Thanks to the OSBF Open Source Business Foundation, whose contributions will power the Planet Jam servers this year!
The OSBF's commitment to open source tools and software fits the Jam very well.
"There are many parallels between the OSBF and the Jam", says Adam, co-initiator of the Global Service Jam. "It's a cooperative group of 150 professionals, institutions, research organisations and venture capitalists - a mixed team developing innovative ways to work together and find value in new structures and tools."
As well as helping organisations develop ideas and concepts via mentoring and business models, OSBF sets up think tanks and promotes a creative environment. Besides supporting the Jam, they promote discussion of innovative themes at workshops, unconferences, barcamps and start-up weekends.
"Using open source software can be a great way to innovate more quickly", points out Stefan Probst of the OSBF. "Instead of starting from scratch, we show organisations how they can recombine and build on existing open source resources to move further in less time. That's just like a Jam. It's open, constructive and fast."
OSBF supported the Nuremberg branch of the first Global Service Jam i March 2011. "Now it's great to have them supporting the Global platform", smiles Adam. "Thanks!"