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Speaker: Simon Phipps


Simon Phipps is President of the Open Source Initiative and writes for IDG’s ComputerWorldUK and InfoWorld as well as his own blog, He’s been in the computer industry around 30 years and has worked for Sun, IBM and Unisys among others. He’s currently a director at Wipro Technologies.

Simon Phipps is President at the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the non-profit organisation that advocates for open source software, builds bridges between open source communities and maintains the canonical list of open source licenses. Currently a consultant on open source policy and practice at Wipro Technologies, he was previously head of open source at Sun Microsystems and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit.

Apart from his pro bono participation at OSI, he is also on the board of the Open Rights Group and the leadership team of The Document Foundation. He has been widely involved in standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow.