We have our rock star spot where you get to know the speaker. We then split for some networking but more importanly to have a break and enjoy the food and drink. Giving you time to relax before the main event.
Keynote Spearker will take the stage to address major issues which affect businesses today followed by the event of the evening The Award Ceremony. Then its the last chance for socialising and networking and the last chance for a top-up!
SalesAgility, the organisers of the UK Open Source Awards (http://www.opensourceawards.org) are delighted to announce the winners of the Student, Person and Company Awards at the UK Open Source Awards 2015 Event which was held in Edinburgh last night.
Within the open source software industry, we are very fortunate. Every year, hundreds of thousands of developers work their fingers to the bone to deliver amazing projects, solutions and millions of lines code that are free to view, free to acquire and free to modify and distribute. When it comes to variety, users of open source are definitely not lacking for choices. For this reason, selecting a winner in each of the three award categories was a tough decision.
It was with a great deal of pleasure, after several days of rumination and debate, that the judges were able to make the awards to an outstanding candidate in each category.
The winners were:
Student Award and £1,000 Prize - Jean-Luc Stevens and Philipp Rudiger – for Holoviews - for building complex visualizations. The Award was made for the obvious quality of Holoviews and for Jean-Luc and Philipp's outstanding commitment to their project.
Person/Project Prize - Bill Aylward – of the OpenEyes project – an open source Electronic Patient Records project with contributions from hospitals, institutions, academic departments, companies and individuals. The Award was made for for inspiring work in a field where the social good is hugely important.
Company Prize - Collabora Productivity – for 10 years, Collabora has been delivering Open Source solutions to some of the world's largest electronics companies. Collabora Productivity is one of the largest contributors to the LibreOffice project. The Award was made to recognise the outstanding leadership and commitment over a long period of time by Collabora.
SalesAgility would like to thank the speakers, judges, sponsors, Edinburgh University Informatics Ventures and all the delegates for their commitment, support, and the contribution they made to making the day such a huge success. 180 like-minded people gathered in Edinburgh and networked in a creative community, sharing knowledge and creating new connections and friendships. The energy and good will was palpable.
SalesAgility would especially like to thank Karen Sandler from the Software Freedom Conservancy. Karen flew in from New York and gave a talk that was funny, thought provoking and inspiring. The Cyborg Lawyer is welcome to come back to the Open Source Awards whenever she wishes.
The shortlist for this year’s UK Open Source Awards has been announced. This year saw a record number of entries coming from a wider variety of people and organisations than ever before. Shortlisted organisations include NHS England who have two shortlist entries, highlighting the progress that open source is making in the public sector and some great people and projects from across all sectors.
Are you on the list? Well done.
Especially well done as this year we had a 40% growth in entries. As open source becomes the norm, becomes pervasive, the number and quality of entries increases and it becomes harder to get recognition for the hard work that goes into being excellent.
With the number of entries growing rapidly year on year, it is clear to see that open source is playing a pivotal role in information technology and the change of focus from the infrastructure stack to the application stack is becoming apparent.
The winners will be announced at the Open Source Awards on Wednesday 25th February at the Informatics Forum in Edinburgh. For more details, visit the Awards website at http://www.opensourceawards.org
Spend a little time digging into what these people and projects are achieving and you'll begin to understand why judging was hard work. Well done to everyone!!
Sopra Steria - Technical Session
Presenters Will White, Lead Digital Consultant, Sopra Steria
Building an open source digital Land Management System to support Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform payments
This session focuses on Sopra Steria’s open source solution being developed to support Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform payments in England for Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs).
One of the highest-profile Government Digital Service (GDS) 'Exemplar' projects, it integrates and builds upon numerous open source components to deliver a key government solution in the payment of EU subsidy.
Open source components integrated in the solution include:
· JBoss jBPM providing Java based workflow.
· GeoServer running on Tomcat providing national mapping services.
· Python and GDAL processing large spatial datasets.
· A front-end mapping application built using OpenLayers, JSTS and Angular.js with GeoNetwork providing a web service metadata portal.
The session will explore:
· The architecture and integration.
· How they have integrated open source components into a cohesive solution providing a high quality end user geo-spatial editing toolset with a back office workflow system.
· Components and functions of the open source products that they have extended.
What’s more, all this will be available for the community to further develop or use as Defra are going to Open Source the packages back to the community.