Red Hat Joins Speaker Line Up for Open Source Think Tank Paris 2011

By Olliance Group, PRNE
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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Registration Now Open for Startups to Attend at Reduced Rates

Olliance Group and DLA Piper today announced that Red Hat has joined the prestigious speaker line up for Open Source Think Tank, Paris Sept 20th and 21st. Registration at reduced rates of up to half off for both days of Think Tank is now open to startups seeking an opportunity to share ideas and mix with the best and brightest in open source software.  

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The fall Open Source Think Tank will be held September 20-21, 2011 at The Concorde Opera Paris Hotel. The event theme, “Open Source as a Catalyst for Innovation, Organizational and Cultural Change,” is supported by agenda sessions including “Defining Open,” “Open Source, Open Systems and Open Standards: What Does it Mean Today?” and “Open Source Ethos as an Agent of Change in Closed Source Companies.” In addition, Erynn Petersen, Vice President of Developer and Open Source Evangelism at AOL, will present a follow-on to the spring 2011 Think Tank case study.

“Think Tank has emerged as an important event for exchanging real ideas and sharing real-world stories of how open source is transforming software development,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and VP of Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat. “It’s an honor to be participating in this event with such an impressive line up and I look forward to discussing the power of open source technologies, especially in cloud computing, with attendees.”

Co-hosted by Olliance Group and DLA Piper, the Open Source Think Tank is an invitation-only conference for CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, legal experts, investors and senior executives whose organizations are involved in the commercial application of open source and cloud computing technologies.

A working conference comprised of group sessions, brainstorming and real-world case studies, the Open Source Think Tank’s unique interactive format allows attendees from the open source and cloud ecosystems to openly share concerns, issues and experiences while collaboratively developing solutions.

“We are very pleased that with the support of our sponsors and their support for the startup and open source community we will be able to offer discounted registration,” said Andrew Aitken, GM Olliance Group, a Black Duck company. “The participatory atmosphere of Think Tank encourages debate and creates an environment where collaboration among participants from many different industries is the norm, not the exception.”

For more information about Open Source Think Tank Paris 2011, please visit

About Open Source Think Tank

The Open Source Think Tank is the only by-invitation gathering where leading global experts will come together to collaborate on the issues facing commercial open source and the evolution of cloud computing. The unique format uses real-world business cases to engage the audience in brainstorming solutions to the adoption and maturation of open source and cloud computing. The structured working sessions and social activities are designed to connect the participants and facilitate the building of strong business relationships across the entire ecosystem.

For more information about the Paris Think Tank or to apply for an invitation please visit

About Olliance Group, a Black Duck Software Company

Olliance Group is the leading open source business and strategy consulting firm. Our mission is to help clients capitalize on the strategic, technological, and financial benefits of open source software. Clients include Fortune 500 enterprises, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), start-up firms, venture capital groups and government entities.  

About DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a leading global legal services practice providing services to the open source industry. The firm provides advice in corporate, tax, licensing, trademark and licensing to both large and small companies. With 3,500 lawyers in 29 countries and 67 cities, DLA Piper can assist companies virtually anywhere in the world, from the US to the People’s Republic of China to Dubai.  For more information, please visit

The Think Tank is the only by-invitation event for open source experts from around the world to gather and collaboratively discuss and debate the future of open source. Among this year’s topics, supporting the theme, “Open Source as a Catalyst for Innovation, Organizational and Cultural Change,” are:

“Open source and innovation” and
“Open source ethos as an agent of change in closed source companies”,
“Open Source, Open Systems and Open Standards: What does it mean today?”, and
“The World’s largest open source project — Veterans Affairs open sourcing of the VISTA EHR application.”

These sessions will be led by many of the world’s foremost open source thought leaders and promise to be both informative and enlightening.

    WHEN     Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - Wednesday,
             September 21, 2011
    WHERE    Concorde Opera Paris
             108 rue Saint Lazare, Paris 75008 France
    Attire   Business Casual
    FEE      View Event Fees -

We are pleased to offer half off the registration for both days (use discount code Half11) of the Think Tank or only $300 for one day (use discount code Day1Only for Tuesday or Day2Only for Wednesday).

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