Maurizio Gazzola will hold Keynote

We are excited to announce Maurizio Gazzola as a keynote speaker for FOSS Backstage 2022! Maurizio is Chief of Strategic Solutions at the United Nations’ Office of Information and Telecommunication Technology. In his keynote, Maurizio will discuss how Open Source (Culture) can benefit the Sustainable Development Goals!

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set forth by the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. They are an urgent call to action and encompass topics such as ending poverty & hunger, health, education and gender equality as well as environmental protection and climate action.

But how can we leverage and achieve those goals? The core principles of Open Source go way beyond writing software, and the tenets introduced by the Open Source Definition or the Four Essential Freedoms provide new paradigms of collaboration across boundaries, not just for software but for society as a whole — a true ubiquitous Open Source Culture. Open Source Culture provides a framework and methods for the establishment of Digital Public Goods, and thus, may also help support a global society that is fair, inclusive and does not leave anybody behind. So how do we empower developing countries in accelerating their SDG progress milestones through Open Source Culture and how can we leverage Open Business models that rely on inclusivity and participation?

We are very much looking forward to hearing Maurizio’s thoughts and answers to this questions. If you are eager to learn more as well, get your ticket for FOSS Backstage 2022 now at


Maurizio Gazzola has more then twenty years of experience in management roles in ICT programs of large international organizations like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the United Nations. Maurizio’s expertise lies in the development, implementation and delivery of complex ICT systems and services for Government administrations. Currently, he is the Chief of Strategic Solutions at the United Nations Office of Information and Telecommunication Technology, where he works on technology innovation programs aimed at assisting Member States directly, with concrete support in technology adoption.

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