Apereo Micro Conferences

2023 Micro Conference Speakers

Apereo Foundation invites you to join us for our monthly micro conferences! 

Apereo Foundation’s MicroConferences bring together leaders from across open source education technology to discuss the latest topics and trends impacting higher education.

Each month, leaders and influences in the open source world will speak about topics ranging from research and community building to policy shifts impacting the world of open source and education. 

This free service provided by the Apereo Foundation and our partners requires registration to attend the live event. Contact registrar@apereo.org to join the invitation list. All are welcome!

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Summer Break!

Apereo is taking a summer break from microconferences to travel to in-person conferences worldwide! We will return in the fall (northern hemisphere) with an all-new lineup of excellent micro-conference speakers! Stay tuned!

See the last year and a half of micro conference content on YouTube! 

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OW2 Con'24

June 2024

Speakers: Patrick Masson, Apereo Foundation Executive Director, will host a panel discussion as part of the breakout Open source in education, science & research session at OW2 Con'24

Topic: Hot Topics in Open source in Education, Science & Research

Past Micro Conferences

May 8 - Dr. Heidi Ellis and Dr. Greg Hislop

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024
Time 11:00 AM Eastern, US Time

Two researchers who have focused on the topics of teaching open source and open source communities!

Dr. Heidi Ellis, professor of Computer Science at Western New England University, is one of the founding members of the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project, which focuses on involving students in FOSS projects that improve the human condition. And...

Dr. Greg Hislop is a professor in the Information Science Department of the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. Dr. Hilsop is an advocate for the educational and societal benefits of the free and open source movement. He facilitates the coordinating committee of Teaching Open Source, a member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy. 

Dr. Ellis and Dr. Hilsop will join the Apereo community to discuss Teaching Open Source. 

Please invite your professorial, teaching, and learning colleagues for this May 8th discussion.

Be sure to let us know if you’d like to join the invitation list for micro conferences by emailing registrar@apereo.org.

VM (Vicki) Brasseur

April 10 - Vicky Brasseur

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024
Time is 2 PM, US Eastern Time

Topic: Open Source Governance By Example

Our speaker will be Vicky Brasseur, author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the only book detailing how to contribute to free/open source (FOSS) projects. Vicky has been a moderator and author for opensource.com, an author for Linux Journal, the Vice President of the Open Source Initiative, and is a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. Join us on April 10th to hear this dynamic thinker!

With so many new open source projects arriving on the scene every year, it's easy for most people to lose sight of the fact that it's about more than code. A successful free and open source project and community needs a solid governance structure to ensure the safety and productivity of its members and users. Governance is a tricky thing, but thankfully we can do what all good FOSS Folks do: we can learn from and build upon the work of those who came before us.

In this talk I'll talk about some of the most commonly applied governance elements for FOSS projects, why you might want to use them for your FOSS project, show you many different examples of governance structures, and provide you with a resource for finding more examples that you can build upon for your project's needs.

By the end of this talk the audience will know how to approach governance in their FOSS project and where to find more help.

Be sure to let us know if you’d like to join the invitation list for micro conferences by emailing registrar@apereo.org.


Ben Cotton

March - Ben Cotton

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
12 PM Eastern U.S./6 PM Central European

Ben Cotton, a longtime contributor to the Fedora Linux project and author of Program Management for Open Source Projects: How to Guide Your Community-Driven, Open Source Project will join us March 13th to discuss Coopetition: open source projects working together. We think this will be highly relevant for anyone in our community that has a need and/or desire to cooperate and collaborate with those working on other projects.

Be sure to let us know if you’d like to join the invitation list for micro conferences by emailing registrar@apereo.org.

Philippe Krief

February 14, 2024

Time: 10 AM Eastern U.S./4 PM Central European

Speaker: Philippe Krief, Director of Research Relations at Eclipse Foundation, France

Topic: Research @ Eclipse: 10 Years of commitment and support

Contact: registrar@apereo.org

Simon Phipps

January 17, 2024

Time: 1 PM Eastern U.S.

Speaker: Simon Phipps, Director of the AlmaLinux OS Foundation

Topic: Discussion ranging several open source topics such as:

  • Do open source projects need foundations to host them?
  • How should projects and adopting organizations respond to the coming waves of software regulation?
  • What impact will/does open source have on AI, IoT and Cloud?

Contact: registrar@apereo.org

Wayne Mackintosh

December 13, 2023

Speaker: Wayne Mackintosh, managing Director of the OER Foundation headquartered at Te Pūkenga – the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology and holds a UNESCO Chair in OER

Topic: Reflecting on anomalies in OER: Is ‘Open’ broken, and if so, can education fix it?

Anne-Marie Scott

November 2023

Speaker: Anne-Marie Scott, Board Chair of the Apereo Foundation

Topic: OSPOs in the Academic World

Georg Link

September 2023

Speaker: Georg Link, Open Source Strategist and Founder of Linux Foundation's CHAOSS Project

Topic: Project Health in Academic Open Source

Samson Goddy

August 2023

Speaker: Samson Goddy, co-founder of Open Source Community Africa

Topic: From Users to Contributors: Strategies for effective community management

Stefano Maffulli

June 2023

Speaker: Stefano Maffulli, Executive Director of the Open Source Initiative (OSI)

Topic: Defining an Open Source AI

Mike Milinkovich of the Eclipse Foundation

May 2023

Speaker: Mike Milinkovich of the Eclipse Foundation

Topic: Government Regulation of Open Source Is Here


April 2023

Speakers: Wes Turner, Senior Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Director of the Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS); Alice Bibaud, RCOS Student Leadership team member

Topic: Getting Students Involved in Open Source Software

Hong Phuc Dang

March 2023

Speaker: Hong Phuc Dang, Founder of FOSSASIA; Open Source Business Alliance Board Member; Vice Chair of the Open Source Committee, IEEE SA OPEN; Innersource Manager, Zalando SE

Topic: Opportunities through Open Source in Education in Asia

Apereo A

February 2023

Speakers: Deb Nicholson, Executive Director of the Python Software Foundation, and OW2 CEO Pierre-Yves Gibello

Topic: Open Source 2023 - Professionalization Benefits and Challenges

Apereo A

January 2023

Speakers: Dr. Cable Green, Director of Open Knowledge at Creative Commons, and Deb Bryant, former senior director in Red Hat's Open Source Program Office and current policy director for the Open Source Initiative and Eclipse Foundation

Topic: Open Source 2023 - A short list of important trends in open source software + public policy