The conference is built around the theme "Open Source – Engine of Innovation" and will feature group discussions, interactive sessions and case studies. The Internet of Things (IoT) will be a major focus, with an in-depth case study about the challenges of preserving openness in IoT technology while facilitating new and existing business models that benefit society, businesses, and consumers. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to discuss which licensing models best support the development and growth of IoT technologies, the role of collaboration and meritocracy in the evolution of IoT, and which open source technologies will support the IoT stack and ecosystem.
"IoT stakeholders span industries and cross international boundaries, encompassing a 'super community' of end-users and participants from the public and private sectors," said Andrew Aitken, Managing Director, Black Duck Consulting and Think Tank Founder. "Because IoT represents a huge business opportunity, commercial entities are already attempting to shape its evolution. Think Tank attendees will have the rare opportunity to identify ways to preserve and enhance the openness of IoT technology and its supporting ecosystem while still in its formative stage."