Open Source Technology for non-techies: the philosophy, the offerings, the advantages for your business

Kristien Wolmarans (Co-founder and Software Development Manager), Flickswitch

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Open source technology is a powerful concept. Understanding it and applying it to your business can help your business flourish. This talk will help you to get to know the philosophy behind it, as well as a selection of the products and services offered. Get to know the people that constitute the open source community, and the companies successfully using it today. Come and explore whether a world-view based on openness will help us do business in Africa better, and make our products in this unique environment successful.

Art and Inspiration / Solo / Impart wisdom / Inspiring / Beginner

Event: Johannesburg

Hashtags: "#iloveopensource, #opensource4africa

Other speakers: No

Best for: Entrepreneurs, developers, business analysts, operations managers

Speaker country: South Africa

Questions this session will answer:

1. What exactly is open source technology?
2. How does it work?
3. How can it benefit my business?
4. What is the philosophy behind open source?
5. What does free beer have to do with it?

Speaker qualifications:

I am a trained computer-human interaction specialist and I've been a computer programmer since 2001. My expertise includes technical project management, with User Interface (UI)/ User Experience (UX) and MySQL as key focus areas. I am known for building robust databases and web applications, and was involved in designing the underlying data structures for all Flickswitch's products.

My decision to co-found Flickswitch was motivated by my excitement in building a company where I could apply my ideas about technology and potential product offerings. I find great fulfillment in working with a dynamic team of professionals that have successfully built an open source technology offering from scratch while maintaining their family values.

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