Global Open Source Conference

Exploring the history and impact of open source software.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


March 24, 2008 11:00 am - March 26, 2008 4:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Members: $85, Non-members: $100, Platinum Pass: $30

SDForum’s Global Open Source Conference on the globalization of open source will include leading industry and government experts examining the worldwide causes and effects of open source software and its impact on commerce strategies, investment planning, legal issues and government policy.

Open source is changing the global software industry as governments create new policies mandating use of open source and as international markets are opened.  In response, hundreds of new companies are formed to support, nurture and commercialize open source to take advantage of opportunities.  As a result, end users are deploying open source throughout their companies in literally every vertical and horizontal market.

The SDForum 2008 Global Open Source Conference will address the unique nature of open source software trends; the role of governments; the impact of globalization on open source commerce; the distinctive characteristics of investment; the different legal aspects of a globally distributed IP community; plus the growth characteristics of the global open source community. Come join us for this half day conference in San Francisco the day before OSBC.


12:00 – 12:45 pm registration and networking lunch

12:45 – 1:00 pm welcome remarks

1:00 – 1:45 pm keynote: Marten Mickos, MySQL

1:45 – 2:45 pm Panel Discussion “Global Open Source Trends and Public Initiatives”
– Mark Radcliffe – DLA Piper
– Sander Ruiter, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
– Tony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University
– Arnaud Le Hors, IBM

2:45 – 3:00 pm coffee break

3:00 – 4:00 pm Entrepreneur Panel:  Learning Lessons from around the World
– Don Brown, Atlassian
– Daniel Chalef, Knowledge Tree
– Ismael Ghamili, Intalio
– Chander Kant, Zmanda

4:00  – 5:00 pm Panel discussion: “Venture Panel: Where is the money?”
– Vineet Buch, Blue Run Ventures
– Kevin Efrusy, Accel
– Ben Fu, Scale Ventures
– John Occhipinti, Woodside Fund

5:00 – 5:15 pm closing remarks


Photo: Myleen Hollero