Simon Phipps

President @ Open Source Initiative

Simon Phipps is managing director at Meshed Insights Ltd, advising companies globally on the dynamics of open communities and digital rights. He was previously head of open source at Sun Microsystems and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit.

He is a pro bono director and President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the non-profit organisation that advocates for open source software, builds bridges between open source communities and maintains the canonical list of open source licenses. He is also on the board of the Open Rights Group and of The Document Foundation. He has been widely involved in standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow.

Past Activities

Simon Phipps
Code BEAM STO 2018
31 May 2018
09.15 - 10.00

Open Source: The Third Decade

Twenty years after the Open Source Initiative was created, open source has grown from a disruptive idea to a default approach to software. This talk will review the first twenty years of open source and suggest some trends for the next ten.