Open Technologies in the Making

Affilation: GFOSS - Open Technologies Alliance 

In the digital world we are all creators and not just users. Innovation comes through the added value we create. Open technologies are human-centric technologies that provide the ideal environment for making, (re)using, sharing and contributing to the digital commons. Technology is used as a building material and making is a process of experiment. Use Cases of projects implemented using open technologies (software & hardware) will be presented and how the results of these initiatives promote and contribute to the global digital commons.

Theodoros Karounos

Bio: He has completed the School of Contemporary studies of the City University of New York in 1979, received his B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1983 and the M.Sc. Degree in Information & Communication Systems from Polytechnic University, New York in 1985. From 1984 to 1987 he was employed by IBM, New York, USA, as a Systems Analyst. From 1987 to 1990 he was a coordinator for systems support and R&D at the Informatics Development Agency of the Greek Ministry of Presidency and Special Advisor for Informatics to the Greek Minister of the Interior. From 1990 onwards he has been actively involved with the National Technical University of Athens, in various posts including managing the R&D activities of NETMODE(NETwork Management & Optimal DEsign Laboratory), acting as Technical Manager of the telecommunications network of NTUA, and the implementation of GRNET where he acted as technical co-ordinator. He has also acted as an advisor to the Ministries of Development and Education on information and communication technologies, as well as to the Prime Minister, and coordinator for e-government projects for the GreecK Government. Currently he is vice president of the Executive Board of GFOSS - Open Technologies Alliance.

Despoina Mitropoulou

Bio: Despoina Mitropoulou received her BSc (Hons) in Digital Media from the University of Portsmouth in 2005 and her MSc in Child-Computer Interaction from the University of Central Lancashire in 2006. In 2010 she joined GFOSS - Open Technologies Alliance as the project coordinator with overview to all the projects and activities GFOSS was involved in. From 2015, she has been appointed the director of the Organisation.