Webinar#22: Funding your open source project

When: 21 September from 10:00 to 11:45 CEST

Where: Online

Webinar powered by NGI TETRA and NGI Zero

This webinar is dedicated to the sustainability of open source projects. The webinar is divided into two parts - firstly we will discuss various nonprofit business models and secondly take a look at crowdfunding for open source projects.

Dr Melanie Rieback will give you insights on why it is important to look into various business models and engage users in order to develop a product that will be successful in the long run. Several nonprofit business models that allow the open source community to financially support themselves in an independent way will be discussed. The webinar will provide you some options outside of the venture capital track and inspiration to start thinking about sustainability for your open source project.

Crowdfunding can be a reliable source not only for funding, but also for testing the market demand for your product. In the second part of the webinar Andrew "bunnie" Huang will share his crowdfunding journey. He will talk about why he chose this funding option, which platform he chose and how he executed the campaign. He will also share some key success factors that supported the funding journey on the crowdfunding platform.

As a result of this event, you will be able to develop long-term funding strategies for your open source project.

No prior registration is needed. The link of the event: https://bbb.tbm.tudelft.nl/b/gre-cn6-fek-ygh

Dr. Melanie Rieback is CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world's first not-for-profit computer security company. She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Amsterdam. She was named "Most Innovative IT Leader of the Netherlands" by CIO Magazine (TIM Award) in 2017, and one of the "9 Most Innovative Women in the European Union" (EU Women Innovators Prize) in 2019. She is also one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, and one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Her company, Radically Open Security was named the 50th Most Innovative SME by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (MKB Innovatie Top 100) in 2016.

Andrew "bunnie" Huang is best known for his work hacking the Microsoft Xbox, as well as for his efforts in designing and manufacturing open source hardware, including the chumby (app-playing alarm clock), chibitronics (peel-and-stick electronics for craft), Novena (DIY laptop), and Precursor (trustable mobile device). He received his PhD in EE from MIT in 2002. He currently lives in Singapore where he runs a private product design studio, Kosagi, and he actively mentors startups and students.

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