What to expect from Open Source Summit Europe 2023

Just for a (welcome) change, the Computer Weekly Open Source Insider team is not off to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Boston or London’s glittering ExCeL centre, this time it’s Bilbao.

The northern Spanish city is host to Open Source Summit Europe 2023.

This is billed as the premier event for open source developers, technologists and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems and gain knowledge.

The aim is to further open source innovation and ensure a sustainable open source ecosystem. 

Open Source Summit is a conference umbrella, composed of a collection of events covering the most important technologies topics and issues affecting open source today. It is held from September 19-21.

The central ‘state of the union’ keynote is delivered by Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. 

Aggregate perspective

Today, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate innovation in technology through the use of open source and Linux.

His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him an ‘aggregate perspective’ on the global technology industry.

The downtime fun section is held at the San Mamés Stadium, the home of Athletico Bilbao. 

A special diversity lunch features as part of the main event. Known as the Better Together Diversity Luncheon, this session offers the opportunity for all event participants from marginalized communities (including race, gender, sexual orientation and disability) and their allies, to join together to build connections to carry through the event and beyond.

Diversity and inclusion are hot topics as projects compete to attract more talent to power development efforts now, as well as build their ranks to carry the projects into the future. The Diversity Empowerment Summit (DES) encourages attendees to examine how a variety of perspectives and experiences can create a richer open source community and stronger open source code development.

The other main keynote is delivered by Gabriele Columbro, executive director, FINOS & general manager for Linux Foundation Europe. Columbro is an open source technologist at heart. He spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US. He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures.

Sub-events under the umbrella

The Open AI & Data Forum is for the open AI and data community and provides a forum to drive open source innovation in the AI, ML, DL and data domains by enabling collaboration and learning amongst the community. 

CloudOpen provides content across cloud native and cloud infrastructure technologies. It is where cloud developers, engineers and operations teams can discover new tools, projects, platforms and technologies across cloud native and cloud infrastructure.

Focused on the future trends and emerging technologies touching the open source ecosystem, the Emerging OS Forum provides a place for the visionaries and innovators working on the OS projects and technologies of tomorrow to come together to share ideas and collaborate.

Open Source Fundamentals (Open Source On-Ramp) is the conference for developers that are new to open source. This event provides fundamental teaching in Linux, Cloud and Embedded Administration and will help attendees gain the skills and understanding they need to further their careers.


A key opportunity to join the community of developers, technologists, sustainability leaders and anyone working on technological solutions to decarbonise the global economy, SustainabilityCon exists to mitigate and address the impacts of climate change and build a more sustainable future. 

SustainabilityCon provides a forum to drive open source innovation in energy efficiency and interoperability and clean development practices within industries ranging from manufacturing to agriculture and beyond through collaboration and learning within the community.

The event itself is held at the EUSKALDUNA CONFERENCE CENTRE and the event hashtag is #OSSUMMIT.

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