17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK
Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps
Founder, Public Software CIC

Website | @webmink

Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking on executive leadership roles around open source. Simon worked with X-series standards in the ‘80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the ’90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM, and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems. He is now managing director of Meshed Insights Ltd and founder of Public Software CIC. As a director of the Document Foundation and of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator on InfoWorld and his own Webmink blog. Simon holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a fellow of the British Computer Society and the Open Forum Academy.


11:40–12:20 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Collaboration and community
Location: Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Simon Phipps (Public Software CIC), Moritz Bartl (Renewable Freedom Foundation)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Do you need to start an open source foundation? Many open source projects choose to become legal entities to support their collaboration. In the US, there are several general purpose bodies for hosting open source projects, but up to now there have been none in Europe—so Simon Phipps and Moritz Bartl started one. They explain what they are doing to address the need and how you can benefit. Read more.