Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The board of Open Source Industry Australia Ltd (OSIA) will meet on the Gold Coast next week, where OSIA will also hold two public events.

The first is a networking session for members and guests at Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern at Main Beach on Monday (20th Feb) starting at 7:00pm.

“Our mission at OSIA is to help our members to improve their business success and we have found simple networking events like this to be great value” said OSIA Chairman Jack Burton. “Members and other industry folk can share their experiences and it helps our directors learn about the issues and opportunities we as an industry body should be pursuing.”

Two of the OSIA directors will then be holding an Open Source in Startups forum at Currumbin Viking Surf Life Saving Club on the Tuesday morning at 7:30 AM. This event which is open to the public is being held as a Silicon Beach Gold Coast meetup - more details can be found at http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Beach-Gold-Coast/events/41902932/

The OSIA Chairman noted the rich open source business community that exists in Queensland as evidenced by the significant (and still growing) number of delegates scheduled to participate in the morning forum.

"OSIA conducted a Business of Open Source mini-conference at OSDC in Canberra last November, and OSIA Director Bob Waldie co-chaired the Business of Open Source mini-conference at LCA2012 in Balla-rat last month," said Burton, "At those events we affirmed the existence of largely untapped opportunities for commercial open source in Australian business. We hope that through events like those we're holding in Queensland next week we'll see those hidden assets being utilised more."

The directors on the OSIA board for 2012 are Bob Birchall (Calyx), Bob Waldie (Opengear), Carl Hold-en (Holden Dynamics), Daniel Jitnah (GreenwareIT), Don Christie (Catalyst), Jack Burton (Saosce), Paul Gampe (RedHat) and Steve Dalton (Refactor) – and most will attending the board meeting and Gold coats events in person.

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