I am a frequent speaker at events worldwide, and I welcome invitations to deliver keynotes and addresses at relevant events. If you would like me to speak at your event, please complete my enquiry form (opens in a new window or tab).
I will expect you to cover my living costs and my travel expenses from my home in the UK. If the event charges an admission fee or is outside my own existing engagements I will usually expect a speaker honorarium or consulting fee. Almost all events involve the a day or more for travel in addition to the event itself, so it seems fair to expect to not make a loss on time or travel. If this won’t be OK for you, it would probably be better for you not to ask. My events agent will get straight back to you with the relevant information when she gets your e-mail.
- My full-length biography is on the About page.
- Promotional photographs are available.
- I am gradually building a list of events I have spoken at in the past.
- Alternative biography:
Computer industry veteran Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies. He has worked in roles such as field engineer, programmer and systems analyst, as well as run a software publishing company. He worked with Open Source Initiative, he takes an active interest in Free and Open Source software and is a widely read thought-leader with regular columns on ComputerWorldUK and InfoWorld.standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. As President of the
He spent a decade at Sun Microsystems where he helped pioneer Sun’s employee blogging, social media and community engagement programmes. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, co-ordinating Sun’s extensive participation in Free and Open Source software communities until he left in 2010. In that role he oversaw the conversion to Free software of the Java platform, Solaris UNIX, the SPARC architecture and the rest of Sun’s portfolio, all under OSI-approved open source licenses. An outspoken advocate of the value of Open Document Format (ODF) for businesses and governments, he has been an advisor to local and national government agencies across Europe, the Pacific Rim and Latin America as they have devised and implemented strategies around Free and Open Source software.
Today he runs a management consulting firm, Meshed Insights Ltd, which supports open source and digital rights strategies for businesses worldwide. He holds a degree in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. His personal home page and blog is http://www.webmink.com
- A bit shorter:
Simon Phipps is President at the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the non-profit organisation that advocates for open source software, builds bridges between open source communities and maintains the canonical list of open source licenses. Currently an independent consultant on open source policy and practice at Meshed Insights Ltd, he was previously head of open source at Sun Microsystems, CSO of startup Forgerock and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit.
Apart from his pro bono participation at OSI, he is also on the board of the Open Rights Group and the leadership team of The Document Foundation. He has been widely involved in standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow. http://webmink.com/
- Shorter still:
Simon Phipps is the President of the Open Source Initiative, the global steward of the Open Source Definition. OSI serves to advocate for, educate about and build bridges within the open source community. A Fellow of the British Computer Society, his career has included early engagement in establishing Java, XML and weblogs as computer industry technologies as well as contributions to open standards in a variety of fields. As chief open source officer at Sun Microsystems he supervised the open source relicensing of Solaris Unix, Java and many other software systems. He is currently founder and CEO of Meshed Insights Ltd, a UK firm offering management services related to open source and digital rights.
- Really short intro if you’re going to read it out:
Simon Phipps is President of the Open Source Initiative and writes for IDG’s ComputerWorldUK and InfoWorld as well as his own blog, webmink.com. He’s been in the computer industry around 30 years and has worked for Sun, IBM and Unisys among others.
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