Open Source Junction 2: context-aware mobile technologies

by Sander van der Waal on 14 June 2011


Tuesday, 5 July 2011 at 9:30 AM - Wednesday, 6 July , 2011 at 4:30 PM

Venue: Wolfson College, Linton Road, OX26UD Oxford

Please note this event has now taken place. This page and its associated resources provide access to details of the event and the presentations that took place there. You may also like to read the Open Source Junction 2 event report.

OSS Watch in collaboration with 100% Open have put together Open Source Junction - an exciting series of events connecting industry and academic innovation in open source mobile technologies. Open Source Junction brings together the best business and academic minds to explore how the two sectors can jointly innovate and exploit open source mobile technologies.

The second event in the series focused on context-aware mobile technologies. In computer science context-awareness refers to the idea that computers can both sense and react based on their environment. Context includes location (the users’ absolute or relative position, surrounding resources, physical conditions, such as noise or light levels), but is often understood as a broader process involving users themselves (their habits or emotional states, patterns of social interaction, types of activity etc.)

This two-day workshop showcased a selection of successful context-aware mobile projects, and provided delegates with key knowledge of open innovation and open development, which will help them build sustainable industry-academia partnerships in this field.

Benefits of attending:

  • Become familiar with the main issues concerning open innovation in software
  • Learn about open source business models, community building, IPR, processes and tools
  • Find out about successful open source context-aware mobile projects
  • Understand the benefits of joining an industry-academia open source mobile community
  • Explore partnership opportunities with past and present OSJ attendees

Target audience:

  • R&D managers, senior strategists, software developers in the mobile industry
  • Principal Investigators, research staff, project managers in Higher Education and Research
  • Funding bodies with an interest in context-aware mobile technologies

The event took place at Wolfson College in Oxford. Lunch and refreshments were provided. A number of accommodation options were available for individual booking.

Please see details of the previous OSJ event, which focused on cross-platform mobile apps. You may also want to read the event report for the first OSJ.

Attendees were able to have a look at the reading list for this event for background information on the issues that were explored at the workshop.

Programme: The programme consisted of two days of general presentations and interactive sessions:

Day 1 (5 July 2011)

Day 2 (6 July 2011)

About the organizers

Open Source Junction: Context-aware mobile technologies is an event organized by OSS Watch in collaboration with 100% Open.

OSS Watch provides unbiased advice and guidance on the use, development, and licensing of free and open source software. OSS Watch is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and its services are available free-of-charge to UK higher and further education. TransferSummit, OSS Watch’s annual conference, provides a forum for business executives and members of the academic and research community to address challenges and opportunities for the development and use of open source technology.

100% Open is a new open innovation agency spun out of NESTA, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Since 2006 we have partnered many of the world’s most successful innovation companies. Our open innovation programmes have created value for Procter & Gamble, Oracle, Virgin Atlantic, Tesco, Orange, Discovery Channel, Shop Direct, Cancer Research UK, McLaren, NATS, Pfizer and BT.

About the venue

Wolfson College is Oxford’s most international and interdisciplinary graduate College, with students from 75 nationalities, studying for Doctorates and Master’s degrees in a wide range of subjects. Its Fellows are some of the world’s leading intellectual authorities in an extraordinary diversity of fields, from ancient history to anthropology, world literature, oriental studies and medical sciences. Founded in 1965, Wolfson has one of the most attractive sites in the city. Tucked away in leafy North Oxford, yet within easy reach of the centre, the College has an elegant array of modern buildings, full of contemporary art, overlooking beautiful gardens, the Cherwell River, the College’s own harbour for punts, and the meadows beyond.


For accommodation at Wolfson College (the event venue) please contact the - Events and Conference Manager. Accommodation at other colleges may be booked online via Oxford Rooms.

Alternatively a number of nice hotels are available in Oxford, some of which are listed below:

Bath Place Hotel
17th century building. Four poster rooms. Limited parking (additional charge). Continental breakfast (cooked breakfast available at additional charge). £85 - £140. Independently owned. Special diets catered for with prior notice. Car park. Child-friendly. Pets welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi access.
The Buttery Hotel
4* hotel in Broad St, set above shops including The Buttery cafe. No designated parking, but it is as central as you can get. Broadband cables available on request. £55 - £120. Independently owned. Vegetarian. Room Service. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Wifi access.
Stylish luxury conversion of the former Oxford Prison, in the city’s most recently refurbished old quarter. All mod cons plus excellent restaurant. 94 rooms. £150 - £385. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Garden. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Pets welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi access.
The Randolph
Spa in the basement, featuring Thermal Suite: rock sauna, bio sauna, aroma steam therapy room, steam room, ice room, and hydrotherapy. Plus 4 treatment rooms. £100 - £700. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Car park. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Pets welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi access. Hotel parking, for residents only, must be pre-booked. £20 per 24 hours.
Cotswold Lodge Hotel
49 rooms; 1 mile to Oxford centre. £65 - £260. Independently owned. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Garden. Car park. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Wifi access.
The Old Parsonage Hotel
30 rooms in luxury small hotel hidden in central Oxford. Excellent restaurant sources ingredients locally where possible. £135 - £200. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Garden. Car park. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Pets welcome.

If none of these is appropriate, you could look on Oxford’s Daily Info site for more recommendations.

Alternatively, you can make use of Oxford’s excellent visitor information services.