Three top executives from Red Hat will meet with entrepreneurs in Asheville to discuss the growing open source movement and how to capitalize on it.

The half-day seminar is set for July 19 from noon to 4 p.m.

Michael Tieman, vice president of open source affairs, Tom Rabon, executive vice president of corporate affairs, and Mark Webbink, senior vice president and general counsel, will lead the session. It is being put on by the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and Kemper Strategy.

Central topics include open source opportunities, licensing, international business models, and the growth of the open source movement.

Red Hat is one of the world’s leading developers and distributors of open-source Linux.

“The open source development model inspires creativity and innovation,” Rabon said in a statement. “Open source is about choice and collaboration, it changes the way people have traditionally viewed computing and the opportunities ahead of us in technology. We are excited to bring this message to the forward thinking professional of our state.”

Several companies affiliated with the BREC utilize open source, according to Jim Roberts, executive director of the group. They include BUILDERadius, TypeFi, MAIN, Media Arts Project and Navigational Sciences.

“We are very pleased that Red Hat has offered to bring this seminar to western North Carolina,” said Dale Carroll, president and CEO of AdvantageWest, the parent organization for BREC. “We expect entrepreneurs and programmers from across the southeast to attend this event for a chance to rub elbows with these leaders.”

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