The UK’s organisation for the business of Open Technology, being open source software, open hardware and open data. OpenUK is led by CEO Amanda Brock with a pro bono Board, Leadership team, Ambassadors and various work groups and committees.
OpenUK is the UK organisation for the business of Open Technology delivering our activities through 3 pillars:
Our vision is UK leadership and international collaboration in Open Technology and our 2022 focus will be on:
As a UK not for profit industry organisation and advocacy body funded by partner donation and sponsorship. Join us as an Ambassador, support us, or participate in our activities for free. All are welcome.
A reminder of OpenUK's activities in 2021
With a focus on Skills, Security, and Sustainability, we started 2022 by celebrating the New Year’s Honours List and launching the ten Future Founders Training Sessions set up by Matt Barker our Entrepreneur in Residence, and the Founders Forum. The training sessions are ongoing with the next session happening on 12 noon GMT 25th February. We are also offering a Mentoring Program to a small group of UK based individuals.
We'll be following up our State of Open Reports from last year with another three reports.
As a Day One Member of GAIA-X, Open UK has been asked to lead on a possible UK hub. There will be an introductory session on this on 9 February, 2.30pm-4.00pm GMT. All are welcome. If interested in attending, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security and Sustainability Advisory Boards are being created and we welcome involvement from those interested in these areas. We’re already planning our second Open Technology for Sustainability Day and the Third Edition of the OpenUK Awards happening later this year.
In Learning and Skills, the Learning Team is growing, continuing to develop the Kids Camp with a further OpenUK digital glove inspired by MiMu give away and competition.
We are also working on an Apprenticeship Scheme Knowledge Module and University Modules for engineering, business and legal and regulatory students.
We kicked off 2022 with the OpenUK New Year’s Honours List celebrating future generations of Open Technologists. The list is made up of individuals identified as being ones to watch in the UK in Open Source Software, Open Hardware and Open Data. All are earmarked as leading the next generation of Open Technology whether through social media, their jobs, community contributions, policy or in education.
Watch Future Founders Training Session 1
Matt Barker, founder of JetStack is OpenUK’s Entrepreneur in Residence leading our Founders Forum. As a result of their initial findings report, OpenUK Founders Forum Training Program has been set up for anyone developing skills in open technology and business. 10 weekly sessions taking place digitally on Fridays at noon led by the Founders Forum and Legal Group, people with experience at the coal face of Open Tech.
Whilst the sessions have started, it’s not too late to get involved and you can watch videos of past sessions on our website.
|1||21 January||Introductory session: Why found an Open Source Business?|
|2||28 January||Product Market Fit / Developing a Product|
|3||4 February||Corporate Structure and IP considerations for Open Tech businesses, Open Source Licensing|
|4||25 February||Go To Market / Marketing|
|5||4 March||Revenue Generation and Models / Pricing and Packaging|
|6||11 March||Founder Experience, Raising and Runway|
|7||18 March||Contracts and Open Source|
|8||25 March||Community, DevRel, Foundations|
|9||1 April||People, Hiring and Scaling|
|10||29 April||Pitch your start up to our Founder Forum Founders|
The Entrepreneur in Residence and Founders Forum are offering mentoring to a small group of UK based individuals. Interested Founders or potential Founders will be selected from applications received with mentees matched with our team for one to one mentoring sessions and to offer support for the evolution of an ever stronger UK Open Technology business ecosystem.
In 2021, we released the State of Open Reports in three phases looking at open source software in the UK:
These reports not only showed that open source software contributed up to £43.15bn to UK GDP, it also highlighted some great use cases including Starling in Phase Two and the energy sector in Phase Three. We also conducted a survey and the results are in Phase Two. All three reports can be read here.
For 2022, we will be carrying out work on another three reports:
Find out more about OpenUK’s activities on our website and press. Follow us on social media or join our newsletter for updates.