The term Open Source refers primarily to software development, as ‘the result of a collaborative effort of different people, following diverging personal or collective agendas when participating in this process’.1 The engagement in such procedure is not necessarily connected to a financial gain reward, but could also aspire to peer recognition and aesthetic pleasure or could derive from a particular sociopolitical belief. The advantages characterizing the open–source development structure are numerous and point towards a direction where the production of software is horizontal and the algorithm maintains its transparency, meaning that it is clean of any hidden features that promote external goals. Open–source software represents a GNU–license model of ownership and, distinguished for its originality, it has already influenced, not only the process of software development and its licensing structure, but also the design community that uses, modifies and re–distributes it
Massimo Banzi, is the co-founder of the Arduino project and an open-source hardware advocate who works with clients such as Prada, Whirlpool and Adidas. He will give a short talk about Arduino, startup life, open source hardware and more.
Software Revolution, Part II: The Shift to Cloud Computing Forbes Cloud computing, simply stated, is the ability to use files and applications over the Internet instead of hosting, storing, or processing them on locally managed hardware.
Billions of people and their many devices will be coming online in the next decade, and the industry is building out a huge physical infrastructure to support this growth. But we are doing so in a largely closed fashion. In this fireside chat, Frank Frankovsky will provide an update on the latest developments in the Open Compute Project, a consumer-led community that's pushing for more openness and a greater focus on scale, efficiency and sustainability. Moderated by: Jo Maitland - Research.
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