- The Open World Forum will bring together the most important initiatives in the Open world, in Paris
- The objective: to ensure that Open Source software is a key driver for innovation and competitiveness
- This new event will define the first ever Roadmap for Open Source software over the coming decade (the 2020 FLOSS roadmap)
The main communities and key players from the world of Open Source are joining forces to launch a new event: The Open World Forum: FLOSS, innovation and competitiveness. Taking place in Paris on 1-2 December 2008, the event will provide an international forum enabling the key trends for the future to be identified, and helping to accelerate initiatives in the area of Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). Bringing together some of the world’s leading experts to explore possible scenarios and make their recommendations, the Forum will provide a platform for the publication of the very first Roadmap for Open Source software between now and 2020.
A central meeting point, bringing together corporations, communities and researchers to help ensure that Open Source software is a driver for innovation and competitiveness
Born out of the world of IT research and having experienced exponential growth with the rise of the Internet, Open Source software is inexorably revolutionizing New Information and Communications Technologies (NICT). This revolution will not only open up exciting new opportunities, but also give rise to major challenges.
At the very heart of this movement, the Forum will establish an international meeting point where players from across the Open Source world and the world of NICT more widely can discuss the issues and stimulate cross-fertilization by exchanging ideas and initiatives.
The event will feature a number of seminars, and will include plenary sessions, community events and technical seminars covering a wide range of topics: from strategic questions to the very latest technological innovations.
The Forum will also provide an umbrella for a large number of other events dealing with the impact of Open Source software on economic models, public policy, FLOSS centers of expertise, information systems governance, legislation, interoperability, quality models, new-generation software factories/forges, and netbooks. At a special session dedicated to Open Source software in the BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China), Brazil will be the guest of honor.
A major initiative: the 2020 FLOSS Roadmap
In addition to the conference itself, the event will enable the major trends for the future to be identified. It will explore how the development of FLOSS-based ecosystems can be encouraged. What breakthroughs, and technological and economic paradigm shifts can we expect in the future? How can the public sector support Open Source to promote economic development? How can businesses use FLOSS as a lever for innovation and competitive differentiation? What impact will Open Source have on information systems governance? Will FLOSS change the whole local landscape for NICT industries, especially in Europe, America and the BRIC economies? The first global initiative of this type, the 2020 FLOSS Roadmap will be debated and published during the Forum.
An initiative bringing together all the key players from world of NICT and Open Source software
Created by a pioneering group of communities and IT industry players, the event has already attracted the majority of the largest FLOSS communities and ITC companies from across three continents.
This brand new initiative, initiated by Bull and other major European and French players from the IT world, the Open World Forum will bring together most of the world’s leading technology and software players in Paris including AtosOrigin, Bull, CapGemini, IBM, HP, SAP, Siemens, Sun, Thales..., as well as the largest FLOSS communities (Apache, Eclipse, QualiPSo, Linux Foundation, OW2,...), major research organizations and competitiveness clusters (Cap Digital, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, INRIA, Fraunhofer FOKUS, South China University of Technology, System@tic, ...), the main European and French Open Source industry associations (ADULLACT/OSOR, AFUL, April, Silicon Sentier) and a widespread international network of SMEs from across four continents, with the active support of the European Commission, the Paris City Authorities, Ile-de-France regional council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.