Greg Soper, the managing director of SalesAgility is organising the Scottish Open Source Awards. The event has three aims: stimulate, promote and reward. Greg started his company four years ago, and found that most business owners were not aware of what the open source offer is. Open source software is indeed used by large companies successfully all around the world, but smaller businesses tend to trust brands over collaborative open solutions.
The awards night is about educating people on what open source software has to offer, and put it at the level of the proprietary software offerings. The organisers aspire to get the new generation to embrace the open source movement. Greg spoke at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics Tech Meetup last wednesday, where he explained that open source software can compete with proprietary solutions.
This year, the event will be part of the Scottish Software awards in November. It is the opportunity to mingle with the Scottish software scene: techies, business owners, academics, and other enthusiasts.
In the past years, the Herald amongst others published articles on the event. It would be great if we could see even more exposure this year. Greg would like to see more people to get involved, and help him with the organisation of the whole event. If you do feel like giving some of your time, please do get in touch with him.
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