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OSHUG #70 — Mentoring & Advocacy in Open Source, Thurs 25th October.

Event #70 - Mentoring & Advocacy in Open Source + OSSG AGM

25 October 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson
Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

Registration information at

Whilst open source is now more widely accepted, there are still large
parts of the engineering community who have yet to "see the light".
Advocacy remains a key role for all who care about open source, while
mentoring helps user make best use of open source technology.

- Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy helps promote, improve, develop, and defend
Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.

* Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of Conservancy. Karen is
known as a cyborg lawyer for her advocacy for free software,
particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to
joining Conservancy, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation.
Before that, she was general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center.
Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program to
support women globally and for people of colour who are under-represented
in US tech. She is also pro bono counsel to the FSF and GNOME. Karen is
a recipient of the Free Software Foundation's Award for the Advancement
of Free Software and the O'Reilly Open Source Award.
Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where
she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and
Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor's degree in
engineering from The Cooper Union.

- FSF Europe

Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
control technology.
Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives; and it is
important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us. Free
Software gives everybody the rights to use, understand, adapt and share
software. These rights help support other fundamental freedoms like
freedom of speech, press and privacy.

* Paul Adams is a co-founder of BCS Open Source SG and its second Chair.
He served as a FSFE Fellow in 2009 and regularly gives presentations on
behalf of the FSFE.

- Advocacy for Females in Open Source

* Cornelia Boldyreff is a Visiting Professor at the University of
Greenwich. She gained her PhD in Software Engineering from the
University of Durham. In 2004 she became the first Professor of Software
Engineering at the University of Lincoln, where she co-founded and
directed the Centre for Research in Open Source Software. Cornelia was
most recently Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) at the University
of East London She is a founding committee member of the BCSWomen
Specialist Group, a committee member of the BCS e-Learning Specialist
Group, and from 2013-2017 chaired the BCS Open Source Specialist Group.
She has been actively campaigning for more women in STEM throughout her
career. Together with Miriam Joy Morris and Dr Yasmine Arafa, she
founded the start-up, ebartex Ltd, and together they are developing a
new digital bartering currency, ebarts.

Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.

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