinx built and supports The World Bank Group’s Energy Data Portal and Water Data Portal, as well as developing a suite of applications to empower users to interact and use the information. Derilinx also manages the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Registry, the Smart Dublin Open Data Platform, and the Irish Open Health Data Portal.
Derilinx is an active participant in European projects, currently participating in the Linked Linguistic Open Data project ‘Prêt-à-LLOD’ and the CEF Public Open Data project ‘Hale & Hearty’. In the ESSnet ‘Linked Open Statistical Data (LOSD)’ project, Derilinx was responsible for the provision of services to publish and link statistical data on the Semantic Web.
Open Source is one of the most successful enablers of global innovation in history. In this jam-packed event, global experts will share how open source is driving the world’s technical innovation engine across multiple industries. We will also hear from local organisations who are betting on open source as an innovation accelerator and from others in Ireland’s innovation ecosystem about how open source can be leveraged to help our post-COVID economic recovery.
4:00 pm – Welcome and Introduction – Clare Dillon, Event Host
4:05 pm – Building an Open Source Culture At Microsoft – Sarah Novotny, Azure Office of the CTO, Microsoft
4:25 pm – Open Source Eats Everything -Entrepreneurship in Commercial Open Source Software – Joseph Jacks, Founder and General Partner of OSS Capital
4:45 pm – Panel Session: Ireland’s Commercial Open Source Ecosystem.
- Panel Facilitator: Clare Dillon
- Conor O’Neill, Chief Product Officer, NearForm
- Keith O Muiri, Services Manager, OpenApp
- Phil Weir, Executive Director, Flax and Teal
- Sinead Redmond, Chief Operating Officer, Togán Labs
5:10 pm – The Rise of Open Source in Financial Institutions – James McLeod, Director of Community, FINOS – The Fintech Open Source Foundation
5:30 pm – Panel Session: How Open Source can be leveraged for Ireland’s Innovation Ecosystem.
- Panel Facilitator: Clare Dillon
- Barry Lowry, Irish Government CIO, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
- Carol Gibbons, Divisional Manager ICT & International Services, Enterprise Ireland
- John Whelan, Commercialisation Manager, Trinity College Dublin
- Leo Clancy, Head of Technology, Consumer & Business Services, IDA Ireland
- Mark Jordan, Chief Technologist, Skillnet Ireland
- Colin Keogh, Innovation Consultant, INLECOM
6:00 pm – Event Close
Moderator Bio: Clare Dillon
Clare Dillon has spent over 20 years working with developers and developer communities. Clare has been working with InnerSource Commons since early 2019, when she helped set up NearForm’s InnerSource practice. InnerSource Commons is an international community of practitioners with the goal of creating and sharing knowledge about InnerSource: the use of open source best practices for software development within the confines of an organization. Before that, Clare was a member of Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up their Developer Evangelism and Experience Group. Clare also works with Mosslabs.io to support the establishment of University and Government Open Source Program Offices and OSPOs++ globally, that can collaborate to implement public policy and trustworthy public services. Clare is currently a member of the industry expert group for the Technology Ireland Innovation Forum and frequently speaks at international conferences and corporate events on topics relating to the future of work, innovation trends and digital ethics.
Presenter Bio: Sarah Novotny -Azure Office of the CTO, Microsoft
Sarah has long been an Open Source champion in projects such as Kubernetes, NGINX and MySQL. She is part of the Microsoft Azure Office of the CTO, sits on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors, previously led an Open Source Strategy group at Google and ran large scale technology infrastructures before web-scale had a name.
She is an Industry-recognized authority on Open Source culture, and a big picture thinker who developed governance for, and grew the Kubernetes open source project leadership while also representing Google during the founding of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Additionally, she has represented both Google and Microsoft on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors. During her tenure at Google as a Node.js Foundation Director Sarah led a merger between the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation.
Sarah led Developer Relations and Marketing for NGINX where she was responsible for technical evangelism, advocacy, and traditional marketing. In these roles, she regularly participated in board level strategic discussions.
Sarah is a technology executive with pioneering leadership in open source, cloud computing, infrastructure automation, and big data. Her more than 25 year career demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit – consistently leading technical operations and development teams as well as engaging in external facing work such as Developer Relations, Marketing, Sales Engineering, Customer Success, PR and Public Speaking.
Presenter Bio: Joseph Jacks -Founder and General Partner of OSS Capital
Joseph Jacks is the Founder and General Partner of OSS Capital. He is based in San Francisco.
Previously, Joseph was an EIR at Quantum Corporation in support of the Rook project which was subsequently donated to the CNCF (its first storage project) where he has also been involved (at the board level, in various committees and as an advisor) since inception. Joseph also founded KubeCon (now also run by the Linux Foundation’s CNCF) while also founding and building Kismatic, the first enterprise-focused commercial Kubernetes company (acquired by Apprenda, subsequently acquired by ATOS). Over the preceding several years, Joseph worked at Mesosphere (now D2IQ), Enstratius (acquired by Dell Software), TIBCO Software and Talend in various sales, engineering, product and strategy capacities.
Joseph is also the founder of Open Core Summit, the global COSS ecosystem conference, run independently as a vendor0neutral community that includes the leading investment firms, cloud providers, COSS companies, analysts, F2000 enterprises and more. The first OCS occurred in San Francisco, September 19-20th, 2019, uniting nearly 1,000 attendees across 29 countries, 40 major sponsors and 100~ speakers. The second annual OCS 2020 occurred fully online from December 16-18th, 2020, with 13,000+ attendees, 200~ speakers and 50~ major sponsors, celebrating and democratizing knowledge about the meteoric growth of the COSS category.
Presenter Bio: James McLeod- Director of Community FINOS
James is the Director of Community at FINOS and wholeheartedly believes the transformation of Financial Services can only be fulfilled if Open Source is embraced under the three pillars of Contribution, Consumption and Community.
James has a twenty year career in software engineering having worked for telecommunication startups, the gaming industry, digital streaming platforms and financial services. Prior to joining FINOS James worked at Lloyds Banking Group where he focused on building engineering communities for Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows and other LBG banks. While at Lloyds Banking Group, James also drove the adoption of Inner Source and Open Source partly through the creation of engineering guilds providing in-person and remote educational sessions and large hackathon events. James also spent a number of years consulting on software engineering projects for RBS, NatWest and Barclays.
You reach James at email@example.com to find out how you can contribute to the amazing work of the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)