Dr. Simon Fox

Head of Criminology at Solent University

Simon is a senior lecturer in criminology and leader for the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice.

A former police officer, Simon has an MA in criminal justice from Southampton University and a PhD on policing accountability, human rights and rational - legal bureaucratic models of cooperation. Having written numerous research and conference papers Simon has given keynote speeches all around the world and advises in organisations in the United Kingdom and USA.

During 2020 Solent University’s Criminology department led by Dr. Simon Fox and in collaboration with Hampshire Constabulary and MAPPA will be using an open-source data platform Amplus, to collect and analyze criminal data with the aim of making the data collected more valuable to the organisations involved, promoting a positive social outcome. Dr. Simon Fox will present the findings of his research trial and how data can be used to improve society, in a keynote speech at the Conference.

Marko Bocevski

Chief Technology Officer at Keitaro

Philanthropist, Technology expert, open-source software and digital evangelist and enabler of the Open Data world who has been leading teams towards successful growth since 2002.

Marko is the CEO and founder of Keitaro. Prior to founding Keitaro, he has held various technology and IT services leadership roles in global organizations with a strong go-to market and customer focus. With vast experience in open-source software, cloud solutions, application lifecycle management, and service management, he has been leading Keitaro’s successful growth since the start back in 2012.

Catherine Stihler

CEO at Open Knowledge Foundation

Catherine Stihler OBE has been chief executive of Open Knowledge Foundation since February 2019. Prior to this, she represented Scotland as a Member of the European Parliament for nearly 20 years from 1999. As Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, she worked on digital policy, prioritising the digital single market, digital skills, better accessibility of digital products for the disabled, as well as citizen online data protection and privacy. As leader and founder of the All-Party Library Group she promoted and advocated for the importance of libraries and how libraries can remain relevant in the new digital age.

Born in Bellshill in 1973, Catherine was educated at Coltness High School, Wishaw and St Andrews University, where she was awarded a MA (Hons) Geography and International Relations (1996), and a MLitt in International Security Studies (1998). Before becoming a MEP, Catherine served as President of St Andrews University Students Association (1994-1995) and worked in the House of Commons for Dame Anne Begg MP (1997-1999). She has a Master of Business Administration from the Open University, and in 2018 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews. Catherine was elected to serve as the 52nd Rector of the University of St. Andrews between 2014 and 2017, and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to politics.

Martin Callinan

Director at Source Code Control Limited

Martin Callinan has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry specializing in software licensing, IT Governance and risk avoidance. He has seen the challenges of risk management related to various aspects of the software ecosystem. Martin is now focused on assisting organizations leveraging the benefits of open-source software to create bespoke applications in-house or through third parties while managing the business risks of intellectual property, open-source component licensing, copyrights, security vulnerability management, and operational risk.

Martin is actively involved in the open-source software industry to help create best practices and industry standards for the adoption and management of open-source-based software. He is a member of The Linux Foundation’s OpenChain project and Software Freedom Conservancy.

Alex Watts

Creative Director at Nosy Design

Alex Watts has never let his High-Functioning ADHD get in the way of his mission to see an accessible world of technology. With experience speaking at MIT, Google and YouTube about the nuanced challenges behind invisible disabilities (and seamlessly integrating them into culture), Alex has been part of global summits geared toward technology, leadership and accessibility.

Living with ADHD and working in a marketing business geared toward the tech industry, Alex’s askew perspective on the world has allowed him to become a valuable asset to his business and clients. Not afraid to point out faults in design while delivering workshops on inclusion and accessibility, Alex’s mission is well underway.

Simon Phipps

Managing Director at Meshed Insights Ltd

Simon Phipps is managing director at Meshed Insights Ltd, advising companies globally on the dynamics of open communities and rights. He was previously head of open source at Sun Microsystems and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit. He is also on the board of the Open Rights Group and the Consul Democracy Foundation and executive director of Public Software CIC.

He served for a decade on the board of the Open Source Initiative, twice as President, and guided its transformation to a member organisation. He has been widely involved in standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF); he is currently a delegate at ETSI and ISO. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow.

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