October 1,2 2009
Free / Libre and Open Source Software:
at the heart of the digital recovery
The financial crisis, globalization, threats to the environment... rarely has a new
year started under such a cloud of uncertainty. Rarely has it offered so many
promises. Having made a key contribution to the Internet revolution, Free / Libre
and Open Source Software (FLOSS) is now starting to fundamentally transform
the whole fabric of technology. It is starting to form the hidden backbone of
today's digital revolution. There is no longer a single business that does not use
FLOSS, no company operating in the IT industry that does not capitalize on the
innovations it has to offer, and no software publisher that is not tempted to join
the movement. In the space of just 15 years, Free / Libre and Open Source
Software has grown to represent almost 10% of the entire information technology
market and a key driver when it comes to the future growth of our economies,
especially with the advent of green technologies. Industry analysts are predicting
that it could account for 30% of the market by 2012, representing an essential
engine for growth.
So how can organizations and individuals alike take advantage of this
transformation to strengthen their competitiveness and to support innovation?
How can governments make use of FLOSS to kick-start the economy and
employment, and to regain their room for manœuvre and their national
sovereignty? How can we effectively predict the social and economic impact of
FLOSS? And how can we ensure that it is one of the fundamental drivers of
It is in order to explore these issues that the second Open World Forum is being
held. The Open World Forum is the leading global summit meeting in this field,
bringing together decision-makers from across the world to discuss the
technological, financial and social impact of open technologies.
The leading international summit meeting on open
technologies and their financial and social impact
The Open World Forum brings together decision-makers from across the world
with an interest in open technologies and Free / Libre and Open Source Software.
The aim of the event is to cross-fertilize initiatives so as to foster innovation and
economic growth, thanks to open solutions. This highly open and participative
event attracts experts and decision-makers from every field: FLOSS communities,
commercial enterprises, the public sector, finance, universities and research
At the very hub of the FLOSS movement, the Open World Forum provides a
central arena to:
o Exploring innovations and future trends in Free / Libre and Open
Source Software, from technologies to business models and governance,
with the FLOSS barometers, technology radars and emerging trends,
innovation awards and political meetings.
o Building the future of Free / Libre and Open Source Software, on
the basis of the discussions and recommendations that emerges from a
unique global exercise in forward thinking: the 2020 FLOSS RoadMap,
which brings together numerous international experts and is updated each
year during the Open World Forum.
o Sharing ideas, forecasts and best practice with the most highly
respected experts and entrepreneurs from the field of open technologies
and Free / Libre and Open Source Software, from across Europe and the
o Meeting decision makers, exchanging views and creating
synergies between FLOSS community managers, business directors, IT
managers, system architects, developers, university researchers and
investors from five continents.
An ambitious program of plenary sessions and
associated seminars, as well as specific satellite events
In 2009, the plenary sessions at the Open Wold Forum will bring delegates up
to date on the current situation, with the '2009 State of FLOSS Barometer',
explore the potential contribution that Free / Libre and Open Source Software
could make to economic recovery, and unveil the latest version of the strategic
thought-piece developed during the 2008 Forum: the 2020 FLOSS RoadMap.
In particular, the plenary session (FLOSS: at the heart of the digital
recovery) will explore how Open Source could contribute to renewed economic
growth, as a major driver for competitiveness and innovation as well as a force
for social improvement and national sovereignty.
In addition, the 2009 Forum will play host to five major events:
- An Open Innovation Summit, and an emerging technologies radar, enabling
delegates to find out about the latest developments taking place, and putting the
15 most promising start-ups at the time into direct contact with larger companies
and investors. A number of innovation awards will also be given, in recognition of
the most innovative technologies.
− FLOSS Community Summit, bringing together decision-makers from the
major communities (Apache, Eclipse, Linux Foundation, Mozilla, OW2...) to further
strengthen the synergies between them and their global initiatives.
− Open CIO Summit, enabling Chief Information Officers and IS/IT Directors
from the public and private sectors to evaluate the best ways in which to
capitalize on open technologies.
− Open Source Competence Center Summit, bringing together the main
international competence centers and promotional centers from the field of Open
Source software, to enhance synergies between them and worldwide initiatives in
− summit meeting on Free / Libre and Open Source software public
policies: as it does every year, the Forum will highlight the advances and
opportunities in FLOSS across a major geo-strategic area. The 2009 event will be
dedicated to the Regions of Europe, enabling cross-fertilization between Open
Source initiatives in this highly strategic group of regions.
A panoramic view of key technologies, the Open Day, combined with an
exhibition area, will allow organizations to evaluate the best technologies from
the FLOSS world, and their future direction.
The 2009 Forum will also play host to a jobs and training fair, and numerous
other associated events, promoting useful cultural exchanges in key areas for
the future: cloud computing, SOAs, Web 3.0... This highly participative Forum
is open to all.
Finally, in addition to the events themselves, the Forum will be aiming to
anticipate and identify key long-term trends, challenges and opportunities.
Working in continuity – and further developing the 2020 FLOSS RoadMap
published during the first Open World Forum - recognized international experts
will be working on developing predictions, scenarios and recommendations,
updating them in the light of the technological, economic and social
developments that take place during 2009. The initial recommendations
published during the 2008 Forum will be reviewed, and new, complementary
recommendations will be put forward. As with the first edition, the new RoadMap
will be published at the end of the Open World Forum, to act as a platform to
encourage new community, public and private sector initiatives.
The Open World Forum 2009 will partner with the Open Source Think Tank
Europe to create a “FLOSS Leaders Week” in Paris, from September 29 to
September 29 September 30 October 1 October 2
OPEN WORLD FORUM : day 1 OPEN WORLD FORUM : day 2
9.3011.30 KEYNOTE: 9.3011.00 KEYNOTE:
political speakers & FLOSS gurus FOSS Public Policies
Partner event : Partner event :
2009 State of FLOSS barometer (linked with FLOSS Public Policies Summit)
Open Source Open Source
Think Tank Think Tank
11.3018.00 ASSOCIATED EVENTS 11.0016.00 ASSOCIATED EVENTS
(workshops, roundables, conférences...) (workshops, roundables, conférences...)
18.0019.00 KEYNOTE: 16.0017.00 KEYNOTE:
FLOSS Communities initiative (linked Forum Conclusion :
with FLOSS Communities Summit) 2020 FLOSS Roadmap
Official opening Second social event diner (more festive)
diner of the Open
An event at the heart of Europe, the world's leading
contributor to Free / Libre and Open Source Software
Following the success of the first Open World Forum in 2008, which featured over
160 speakers from 20 countries, political decision-makers from three continents,
17 associated events and an audience of 1,200 delegates, the 2009 Open World
Forum will be held in Paris on October 1-2 2009. It will take place at the heart of
the leading continent when it comes to contributing to Free / Libre and Open
Source software – Europe – and in the capital city of the country that boasts the
highest rate of open systems usage in the world.
Established by a group of Open Source communities and major players from the
IT industry – with the active sponsorship of both the European Union and French
government – the 2009 Forum will bring together a large number of the key
international experts from the world of FLOSS, whether as program committee
members, presenters or sponsors/partners of the event.
The 2008 Forum featured:
o Many of the largest players in the global IT industry: Accenture,
Alcatel-Lucent, AtosOrigin, Bull, CapGemini, Engineering, Google, IBM, HP,
SAP, Serpro, Siemens, Sun, Telefonica, Thales...
o The main Open Source communities: Apache Software Foundation,
Eclipse Foundation, FOSSFA, QualiPSo Consortium, Linux Foundation,
Linux Verband, Mozilla Foundation, OSOR.EU, OW2 Consortium, Plone
o Numerous research centers and competitiveness clusters: Cap
Digital, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, INRIA, Fraunhofer FOKUS,
University Paris VII, PSNC, South China University of Technology, State
University of Sao Paulo, System@tic, University of Bozen, University of
Insubria, University Rey Juan Carlos, Unu Merit…
o An extensive network of SMEs from across four continents: Altic,
AlterWay, European Dynamics, Elastic Grid, eXo, Ingres, Mandriva, Nexedi,
Nuxeo, OpenLogic, OpenWide, Pilot Systems, O'Engine, Wallix... among
dozens of others.
The 2009 Open World Forum will be managed by a steering committee drawn
from two global consortia (QualiPSo and OW2, in close partnership with Apache,
Eclipse, Linux Foundation, OSA and the Open Source Think Tank), and numerous
associations (Adullact, AFUL, April, Silicon Sentier) and French and European
competitiveness clusters (including Cap Digital and System@tic Paris Region).
The event is being organized by System@tic, Cap Digital and ITEMS International,
with the support of the QualiPSo consortium. It also benefits from the support of
numerous French and European institutions.
Enrollment in the Forum is free. More information on the 2009 Open World Forum
is available on line at: http://www.openworldforum.org