Open-source: What is it and where is it going?

Imagine a world where millions of people get paid to give their work away for free. This sounds crazy, but it’s real, it’s called Open Source, and it’s how the majority of corporate software budgets are being spent in 2010. Open Source is a buzzword that many are familiar with, but what does it really mean? Why are people so excited by it? And how can businesses possibly make money when they are giving it all away? We will explore what Open-Source is as well as its relationship with the Open-Standards, Open-Data and free-software movements. Gazing into the future, we will use our crystal ball to look at where the open-source movement is going, and the impacts it will have on the way we work, play, and live.

Patrick Hayes is Chief Technology Officer with GeoMemes Research Inc. He spends his time developing free and open-source mapping software. He delights in giving his software away and seeing it pop-up in unexpected places like the United Nations, World Bank, and at TED Talks.

Chris Immink is a mover and shaker in the west-coast intentional dance community. Between his time organizing events and DJ-ing psytrance, he moonlights as a cultural futurist. He develops deep insights into possible scenarios of future human society. Open Source modes of economy have been one of his recent focuses.

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