Open Source, Seriously

Time: Wednesday 17th May 10:15-10:45
Room: Track 2
Track: Showcases & Project Management

When done right, open source projects can have a positive impact also on society at large. When choosing an open-source CMS platform, you’re not just choosing a software product, but also a community-driven, collaborative approach to software development that is very different from that of closed-source vendors.

This talk is about the fundamentals of open source, but also about how these fundamentals affect more than our day-to-day work. We’ll look at how open-source projects depend on each other and how open source can contribute to a stronger civil society and democracy-building — and a new way to do development aid.

Open source practice can teach us a lot about how to live in a peaceful, free, and democratic society. And just like the benefits of civil liberties, the benefits of open source freedom can be easy to take for granted — until you lose them.


Mathias Bolt Lesniak
Mathias is a Norwegian currently living in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, with his kiwi wife and two kids. He is a board member of the TYPO3 Association and active promoter of open source ideas and ideals through his job as open source evangelist and motivator at His goal is to increase the impact of open source through increased cross-community collaboration.

He is an experienced and lively public speaker who builds engagement in open source communities by highlighting the connection between code and society at large. He has done numerous conference keynotes and motivational talks centering on topics less commonly addressed — but vitally important to open source success.