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November 16, 2017

Last week we hosted the first annual Open Source Strategy Forum at BNY Mellon in NYC! The event welcomed over 300 attendees from the Fintech, legal, and open source communities.   

We were thrilled with the event’s enthusiastic reception. Open source is fueling the next wave of fintech innovation and it was a privilege to share a room with the people making that happen.

_9997281.jpgMatthew Joseph, Head of the Jersey City Innovation Center, BNY Mellon and Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director, Symphony Software Foundation

The program started with a word of welcome from our Executive Director, Gabriele Columbro, and Matthew Joseph, who heads the Jersey City Innovation Center at BNY Mellon, which hosted OSSF at its amazing Financial District office. They were followed by a terrific series of keynotes from Amber Baldet, J.P. Morgan; Brian Gracely, Red Hat; whurley, Goldman Sachs; and more.

_9997400.jpgKeynote speaker, Amber Baldet, Lead, Blockchain Center of Excellence, J.P. Morgan tells the blockchain success story 

Brian Gracely, Head of Product Strategy, Red Hat, on how open source sparks innovation in Fintech

'whurley', Managing Director, Golman Sachs talks quantum computing, open source, and the future of Finserv

Paul Walker, Philanthropist and Technologist, provides strategies for effectively advocating open source in Fintech

An insightful talk from Karen Copenhaven, Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, on why companies should collaborate to build essential infrastructure

_9997564.jpgYogesh Wagle, Americas Corporate & Investment Bank Head of Business Architecture and Product Development, Deutsche Bank, on The Plexus Project

Deutsche Bank’s Yogesh Wagle also took the opportunity to share details on their recent open source contribution to the Symphony Software Foundation, demonstrating how open source is driving fintech strategy and innovation.  

The keynotes were followed by a number of interactive sessions across four tracks: executive, legal, community, & technical, and ended with a social event for attendees. 

_9997662.jpgNetworking in the partner lounge before the next session

_9997778.jpgSpencer Mendlin, Aite Group moderates a panel on open source best practices in financial services featuring Jared Smith, Capital One; Nick Williams, Morgan Stanley; Steve Schiff, Thomson Reuters; Mohammad Rezaei, Goldman Sachs; Rhyddian Olds, Deutsche Bank; and Brad Levy, MarkitSERV.

Jamie Jones, Solutions Architect, Github, discusses extending GitHub to meet your open source policy

The event would not have been possible without our sponsors! We want to thank the platinum sponsors BNY Mellon, Black Duck Software, GitHubNodeSource, and Red Hat, and gold sponsors Acquia, Fenwick & West LLP, Flexera, Open Compute Project, and WhiteSource

Save the date! The next Open Source Strategy Forum will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in New York City. Follow the event twitter @OSStrategy and be the first to hear the details.

Missed OSSF 2017? View the presentations or check out the event photos. Stay tuned for the keynote video which will be published in the coming weeks. 

About the organizers

The Symphony Software Foundation is dedicated to fostering open source innovation in financial services.  What's it take to become a member? Check out our membership benefits and information or see some of the latest member contributions. Interested in a secure and compliant Fintech sandbox? Read about our Open Developer Platform, the trusted venue for FinServ collaboration in open source.