Keynote: Applying Open Source Concepts to Non-software Industries
The open source philosophy may be a term related to software, but the basic concepts behind open source have been with us since the dawn of mankind. There is a spectrum at work, with one end being a highly proprietary model where you trust your supplier to build the product or service you need to use without any input or understanding from you, and the other end being the extremely open, transparent and collaboratively built services from Linux to Wikipedia. However, using open source concepts in everyday markets is not a new idea. Most industries work under a version of an open source model. From our legal industry where lawyers design arguments that any other lawyer is allowed to use without restriction, to the fashion industry where any designer is allowed to borrow designs from any earlier design without restriction, payment, or even permission to continue to innovate on behalf of their customers. This talk will look at a few of the factors that affect why some projects work better on a bazaar-like open source model, while others seem to prosper more on a centrally controlled proprietary model.
Bob Young, Co-founder, RedHat, CEO and Founder, Lulu.com