An Open Source Skunkworks at EHI Live - NEC Birmingham 7-8th Nov 2011

  • November 7, 2011 · 8:30 AM
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The Open Source Skunkworks event for the healthcare sector, will be held at EHI Live, the UK’s leading healthcare IT event on 7-8 November at the NEC Birmingham.

A floor plan showing the position of the Open Source Skunkworks stand at EHI Live will look is below.

Places are limited, with only 10 open source companies able to participate in the stand.  Costs of each 2m x 2m booth will be £1995 +VAT and will include carpet, lighting, walling, power and a computer pod for your laptop/screen. Full details of the conference programme and exhibition can be found at this meetup site and here:

Speaker slots are can be found here:

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  • Guildfoss

    From my point of view - I think it worked quite well - generated a lot of interest, influenced the content of talks, made the event different and above all - created some business opportunity for most participants. I thought the stand was fine and EHI did a great job for us. Like Tim I think the pre-event marketing needs to be improved -we need to create our crowd online, rather than at the event - when its too late.

    November 30, 2011

  • Rob D.

    I don't know where @ShaunHills was, there was plenty of running code at the Skunkworks stand with demos from openERP, Mulesoft, openEyes. The best demo was the 3d modelling using open source software.

    I'm proud that the SMEs and open source practitioners at the skunkworks don't charge substantial upfront license fees or depend on government handouts to spend on marketing materials and expensive stands. I think we'd rather have our integrity than flashy spaces. It is public money that pays!

    November 28, 2011

  • Rob D.

    Tactix4 had a great couple of days at the Skunkworks/EHI Live. We got to talk to lots of people about the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for open source in healthcare with a wide range of people from around the NHS.

    The eHealthopensource town hall meeting and the presentations on open source from key senior individuals in NHS orgs and from the Cabinet office gave further credibility to the open source movement in the NHS. I hope much of next years event will have open source themes.

    November 28, 2011

  • Shaun H.

    Is this where we leave a comment? What little I saw of the event looked good. Two things could be improved, IMO: i) It looked a bit like most other spaces but with less budget :) What are the OSS ideals/strengths and how do you promote them?

    ii) The North American chap had the right idea. Running code trumps a lot of things, so talk up successes rather than ITK licensing models.

    November 9, 2011

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