LIBRECON powered by CEBIT brought together more than 1200 attendees In this last 2018 edition. The leading conference on open technologies in southern Europe took place in Spain, organized by the Association of Free Technologies and Open Knowledge Companies of the Basque Country (ESLE) and also by its state counterpart ASOLIF. It is estimated that the economic impact has reached half a million euros for the city of Bilbao where it took place during the last days of November.
There have been numerous events of outreach on open technologies for the industrial sector, finance and public administration, in addition to having gathered around 500 meetings of leading professionals in the sector, with 70 speakers, 40 exhibitions and the presence of 600 leading companies in the technology sector, as we echoed when we announced the event and the sale of tickets for this edition.
With this eighth edition closed, we can only say that it has been one more year a complete success. It was the third time that it has been chosen Bilbao as headquarters and this year it has had a much more pronounced international presence than in previous years. Entrepreneurs from the Hispano-German Círuclo, Open Forum Europe, CEBIT, OSADL, CNLL, ESOP, Aquinetic can be highlighted, as well as companies such as Red Hat, IBM, Hitachi, Mozilla, and a long etc., or people like Richard Stallman ...
El final balance has been very positive, as the two organizers have valued. I hope that beyond the economic impact for Bilbao due to the spending made by all the attendees during the days that it has lasted, it also leaves many good things for the whole country in terms of the technology sector and that the administrations and other attendees commit a little more with the need to support this type of open technologies to the detriment of the use of proprietary software and closed technologies that are usually used.
By the way, and I wouldn't want to finish without saying that too the Librecon Awards have been delivered as usual, closing the event with them on the last day and rewarding different entities and people for their contributions to the open world. The Award for the Open company with the greatest global impact has gone to Red Hat, the Award for the best international speaker for Carsten Emde from OSADL, Award for the best case of digital transformation success for GFI, Award for best Librecon technical talk to Nestor Salceda from Sysgdig, and the Award for the best strategy in digital transformation in public administration for the Provincial Council of Bizkaia.