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Round 1 Speakers Announced! The 2019 FINOS Open Source Strategy Forum

September 11, 2019

FINOS is pleased to announce Round One Speakers for the Open Source Strategy Forum 2019, in New York on November 20!



Hi There - We're putting together a great mix of finance, open source, and fintech talks and speakers for this year's Open Source Strategy Forum (OSSF).

Round One Speakers and their talks are listed below. We'll be releasing more speakers, talks and information over the next few weeks as final decisions are made on making content perfect for our audience.

Don't forget - The Early Bird $99 tickets will only be available until September 13th. Prices will be increasing to $199 and above as we get closer to OSSF. 


julia-meinwaldJULIA MEINWALD

Open Source Coordinator - Two Sigma

Julia is an open source project manager at Two Sigma Investments. Her background is in music, but she's been learning more about technology and scientific computing ever since she joined Two Sigma in the spring of 2010. She's enjoyed every step of her quest to learn more about open source software, from getting to know what makes the products developed at Two Sigma special to writing backing tracks for her musical Reb + VoDKa + Me on Sonic Pi.  

Talk: Why Contribute to Open Source

Two Sigma takes major steps to protect our IP, but we also believe in the importance of contributing to the open source software (OSS) community. In this talk, I’ll cover the evolution of Two Sigma's thinking and policies over the past five years, and make a case for how other companies can be simultaneously self-interested and altruistic when it comes to OSS.


ibrahim-haddadIBRAHIM HADDAD

Executive Director - Linux Foundation Artificial Intelligence (LF AI)

Dr. Ibrahim Haddad is a technologist, strategist and an aspiring writer. His focus is on intersections between emerging technology, open source methodology and innovation. He is Vice President of Strategic Programs at the Linux Foundation and the Executive Director of the LF AI Foundation supporting the development and innovation in open source AI.
Throughout his career, Haddad has held technology and portfolio management roles at Ericsson Research, the Open Source Development Lab, Motorola, Palm, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung Research. He is known for his writing and speaking on topics ranging from legal compliance to using open source as an R&D tool to drive collaboration and innovation.

Talk: Improving the Impact of your Enterprise Open Source Development and Participation

Enterprise open source development and involvement has its own set of challenges, but it becomes easier if you have a clear plan to follow. If you're one of the growing list of companies that relies on open source software for their products and services, investing time and money into improving your open source practices can pay off immensely in the long run. This talk offers a practical guide to a number of practices that enterprises can adopt to help them grow their footprint in open source projects. Furthermore, the talk touches on the challenges enterprises face and how to overcome them.


richard-robinsonRICHARD ROBINSON

Head of Strategy & Standards for Open Data - Bloomberg

Rich Robinson is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, across operations and technology functions. Rich has worked throughout the front, mid and back offices at NSCC, Merrin Financial, The Bank of New York, Deutsche Bank, and Omgeo as well as in consulting capacities at Barclays and Morgan Stanley. Since the mid 1990’s, Rich has been actively involved in international data and messaging standards, including ISITC, FISD, EDM Council, ISO, ISDA, and SIFMA and has led industry efforts in communication, data, and unique instrument identification across asset classes. Richard is currently head of Data Strategy and Standards for the Open Symbology group at Bloomberg LLP. He works globally with regulators, legislators, and industry leaders on addressing data and standards issues to create more efficient and transparent markets. 

Case Study: Challenges to Supporting Open Data

This talk will give a synopsis of the work Bloomberg L.P. Has done with the Object Management Group in the development and support of the Financial Instrument Identifier (FIGI), the only open data identification framework for financial instruments. Exploring the reasoning on why a for-profit company would invest in, and continue to support open data, the speakers will cover internal and external challenges in doing so as well as the evolution of FIGI, and what the future may hold in regards to standards and regulation. Finally, a wrap up on the pros and cons of "competing" standards (open and licensed), drivers for innovation, and the good and bad impacts of regulation.


tobie-langelTOBIE LANGEL

Principal - UnlockOpen

Tobie Langel is the founder of UnlockOpen, a boutique consulting firm that helps organizations think strategically about open source. His clients include top tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Mozilla. Tobie Langel is the facilitator of AMP’s Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Advisory Board of OASIS Open Projects. Previously, he was a member of Facebook’s Open Source and Web Standards team, and was Facebook’s Advisory Committee representative at W3C. An avid open-source contributor, Tobie Langel is known for having co-maintained the Prototype JavaScript Framework and for numerous open source projects. He also edited a number of Web standards (notably WebIDL), and led W3C’s Web platform testing effort.

Talk: From laggard to open source power house—a transformative journey to successfully build a strong open source culture

Contributing to open source is finally catching on. It's climbing the Hype Curve, and everyone wants in. Predictably, Open Source Programs Office are springing up like mushrooms after the rain, and so are job offers for people to run them. But, after an initial honeymoon, the desired outcomes too often fail to materialize. Few employees end up contributing. Communities don't magically coalesce around hastily open sourced internal projects. Hiring pipelines don't overflow with topnotch candidates. And despite what feels like a substantial investment, little value—if any—is captured. There's a reason for that. Building a strong open source culture is transformative. And while grassroot support is key, you don't obtain that kind of outcome without a top-down mandate hinged on a solid business strategy. In this talk, we'll look at what happened behind the scenes of companies which successfully transformed their culture to morph into open source power houses, and we'll find out how you can do so too.



Join us this year to learn about and help drive the direction of open source in financial services. This year's agenda will provide practical knowledge and guidance on best practices, tools and technologies; explore how to build a successful open source community; include insight from industries successfully embracing open source and much more. We’ll run this in three tracks.

Strategy & Standards - Hear from leaders driving standards, innovation, and collaboration to meet an evolving financial services landscape and changing customer demand, including opportunities in open data, open banking, cloud, regulation and more.

Policy, Process & Tools - Learn how to seamlessly deliver compliant open source software through policies, processes, best practices and technology to manage the full open source software lifecycle from evaluation to consumption to contribution.

Code & Community - A look at the software, languages, frameworks, pioneers and more that are driving innovation, being developed in the open and have the potential to change the financial services industry and its historically “closed” culture.

Last year's schedule, talks, and videos are still live here if you're looking for a preview.



FINOS wants to make open source in finance more accessible to everyone. As part of your registration, you can choose the option to sponsor a student, or someone from a group generally underrepresented in technology to attend OSSF. 



While we're still getting the program squared away, as a reminder, Registration for OSSF is FREE for FINOS members and their employees.  If you belong to our of our FINOS Member institutions, be sure to take advantage of this perk and pass this email along to your colleagues.



Sponsorship opportunities are available for members and non-members interested in showing their commitment to open source collaboration at OSSF. Let us know if you’d like a copy of the sponsorship prospectus for more detail.

We can't wait to see you at OSSF 2019! Please reach out to if you have any questions about the event or sponsorship opportunities for members and non-members.

~Thanks - The FINOS Team

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