Michiel de Lange on Mon, 9 May 2005 23:41:10 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] Holland Open Software Conference - May 30/31, June 1 2005 Amsterdam

Dear members of the Nettime mailinglist,

I´d like to draw your attention to the following conference in Amsterdam 
on May 30 & 31 and June 1, 2005

regards: Michiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange
+31 6 53201800

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 www.hollandopen.nl. 
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 

*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’.


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