Running a Free and Open Source Business for Fun and Profit

Monday 16 January 2017

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

In The Spark Building (on East Park Terrace, adjacent and north to the Library)
Refreshments at 6.00pm on will be on "The Bridge", above The Pod, then we make our way down a floor to "The Pod "for 6.30pm for the presentation, lasting under one hour. (This is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Southampton Central Station)

This event will be a joint event with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Open Source SG  and Southampton Solent University.

Jeremy Bennett MA, PhD, MBCS, CEng, CITP, FRSA, Chief Executive of Embecosm


In this presentation, Jeremy Bennett will share his experiences of running a fully open source business. This will look at the following issues:

  • business models that allow a decent profit
  • staff recruitment and retention
  • legal challenges, including licensing
  • the dangers of "open washing"
  • how to manage without Microsoft Office!

About the speaker:

Dr Jeremy Bennett is founder and Chief Executive of Embecosm, a consultancy implementing open source compilers and chip simulators for major corporations around the world. Jeremy Bennett holds a MA and PhD from Cambridge University. He is a Member of the BCS, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Technology Professional and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jeremy Bennett is the Treasurer of the BCS Open Source SG.

He is the author of the standard textbook "Introduction to Compiling Techniques" (McGraw-Hill 1990, 1995, 2003). Contact him at


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