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[ox-en] Holland Open Software Conference - May 30/31, June 1 2005 Amsterdam (Modified by geert lovink)

World Class Speakers at Holland Open Software Conference (HOSC), May 30/31 & June 1 2005 - Amsterdam, Holland

This spring the first Holland Open Software Conference will take place. The organisation has invited some renowned speakers in the fields of open source, open standards and open content to Amsterdam. The aim of the conference is to show that professional open solutions are widely available and that more and more organisations and businesses are deliberately choosing for open alternatives. Some from a certain vision and philosophy, others for purely economical reasons. The conference further aims to offer a platform for knowledge dissipation to those interested in these subjects.

The conference will have a duration of three days and takes place at the great hall of the University of Amsterdam and the Oudemanhuispoort. The conference consists of key note sessions and many parallel sessions that cover a wide range of topics. Some of these sessions have such interesting speakers that in fact they could easily make up a conference of their own! Sessions will be held about business models, e-learning (with Sakai, Didactor, Moodle, Open University), Social Inclusion (Madanmohan Rao), Open Geo Information Systems, Patents (with FFII and Philips), Open Content (with Creative Commons) and e-Government.

There will also be a discussion panel on Innovation. Participants will be: a representative of the European Union, members of Parliament; Martijn van Dam (PvdA – socialists) and Eddy Hijum (CDA – Christian Democrats) and Arjen Hof (innovation manager of the City of Amsterdam).

Without a doubt, the main eye catchers will be the keynote speakers:

* Scott Handy: Vice President IBM

* James Baty: CTO & Vice President SUN Microsystems

* Frits Huffnagel: Alderman (ICT) City of Amsterdam

* Jimmy (Jimbo) Wales: Founder of Wikipedia, the open Internet

* Stefaan van Hooydonk: AGFA Healthcare Academy

* Erik Josefsson: FFII (Foundation for a Free Information

* Charles D.A. Ruffolo: President RIBS (networKING)

* Dirk-Willem van Gulik: President Apache Software Foundation

* Dr. Madan Mohan Rao: Head research AMIC, Bangalore India

* Jesús Villasante: Directorate-General Information Society of the
European Commission

The Holland Open Software Conference does not serve a commercial purpose. The first two days there are no sponsored tracks. The programme committee has made selections on the basis of content and quality. Whilst the third day sponsors and speakers can get into detail. Here they can tell whatever they want.

For some keynote speakers, outlines of their stories are available. More information will soon be pusblished on the website You can already register at the website.

// James Baty (SUN): “The way of the peaceful Nerd!”
Whizzkids, also known by the more derogative term Nerds: are they innovative, social misfits, geniuses or above all unprofessional? James Baty will give the perspective of SUN Microsystems. He will talk about the way SUN integrates innovative, creative 'angry young men' in a professional business environment, and the problems SUN faces in doing so. For clarity's sake: SUN cherishes it's nerds...

From this perspective SUN’s CTO and Vice President James Baty will talk about what 'openness' means to him. He further wonders how you could mobilize the potential of 1,500,000,000 mobiles telephones with java when only one on thousand people could actually build applications for mobile phones and share the software. James Baty will speak on Tuesday, May 31.

*Who is James Baty?*

Because of his unique achievements, James Baty is the only person in the world with the title of honour ‘SUN Distinguished Engineer’. Also in the Netherlands Baty is well known. Already in 1993, during the first e-commerce conference, he has connected the ISDN network of then national telecom operator PTT to it's Canadian counterpart. This made it possible for professor Mintzberg to make video conference calls to his students in Montreal. This was for the first time in the Netherlands.

James Baty has twenty years of experience in IT business, of which he spent seven years at MCC in Austin. He has a PhD in Information Systems at the University of Texas. Without a doubt, he is one of the most appealing and experienced speakers at the Holland Open Software Conference.

// Scott Handy (IBM): Open standards in the world of On Demand Business

New technologies like Grid computing, Virtualisation and of course Deep Computing (the technology that made chess computer Deep Blue beat Kasparov) are on the rise. What does a leading corporation like IBM think about the opportunities these technologies are going to bring us? What role will open source software play in these developments? Scott sees the pace of development of Linux and open standards accelerating and sketches the position of IBM in these developments. How is IBM going to help customers applying and exploiting these technologies to keep or acquire a competitive position? And of course: in what ways doe IBM deploy Linux and open standards for innovation, increased security and lower costs?

*Who is Scott Handy?*

Real company people still exist, and Scott Handy is the living prove. He has been working at IBM for more than 20years. He started his career as a systems engineer and has become Vice President. Scott Handy specialised in Linux, PC’s, LAN's, communication and complex consumer projects. He was involved through IBM in the Motorola and Apple Alliance. Scott Handy will speak on Monday, May 30, in the morning.

// Stefaan van Hooydonk (Agfa): “Learning is Fun!”

Playful learning is hot. Younger generations have been raised with mobile telephones, internet and computer games. Due to the fact that learning will always be faster when one enjoys doing it, a transition needs to be made rapidly from linear knowledge transfer to interactive learning. Educational (“serious”) games, mobile learning, and Internet learning are topics Stefaan will introduce to us. He comes up with practical ideas and examples about the way edu-gaming is used in training programmes of innovative companies. With nine years of experience in the front-line of e-Learning, Stefaan van Hooydonk is the right man to talk about trends and development in this field. Open standards are a 'must' to him, as he sees open source software as “the future”.

*Who is Stefaan van Hooydonk?*

Stefaan van Hooydonk is head of Agfa Healthcare Academy and specialises in e-Learning, Management Development and Executive Education. He used to be responsible for these last two areas at the University of Vlerick Leuven/Gent in Belgium. Van Hooydonk has 15 years of international experience. He was responsible for executive education at the China Europe International Business School in China and used to be head of Nokia’s corporate University there. Afterwards, he worked a few years at Nokia headquarters in Finland as director e-learning worldwide. Stefaan will address the public Monday morning, May 30, and will chair a parallel session on e-learning in the afternoon.

// Erik Josefsson (FFII): “European Commission wrong in validating software patents”

After the European Commission came up with a new guideline for software patents in 2002, it provoked one of the fiercest discussions in the history of the EU. In the beginning, the protests primarily came from open source communities and academics. Soon however, the SME (small/medium enterprises), labour unions and consumer organisations followed. With the recurrence of incomprehensible and sometimes absurd law suits in the USA, even some bigger companies have shared the ranks of those opposing “trivial patents”. According to Erik Josefsson (head of communication of the FFII - Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure) it is clear that another approach is needed. One should look closer at how innovation in the information age works. The pillars of the software world should be called: cheap, fast and safe. Software patents, when trivial, frustrate a healthy market. Erik Josefsson speaks on Monday, May 30, in the morning. Following his key note, a parallel session will take place with a key representative from Philips and Johanna Boogerd (former member of the EU Parliament and member of Dutch liberal party D66 – to be confirmed) who will give her opinion on the way the European Commission has – in her eyes – downplayed the Parliament.

*Who is Erik Josefsson?

Since 2004 Swedish born Josefsson has been taking care of FFII's communication. Josefsson is also closely linked to FFII in Sweden. Before he moved to the political capital of Europe, Josefsson worked for the Danish-Swedish SSLUG (Skåne Sjælland Linux User Group). Since 2001 Josefsson has been contributing to the discussions about a guideline for software patents.

The coming weeks, more information will be released on the other key note speakers. These are:

// Charles D.A. Ruffolo (Tuesday, May 31 & Wednesday, June 1). Charles Ruffolo is President of RIBS *(Ruffolo International Business Services)* Networking. Ruffolo turns networking into an art and is justifiably called the NetworKING.

// Frits Huffnagel (Monday, May 30). Frits Huffnagel is Alderman ICT in Amsterdam. He will welcome guests and participants to the conference.

// Dirk-Willem van Gulik (Tuesday, May 31). Dirk-Willem van Gulik is President of the Apache Software Foundation, known from the Apache web server, Tomcat, etc. Dirk-Willem is also Senior Partner at the Tribal Knowledge Group.

// Jimmy ‘Jimbo’ Wales (Tuesday, May 31; Wednesday June 1). Jimbo is the founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, and also director of the Wikimedia Foundation. At the conference, he will announce a noteworthy alliance between the Dutch field of education and Wikipedia.

// Dr. Madanmohan Rao (Monday, May 30). Madanmohan Rao is a consultant,
writer, and head research at the AMIC, the Asian Media Information and
Communication Centre, from the much discussed Bangalore in India. He
is also the author of three books on the information society.

// Jesús Villasante (Monday, May 30). Jesús Villasante works for the European Commission. He is the head of the section Software Technology, at the Directorate General ‘Information Society’.

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More information on the speakers, the programme, and the conference location can be found at For members of the press, tickets for the conference will be available after registration via info For more information, please contact Holland Open: + 31 35-6838770, Jochem van Ooyik (+31 6 14940599), or Jo Lahaye (+31 6 53292887).

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