Open for Business is an annual one day conference, which is hosted to coincide with the larger Wuthering Bytes technology festival in the North of England.

This conference will explore key themes in Open Source Software as they relate to service providers and consumers across both the private and public sector.

A series of clinic sessions are designed to promote collaboration between Open Source thought-leaders, and forge new relationships, while experts within the sector share their knowledge and experiences.

Delegates will hear from a range of speakers including the likes of Mike Little, co-founder of WordPress, who will be talking about the history of WordPress and how lessons learnt might be applied to other Open Source projects and businesses.

With Open Source use growing, more projects and businesses are forming to make use of the evolving marketplace. This event comes at a time when now more than ever, advice and expertise from the industry is in high demand due to the number of Open Source start-ups and scale-ups, looking to make use of modern technology trends.

In line with the business focus of this event, Maarten Ectors, Vice President IoT at Canonical, will be offering advice on making money with Open Source and ensuring economically viable projects which allow expansion.

Maarten commented 'I am excited to come and speak about how to make money with Open Source. Open for Business is a great platform to meet people that want to share the best software with others and generate new revenues'

Other speakers include Mark Kent from BT, DJ Walker-Morgan from Compose, Matija Suklje- an Open Source legal specialist, Mark Taylor from Sirius, Stuart Mackintosh from OpusVL, and Martin Callinan from Source Code Control. Further details of their talks are available here

Open for Business is just one of the many conferences being held this year as part of the larger Wuthering Bytes festival which began in 2013 when Andrew Back and Tim Harbour decided to celebrate open, interesting and inspiring technology. The festival consists of 7 events over 10 days, including Open Source Hardware talks and workshops, an exploration of Open Smart Cities and the annual GNU Tools Cauldron.

The Open for Business conference, hosted by the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and OpenUK- The UK Open Source Industry Association, takes place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St. George’s Street, Hebden Bridge on the 5th September.

The event is free to attend but spaces are limited. You can find out more about the conference and the speakers, and book your tickets here:

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