If your company or project is heavily involved in the open scene (open source, open data, open government, etc) then one conference you may want to consider for 2010 is the Open World Forum (news, site). Not only do you get a chance to hobnob with people working and thinking hard on how to further drive openness on many levels, you get to do it in Paris.

The Open World Forum

Not familiar with the conference? The Open World Forum is "the leading summit bringing together decision-makers and communities to cross-fertilize free/Open Source technological, economic and social initiatives to build the digital future." This conference discusses the future of FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) projects, presents its Innovation Awards, looks at current trends and examines all of this in terms of the 2020 FLOSS Roadmap (news, site).

In previous years, participants in this conference have included 1,500 CXOs, CIOs, IT Managers, architects, developers, academics and investors from six continents. For example, here's an interview done there with Nick Halsey from the Open Solutions Alliance:

2010 Details and Call for Papers

The 2010 Open World Forum is taking place from September 30 through October 1, 2010 in Paris. This year's theme is "Open is the Future," which will be explored through the following collection of topics:

  • Open Innovation: Building the digital future through open innovation platforms, technology ecosystems and cloud computing.
  • Open Enterprise: Developing collaborative economic models through networked organizations, open content and open information systems.
  • Open Society: Building a sustainable future through inclusive government, the constitution of common good and digital inclusion.

If you want to speak at the Open World Forum, their Call for Papers is still open, ending on April 15, 2010. Apply here.