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FINOS Open Source in Fintech Podcast - Unexpected Story of Nearform - Nearform Team

October 30, 2020
Season 2, 3rd edition of the FINOS Open Source in Fintech Podcast, FINOS Director of Community James McLeod interviews Conor O'Neill & Ger O'Shaughnessy of Nearform after their FINOS Virtual Meetup presentation on Aug 26, 2020.



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It’s pretty hard to avoid using code that was written by people in NearForm. From the Fastify web framework to Node.js Worker Threads to parts of React.js Native, NearForm has become a worldwide center of excellence for JavaScript.
In this webinar the presenters will give a short introduction to what NearForm does and then they will dive into some of NearForm's valuable OSS work, leading up to their most recent project, Polaris; as well as the launch of the world’s most successful Covid-19 Contact Tracing App.
The NearForm team would love to hear from FINOS members about what they find interesting and valuable in all of NearForm's activities within and outside of FINOS.

Ger O'Shaughnessy's Bio:

Ger drives commercial outcomes for products and services. He believes that great ideas come through listening to and collaborating with people from all disciplines. He brings the focus and experience to make ideas work. Ger has held senior roles in business development, operations, consultancy, UX/Design and software engineering across a wide range of sectors over 3 decades. He is an evangelist for design-led solutions that make the world better. In Nearform, Ger owns the go-to-market strategy for accelerators which helps increase overall company revenue and client engagement.


Conor O'Neill's Bio:

Conor is Chief Product Officer in NearForm and has been responsible for launching projects such as Clinic.js and the NodeConf EU IoT badge platform. He has over 25 years experience in the software industry and has worked in diverse areas from Embedded to Enterprise to Mobile with companies such as S3/Philips, Xilinx, EMC, FeedHenry and Red Hat. He also co-founded three start-ups. Outside of his day job, he tinkers with hardware and runs marathons/ultras slowly.



The FINOS Open Source in Fintech Podcast is part of our continued commitment to provide value to our Members and our greater Community. In these (usually bi-weekly) sessions we speak with members of the FINOS community about specific open source projects and interesting topics at the cross section of financial services and open source. So far, our industry experts have discussed practical applications of and their real-world experiences with a range of open source projects including desktop interoperability, low code platforms, synthetic data, and data modeling. They’ve also discussed best practices for inner source, common myths about open source and why commercial companies choose to introduce open source offerings. Tune in to hear what comes next.

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