About The Open World Forum

A Unique Event

The Open World Forum is the first European summit to gather political representatives, decision-makers and experts, in one place, in order to debate the technological, economic and social impacts that the Free and Open-Source technologies bring to market. The forum was first held in 2008, and is now organized annually in Paris, France, with more than 200 speakers coming from 40 countries, and a global audience that was 2100-people strong in 2012.

Organization and Governance

The Open World Forum is held in partnership with all the major international communities (Linux Foundation, Open Source Initiative, OW2 Consortium and the main French Open Software agencies (Adullact, AFUL, CNLL, PLOSS, Silicon Sentier), with the support of the European (European Commission) and French (Paris City Hall, the Ile-de-France Region and the Regional Development Agency) organisations. The Open World Forum is partnered with 70% of the major IT companies in the world.

The Open World Forum will take place at the Beffroi, in Montrouge and will be organized, this year as well, by Systematic Paris Region who will be assisted by a Forum Committee which groups the main partners and contributors to the event (Smile, AF83, Alter Way, Inria and the Free Software Working Group of Systematic as well as Alter Way).

Summary for 2012

The summary for the 2012 edition of the Open World Forum can be found below:

Our partners

Institutional partners

Diamond Sponsor


Platinum sponsors

Ater Way Smile Microsoft Suse

Gold sponsors

Red Hat enovance

Silver sponsors

Abilian af83 blackduck elasticsearch HP jamendo La Poste Palamida StackOverflow




af83 Alter Way Inria Smile

Community Partners

adullact aful cnll ploss OSDC.fr OW2 Silicon Sentier

WebTV Partner


Press partners

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