Topic: How to Fund Open Source Projects and Businesses
Date and Time: 17 May from 6-8pm
Venue: BCS HQ, London
We will hear three talks (third talk TBC) on how to fund open source
projects and businesses.
This is a joint meeting with BCSWomen, BCS Entrepreneurs, BCS Young Professionals Group and the UK Open Source
Hardware User Group.
You must register to attend and you can register here:
Each talk will last 30 minutes and include plenty of time for
questions. I look forward to seeing you there.
Talk 1: Thinking differently: new approaches to funding the
development of open source conservation technologies
Speaker: Alasdair Davies
An active conservationist and technologist all his working life,
Alasdair Davies is combining his two passions with a third – openness
– – to bring affordable, customizable technology to the field through
the Arribada Initiative. As a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, he is
designing, developing and producing open source conservation
technologies in partnership with leading wildlife charities such as
WWF and the Zoological Society of London, employing open approaches
and licences to drive down costs by introducing new community-based
Talk 2: Funding open – tactics and stories from civic tech
Speaker: Irina Bolychevsky
Bio: Irina is passionate about products and using technology to make
things better. She spent many years working on open data at Open
Knowledge (okfn.org) as one of the directors and ckan product owner
(ckan.org), at web startups, and most recently as a data consultant
for W3C, Open Data Institute (theodi.org) and the UK, Dubai and UAE
governments. She co-founded redecentralize.org — a project to promote
and bring together people working on and interested in decentralised
Talk 3: Other ways of funding open source
Ben Nickolls is a software developer turned product manager building a
sustainable source of funding for open source maintainers at Tidelift.
He is an advisor to The Centre for Cultivation of Technology, The Ford
Foundation, The Sloan Foundation and helps organise the annual open
source sustainability conference Sustain.org and the Core Internet
Infrastructure working group. In his spare times he rides bikes,
designs boardgames and walks his dog.