Web Services: How Can Open Source Software Compete?

Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk), Evan Prodromou (Fuzzy.io), Aaron Williamson (Tor Ekeland P.C.), Mark Hinkle (Socialized Software), John Pugh (Canonical, Ltd), Allan Foster (ForgeRock )
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Creating “free” web services will require more than just making web services using AGPL licensed software. We’ll need trusted providers, protections around how data can be used and all the social aspects that the current web services have. We now have several free and open web services. Come hear what people are doing to define and create “free” web services. We need you!

Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk
Dear Providers: Open Source Everything You Can

Allan Foster, ForgeRock US

John Pugh, Canonical

Aaron Williamson, Software Freedom Law Center
Nobody Cares About Your Stupid App

Evan Prodromou, StatusNet Inc.

Metcalfe’s Law and Freedom in the Cloud

Mark Hinkle, Zenoss
Three Considerations for Preventing Cloud Lock-In

Stephen O'Grady


Stephen is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, and addresses the full spectrum of infrastructure software from development to deployment, including operating systems, application languages and platforms, and database technologies, with a special focus on open source.

Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen assisted in building out the Enterprise Content Management and Enterprise Portal knowledge set at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in implementing such products for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock.

Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen’s advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.

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Evan Prodromou


Evan Prodromou is founder and CTO of Fuzzy.io, an AI-as-a-service startup based in Montreal. His previous startups include Wikitravel, StatusNet, where he led development of StatusNet and pump.io Open Source social software, and Breather. He is chair of the W3C working group on Social Web standards.

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Aaron Williamson

Tor Ekeland P.C.

Aaron Williamson is an attorney at the New York firm Tor Ekeland, P.C., where he counsels technology startups and other companies on issues related to free and open source software, privacy and surveillance, regulatory compliance, and more. Previously, he served as in-house counsel at IEEE and as a staff attorney at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised community free and open source software projects.

Mark Hinkle

Socialized Software

Previous Editor in Chief of LinuxWorld and Enterprise Open Source Magazines. Syndicated blogger and freelancer for LinuxWorld.com, Linux Today, and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Co-founder of the Linux Desktop Consortium and Open Management Consortium.

John Pugh

Canonical, Ltd

As a Software Partner Manager for Canonical, Ltd, John is responsible for managing and recruiting software partners to support the Ubuntu Server ecosystem. John is also one of the principals in the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud team and well versed in all aspects of technology.

Allan Foster


Allan Foster is currently VP Global Partner Enablement. As one of the founders of ForgeRock, he helped build ForgeRock into a multinational Identity software vendor with offices on four continents.  Allan’s deep technical knowledge was well used in all aspects of the business while at ForgeRock, with responsiblities in Support, Engineering, Product Management, Federal, Emerging Technology and Sales.
Prior to ForgeRock, Allan built a successful consulting business working with clients such as Sun MicroSystems, NetScape Communications, AOL, Apple, Intel and Microsoft.
Allan has also served on the board of several organizations. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees at the Kantara Initiative. In the past has also held various board positions at Portland Macintish User Group, and East County Business Alliance.
Allan is a sought after speaker and has spoken at numerous international conferences.

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