Noon Speaker Series

Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman to Speak at CWDS on Nov. 15

Please join us at the next CWDS Noon Speaker Series for a special presentation by Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman, a legendary and world renowned activist for free (libre) software.

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS), California governments’ largest and most innovative project, is seeking to fundamentally change the way state government develops software by leveraging free (libre) software, agile methodologies, and user centered design.  One of the project’s main principles is to research, design, develop and operate a solution that is compatible with the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), and is thus available to be copied and used as a public good by other government agencies and the public at large.

About the Speaker

Richard Matthew Stallman (RMS) founded the free software movement in 1983 when he announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, which is a freedom-respecting operating system meant to consist entirely of free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. He then founded the Free Software Foundation in 1985, of which he is president as a full-time volunteer.  In 1992, the last gap in GNU was filled by the recently freed kernel Linux, producing the GNU/Linux combination that has become widely used.

Since the mid-1990’s, RMS has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, spreading the ethical ideas of the movement and campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. The term "free software" refers to liberty, not price.

It is distributed under the terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as study, change, and distribute it and any adapted versions.

Details include:

WHO:                   Richard Stallman (RMS)

WHAT:                 Noon Speaker Series - Discussion About Free (Libre) Software

WHEN:                 Wednesday, November 15, 2017

                              12:00pm – 2:30pm

WHERE:               Child Welfare Digital Services
                              2870 Gateway Oaks Drive
                              Sacramento, CA 95833


Video: Noon Speaker Series with Kelley Jones

In case you missed it, below is the video archive of the Oct. 31 special event with Kelley Jones.  See past events here

Award-winning Comic Book Artist Kelley Jones

What: Noon Speaker Series – Presentation on the creative process, problem solving, inspiring team collaboration, meeting deadlines, designing from the consumer's perspective and connecting with your audience.

When: October 31, 2017 at 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm

Where: Child Welfare Digital Services, First Floor - Sacramento

About the speaker:

Kelley Jones (born July 23, 1962,[1] in Sacramento, California) is an American comics artist best known for his work on DC Comics Batman with writer Doug Moench,The Sandman with writer Neil Gaiman, Deadman with writer Mike Baron and Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein. He has also worked for Disney, Lucas Films, Marvel, Warner Brothers, Dark Horse and Image.  

Video: CWDS Guest Speaker Mike Bland

Child Welfare Digital Services hosts brown bag lunch series with monthly guest speakers on a range of topics. On July 14, 2017,  automation expert and former Googler Mike Bland presented to staff.


Video: 18F Co-Founder and Presidential Innovation Fellow Robert L. Read on Agile in Government

On Monday, June 12, Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) and the California Office of Systems Integration (OSI) hosted a brown bag lunch with 18F co-founder and 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow Robert L. Read, PhD, an expert in agile methodology in government.  Watch an hour-long video of the presentation online:

Video: Agile Application Security Presentation by Laura Bell

On Monday, April 17, Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) and the California Office of Systems Integration (OSI) hosted the first in a series of brown bag lunches intended to share expertise and experiences with agile software development with State of California employees. Our first guest speaker was Laura Bell, co-author of Agile Application Security and founder of SafeStack, a company focused on agile application security services. Ms. Bell discussed a range of security tools and techniques specifically adapted to integrate with agile development. These practices aim to raise security awareness and confidence without compromising innovation, complexity, and speed.