September 27-30, 2021
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Wednesday, September 29 • 11:30am - 12:20pm
(VIRTUAL) Panel Discussion: The EU Open Source Economic Impact Study: Findings, Analyses, Recommendations - Knut Blind, Fraunhofer ISI; Sachiko Muto, OpenForum Europe; Andrew Katz, Moorcrofts LLP; Mirko Boehm, MBition/Daimler

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OpenForum Europe and Fraunhofer ISI have produced an ambitious study for the European Commission on the impact of Open Source Software and Hardware on technological independence, competitiveness and innovation in the EU. This study will guide EU open source-relevant policy for the coming years, but is relevant for jurisdictions globally. Our research indicates that the economic impact of Open Source on the European economy was between €65 and €95 billion in 2018 and in the same year, EU countries and companies made significant investments into Open Source surpassing €1 billion. The products of these investments are available for reuse to private and public sector and advance development and innovation. Historical data shows clearly that Open Source has contributed immensely to economic growth, but if supported with relevant policies and actions, it could boost the economic landscape even more. For example, if Open Source code contributions increased by 10% annually, the European Union’s GDP would generate additional €70 billion and could boost the number of ICT start-ups by 1,000. In this talk, representatives from Fraunhofer ISI and OpenForum Europe will share in detail the findings from the study on economic impact, case studies, policy analysis and policy recommendation.


Knut Blind

Coordinator of Business Unit Innovation and Regulation, Fraunhofer ISI
Prof. Dr. Knut Blind holds the Chair of Innovation Economics at the TU Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin). Knut Blind was a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI between 1997 and 2010. In 2010, Prof. Dr. Knut Blind changed to the... Read More →
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Sachiko Muto

CEO, OpenForum Europe
Sachiko Muto is the Chief Executive Officer of OFE. Prior to OFE, Sachiko worked for several years in public affairs, first in London and then in Brussels. With degrees in Political Science from the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics, she has been a guest researcher... Read More →
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Andrew Katz

CEO, Orcro Limited
Andrew Katz, is a lawyer (solicitor) and CEO of Moorcrofts LLP, a boutique corporate and technology law firm near London in the UK. At Moorcrofts, he advises individuals, corporations, foundations and public sector organisations on the law concerning free and Open Source software... Read More →
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Mirko Boehm

Open Source Ambassador, MBition/Daimler
Mirko Boehm is Open Source Ambassador at MBition/Daimler. He worked for the Open Invention Network which protects the Open Source ecosystem by acquiring patents and licensing them royalty-free to entities. He teaches and is doing research on Open Source at the Technical University... Read More →

Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm PDT
MeetingPlay Platform + Virtual Learning Lab