Open Source for Science + Innovation

A symposium on Open Source Software, Open Science, Open Source Hardware, and their role in innovation


Who is this symposium for?
This symposium is for anybody with an interest in open source software, open science, open hardware, and innovation.

What is this symposium about?
We are bringing together open source and open science specialists to talk about the “how and why” of open source and open science. Members of these communities will give brief talks which are followed by open and lively discussions open to the audience. Talks will highlight the role of openness in stimulating innovation but may also touch upon how openness appears to some to conflict with intellectual property interests.

Date/Time: April 5th 2017, 11:30-17:00 pm


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Venue provided by CIC Boston,
Lighthouse room
50 Milk Street, 20th floor
Boston, MA 02109 [view map]


      11:30-12:00 Opening session
      12:00-13:00 Session 1 (3 talks)
      13:00-13:45 Session 2 (3 talks)
      13:45-14:30 Break and networking
      14:30-15:30 Session 3 (3 talks)
      15:30-16:30 Session 4 (3 talks)
      16:30-17:00 Summary and open discussions

Contact: Kevin Moerman, MIT Media Lab



Phoebe Ayers
MIT Librarian for Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Research Data Management
Steering Committee member of the Engineering Archive (EngrXiv)
Topic: Managing and sharing your data and code for openness

Kipp Bradford
Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab board member
Nation of Makers board member
Topic: “Making Patents Work: Invention, Innovation, and the need for Open”

Molly de Blanc
Director at The Open Source Initiative (OSI)

Andrey Fedorov
Assistant Professor in Radiology at the Surgical Planning Laboratory (SPL), Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Ambassador for the Centre for Open Science (COS)

Michael Halle
Instructor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Director of Technology Development
Director of Visualization
Surgical Planning Lab
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Patrick Masson
GM & Director at The Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Adjunct Professor, University at Albany, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
“Teaching Open Source: Creating an online course based on Karl Fogel’s text, ‘Producing Open Source Software’”

Kevin Moerman
MIT Media Lab, Biomechatronics
Co-founder and editor for the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS)
Steering Committee member of the Engineering Archive (EngrXiv)
Developer for the GIBBON open source project


Jessica Polka
Director, ASAPbio, & Visiting Scholar, Whitehead Institute
ASAPbio: a biologist-driven project to promote the use of preprints in the life sciences

Allison Randal
President at the Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Topic: Capabilities for Open Innovation

Travis Rich
MIT Media Lab, Viral Communications Group
Topic: PubPub: a free and open tool for collaborative editing, instant publishing, continuous review, and grassroots journals.

Carol Smith
Director at The Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Topic: Project management in open source communities