Introducing the Automotive Open Source Summit 

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 07:30 by Mike Milinkovich

2022 has been a fantastic year for the Eclipse Foundation. We’ve managed to grow all aspects of our organization, due in no small part to the ongoing proliferation of open source across industries worldwide. Perhaps no one Working Group exemplifies our efforts in 2022 more than the Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) Working Group, which has seen significant momentum in terms of new members, innovation, and new projects. Just this week, Mercedes-Benz Tech Innovation has announced they will be lending their own resources and talents to Eclipse SDV. With this in mind and before we all part ways for the holidays, I wanted to cap this year with some exciting news related to just this subject. 

Coming in early June 2023, the Eclipse Foundation and the Eclipse SDV WG will hold the first automotive industry event focused on open source software and collaboration-based innovation. Named the Automotive Open Source Summit and based in the Munich  area, this event will highlight speakers from organizations throughout the auto industry, including organizations outside the Eclipse community, as well as leaders within our own automotive initiatives. This will be a one-day and a half  event and specific details will be finalized early in the new year. 

The Summit will focus on latest trends, “business” topics  targeting executives, senior technical leaders, and other decision makers. The main conference will be preceded by an exclusive executive round table attended by the industry’s most influential leaders. Our goal is that this conference becomes a “must attend” event for all participants in the automotive software ecosystem regardless of whether they are actively engaged with open source technology. In the coming years, we plan on extending the program for developers by designing a technical targeted track.

The Summit will feature speakers from Eclipse automotive initiatives as well as organizations and leaders from outside the Eclipse community. We want to  attract the participation of all high profile open source and open specification initiatives in the automotive industry.

This is just one of the exciting new developments the Eclipse Foundation has percolating for next year. We can’t wait to give you and the rest of the community more details. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to you and yours for 2022 and we look forward to engaging with all of you in 2023!