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Is the future for secure computer systems open source?

Date: 29 June 2022 17:00 - 29 June 2022 20:00


Will our industry end up completely open source? How are tech companies already embracing open source as an ethos and practically? Will it make our systems safer and more secure? Is there an alternate future?

Hosted by prominent cybersecurity journalist and author, Geoff White, this unique in-person event brings together the leading minds in open source, technology, digital innovation, and research to share where they predict the future of cybersecurity and secure system design is heading.

Why Attend?

We are proud, and very excited, to welcome one of the world’s most prominent pioneers of open source technology, Bruce Perens, as our keynote speaker.

Bruce is one of the founders of the open source movement in software and was the person to announce “open source” to the world. From Pixar to HP and the UN, Bruce has worked at the intersections of open source, engineering, software, design, and law for more than four decades.

Also featuring is Amanda Brock, CEO at OpenUK, the UK body for Open Technology. Amanda has previously been the Chair of the Open Source and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs, and was General Counsel of Canonical, one of the world’s biggest open source companies and the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu.

The event includes a panel discussion – Does open sourcing code make for less vulnerable code? – with audience Q&A.

Moderated by Geoff White, panellists are Bruce Perens, Amanda Brock, Andrew Martin – CEO and founder of ControlPlane and Mark Inskip from the Morello Project – Arm.

What’s the current state of play with making code open source to improve security and spot bugs faster – harnessing the power of the masses?

What about collaborative system design to improve system security? Does it work? Should there be a legal imperative for manufacturers to make code publicly available for systems critical to life?

What do you think?

Following the presentations and panel, attendees are welcomed to join the presenters for food, drinks, and further discussion.

Who Should Attend?

This is a must-attend event for software and hardware engineers, open source, cybersecurity, and tech industry professionals.


17:00 – Welcome and introduction

Geoff White – Author, speaker, investigative journalist and podcast creator

17:05 – Keynote presentation: Economics and how we improve computer security

Bruce Perens – Open source pioneer and CEO, Algoram

17:30  Presentation: The inevitability of open source and our critical national infrastructure

Amanda Brock – CEO, Open UK

17:45 – Presentation: Introducing Digital Security by Design

Paul Ceely Director of Technology – Strategy, Digital Catapult

17:55 – Panel discussion with Q&A – Does open sourcing code make for less vulnerable code?

Host: Geoff White


  • Bruce Perens, Open source pioneer and CEO, Algoram
  • Amanda Brock, CEO, Open UK
  • Andrew Martin, CEO and founder, ControlPlane
  • Mark Inskip, Programme Director – Morello Programme, Arm 

18:30 – Digital Security by Design Technology Access Programme Overview

Kay Ho, Head of Innovation – Emerging Ecosystem Building, Digital Catapult

18:40 – 20:00 Drinks, food and networking


Digital Security by Design is proudly supported by Digital Catapult with funding from UKRI.


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