LibreCon will show the potential of open technologies as an economic driver

Friday, October 31st, 2014

On 11 and 12 November, Bilbao is to host LibreCon, the International Free Software and Open Technologies Conference. This edition will focus on health, education, industry and trade, with more than 60 activities, including papers, successful case studies, workshops and talks. The event will bring together more than 1,500 professionals.

The Basque Country will become the epicentre for free software and open technologies on 11 and 12 November. The LibreCon conference, organised by ESLE, the Basque Country Association of Free Software Companies, and ASOLIF, the National Federation of Free Software Companies, will bring together heads of companies, administrations and schools in order to show the potential of these technologies as a driver for competitiveness.

LibreCon has already published the full programme of activities, which includes lectures, case studies and practical workshops around the four themes of the event: health, education, industry and trade. At the international level, successful case studies will be explained, like that of Munich City Council, where free software has been installed in 14,000 computers, thus saving more than 10 million euros, or the French Gendarmerie, which uses these technologies in its daily work. At State level, the open software strategies of the municipal councils of Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastián, Eibar and Zaragoza will be described, as well as the use of free software in the Regional Governments of Bizkaia/Biscay and Gipuzkoa.

In the business field, LibreCon will feature papers presented by large organisations such as Banco Santander, BBVA, Telefónica and Ford, and talks about drones with free technologies, Firefox OS or free software for technological sovereignty, among other issues. The programme also includes workshops on 3D printing, user experience web analytics, mobile apps with HTML5 and the use of Scratch and Kinect One to teach programming to children.

Altogether, LibreCon expects to bring together nearly 1,500 heads of companies and professionals with the intention of showing the benefits of a sector that has already become a real alternative for the business world and public administrations, by providing competitive solutions that foster the development of local economies. The Conference has the support of the Basque Government, through EJIE and SPRI, the Regional Governments of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa and Bilbao City Council.

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