Open Source / Free Software for Effective Industry 4.0

Programme and Information about the Industry 4.0 Meetup by Nexedi GmbH and Fraunhofer IAO on November 12th, 2018 in Stuttgart with Amarisoft, Linutronix, Olimex and Télécom ParisTech.
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On November 12th, Nexedi GmbH and our host, Fraunhofer IAO, will organise in Stuttgart a series of presentations and discussions around latest success cases, technologies and research projects focusing on the effective implementation of "Industry 4.0" using Open Source / Free Software developed in Europe and Japan by Nexedi Group and its partners: MariaDBLinutronix, Olimex, Slowtec.

This meetup is targeted at companies interested in how to deploy effective "Industry 4.0" solutions based on simple and reliable architectures being used in production for more than 10 years, as well as companies looking for solutions maintainable in the long term through direct contact with core developers from Europe and Japan. It is also an event for companies curious to learn more about the potential of "Industry 4.0" and what it could bring to their business model. 

Nexedi Group is one of the largest publishers of Free / Open Source software in the world with 10 enterprise software products and more than 10 million lines of source code. Users of Nexedi Free Software include Airbus, Wölfel Group, Kyorin, Sankei, SANEF, MMC Rus (Russian distributor of Mitsubishi Motors), PSA, Guangken Rubber Group, Oregon Department of Transportation, Aide et Action, Institut Mines-Télécom and others. 

Olimex is the world leader of open hardware for industrial IT.

Linutronix is the creator of PREEMPT_RT, the de facto standard for Real-Time Linux.

Place and Date

Place: Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO (Nobelstraße 12, 70569 Stuttgart, GERMANY).
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Date: 12th of November, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm (with a lunch break offered by Nexedi).


Please contact Elena Spinelli ( to register before the meetup. The first 10 registered participants will receive an Olixuno open hardware development board.


Presentation content is still being finalised


  • Dr.-Ing. Steffen Pankoke - Wölfel Group Managing Director
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Smets - Nexedi CEO
  • Dr. Klaus Wölfel - Nexedi GmbH CEO
  • Rafael Monnerat - VIFIB CEO and co-author of "Beautiful Code" (O'Reilly)
  • Tsvetan Usunov - Olimex CEO
  • Jan Altenberg - Linutronix Head of Technical Sales
  • Dr. Roman Yurchak - Nexedi Project Manager
  • Roque Porchetto - Télécom ParisTech (part of scikit-learn team)
  • Thomas Gambier - VIFIB Project Manager
  • Ivan Tyagov - Nexedi Project Manager
  • Sébastien Robin - Nexedi Project Manager
  • Dipl.-Ing. Markus Kohlhase - slowtec GmbH

Useful Information

For details, refer to "Participant Information Page".

Place on the Map


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From the airport: Coming by car/taxi takes 15 minutes. Coming by S-bahn lasts 30 minutes: from the airport, take the line S2 or S3 and stop at Universität station; then walk for 10 minutes.

From the Stuttgart Central Station: Coming by car/taxi takes 15-20 minutes. Coming by S-bahn lasts 20 minutes: from Hauptbahnhof Stuttgart station, take the line S2 or S3 and stop at Universität station too; then walk 10 minutes.


If a place to stay is needed, the two closest hotels to Frauhnofer IAO are Romerhof and Campus.guest. Breakfast and Wifi are included, and the prices are between 70 and 80 euros per night.

You can look and book a room on this website.


A dinner in a restaurant will be organized for the guests who already arrived on site in the evening before the Conference.

  • La Bruschetta: Italian restaurant at 10 minutes walk from Fraunhofer Institute
  • Unithekle CampusBar: cafeteria at 5 minutes walk from Fraunhofer Institute
  • If anything is needed there is a Netto Supermarket: 5 minutes walk from Fraunhofer Institute


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  • Elena Spinelli
  • elenaspinelli91 (at) gmail (dot) com
  • Photo Jean-Paul Smets
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  • Jean-Paul Smets
  • jp (at) rapid (dot) space
  • Jean-Paul Smets is the founder and CEO of Nexedi. After graduating in mathematics and computer science at ENS (Paris), he started his career as a civil servant at the French Ministry of Economy. He then left government to start a small company called “Nexedi” where he developed his first Free Software, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) designed to manage the production of swimsuits in the not-so-warm but friendly north of France. ERP5 was born. In parallel, he led with Hartmut Pilch (FFII) the successful campaign to protect software innovation against the dangers of software patents. The campaign eventually succeeeded by rallying more than 100.000 supporters and thousands of CEOs of European software companies (both open source and proprietary). The Proposed directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions was rejected on 6 July 2005 by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority of 648 to 14 votes, showing how small companies can together in Europe defeat the powerful lobbying of large corporations. Since then, he has helped Nexedi to grow either organically or by investing in new ventures led by bright entrepreneurs.
  • Photo Klaus Wölfel
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  • Klaus Wölfel
  • klaus (dot) woelfel (at) nexedi (dot) com
  • Photo Sven Franck
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  • Sven Franck
  • sven (dot) franck (at) nexedi (dot) com