(The Hosting News) – The enterprise-research forum TransferSummit today announced programme highlights for this year’s event to be held at historic Keble College, Oxford, from the 5-8th September 2011. Special registration incentives are available through 8th July.
TransferSummit was created to give participants an intimate gathering place to address the requirements, challenges, and opportunities in the use, development, licensing, and future of open source technology. This year’s theme is “Open Innovation Everywhere”, dovetailing open development, collaboration and innovation with due diligence, procurement, and total cost of ownership of open source mobile solutions.
The event provides an inspiring setting for attendees to learn, share, and collaborate with open source influencers. Speakers from the research/academic community will join representatives from industry leaders such as Alfresco, eBay, HP, and Red Hat, and senior figures from major open source foundations that include Apache, Outercurve, Mozilla and LiMo to present dozens of sessions across three tracks:
- Open Innovation: a top-level immersion into the world of open source and open innovation in software. Topics include foundations, infrastructure, licensing, governance, business models, economic drivers, cross-platform challenges, overcoming barriers, community-building and more.
- Open Development: the day-to-day practice of putting open source in action both in general and specifically in the mobile technologies space. Topics include accessibility, version control, IP tracking, user engagement packaging and distribution, distributed project management and much more.
- Case Studies: real world case studies, proofs of concept, first-hand accounts, market trends, and analyses of what’s upcoming in the open world.
“We are committed to bringing together prominent minds and leading organisations to discuss the most important issues driving open source and mobile development strategies today — and to address what we might expect in the coming year,” said TransferSummit chair Ross Gardler. “Places are limited to 300 to give delegates the chance to learn, debate, and share in a highly interactive environment.”
Unparalleled content, comprehensive industry expertise, and a view into some of the most innovative projects and organisations in Open Source make TransferSummit a worthwhile investment in your organisation’s future. Attendees will benefit from new concepts and ideas, collaboration opportunities, excellent networking, and proven tactics that can be immediately implemented.
Only TransferSummit provides strategic solutions that improve collaboration between commercial and academic concerns, offers access to valuable research, and transfers creative ideas to meet business challenges through the use of new technologies.
TransferSummit attendees gain unparalleled industry insight from world-class experts that include: Andrew Katz, partner and intellectual property expert at Moorcrofts LLP; Stephen Walli, technical director at the Outercurve Foundation; Amanda Brock, legal counsel of Canonical; Martin Michlmayr, open source community expert at HP; Jim Jagielski, senior consulting software engineer at Red Hat and president of The Apache Software Foundation; and Simon Phipps, director of the Open Source Initiative. The event will kick off with “Open Business and The Open Society: The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance”, a keynote by James Governor, founder of the game-changing open source analyst firm Redmonk.
In addition, TransferSummit offers participants unique networking opportunities through special events that include:
- Break-out sessions: attendees have been known to extend the dialogue from presentations through tea breaks, continuing on as an informal working luncheon, and onto the sprawling lawns of Keble College late into the day. Wednesday and Thursday, 8-9th September.
- Gala Dinner: featuring “Best of British” fare, this multi-course banquet takes place in the enchanting setting of Keble College’s historic dining hall, noted as the inspiration for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film series. Wednesday, 8th September.
- Beers of a Feather: a pre-morning-coffee slip-of-the-tongue by conference chair Ross Gardler transformed TransferSummit’s Birds of a Feather (BoF) topic-specific discussions into a roving crawl across college grounds and into neighbouring pubs and taverns. Wednesday, 8th September.
- Open Gadget Playtime: attendees will get the opportunity to get their hands on some of the latest innovations in open hardware and openly-developed products that are powered by open source. Wednesday and Thursday, 8-9th September.
- BarCampOxford: organized in partnership with The Apache Software Foundation, this hands-on, unstructured, ad-hoc, participant-driven event allows attendees the chance to explore an array of topics such as next-generation technologies, community diversity, and event planning for developers. Sunday, 11th September.
- Optional off-site activities include a visit to the dodo at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History (located across the street from Keble), punting on the tranquil River Cherwell, and relaxing tours of the Oxfordshire countryside.
“We are thrilled by the success of last year’s sold-out event. Based on community feedback, energy, and enthusiasm, we anticipate TransferSummit becoming the must-attend gathering for intelligent conversation focusing on the opportunities and implications of open source across technologies, industries, and innovations,” added Gardler.
Registration for the event is online, with savings of 20% available until 8th July. Sign up at http://www.transfersummit.com/registration.
TransferSummit is produced by Stone Circle Productions, whose portfolio of technology events includes Black Hat Briefings, DefCon, HadoopWorld, and Lucene Revolution. Premier event sponsors include OpenDirective, OSS Watch, and Red Hat. For sponsor and community partnership opportunities, contact Delia Frees at delia(at)stonecirclepro(dot)com.
Additional sessions, events, and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest updates to the programme, visit http://www.transfersummit.com/ and
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