Practical Open Source Information — Event Schedule Now Available!

On September 16th, 2021, the Open Source Initiative will be hosting a free, virtual half-day event on Practical Open Source Information. Geared towards open source developers, scholars, lawyers and managers interested in learning about open source in practice, this unique event will feature speakers with extensive experience in the field — with a focus towards new adopters and those looking to deepen their open source participation.


We’d like to thank everyone in the community for their support of this new event — especially those in the community who contributed by submitting one of the many, high-quality submissions we reviewed in putting together our line-up! We are also pleased to share the schedule today — it includes many sessions we think you can’t miss!


The schedule of talks and panels can be found at this link. At POSI, our events will fall into three tracks: OSPOs and Lawyers, focusing on open source compliance, procurement, and legal topics; The Open Source Journey, with talks and panels for open source professionals; and Academia & Beyond, geared towards discussions on open source community and education matters. Our speakers are sharing their own experiences in implementing and working with open source software and communities, and we are looking forward to lively discussions with and amongst audience members via several panel sessions.


We are also excited to announce that our keynote will be delivered by Heather Leson, who will be speaking about the role open source can play in furthering humanitarian efforts — drawing on her experiences with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where open source, open data, and open principles drive humanitarian action.


Registration for the event is gratis, but is required to attend, and can be found at this link. As always, this event couldn’t happen without community support — please feel free to share links to our event with people who might be interested in what this new event has to offer! 


For anyone who might be interested in volunteering at the event, we could use some room monitors for POSI! Room monitors welcome speakers and report any issues in the room to OSI staff — if that sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, get in touch and let us know what talk(s) you may be interested in monitoring. 

Community support can also come in the high-impact form of sponsorship — if your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to us at The event prospectus is available at this link.