LPI Forum in Poland

More than 50 IT professionals, entrepreneurs, training providers, academic organizations and government representatives participated in a special forum hosted by LPI-Central Europe in Warsaw, Poland on September 28, 2012.  Forum participants discussed a number of technology issues pertaining to Linux and Open Source software such as global IT skills shortages, economic development opportunities, and IT training and certification.

< IMAGE (Left): A group of forum participants attending the presentations >

The event was held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Ministry of the Economy (Ministerstwo Gospodarki).  A report on the event is available at the Ministry website at: http://www.mg.gov.pl/node/16864#

“The use of Open Source software is more and more common in all industry as a professional solution....That's why the Ministry of Economy supports the initiative of the Linux Professional Institute in  providing industry leadership and services to enhance and develop lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source,” said Dariusz Bogdan, Poland's Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Economy during the forum's opening keynote.

< IMAGE (Right): A panel discussion on the future of IT careers. From left to right: Klaus Behrla (LPI-Central Europe), Kamil Porembinski (The "Camels"/ProofHQ), Jim Lacey (President and CEO, LPI), Werner Fischer (Thomas-Krenn.AG) and Krzysztof Mazepa (CISCO ) >

Other presentations during the conference included the following:

  • Jim Lacey, CEO, Linux Professional Institute
  • Ryszard Dalkowski, Microsoft
  • Werner Fischer, Thomas-Krenn AG
  • Michal "Rysiek” Wozniak, Polish Foundation for Free and Open Software
  • Klaus Behrla, LPI Central Europe
  • Marek Marczykowski, Akademia Linuksa

The presentation slides are available on the Forum website at http://www.lpice.eu/lpi-forum/presentation-slides.html and pictures from this event are at http://www.lpice.eu/lpi-forum/pictures.html

The forum also included a panel discussion on the future of IT careers with Jim Lacey, Werner Fischer, Krzysztof Mazepa (CISCO) and Kamil Porembinski (ProofHQ).

Sponsors of the event included Microsoft, Thomas-Krenn.AG, Sybex and other sponsors. Also participating in the event included the Polish Chamber of IT and Telecommunications (PIIT) and the Polish Foundation for Free and Open Software .

The event followed a series of high level meetings between LPI's President and CEO, Jim Lacey and members of the Polish government:

  • Andrzej Regowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Administration and Digitalization
  • Maria Elzbieta Orlowska, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • Waldemar Pawlak, Minister of Economy and Deputy Prime Minister of Poland

< IMAGE (right): LPI representatives meeting with Maria Maria Elzbieta Orlowska, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Left to Right: Klaus Behrla (LPI-Central Europe), Maria Elzbieta Orlowska (Secretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education), Jim Lacey (President and CEO, LPI) and Elzbieta Godlewska (Representative for Poland and Czech Republic LPI-Central Europe) >

LPI-Central Europe has been active in Poland since January 2011. LPI regularly organizes exam labs in Poland in order to support local Linux and Open Source events.  LPI has held ten such exam labs to date at locations throughout the country.

< IMAGE (Below): Forum participants at the event's information and exhibit area at the Warsaw University of Technology >