The organizers of the event, the Association of Free Technologies and Open Knowledge Companies of Euskadi (ESLE) and its counterpart in the state, ASOLIF, estimate in a first evaluation that the encounter has generated an economic impact greater than half a million euros in the city of Bilbao
Bilbao has been for two days a reference hub for the dissemination of the avant-garde technologies based on open code. LIBRECON powered by CEBIT, one of the most prominent European events on open technologies, has brought together in the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao more than 1200 participants from 600 companies, 70 presentations from outstanding experts and to 40 exhibitor companies, all references in the ICT sector based on open code.
LIBRECON powered by CEBIT closed yesterday the doors of its eighth edition, the third that has had Bilbao as the venue and the most international held to date. This is shown by its list of speakers from more than a dozen countries, the presence of prominent entrepreneurs from the Hispano-German Circle and of reference free software associations such as Open Forum
Europe, CEBIT and OSADL (Gernamy), CNLL and Pôle Aquinetic (Francia), ESOP (Portugal) or of many relevant companies in the sector.
LIBRECON powered by CEBIT closed yesterday the doors of its eighth edition, the third that has had Bilbao as the venue and the most international held to date. This is shown by its list of speakers from more than a dozen countries, the presence of prominent entrepreneurs from the Hispano-German Circle and of reference free software associations such as Open Forum Europe, CEBIT and OSADL (Germany), CNLL and Aquinetic (France), ESOP (Portugal) or of many relevant companies in the sector.
In economic terms, this forum, which has been supported by the Bizkaia Provincial Council, the Basque Government, and the City Council of Bilbao, has generated an economic impact greater than half a million euros in the city of Bilbao, according to the first evaluation made by the organizers of the meeting, ESLE (Association of Free Technology and Open Knowledge Companies of Euskadi) and its counterpart in the state ASOLIF (National Federation of Free Software Companies), the entities organising the meeting.
Both ESLE and ASOLIF have very positively valued the data resulting from the event. In the words of Eneko Astigarraga, chairman of ESLE, “the visitor flow and the presence of relevant international institutions and companies from the sector is clear evidence that the open technologies have already made the great leap: they have gone in a very short time from being considered as a utopia within the ICT field to being recognized as a technological ally with high added value to improve the competitiveness and innovation of industry, companies and institutions”. David Olmos, chairman of ASOLIF, on the other hand, wanted to highlight the value of these technologies as generators of alliances: “The evolution of LIBRECON powered by CEBIT reflects what has happened to the technologies themselves. The philosophy of this development model, which advocates sharing knowledge, fosters the creation of an alliances ecosystem that promotes their growth and, therefore, that of the strategic sector for the economy and society”.
500 professional meetings with a business vocation
The eighth edition of LIBRECON powered by CEBIT, in addition to providing the account on the state of the art of the open technologies, has been a focus for the generation of business opportunities.
For this purpose, the congress has committed to the dynamics of speed networking aimed at gathering in the same space companies that need solutions based on open source and the companies capable of developing them. In addition, the venue had a business area designed to encourage these business meetings.
During the two days of the event, 500 professional meetings were held that aim to be a first meeting subsequently leading to the formalisation of commercial agreements.
This edition of LIBRECON powered by CEBIT was attended by key figures from the ICT sector based on free technologies, such as the creator of the GNU/LINUX operating system Richard Stallman, the boss of the Gartner consultancy firm for the Iberian peninsula, Rebeca Marciel, or Julia Bernal, Red Hat General Manager for Spain and Portugal, the company providing open source solutions which is in the media spotlight after being acquired by IBM in a historic deal.
As regards the main thematic issues, special attention has been given to the role of women in the open source sector and in the technological sector in general, to the role of the public administration in the “Sharing and re-use” policies that are set out in the EU’s guidelines and the Tallinn declaration, and to the fundamental contribution of open source in cybersecurity, big data, industry 4.0 or finance.
In addition, the congress has hosted relevant international companies in the development of solutions based on open technologies, such as Red Hat, Systems Group, Gfi, Hitachi, Liferay, Serikat, OVH, Entelgy or Magnolia, among many others.
At the closing of the event different entities and people were recognized and awarded for their contribution in the event and in the Open world:
- Award to the Open company with the most global impact for Red Hat, due to its global leadership in the professional sector, the large number of free software projects provided to the community and its contribution to bringing the open concept to the business world.
- Best international speaker award for Carsten Emde of OSADL for his great work in bringing open source to critical environments in the industry 4.0 sector
- Best digital transformation success story award for GFI, due to its digital transformation project in Doñana
- Librecon best technical talk award for Nestor Salceda (Sygdig)
- Award for the best strategy in digital transformation in public administration for the Bizkaia Provincial Council for its achievements and its commitment during the last 2 years in open technology to perform the digital transformation process through Lantik
- Award for the best initiative for the inclusion of women in the open digital field for Lorena Fernández of the University of Deusto, for her tireless work and great success in making the technological women more visible and in a more prominent role during recent years.