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Meet the President of OWF 2014

Dec 10, 2013

Florent Zara President of #OWF14 !

Florent is a French & Canadian Engineer and has been heavily involved, both personally and professionally, in the FLOSS community since 1999.

Today he is an admin at Linuxfr.org and the COO of Henix.

Born in 1998, LinuxFr.org is the reference french-speaking, community driven website about Free and Open Source software. It is also open to subjects like DIY or Open Data. With more than 1,2 millions visitors per month, it is a real institution operated by volunteers and only financed by donations and « mécènes ». Florent is an active member since 2001 where he is top contributor, moderator and admin, partnerships and contests manager as well as a board member of the NPO representing the website.

As the COO of Henix since 2003 he is involved in Technical Qualification of Applications, he acts as an advisor in OpenSource Governance and License issues as well as taking an active part in internal Free/Open Source projects.

Stay tuned for more info about the next edition of OWF



OWF13 video teasers are here!

Sep 26, 2013

Listen to what this year's edition of the Open World Forum has in store for your directly from the president, vice presidents, some of the track leaders and many more. We also have a word from Inria, our Diamond Sponsor.

If you still hesitate to attend, we now have the perfect solution for you: 14 teaser videos that will showcase some of the good things that will happen this year at the Open World Forum.

And don't forget to register!


Communities and the OWF13

Sep 24, 2013

This year, many open source communities have joined forces with the Open World Forum and have helped in its organization. The OWF thanks them and welcomes them during this 6th edition during the many tracks.

Come and meet the major pillars of the French Open Source world by registering for the event.

Get to know them:

adullact

aful

cnll

ploss

OSDC.fr

OW2

Silicon Sentier


THINK - Community Summit

Sep 20, 2013

The Open World Forum Community Summit is an annual open workshop focusing on the growth and management of open source communities.This year, leaders and practitioners from free and open source software communities will discuss the opportunities and challenges of open source as a collaborative innovation platform.


D-15 - A word from Inria

Sep 20, 2013

Patrick Moreau - Head of Open Source Strategy, Inria

"Inria has been involved for years in free/open source software (FLOSS).

Inria can be considered as a FLOSS provider. Indeed, approximately half of its 1,000 software is distributed under a FLOSS license. Most of them are research prototypes with a variable number of users and contributors to the community. Inria is convinced that this production deserves to be more widely known among developers and software end users. This would subsequently increase the impact that Inria's FLOSS production already has on society and consequently, be a source of value creation, in consistency with Inria's missions.

For this reason, Inria is willing to take leadership in events or organizations gathering SMEs, larger companies and academia. For instance, Inria launched the IRILL Center in Paris in 2010 with academic partners and organizes the annual FOSSA conference. We are a historical OW2 member and are strongly active in clusters such as Systematic.

Inria is therefore proud to be the Diamond sponsor of this 6th edition and is looking forward to exchanging with economic actors, communities, CTO, developers, students and a large audience during tracks and on our exhibition stand.

A specific Rencontre Inria Industries is taking place on Friday 4th, morning. After short presentations of a sample of "software quality" technologies, face-to-face meeting are being planned between companies and researchers willing to initiate future collaboration."

Under the Patronage of

Ministère du redressement productif

DGCIS

Sponsors

We are glad to announce their support to the 6th edition of the OWF.

Gold Sponsor

eNovance


CODE - Android Beyond Mobility

Sep 20, 2013

The Linux-based Android OS was designed specifically for phones and tablets but companies have increasingly been using, or considering using it, in other embedded products in recent years. Because of its custom design, it makes the most sense as an embedded operating system in connected devices that have a user interface, and most often, a touch screen.


EXPERIMENT - Parenting Open Source

Sep 20, 2013

Kids and hacker culture : How (and why) pass on the hacker/maker culture to our kids leaving tools around and teaching them how to use them responsibly, growing a garden, home improvement projects, giving them responsibility and power over their living space (within limits!), arts & crafts, and a significant piece on getting started with electronics and coding literacy.


Open World Forum 2013 The Best Edition. Ever.

Sep 13, 2013

A word from the OWF2013 President

The Best Edition. Ever.

We did not compromise for this year's edition of the Open World Forum. From having one of the best speaker lineup in Europe to tackling and discussing the complex issues, our track-leaders have really gone the extra mile. And with such an attendance, you can be sure to enjoy your time at the Forum and network with some of the smartest people in Free and Open Source Software!

On the THINK front, the Open World Forum is back with keynotes and panels ranging from the future of Open Source Foundations, the global state of Open Source Public Policies, the changes for FOSS Education with the rise of the MOOC platforms, to new ways of looking at procurement for Free and Open Source Software. The full schedule for the first day is available on our website.

Stay tuned as we still have some surprise speakers to announce!

The CODE tracks have also been redesigned around four pillars where Free and Open Source Software is leading the market and keeping on innovating : the Cloud, mobile technologies, the next-generation Web platforms, and data management with the tracks on Big Data and NewSQL. We brought in all the best-in-class FOSS solutions so you can learn about them and talk to their creators and contributors.

The full schedule for the CODE tracks is available here.

We are also very glad to host additional Global Meetups on Thursday evening, such as the OpenStack Meetup, the SaltStack Meetup and more to be announced shortly! We will also have the pleasure of hosting the Open CIO Summit.

We're very excited about this Edition's program and we hope you are too! Don't forget to register right now to save your free ticket.

See you there!

Pierre Queinnec, 2013 President

Under the Patronage of

Ministère du redressement productif

DGCIS

Sponsors

We are glad to announce their support to the 6th edition of the OWF.

Platinium Sponsor

suse-microsoft

Gold Sponsor

red hat

Silver Sponsors

stackoverflow

elasticsearch

Booths at #OWF13

It is still possible to book a space at the Open World Forum, please contact us.


EXPERIMENT - Open Hardware

Sep 12, 2013

«3D printing, towards a revolution of production methods ? », will focus on open-hardware and will showcase numerous welding animations and an install party (Linux) offered to visitors. Mathilde Berchon, internationally known expert on 3D printing, will take part in the debate.

Booths at #OWF13

It is still possible to book a space at the Open World Forum, please contact us.


THINK - Education Job & FLOSS

Sep 12, 2013

The second edition of the Education, Job & FLOSS think tank will start with a roundtable during the plenary.

14h40 Digital Training against the shortage of IT specialist and massive unemployment: mission impossible ? Self-training, Mooc, professional learning, newest training forms... Where we are today and are we ready for the future ?

Speakers: Philippe Montarges (Alter Way) / Roberto Di Cosmo (IRILL) / Kwame Yamgnane (Vice President, Ecole 42) / Jean-Marie Gilliot (Professor and Researcher at Télécom Bretagne and Head of the MOOC working group at the Mines-Télécom Institute) / Fatiha Gas (Chairman, ESIEA Paris).


CODE - Cloud

Sep 12, 2013

The cloud tracks at this year's Open World Forum encompasses many fundamental subjects, from bare metal to virtualisation, from IaaS to SaaS, from orchestration to devops, from interoperability to how to preserve our own liberties in the "After PC" area. Our speaker line-up includes leaders from trending projects such as OpenStack, Xen, Salt Stack, as well as the Free Software Foundation.


30th GNU anniversary

Sep 6, 2013

John Sullivan at #OWF13 for GNU's 30th anniversary!

On September 27th 1983, Richard Stallman annouced the launch of the GNU Project. To celebrate this anniversary at the Open World Forum, we are happy to welcome John Sullivan, Executive Director of Free Software Foundation, for a Keynote intervention. He will also introduce the cloud track. John Sullivan was invited by the April association.

John Sullivan

John started working with GNU Press and the Free Software Foundation in 2003 and then became the FSF's first Campaigns Manager, working on outreach efforts like Defective by Design, BadVista, and PlayOgg. In 2011, John became the Executive Director after four years as Manager of Operations.

His background is mainly in the humanities, with an MFA in Writing and Poetics and a BA in Philosophy, but he has been spending too much time with computers and online communities since the days of the Commodore 64. He became a dedicated GNU Emacs user after first trying it out in 1996, and contributes code to several of its extensions.

Prior to the FSF, John worked as a college debate team instructor for both Harvard and Michigan State University.

Want to listen to him? Register as soon as possible!

Booths at #OWF13

We still have some spaces available! Intersted in the opportunity of booking a booth at the event? For more information, please check the exhibition page or contact us.

Jingle Contest

What if artists gave users complete freedom to download their music for free? Well Jamendo lets them do exactly that, with over 370,000 tracks available. This music website is an open community for musicians and artists. Furthermore, Jamendo is organizing a contest to decide the official OWF13 music! To find out how to vote or to get involved, visit the website.

THINK - Purchasing Strategies and Open Source

Buyer, friends or enemies of Open Source?

Buyers are now major players in the choices that companies and public entities make in the IT department. One of their main missions is to make quick discounts in the purchasing budget. Negotiating and justifying
the cost of a license is easier than justifying completely overhauling the spending scheme (license vs. service) as the transition to open software is more complex. How do IT directors and buyers choose between these options? Should there be a specific purchasing approach and a different dialogue with the IT departments concerning open software.

CODE - Focus on the Big Data session

Data technologies are changing fast and with them, the technology landscape is also changing in a big way. They are, according to Systematic Paris-Region's Working Group on free and open source software a major challenge, from both technical and business points of view and a major opportunity for open source innovations to make an impact on the economy.

This track aims to give at the same time a broad overview on the current state of affairs with big data infrastructures, analytics, search, machine learning and real time, but also to open future perspectives : how do you handle big data over a decade? what is the social and ethical impact it will have?

If you have a big data strategy these talks may give you a new perspective, if you don't, you might very well learn where you are supposed to start.

More information

EXPERIMENT - "Les petits Débrouillards"

"Les Petits Débrouillards", first national education work network for science, by science, are part of KidEXPERIMENT for this 6th edition of the OWF. They will pursue their adventures by proposing the children a "Black Box" workshop, a playful immersion in programming connected objects, supervised by experienced organizers.


Win with Jamendo

Sep 4, 2013

What if artists gave users complete freedom to download their music for free? Well Jamendo lets them do exactly that, with over 370,000 tracks available. This music website is an open community for musicians and artists. Furthermore, Jamendo is organizing a contest to decide the official OWF13 music! To find out how to vote or to get involved, visit the website


Registration is now open

Aug 28, 2013

Come prepared & Register

It is now possible to register for the Open World Forum 2013 !

A first version of the program is also online, take a look at this year's tracks and speakers and get ready for your OWF2013.

Inria Exclusive Diamond Sponsor!

Inria

We are glad to announce Inria as our Diamond sponsor for this 6th edition !

Public science and technology institution established in 1967, Inria is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria’s 3,400 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future.

Educated at leading international universities, they creatively integrate basic research with applied research and dedicate themselves to solving real problems, collaborating with the main players in public and private research in France and abroad and transferring the fruits of their work to innovative companies. The researchers at Inria published more than 5,000 articles in 2012. They are behind over 1,000 software of which half of them are under free licence, 270 active patents and 110 start-ups. In 2013, Inria’s budget comes to 233 million euros, 27% of which represented its own resources.

By supporting the Open World Forum 2013, Inria confirms its involvement in the Free and Open Source Community. Sponsors We are happy to announce their support for the Open World Forum 2013.

HP La Poste

HP is supporting us as a silver sponsor and Le Groupe La Poste will support the Open World Forum 2013 through a sponsoring of the Open CIO Summit.

THINK - Plenary Session

For this 6th edition, the 3rd October will be dedicated to a unique plenary session, on the following themes: FLOSS Global Heads of Policy; Open Source Testimonial: CTO; The Future of Open Source Foundations; Cloud Orchestration Panel; FLOSS Education Reloaded; Mobility Panel; Digital Transformation; Purchasing Policies and FLOSS; A GNU Priority for a GNU Era.

CODE - OSDC.Fr

For the 3rd time, the Open Source Developers Conference in France will be hosted by the Open World Forum. For the 5th edition, they invite you to gather the communities dedicated to programming based on free/libre languages such as Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Smalltalk & much more.

Take a look at the Call for Participation.

EXPERIMENT

The program for the EXPERIMENT part is taking shape. We are planning conferences about Open-Hardware and Internet & Liberties, KidEXPERIMENT and a lot more workshops and animations such as the availability of a Piratebox for the 2nd year at the Open World Forum. This autonomous mobile file sharing device designed to create local file sharing networks will allow you to share and chat during the #OWF13.


The OSDC Call for Participation

Jul 19, 2013

5th Open Source Developers Conference in France

Montrouge Beffroi cultural centre, Paris, October 4 & 5, 2013

Since 2011, the Open World Forum hosts OSDC.fr in its CODE environment. The conference's objective is to gather French speaking developers from different communities around innovative technologies.

For the 5th edition of this conference, you are invited to gather the communities dedicated to programming based on free/libre languages such as Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Smalltalk & much more.

In order to submit your proposal and find out more about this CFP, you can check out the dedicated site.



Student Demo Cup

Jun 25, 2013

The Student Demo Cup is open to all students.

Send us your project before the 12th of July. If you are selected, an expert will guide you throughout your participation in the 2013 Open World Forum Demo Cup

Prizes will be awarded during the second day of the event, on the 4th of October 2013 at the Beffroi, in Montrouge.

To submit your project, send us an email at this address

Student Demo Cup


Call for Participation EXPERIMENT

Jun 1, 2013

The EXPERIMENT organization comitee is calling Makers and Doers, students and schools, artists and designers, associations and companies,and hackers to participate in the project. This call for participation concerns every work and realization which could be exhibited in collective space and have an interaction with the audience.

Selected projects enjoy space and enhancement during the event.

To take part to EXPERIMENT : complete and send the form before the 30th of june to experiment@openworldforum.org.

Download the CFP here

Download the application form here


Call for Participation

Jun 1, 2013

The Open World Forum is the first European summit to gather political representatives, decision-makers and experts to debate the technological, economic and social impacts that the Free and Open-Source technologies bring to the market. The forum was first held in 2008, and is now organized annually in Paris, France, with more than 200 speakers coming from 24 countries, and a global audience that was 2100-people strong in 2012. The Open World Forum is held in partnership with all the major international communities in Free Software and with the key players in the digital economy.

The Open World Forum is back for its sixth edition. It will occur on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October 2013, and will take place in a completely new setting in order to accommodate a larger audience. This edition will be a milestone on the way to becoming the premier global event bringing together state policies, social concerns, technology and economy. OWF will take place at the Beffroi in Paris, France and will again be organized by Systematic Paris Region. More than 3,000 attendees are expected for this next Edition, reflecting the renovated program.

Please submit your proposal for subjects, talks, lectures or participation in panel discussions on one of the following subjects. The submission deadline is set for June 30th, 2013. Submissions will be handled on an ongoing basis.

2013 Themes

THINK: Make it Happen!

THINK will be held over the course of the two first days, and will outline the major role of Free and Open-Source Software in the digital economy. The "Make it Happen!" baseline sums up the focus on building a successful free and open-source strategy, from a technological and commercial standpoint.

The opening day format will differ from the previous editions as talks will happen in a single-track schedule in the largest auditorium. This enables us to concentrate on having the best schedule in a unique plenary session, dedicated to decision-makers in the private and public sectors. Talks will be more concise and will be followed byt the Think tanks and workshops that will be held on the second day.

This renewed format will support the 2013 focus: making it happen. The Free and Open- Source Software industry is now at a point where we need to have IT departments take the step from intention, either from strategy or political decision, to actual use or purchase.

We will demonstrate that innovation is carried by Free and Open-Source Software, and is now therefore accessible to all companies and administrations. It is nowadays easier to innovate in each market because of the availability of free and innovative technologies. This demystification of practical innovation will be the major theme of this sixth edition of the Open World Forum.

  • Public Policies
  • Collaborative and shared Innovation
  • Education & Job
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
  • Foundations and Communities
  • Women in Tech
  • Successes and Testimonials
  • Cloud as a lock-in or an opportunity?
  • CIO Summit

Submit a proposal

CODE: Open Innovation

The CODE main themes for 2013 are:

  • Big Data
  • Open Data and dataviz
  • Mobile technologies
  • Next-gen Web
  • Web Accessibility
  • Cloud and Infrastructure as Code
  • devops
  • Internet of Things
  • Cross-distro meetup
  • Software Quality
  • Student Demo Cup

Submit a proposal

The Open Source Developers Conference (OSDC) is also held simultaneously in collaboration with Open World Forum. Please see the OSDC website for the Call-for-Paper procedure: http://osdc.fr/

EXPERIMENT: An Open World

EXPERIMENT: An Open World aims to introduce and promote the Free and Open Source philosophy of mutual, shared and responsible production. The day dedicated to this dimension will allow the public to test and benchmark Open Source applications and hardware, in order to discover the Internet of Things, to rediscover co-creation, to meet the Makers and to DIY. Children are welcome to test and participate, with a special schedule dedicated to them: KIDEXPERIMENT.

The Call for Participation is available here.

Guidelines to submit proposals

Deadline to send your proposal: June 30th, 2013.

Please submit your proposal to the CFP form.

You will need to prepare the following information:

  • Your full name, title and organization
  • Contact information
  • The name of your proposed presentation (keep your title simple and relevant to the topic)
  • A 200 word max. abstract of your presentation
  • A 100-word speaker bio + photo

Your proposal will be submitted to the appropriate track leaders for approval.

Submit a proposal

Any Questions?

For regular updates on the program, please check out the schedule webpage.

If you have any questions or enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at: contact@openworldforum.org

We look forward to reading your proposals!


Vision and guidelines for the 2013 edition of the Open World Forum

Apr 25, 2013

The 2013 motto of the Open World Formum is "Make It Happen!"

Open World Forum is the first global summit bringing together decision-makers, communities and developers to inter-connect open-source technological, economic and social initiatives and build the digital world of the future. The event was launched in 2008 and now takes place annually in Paris, with more than 200 speakers from 40 countries and an international audience of 2,100 participants in 2012. The Forum’s steering organisation brings together the main international technology communities and the major open-source software associations of the French-speaking world (Adullact, AFUL, CNLL, FLOSS, Silicon Sentier), with support from key institutions in Europe (European Commission) and France (Mairie de Paris – the Paris city authority, the Paris regional authority, Paris Region Economic Development Agency).

The Open World Forum is back for its sixth edition. It will be held on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October 2013, and will take place in a completely new venue in order to accommodate a larger audience. This edition will be a milestone on the way to become the premier global event mixing state policies, social concerns, technology and economy. OWF will take place at the Beffroi and will again be organized by Systematic Paris Region. More than 3,000 attendees are expected for this next Edition, reflecting the revised and expanded program.

Vision and Guidelines for 2013 Program

The 2013 edition will be held in a global context where the FLOSS industry is still growing rapidly, unaffected by the current economy. For the first time, an Open-Source vendor has passed the billion-dollar revenue mark. Public policies have devoted special attention to FLOSS: in the UK, in Québec with the Bédard Plan, and in France with the Ayrault recommendation, to name a few. Furthermore, emerging sectors like mobile and cloud computing are dominated by Open-Source, such as the Android Operating System, and the OpenStack platform.

The new location will enable us to have vendor booths, long requested by sponsors. It will then be possible for sponsors and communities to showcase their newest innovations.

For the first time, Engineering Schools and Universities will be involved in the event organization, in order to showcase the industry vitality to graduating students. With such a great demand on the job market and virtually no one available to hire, the full commitment of academia is essential for the health of our ecosystem. This involvement will also show in the Education, Job & FLOSS track that will put a special emphasis on the emerging MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) phenomenon, and the comparison with the more traditional approach.

A whitepaper will be produced to showcase the FLOSS industry to students. It will be distributed in the partnering Engineering Schools and Universities.

Finally, a Student “Demo Cup” will be held to award the best students' teams working on Open-Source projects. This will result in an open competition between Universities before the event, that will widen the Open World Forum reach to the brightest and more gifted students.

This edition will also devote particular attention to drafting more women as speakers. We hope, as a side efect, that this will be a key part of making the field look more appealing to female students.

Diversity, and in particular Woman/Man, is one of the key elements of the Free culture and one that is dear to this edition of Open World Forum. This year will have a track dedicated to engaging with female students and brainstorming on how we could have more women enroll into Open-Source and IT curricula.

For this edition, women are well-represented and involved in the organization of the Open World Forum with Sabrina Peseux, for the Systematic Paris-Region cluster, in charge of the organization of the OWF, Elisabeth Racine, for the Cap Digital cluster, Vice-President in charge of EXPERIMENT, and Véronique Torner, President of the Open CIO Summit.

The 2013 edition will be chaired by Pierre Queinnec, who has appointed Stefane Fermigier, Jean-Séverin Lair, Philippe Montargès and Elisabeth Racine as vice-presidents. The Open World Forum will keep the threefold structure that has made its success; THINK, CODE and EXPERIMENT. Each track will be led by a Vice-President; Philippe Montargès for THINK, Stefane Fermigier for CODE, and Elisabeth Racine for EXPERIMENT. This year a VP Users, Jean-Séverin Lair, brings in his vision as a major Free Software user, a dimension that is essential for the 2013 program.

THINK – Make it happen!

THINK will be held over the course of the two first days, and will outline the major role of FLOSS in the digital economy. The “Make it Happen!” baseline very concretely sums up the focus on building a successful free and open-source strategy, from a technological and commercial standpoint.

The opening day format will differ from the previous editions as talks will happen in a single-track schedule in the largest auditorium. This enables us to concentrate on having the best schedule in a unique plenary session, dedicated to decision-makers in the private and public sectors. Talks will be more concise and will introduce the think tanks and workshops that will be held on the second day.

This renewed format will support the 2013 focus: making it happen. The FLOSS industry is now at a point where we need to have IT departments take the step from intention, either from strategy or political decision, to actual use or purchase.

We will demonstrate that innovation with FLOSS is accessible to all companies and organisations. It is nowadays easier to innovate in each market because of the availability of free and innovative technologies. This demystification of practical innovation will be the major theme of this sixth edition of the Open World Forum.

All of our speakers have successfully innovated with free and open-source software and will share their experiences around its use and impact. Shared innovation and the platforms available for collaborative innovation will be represented. More practically, speakers will document the way they succeeded in bringing innovation through FLOSS in the following sectors:

  • Digital economy
  • Media
  • Education
  • Public sector
  • Foundations and Communities

The opening day will be dedicated to keynotes, conferences and panels. The individual talk slot format will be shorter than previous editions, so we can have a very dynamic and interesting program. The morning will be the opportunity to approach the real impact of Open-Source in the world digital economy, as well as the impact of state policies, the governance, educational and business issues. We'll end this sequence with some industrial, organizational, community and government success stories that might inspire attendees to choose Free and Open-Source Software for their next projects.

The afternoon will focus on the innovation catalyst role that Open-Source plays in the major technological and educational projects, especially in infrastructure and Cloud, in Big Data and the Hadoop platforms, in the Web of tomorrow and in Mobility.

CIOs and major users of FLOSS will be invited to take part in the fifth edition of the Open CIO Summit, which is scheduled for the end of the day.

These topics will be explored deeper during the second day, through workshops and think tanks led by industry and community leaders. This will enable attendees to contribute to the evolution of our field, and of course provide the meeting point where the world experts will get together and talk about the present and the future.

CODE – Open Innovation

From a technological standpoint, during the CODE days, the focus will be on the following topics: Web, Infrastructure (Cloud, but not exclusively), Data and Mobility. The Web, especially with the user aspects, like the UX movement and the Responsive Design requirements, but also accessibility, a topic that will be increasingly important in the future.

Infrastructure is not solely a technical topic and we want to approach it from its organizational point of view within the IT departments as well, with a focus on the devops movement, the internal impacts for development teams of the new VM provisioning platforms and technologies.

The Data topics, which include Open Data, and the necessary thinking to have when considering opening a data set; but also Big Data, the batch or semi-real time analysis of large quantities of data and the commercial or professional advantages that we can expect.

Lastly, we will talk about Mobility as it is a vital and fast-evolving subject, that has the important characteristic to be largely dominated by Open Source with Android, Tizen, Ubuntu or FirefoxOS.

The CODE topics will be led by a track-leader team that has been almost entirely renewed.

EXPERIMENT - An Open World

EXPERIMENT 2013 will showcase the social innovations that have been brought forth by the Free Software and the Open Source; software and also hardware innovations, artistic and organizational ones as well. Embraced as a sharing philosophy, the FLOSS movement has paved the way for distributing knowledge (Wikipedia, Creative Commons) and allows for new ways of learning and experimenting in the IT world, which have a major impact on our everyday lives.

During the EXPERIMENT day, there will be several conferences and workshops addressed to novices as well as to professionals that are concerned with social issues: beginning with artistic creation all the way to democracy and interconnected objects. These topics, addressed by the Free and Open Source, will allow us to further our understanding in these areas and also their application in the real life.

Children are most welcome to test and participate, with a special schedule dedicated to them: KIDEXPERIMENT. There will be a number of discovery workshops for various free or open source software and hardware as well as mini-conferences for young people on the topics of democracy and free art.


Save the date! Open World Forum - 6th edition 3rd, 4th and 6th of October 2013

Feb 26, 2013

The Open World Forum is back for its sixth edition and will be held on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October 2013. It will take place in a completely new setting in order to accommodate a larger audience. This edition will be a milestone on the way to becoming the premier global event bringing together state policies, social concerns, technology and economy. OWF will take place at the Beffroi and will again be organized by Systematic Paris Region. More than 3,000 attendees are expected for this next Edition, reflecting the revised and expanded program.

The 2013 edition will be chaired by Pierre Queinnec, who has appointed Stefane Fermigier, Jean-Séverin Lair, Philippe Montargès and Elisabeth Racine as vice-presidents. The Open World Forum will maintain the threefold structure that has made its success; THINK, CODE and EXPERIMENT. Each track will be led by a Vice-President; Philippe Montargès for THINK, Stefane Fermigier for CODE, and Elisabeth Racine for EXPERIMENT. This year VP User, Jean-Séverin Lair, brings his vision as a major Free Software user, which is essential for the 2013 program.

Venue

The Beffroi is a congress center of 10 000 square meters, with a plenary hall with 732 seats, a second, smaller 236 seats amphitheater , a multi-use space of 1000 square meters which can be used for exhibitions and 9 other small rooms.

A terrace of 700 square meters on the roof of the building allows us to hold the networking cocktail in a unique setting.

Biographies of the 2013 Program Committee

Pierre Queinnec is co-founder and CTO of Zenika, one of the leading providers of professional Java Open Source services in Europe, providing consulting, development training and support for the world’s leading Open Source Java software products. Pierre has been involved in FOSS for more than a decade, and has contributed to various Open Source projects. Most recently Pierre has been involved in the Eclipse DTP project. Prior to that, he used to be an OpenDarwin member, and still acts as maintainer on some ports in the now named MacPorts. Pierre has also been involved in open standards, such as AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) hosted by OASIS, where he's a member of the Technical Commitee.

Pierre is a graduate from ESSI (Ecole Supérieure en Sciences Informatiques) in Sophia-Antipolis, France, and studied at McGill University in Montréal, Québec for his year qbroad.

Stefane Fermigier has been involved for the last 15 years in the promotion of free and open source software, first as a co-founder and president of AFUL, then as a co-founder and president of GTLL, the Free and Open Source Working Group in the Systematic Competitiveness cluster, and as a vice-president for CNLL, the French National Council for Free Software. He has also founded two open source software vendors: Nuxeo and Abilian, additionally he has personally contributed to several Python and Apache projects. He has been involved in the OWF organization commitee since its inception.

Jean-Séverin Lair is CIO of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication since 2008.He promotes a strong free software usage policy in the ministry infrastructure as well as on the user workstations in the same manner as his predecessors. He is the leader of the governmental free software French working group.In his previous positions in administration (Prime Minister Ofce, Ministry of Finances...) he contributed to the development of free software usage by working on interoperability, open standards, the governmental forge, licenses, purchases ...

Philippe Montargès is co-founder (2006) and manager of Alter Way, an Open Source Service Provider (Turnover 2012: 11 M€, 120 persons). Philippe Montargès has been contributing in the last few years to the animation and the promotion of the Free Software and Open Sorce ecosystem in France. He is the president of the PLOSS (the network of the companies involved in the Free Software ecosystem in the Paris Area).

Being the former president of the 2010 edition of the Open World Forum, the international gathering of big actors in open technologies, he is still a member of its organizing commitee. He is also strongly involved in the representative organs of this sector, such as the CNLL (National Council of the Free Software), the GTLL, (Thematic Group Free Software of the Systematic competitiveness cluster) as well as a commitee member of the Open Source branch of "Syntec Numérique".

Finally, Philippe Montargès is the author of several publications, and speaks regularly about the evolution of the economic models of Free Software and its stakes in terms of training and creation of qualifed jobs.

Elisabeth Racine is a project officer at Cap Digital Paris Region, the French business cluster for digital content and services. In 2009, she supported Cap Digital members’ access to public innovation funding. She is now in charge of the strategic animation of the following cluster communities: Culture, Press & Media and Web & Free Software. She contributed to the development of a rich community in the music digital industry which gathers 70 SMEs, start-up, labs. She is bridging the gap between large companies and startups (startup competition, B2B meetings, personal contacts,…). Since 2011, together with Louis Montagne, and in connection with the festival Futur en Seine, she ensures the creation and organization of EXPERIMENT day in Open World Forum.


Check out the 2012 Open World Forum summary

Jan 15, 2013

We are proud of the 2012 edition: 2100 attendees, 200 speakers and the attendee satisfaction level reaching 90%.

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