OCA Joins SooCon UK on February 7 & 8

OCA Joins SooCon UK on February 7 & 8

The Open Charge Alliance will be joining the first annual State of Open Con (SooCon) conference on open source software, open hardware and open data in the United Kingdom on February 7th and 8th. This conference is organized by Open UK – a non-profit organization representing the UK’s Open Technology sector - in association with The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It will take place across five floors of London’s premier conference venue, the Queen Elizabeth II Centre.

Open UK wants to harness the power of collaboration around Open Technology being open source software, hardware, or data, in the UK. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Seeing how a growing number of countries are adopting OCA’s Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) for EV charging, and how start-ups as well as well-known companies use open source and open standards, the alliance is delighted to share her thoughts and ambitions with like-minded organizations as Open UK and IEEE.

The road to sustainability with Open Technology

Lonneke Driessen, director of the Open Charge Alliance (OCA), will host a presentation on Wednesday February 8th on “The Road to Sustainability with Open Technology”. This session will look at the content of the Open UK’s EV Charging Blueprint and challenges faced in creating a blueprint and using Open Technology in the EV Charging Arena. The Blueprint process has involved engagement with enterprise, individual experts and across the UK and Devolved Governments. There will be a particular focus on Standards and the Open Charge Alliance’s Open Standard “OCPP” (Open Charge Point Protocol) standard across the discussion.

The OCA likes to encourage open standards and open source approaches regarding the charging of electric vehicles. An ‘open’ market where new companies, new technology and new ideas can effortlessly enter, will lead to swifter innovation and a quicker transition to clean and sustainable energy for mobility.

Lonneke Driessen: “2023 promises to be another great year for our Open Charge Point Protocol. In the past few years, we have seen more and more developers, manufacturers, governments, and other organizations dive into open source in general and OCPP in particular for their electric mobility ambitions. In a growing number of countries this open protocol has or will become the go-to standard for EV Charging. We are seeing many start-ups and well-known companies flourish with brand new products and ideas.”

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