We are extremely excited to present our OpenSym 2019 keynote speakers:
Our first keynote speaker: Bruce Perens
The title for the keynote is “Open Source in Space”.
There have been many Open Source projects that have gone to space since Debian rode on the Space Shuttle decades ago. There are so many Open Source cubesats – small satellites that are often hitch-hikers on launches along with larger payloads – that there is now a large annual conference devoted to Open Source in space! And it’s not just small spacecraft: the SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy incorporate a substantial lot of Open Source. Bruce Perens, one of the founders of the Open Source movement in software, will discuss Open Source in space.
Bruce Perens is one of the founders of the Open Source movement in software, and was the person to announce “Open Source” to the world. He created the Open Source Definition, the set of legal requirements for Open Source licensing which still stands today. Mr. Perens is presently CEO of Algoram, a start-up business which is producing a 50-1000 MHz software-defined radio transceiver, and of Legal Engineering, a legal-technical consultancy.
Mr. Perens is a generalist, and feels that the most creative work is done at the intersections between fields rather than as a specialist in only one. Thus, he has worked on the junction of art and software at Pixar Animation Studios, the junction of intellectual property, economics, community, and programming in his work on Open Source, the junction of law and software for Legal Engineering, and the junction of electronics, communications, and software in his software-defined radio work for Algoram.
Our second keynote speaker: Andrew Katz
The title for the keynote is “Designing a licence for open collaboration: insights from development and use of the CERN Open Hardware Licence”
Andrew Katz is a British and Irish lawyer and CEO of Moorcrofts LLP, a boutique corporate and technology law firm in Britain’s Thames Valley, where he heads the technology department.
Prior to his legal career, Andrew Katz was a software developer and has released software under the GPL. At Moorcrofts, he advises individuals, corporations, foundations and public sector organisations on the law concerning free and open source software and is increasingly becoming involved with open hardware and open content. He is a visiting researcher at the University of Skövde, Sweden and a founder editor of the Free and Open Source Software Law Review. He has drafted the Solderpad Open Hardware licence, and he also sits on the core drafting team of the CERN Open Hardware Licence.
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