The economics of Open Source


17:15 - 17:45

Talk 1

Why is that Open Source software provides so much more value to users, yet represents such a small percentage of all software developed? In this interactive session, Sam will explain how economic principles, such as network effects and Economic Value to the Customer, drive proprietary firms to success while challenging Open Source growth. Various economic benefits of Open Source will be explored from the users’ perspective, to illustrate disadvantages which Open Source companies face. Participants will be challenged to find new ways of thinking about established problems to investment in Open Source development.