How Open Source (Culture) can benefit the Sustainable Development Goals
03-17, 13:10–13:50 (Europe/Berlin), Stage 1

Open Source Software is ubiquitous, but the true OSS revolution goes beyond software. The collaboration methods and principles around engaging in Open Source projects touch deep into establishing a new society paradigm of working together across all boundaries, laying the foundation of a true ubiquitous Open Source Culture.

How can we leverage and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by stimulating an Open Source Culture? How do we embed Open Source Software development methods in the establishment of Digital Public Goods with the goal to support a global society that is fair, inclusive and that does not leave anybody behind? How do we empower developing countries in accelerating their progress milestones through technology solutions feeding from a strong Open Source Culture?

How can we leverage Open Business models that are resting on inclusivity, participation, and universal access, for the SDGs? How can we remain "in business" and, at the same time, enable impact up-front and revenue generation thereafter?

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Maurizio Gazzola has 20+ years of experience in management roles in ICT programmes of large international organizations like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the United Nations. Maurizio’s expertise lies in the development, implementation and delivery of complex ICT systems and services for Government administrations. Currently, he is the Chief of Strategic Solutions at the United Nations Office of Information and Telecommunication Technology, where he works on technology innovation programmes aimed at assisting Member States directly, with concrete support in technology adoption.