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Wednesday July 7,2010

Calling all Open Source innovators

[Press Release]

Calling all Open Source innovators: showcase your innovative product at the ‘Demo Cup’ and enter it for the ‘Open Innovation Awards’ at the 2010 Open World Forum

Paris, 30 June 2010, for immediate distribution.

The Demo Cup, which will take place on 1 October in Paris at the 2010 Open World Forum, is a ‘demo’ competition, open to all Open Source and free software innovators.

Twelve companies, chosen from written applications, will be nominated and invited to give an eight-minute presentation of their work to the large audience expected to attend the Open World Forum, including decision-makers with a keen interest in Open Source, and a jury of experts in innovation (investors, Open Source integrators and experts).

The Open Innovation Awards 2010 will be awarded to the top best presenters at the Demo Cup. The contest is open to all Open Source projects and solutions getting ready for commercial launch or already on the market. The jury will be looking at those projects and solutions most likely to have a significant impact on society and on the marketplace.

The Open Innovation Demo Cup is about products; it requires timed, live demonstrations; and does not allow slide presentations! In recognition of the difficulty of communicating the power and value of Open Source projects on stage in a short 8 minutes, the Demo Cup will honor outstanding presentations. Chosen for their style, passion, clarity, and sometimes for their sheer fun, these Open Innovation Awards reward a unique ability to deliver a great product and position it in the market, to show off its most compelling features, to differentiate it from other products — and along the way to entertain a tough and critical Open World Forum audience.

So this event is a three-fold opportunity for Open Source entrepreneurs: to present their company at an international event; to make contact with potential customers and partners; and for the winners and finalists, to enjoy the recognition that comes with a prestigious award which reflects the fact that their product has successfully convinced a demanding panel of judges.

Last year’s Open Innovation Awards, organized according to slightly different arrangements, were given to five companies: BonitaSoft, Kaltura, ScaleDB, SonarSource and Ulteo.

To enter the Awards, all you have to do is to submit your entry, before 15 July 2010, in the form of a five to ten-page executive summary (in English, given that this is an international competition) along with an initial draft of the storyboard for the demo that would be presented during the final, to the following address: democup@openworldforum.org.

You can also use this address should you have any other questions about the contest.

The 2010 Demo Cup is organized by the Open World Forum, with operational support provided by the Open Source Software Special Interest Group at the Systematic competitiveness cluster.

For more info, visit: http://www.openworldforum.org/connect/awards/awards

About the Open World Forum

The Open World Forum is the premier global summit meeting bringing together decision-makers from across the world to discuss the technological, financial and social impact of open technologies, and to cross-fertilize ideas and initiatives in these areas. At the hub of the Free/Open Source revolution, the event was first staged in 2008, and takes place every year in Paris with more than 140 speakers from 30 countries, a 1,500-strong international audience and numerous conferences, workshops and think-tanks. The 2010 Open World Forum will be held on 30 September and 1 October, under the banner of “Open is the future: Open Innovation – Open Enterprise – Open Society”. Organized by a unique network of partners including the main Free/Open Source communities and most of the leading IT players worldwide, the Open World Forum is a must-attend event to discover the latest trends in open technology, business and social issues and to explore the future of Free/Open Source initiatives. It also offers a unique opportunity to share insights and best practices with many of the most respected visionaries, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and network with technology gurus, CxOs, analysts, CIOs, researchers, government leaders and investors from six continents.

To request an invitation, please visit http://www.openworldforum.org

About the Open Source Software Special Interest Group

With its stated mission of “developing the open source ecosystem in the Île-de-France”, the Groupe Thématique Logiciel Libre or Open Software Special Interest Group of the Systematic competitiveness cluster now consists of a network of over 90 partners, including 15 major companies, 50 SMEs and 25 research and higher education institutions. Its aim is to encourage co-operation, innovation and value creation around collaborative R&D projects and other activities that support the development of innovative enterprises, following the Open Source principles and values. 17 collaborative R&D projects dedicated to open source software, representing grants to the value of over €15 million, have already been financed with the support of the Group.

More information: http://www.gt-logiciel-libre.org/

[via Stefane Fermigier]

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