EuroOSCON Keynoters

We build our conferences to reflect our Radar, and EuroOSCON is no different. Here’s who’ll be keynoting in Brussels in two weeks’ time:

Tim O’Reilly
Tim’s going to talk more about the challenges facing open source. From services as an alternative to the distribution that triggers open source licenses, to software that’s useless without its accompanying data, and other facets of the 2006 software world that weren’t issues in 1996.
Tor Norretranders
The conference focuses on user-generated content, applying the skills and lessons of open source beyond software. Tor has written about generosity, which appears to be a key part of open source.
Steve Coast
Steve wowed people at Where 2.0, talking about the Open Street Map’s project to gather and curate geospatial data for cities. Americans don’t realize it, but in most countries in the world it costs a lot of money to get street map information and in some countries it can’t be purchased at all. Open Street Map is at the forefront of the open data revolution that’s firmly on our radar.

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Adrian Holovaty
Journalism is a “fair look at current important information for a readership” (Adrian’s words) and it’s Adrian’s thesis that this can be done better, for some types of information, by writing software than by writing stories. Background reading: “A fundamental way newspaper sites need to change“.
JP Rangaswami
JP is CIO of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He’s had a lot of experience pulling open source into IT organizations, and will share some of the war stories and lessons learned.
Dale Dougherty
Dale is the father of Make magazine, and he’ll be telling the Make and Craft stories. His take is that DIY is just open source for the physical world.
Mårten Mickos
Mårten has seen a Swedish open source startup change the face of the database business. MySQL is now an American company, and the differences between Europe and America are something we’re interested in exploring. Do European companies succeed because of their uniquely European strengths? Or do they have to become American companies to do well?
Robert Lefkowitz
R0ml was a highlight of last year’s EuroOSCON and we’re excited to have him keynoting this year. Open source lets people from different languages and cultures collaborate, and internationalisation and localisation have become widespread. But there’s one part of open source that’s still in English …
Mark Shuttleworth
Ubuntu may be the product that helps Linux take market share from Microsoft instead of from Sun. Can you get more interesting than that?

See you Brussels!