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webOS: The long journey to webOS Open Source Edition (sponsored by LG Electronics)

Dong Park (LG Electronics), Steve Lemke (LG Electronics), Lokesh Kumar Goel (LG Electronics)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: E143/144
Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Open source developers, program managers, IT developers, and entrepreneurs

What you'll learn

  • Explore webOS Open Source Edition
  • Understand how webOS has evolved, why webOS was opened to public, and what LG Electronics has in store for webOS Open Source Edition


WebOS is a web-centric and usability-focused software platform for smart devices. The operating system has constantly evolved along its journey from Palm to HP to, most recently, LG Electronics. Now, LG is releasing webOS as an open source project, named webOS Open Source Edition (OSE).

Joseph Park, Steve Lemke, and Lokesh Kumar Goel offer an overview of webOS Open Source Edition, covering its history and architecture and detailing the project’s evolution from GitHub to Raspberry Pi. They also explain how to use webOS OSE to create and use apps and services with Enact and Luna. Join in to see how you can get started contributing to the project.

This session is sponsored by LG Electronics.

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Dong Park

LG Electronics

Joseph Park is a senior director at LG Electronics, where he manages the webOS reference platform engineering team for various products. Joseph has had a varied career working in VoIP, cloud services, and embedded devices at companies including Yahoo and Microsoft. A few years ago, he moved back to South Korea with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he loves to explore new technologies and spend time with his family. He holds a master’s degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

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Steve Lemke

LG Electronics

Steve Lemke is a principal engineer on the advanced and automotive platform team at the Silicon Valley Lab of LG Electronics. Steve spent a decade building Palm OS into a leading handheld device platform, where he helped create webOS. Subsequently, he open-sourced webOS at HP and then brought webOS to LG, where it has shipped on millions of LG smart TVs all over the world and was most recently open-sourced. He now works with the webOS OSE team to help identify opportunities for webOS OSE and its many proven technologies and components.

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Lokesh Kumar Goel

LG Electronics

Lokesh Kumar Goel leads the webOS platform team at LG Electronics’s Silicon Valley Lab, where he and his team are responsible for delivering webOS platform and application frameworks for LG products as well as open source versions including the browser stack and web application runtime that are the heart of webOS and make HTML5 apps look, feel, and perform like native applications.