People of Open Source // Open Society 2015
Developers, artists, policy makers, entrepreneurs and open source enthusiasts gathered in Wellington last week for the inaugural Open Source // Open Society conference.
Co-hosted by GitHub, the host of the world’s largest repository of open source code, and Enspiral, a leading network of social entrepreneurs, the two-day event aimed to explore the landscape of "open", and discuss what the future may look like.
Open models are gaining traction in many spheres. Open data movements are making information freely available to anyone who wants it. Open government is seeking to make the workings of the public sector more transparent. Open democracy movements are encouraging citizens to participate and be heard on the issues that affect them. Open education is enabling peer-to-peer learning at a personal level, while Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are making education as accessible as having an internet connection. At the core, all these models are rooted in the recognition that the Internet has enabled distributed models of participation and new ways of reaching people that previously were impossible.
As with any philosophy, the strength of the movement is in the people. Videos of the presentations will soon be up on the Kiwi Connect YouTube channel. In the meantime, check out for yourself the thoughts of speakers and participants of Open Source // Open Society below.