Nextcloud Conference to Feature Launch Event, Keynote Speakers: Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical and Karen Sandler, Executive Director at the Software Freedom Conservancy

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1 Settembre 2016


Jos Poortvliet

Stuttgart, Germany, September 1st, 2016 The Nextcloud Conference, scheduled September 16-22 2016 at the Technical University Berlin, Germany, will feature Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical and Karen Sandler, Executive Director at the Software Freedom Conservancy, as keynote speakers. The conference will showcase the momentum gathered by the Nextcloud open source project and community over the last few month across enterprise and consumer usage. Jane will talk about recent Canonical innovations while Karen will discuss what makes open source so successful. The first day of the conference will feature the launch event of a new Nextcloud product, developed together with two partners.

Karen Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, former executive director of the GNOME Foundation, an attorney, and former general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Columbia Law School graduate, Karen has extensive legal experience with open source licenses as well as keen insight in community involvement. While executive director at the GNOME foundation, she kickstarted the Outreachy project which has since grown in scope beyond women in GNOME, supporting various minorities getting involved in a wide range of Free and Open Source communities through sponsored internships.

“We are very excited to have Karen deliver an address at the Nextcloud Conference. Diversity is key to innovation and maintaining a healthy project”, noted Frank Karlitschek, managing Director at Nextcloud, “while the legal insights Karen brings to the table is no less central to the longevity of projects. This is all about looking forward!”

Jane Silber is Chief Executive Officer at Canonical Group Ltd., the company which provides services to the IT industry to bring Ubuntu-based products to market; to enterprise and consumer users to maximise their Ubuntu experience. Ubuntu is the leading open source platform for cloud, IOT and personal and mobile computing. She joined Canonical as Chief Operating Officer in July 2004, becoming CEO in 2010 to drive the company’s commercial growth and global expansion and has over 20 years of business development, operations and software management experience.

“It is amazing to have somebody of Jane’s caliber speak at the Nextcloud Conference” said Niels Mache, managing director at Nextcloud. “the synthesis of technical, design and community leadership is key to success in the business of open source and Jane has more than a few words to say on the subject.”

Over the last months, Nextcloud has worked with two partners developing a cutting edge device which brings users back in control of their data, offering a Cloud and IoT platform at home with a focus on security and privacy. Friday the 16th at 17:00, a Launch Party will kick off with a presentation of the device in the press room of the TU Berlin, room H1058 in the main building (“Hauptgebäude”) at Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin. The demonstration will be followed by drinks and snacks and is open to anyone interested in participating.

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