Open Source Day, one of the biggest European events aimed at supporting the idea of Free and Open-source software (F/OSS) and popularizing its implementation, welcomed guests and participants on 23 April 2015 in Marriott Hotel, Warsaw.
The conference was organised by B2B and Linux Polska under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Administration and Digitization of Poland. It gathered many exceptional attendees, representatives of Polish and foreign companies, engineers, architects and passionates of open source from all over Europe to debate over on the latest trends in open-source solutions. The participants had the unique chance to take part in presentations, technical sessions, numerous lectures, workshops and meetings on the sidelines. This year, the eighth edition of the event focused on the latest trends in solutions such as OpenStack, BigData, NoSQL, mobile technologies, security, and more.
“This year’s conference saw a record number of both participants and supporting partners. We hosted more than 700 people, who came to meet with the representatives of leading IT companies, such as: IBM – the main conference partner, Red Hat, Intel, EnterpriseDB, Liferay, Zabbix and many more. Each year, we welcome special guests from the government and business sector. In this year’s edition, there were two presentations that really enhanced the programme, the first given by Sebastian Christow, Managing Director, The Department of Informatization, Ministry of Administration and Digitization of Poland, and the second by Piotr Muszyński – Vice President of the Board COO – Orange Polska. Growing popularity of the event is also evidenced by traffic reports that showed over 3000 unique visitors during life webcast of the event” says Dariusz Świąder, president of the board, Linux Polska
Open-Source Day has been organized in Warsaw since 2007. Its mission is to introduce open source solutions (such as OpenStack) to Polish public and business institutions and popularize it as a secure, efficient, and cost-saving alternative to proprietary software.
“We are very pleased that Open Source Day provides excellent opportunity for open source community and its leaders to meet in less formal surroundings – at an evening party. We hope that the future editions of the conference will be as successful as the previous ones. We are already preparing a surprise for the next edition. Let us impress you!” adds Kamila Szenejko, Conference Manager.
Presence of top-league players like IBM, Microsoft, Intel in an open source event shows a revelation in the definition of “Open-source”, unthinkable even a few years back! Still, there are many points to improve; specially remuneration for creative contributors to open source that they’re still under-paid and under-appreciated comparing to contributors to other sectors and that’s why we need to support and participate in such events.