Highlights of OpenUK Conference in London
Every conference has an inaugural event where it defines itself and I’m happy to say the first OpenUK conference has done so brilliantly. It will inevitably become a must-see event like KubeCon or CloudExpo.
Some interesting talks, unusual vendors, and a real techy vibe. There were stands representing the Rust language, Open Software for the Electrical Power Network, ground-breaking Open Data providers…
The venue conference rooms were divided into themed sections: Main, Data, Founders/startups and Platform.
We had a really interesting meeting with the founder of FerretDB, Peter Zaitsev on how he manages open source as a business.
No advanced booking was required so it was quite easy to sneak in and out of different talks.
Not the typical “expo” stands with very similar boring products. Very cool to see such open-source monsters like FreeBSD, KDE, and Gnome and smaller innovative startups. A breath of fresh air from the usual Dynatrace/DataDog marketing machines!
The talk from Wikipedia founders was very insightful.
Prefix “Open” has dominated the agenda: OpenSource, OpenUK, OpenBanking, OpenData, OpenStandards, OpenCharging … Are you still not “Open” – we are coming for you 🙂