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The Unexpected Story of NearForm - From OSS Mavericks to Launching the World’s Most Successful COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

September 04, 2020


Guest speakers: Ger O’Shaughnessy & Conor O’Neill of Nearform presented "The Unexpected Story of NearForm - From OSS Mavericks to Launching the World’s Most Successful COVID-19 Contact Tracing App". 

This video was from a live FINOS virtual "Meetup" on August 26, 2020. Join us live for future "Meetups" to see real examples of successful collaboration, hear a few top tips from active contributors, and learn about some innovative approaches to maintaining open source projects.

Ger & Conor'S Presentation


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Ger & Conor's  Presentation: A Solid Foundation for Fintech - August 26th, 2020 - FINOS Virtual "Meetup"

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.



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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.


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