Giving something back
Competa likes to get involved in all aspects of technology and actively and enthusiastically supports and sponsors community-based technology initiatives.
We know that ideas developing in the community today will have useful applications in business tomorrow. For example the IT community can perform research and develop new ideas not yet commercially viable, help new technologies to reach critical mass, or find new applications for existing technologies.
If you are a member of a technology user group or involved in a community technology project there are many ways that Competa can help you. Possibilities include free use of our conference center for meetings, free access to business and technology consultants, or free help with technical support. Contact Us and tell us why your work is important, and how you think we can help.
Examples of community projects currently supported:
Fair Trade Software Foundation
Fair Trade Software is a new initiative started in the Netherlands and the UK. Modern software is highly modular, allowing components to be written in developing countries whilst the end-product is designed, assembled and delivered in an OECD country. This is possible thanks to Open Source technologies and the philosophy of Internet "communities", and the availability of telecoms links to developing countries. This is not charity or low cost outsourcing - it can be regarded as leveraged aid. Competa helped to create the Fair Trade Software Foundation.
Open Solaris is an Enterprise Operating System based on Solaris, but openly and freely developed and distributed. Many new operating system technologies are developed in Open Solaris. Competa staff actively participate in a number of Open Solaris development projects. Competa also supports the local Netherlands Open Solaris Interest Group (NOSIG), for example by providing facilities for meetings at our offices in Rijswijk.
Digital identity certificates are an important internet security technology. CaCert is the only non-commercial authority to issue certificates, which are available to the public for free, based on a web of trust. This is an important service, and Competa supports the community by assisting with assurances. Competa also supports the CaCert foundation directly, by providing consultancy services, and by maintaining CaCert systems in the Dutch datacenter with our Support service.
The NLUUG FTP server
One of the oldest and most active technology user groups in the Netherlands is the NLUUG (Netherlands UNIX User Group). The NLUUG supports Open Systems and Open Standards users in the Netherlands by organising bi-annual conferences and other events, and by operating one of the largest FTP archives in Europe. Competa staff sit on the NLUUG Board, and regularly give presentations at conferences. Competa helps with the FTP archive by providing server maintenance through the Competa Support service.
Wireless Leiden Foundation
Wireless Leiden is the largest Wireless Community network in the Netherlands and one of the largest in the world. The ambitious project has lead to innovation in many areas including embedded systems and new routing schemes for wireless networks. One such innovation is the development of an authentication system for closed groups over open infrastructures, run by Competa in partnership with Hogeschool Leiden. Competa also provides consultancy for systems architecture, and management and training of Hogeschool students.
Xenerix is an Open Source Content Management framework. The research project, run by Hogeschool Zeeland, develops software for a new type of Content Management System. Unlike other CMS, Xenerix uses a data model which treats each individual item of data as "atomic" rather than storing related information together. Competa assists Hogeschool Zeeland with Training Workshops and Software Development services for architecture, including support for developers such as code reviews.