An evening meeting, where we will hear three talks on how to fund open source projects and businesses.


  • Alasdair Davies
  • Irina Bolychevsky
  • Ben Jam


18:00 - Registration, including tea, coffee, and networking
18:30 - The event starts
20:00 - The event ends


Each talk will last 30 minutes and include plenty of time for questions. I look forward to seeing you there.

Talk 1: Thinking differently: new approaches to funding the development of open source conservation technologies

Speaker: Alasdair Davies

An active conservationist and technologist all his working life, Alasdair Davies is combining his two passions with a third - openness
- - to bring affordable, customizable technology to the field through the Arribada Initiative. As a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, he is designing, developing and producing open source conservation technologies in partnership with leading wildlife charities such as WWF and the Zoological Society of London, employing open approaches and licences to drive down costs by introducing new community-based funding models.

Watch the video of Alasdair's talk on YouTube

Talk 2: Funding open - tactics and stories from civic tech

Speaker: Irina Bolychevsky

Irina is passionate about products and using technology to make things better. She spent many years working on open data at Open Knowledge as one of the directors and ckan product owner, at web startups, and most recently as a data consultant for W3C, the Open Data Institute and the UK, Dubai and UAE governments. She co-founded—a project to promote and bring together people working on and interested in decentralised digital technologies.

Watch the video of Irina's talk on YouTube

Talk 3: Other ways of funding open source

Speaker: @BenJam

@BenJam has been involved with just about every way of funding open source projects through Tidelift, and Dependency CI. He is co-founder and part time designer of the game Attack the Pack.

Watch the video of Ben's talk on YouTube

We anticipate this evening may be oversubscribed, so please book promptly. We shall be videoing the talks for later posting on YouTube for those who are unable to make it.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Open Source specialist group, BCS Entrepreneurs, BCS Young Professionals Group and BCSWomen

Open Source SG - How to fund Open Source projects and businesses
Date and time
Thursday 17 May, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
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