Section Image

Interactive Panel Discussion



5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and Networking
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
Open to the Public. Fee: $15 (cash or check, payable at the door).
Pre-registration recommended. Further information below.

There has been a great deal of recent interest garnered by open source software products, such as Linux. The issues surrounding licensing has eclipsed in many peoples minds the key benefits of open source software. Open Source software has the ability to create a complete ecosystem that extends far beyond the program that is open sourced. It can mean, and has meant, changes to hardware design, educational curricula, organizational structure, business models, and a large number of tangible and intangible business and commercial artifacts.

This Interactive Panel Discussion is aimed at introducing the concepts behind this, and how and why it is an attractive business model. After short presentations from the panelists, audience participants will have the opportunity to engage in a lively, interactive discussion.

The panelists include:

  • Mr. Mark Cathcart, IBM Distinguished Engineer & Member, IBM Academy of Technology; IBM On Demand Systems Environment Architecture and Design
  • Mr. Lawrence Rosen, Attorney, and General Counsel & Secretary, Open Source Initiative (OSI)


Mark Cathcart is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in IBM's On Demand Architecture and Design team and an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. His responsibilities include the technology strategy and direction of corporate initiatives, as well as significant input into and influence on the Server strategy. In prior assignments Mr. Cathcart has been involved with the introduction, adoption and strategy for Linux, XML, Java and J2EE at IBM. He has been an open source software proponent for some 20-years and has been at the forefront of the open standards strategy at IBM since 1992.


Lawrence Rosen is both an attorney and a computer specialist. As an attorney, Mr. Rosen's specialty is technology, but he is also a skilled litigator and negotiator, and is a legal advisor to individuals and companies throughout the world. He also has extensive experience teaching computer programming, and has been a department and product manager in the computer and communications industry.

Mr. Rosen is very involved in the open source community. He is the general counsel and secretary of the Open Source Initiative (OSI, OSI reviews and approves major open source licenses, several of which were written by Mr. Rosen. OSI manages and promotes the Open Source Definition for the good of the community, specifically through the OSI Certified open source software certification mark and program. Mr. Rosen often publishes and speaks around the world on open source licensing and patent issues. View more about Mr. Rosen at his firm's website,


The $15 fee is payable at the door via cash or check. To pre-register for the Interactive Panel Discussion, please submit your name, title, company name and telephone number to:

Ms. Claire Kahrobaie
Manager, Client Services
Silicon Valley World Internet Center