Participate in FOSSASIA Summit 2016 in Science Center Singapore, March 18th-20th

Please join us at FOSSASIA 2016 in Singapore, the premier Open Technology event in Asia.

The event will take place from March 18-20 at the Singapore Science Center and already on 17th March the pgDay Asia conference is part of the pre-event activities.

The FOSSASIA weekend from Friday to Sunday is dedicated to the “Internet of Things and Me” covering open technologies and software that make todays connected devices run. In workshops kids can start learning with the Pocket Science Lab. In the Science Hack track attendees will learn how to participate in the Citizen Science community. Please:

More than 120 speakers from Asia and around the world will join the event from communities and companies such as Google, RedHat, and Github. There will be talks and hands on workshops on topics including:

  • Open Hardware, Makers, Internet of Things
  • Open Source Software, Data and Free Knowledge
  • DevOps, Docker, Programming languages, Python, Go, and more
  • Science Hacks and Open Design
  • Tech and Science for Kids

Info on the FOSSASIA Summit 2016 at the Event Website

Read the Call for Speakers here.

Join the FOSSASIA Meetup Group in Singapore and reserve your spot in workshops as soon as they are announced.

Follow us on Twitter.

Check out the photos from last year on Flickr.

FOSSASIA 2015 Singapore – Wrap Up

FOSSASIA 2015 in Singapore has been a fantastic success. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event possible! We would also like to thank all sponsors, venue partners and our main supporters Red Hat and Google. FOSSASIA 2016 will take place from March 18-20 in Singapore. Below are some numbers and facts of 2015 now, some info about ‘What’s Next in 2015’ and our FOSSASIA GSoC program with 5,500 USD stipends for students (Deadline 27 March. Apply now).

FOSSASIA 2015 Singapore

FOSSASIA’15 NUMBERS & FACTS

  • We had 128 speakers from 27 countries and 900+ attendees. 37 volunteers supported the event.
  • There were 142 scheduled sessions and lightning talks, and 58 breakout and unconference sessions.
  • Dozens of talks are already available as videos. Thousands of photos have been uploaded to social networks. 1500+ tweets with the FOSSASIA hashtag were posted during the event.
  • Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, the Singapore Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative said at the event at a Q&A with Roland Turner: “Rest assured, we will continue to support Open Data and Open Source.
  • Other keynotes included Lennart Poettering with systemd; Bunnie Huang gave insights to Open Hardware Development; Colin Charles about the future of MariaDB, and Gen Kanai talked about developer engagement at Mozilla.
  • “Build your own minimum viable Internet” was a hot topic at the event set by Harish Pillay as well as the Internet of Things and enabling local production with digitization of machines like knitting machines.
  • A first trend analysis of FOSSASIA shows that Python continues to receive increasing attention of developers and DevOps topics attracting a lot of interest.

WHAT’S NEXT IN 2015

  • Due to the large interest in DevOps at FOSSASIA we are teaming up with Red Hat to bring you some free Open Stack webinars including a 3-webinar series to learn how PaaS partnered with DevOps can improve application time to market. Please follow this link for the free webinar.
  • And: DevOps can also join a free webinar to learn about the Keystone identity service, which is part of the OpenStack Platform.
  • FOSSASIA is a mentor org for Google Summer of Code 2015. We are looking for students who would like to develop for Open Source projects and receive a stipend of 5,500 USD. We are particularly looking for mobile app developers and software developers for Open Hardware and the Internet of Things. Please check out our ideas list here: http://labs.fossasia.org/ideas and sign up before March 27 on Google Melange.
  • The FOSSASIA community organizes events and developer meetups throughout the year. Please join our meetups in Singapore, in Dubai and many other cities in Asia.

Links

Sign up for GSoC before March 27: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/
FOSSASIA Photos: https://www.flickr.com/search/?tags=fossasia
FOSSASIA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fossasia
FOSSASIA Videos: https://www.youtube.com/chan
FOSSASIA Sg Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/FOSSASIA
DevOps Webinars: https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp
Keystone identity service Webinar: http://www.redhat.com/en/about/events

FOSSASIA Open Technology Summit 2015 in Singapore

Singapore, March 8, 2015 – FOSSASIA will take place in Singapore for the first time this year. The conference will feature over 100 talks and workshops covering the latest in Free and Open Source Technology projects, including those focused on the development of Singapore as a smart nation.

The summit is hosted by NUS Enterprise, ACE, Silicon Straits, JFDI and SingTel Innov8 in partnership with IDA, Red Hat, Google, Oracle, MySQL, Mozilla Foundation, Python Foundation, Treasure Data, MBM Asia, Uptime and many more. The event will kick off on Friday at Biopolis and continue on Saturday and Sunday at JTC LaunchPad @ one-north.

The organizers are particularly excited to welcome keynote speakers including Colin Charles from MariaDB running Wikipedia one of the biggest websites in the world, Italo Vignoli – co-founder of LibreOffice, Bunnie Huang – the founder of the Novena laptop project, Stefan Koehler – lead engineer of the City of Munich’s whole-of-government Linux project LiMux, and Georg C. F. Greve – the founder of Free Software Foundation Europe.

Mario Behling, head of Program Planning, said “This year we are welcoming over 120 speakers from 26 countries, making this both the largest and most diverse FOSSASIA speaker roster ever. Of particular interest is the increasing presence of open hardware, which is important for Singapore as the growth in open hardware development combined with proximity to Asian manufacturing capacity and commitment to building a Smart Nation creates a wealth of opportunities for innovation.”

Other topics and activities include: Free and Open Source software, web and mobile development, software for education, map solutions for websites and phones, open knowledge tools, Wikipedia, open data, big data, sensor networks, free wireless networks, graphic design, fashion technology, open source knitting machines, 3D printing, key signing parties to help local developers join the PGP web of trust and the opportunity for participants to obtain their Linux Foundation Certification organised by the Linux Foundation in cooperation with OlinData.

Agenda

Day 1, Fri.13 Mar,  9am – 5pm: Opening Event at Biopolis with IDA, Red Hat, Google, Mozilla

Day 2, Sat.14 Mar, 9am – 5pm: Talks and presentations of developers and designers at LaunchPad @ one-north

Day 3, Sun.15 Mar, 10am – 4.30 pm: Hands-on seminars and workshops at LaunchPad

Links

FOSSASIA: fossasia.org

Summit Site: 2015.fossasia.org

Linux Foundation Certification at FOSSASIA 2015 in Singapore

We’re happy to bring you good news from the Linux Foundation in cooperation with OlinData: You can take a Linux Foundation exam at FOSSASIA Singapore for a special one-time 33% discount. It is possible to get yourself certified for both the Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) and the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS). We’ll have a dedicated room on Saturday March 14, 2015 at Blk71 where you can sit down in all quietness and take the examination so you can walk away with one of the highest quality Linux Certification in the industry.

A Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) has the skills to do basic to intermediate system administration from the command-line for systems running Linux. Linux Foundation Certified System Administrators are knowledgeable in the operational support of Linux systems and services. They are responsible for first line troubleshooting and analysis, and decide when to escalate issues to engineering teams. More information here: training.linuxfoundation.org/certification/lfcs

If you want to make sure you are prepared for the LFCS exam we have a great deal for you: By taking a special edition of the online self-paced course for the LFCS certification, you’ll be well prepared for the LFCS certification and at the same time supporting FOSSASIA: The Linux Foundation has promised to sponsor 100 USD for each online course sold. Please go here for more information and Sign Up Now.

A Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) possesses a wider range and greater depth of skills than the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS). Linux Foundation Certified Engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of system architecture. They provide an escalation path and serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the next generation of system administration professionals. More information here: http://training.linuxfoundation.org/certification/lfcs

Let’s build an Open Textile and Garment Production Line – Talk at the 31c3 Congress Hamburg

Here is my talk at the 31c3 Chaos Communication Congress about FashionTec projects and Open Garment Production Lines. Hope you enjoy it.

Links

Hong Phuc Dang at the 31c3 Chaos Communication Congress

Let’s build our own personalized open textile production line

FashionTec, Open Textile and Garment Production at the Chaos Communication Congress

Here is the talk of Hong Phuc Dang at the 31c3 Chaos Communication Congress about FashionTec projects and Open Garment Production Lines.

Links

Hong Phuc Dang at the 31c3 Chaos Communication Congress

Let’s build our own personalized open textile production line

Downloads:

Open Textile Production Line

New York City Hack Manhattan Hackerspace Meetup

Hackerspaces are community-operated physical spaces, where people can meet and work on their projects. Hackerspaces around the world are listed on the hackerspace wiki. Yesterday I had the chance to visit Hack Manhattan.

Hack Manhattan is operated as a non-profit community hackerspace in New York City. Equipments includes a mini-mill, sewing machines, soldering irons and reflow tools and several 3D printers. Members work on all kinds of projects. Many are in electronics, 3D printing, and software, but we also brew beer, keep bees on the roof, and garden. I was very happy to meet Real John Connor, Stephen Lynch, and Dave Reeves and learn about their work.

I hope we see more hackerspaces in Asia and I would love to support people who are starting them. Let me know on twitter about your hackerspace! http://twitter.com/hpdang

Links

Hack Manhattan: https://hackmanhattan.com

Hackerspaces on the Web: http://hackerspaces.org

FOSSASIA joining Google Code-In Program for Students Age 13-17

We are proud to announce that FOSSASIA has been chosen as a mentor organization for Google Code-In 2015. FOSSASIA is one of twelve global organizations participating in the program for students from the 13-17 years old.

Google Code-In is a global, online contest for 13-17 year old pre-university students interested in learning more about Open Source development. Students work on bite-sized tasks for real-world open source projects in a variety of categories.

Students can register and take over tasks starting from December 1, 2014 and work on tasks until January 19. All tasks are listed on the website at http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2014

Contest Timeline

December 1, 2014, 9:00 AM Pacific Time / 17:00 UTC: Contest opens for entries by student participants

January 18, 2015, 9:00 AM Pacific Time/ 17:00 UTC: No more tasks can be claimed by students after this time

January 19, 2015, 9:00 AM Pacific Time / 17:00 UTC: All work stops, Contest ends

January 26, 2015: Mentoring Organizations submit their grand prize winner nominees to Google Open Source Programs Office

February 2, 2015: Google Open Source Programs Office announces the grand prize winners via blog post

June 2015: Grand Prize trip to Google and northern California

 

Links

* Google Code-In http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2014

* FOSSASIA at Google Code-In http://www.google-melange.com/gci/org/google/gci2014/fossasia

Google Reunion in Silicon Valley with FOSSASIA

Being at the get together of more than 500 mentors and students of over 200 projects from 50 countries at the 10th anniversary of Google Summer of Code and join the celebrations at the Reunion 2014 is an amazing experience. It was the first time that Google brought together such a large number of contributors in Silicon Valley for a fantastic Unconference, a great day out at the “Great America” and a Gala at the San Jose Tech Museum with Linus Torvalds and a catering with an outstanding American Fusion cuisine.

Google Mentor Summit Tshirts

Yes, 10 years! Google Summer of Code is the only program of a company supporting hundreds of Open Source projects for many years and bringing them together with students from around the world. The magnitude of this support shows the real commitment of Google to Free and Open Source Software and I would like to thank everyone involved including Carol Smith, Cat Allman and Stephanie Taylor, and all the other fantastic people at the Open Source office supporting us.

The idea of free sharing and collaboration across borders has always inspired me. And I could not be happier to enter the conference room in San Jose – full of creators, developers, contributors of many amazing Open Source projects such as Mozilla, KDE, Python, Haiku, Blender, GNU, Debian, Inkscape and many more.

Google Reunion 2014 in San Jose with FOSSASIA

In previous years, the program brought together mentors of each active organization, but for this years celebration Google also flew in mentors of former years and even some students of the program. As an organizer of our annual FOSSASIA event I know what a challenge it can be to bring in a few dozen speakers from different parts of the world, but flying in 500 Open Source contributors from around the world is a logistic masterpiece. Organizing this event takes a huge amount effort and resources. Two thumbs up for the organizing team, they did an amazing job. I am grateful to be among the participants.

Great Day Out at the Great America

Every year the Mentor Summit spreads out in two days filled with interesting unconference sessions, lighting talks, and plenty of spaces for group discussing and code sprints. This time Carol and the team went an extra mile to surprise participants with an additional day-out at the Great America Theme Park (exclusively for us!). Believe it or not the majority of my lovely geek friends apparently have never been to an amusement park in their lives. We had such a great morning and afternoon there. I am sure some of us will never forget that very first roller coaster ride. It is great that Google makes this experience possible for mentors and appreciates their contributions.

Google Reunion 2014 in San Jose / Mentor Summit USA

Gala at the Tech Museum San Jose with Linus Torvalds

Another of the highlights of this year was the Gala at the Tech Museum in San Jose. Everyone dressed up in beautiful garments. It was fun to see all the developers who kind of always wear black shirts suddenly dressed up. And, on top of organizing everything the team also arranged a meetup with a star of the Free and Open Source community: Linus Torvalds joined us as a special guest. Of course Linus was everyones hero. And I was thrilled to meet him and Dirk Hohndel just before their talk. Sincerely thanks to Cat Allman for introducing him. I took the chance to invite them to our next FOSSASIA in Singapore, which will take place from March 13-15, 2015.

Linus Torvalds FOSSASIA Meetup at Google Reunion with Hong Phuc Dang, Dirk Hohndel, Mario Behling

After the interesting talks about the history of Linux, Open Source at Google and future projects, we experienced the interactive exhibits at the Tech Museum and enjoyed more of the yummy food. Coming from Asia, experiencing the food in the US is always very special for me. Especially in Silicon Valley and San Francisco I love the Fusion food, the blend of Western food and Asian cuisine. On the night of the party, the Google team really did arrange a fantastic catering with very friendly caterers, who knew a lot about all the different ingredients. I learned from Stephanie that this was one of the best catering companies and that they came all the way from San Francisco. It was truly special indeed.

Participants at the Reunion

Personally I was so excited to meet with the developer team of Processing at the Google Reunion. Processing is one of my favorite software applications. One team member – Andres Colubri from Argentina – told me he finally met his friend and co-developer whom he worked together with during the last 7 years but never got a chance to meet.

Some voices of participants of this years summit: Doris Lee, a first year GSoC from Taiwan said: ”The program is a great way to practice and apply what I have learned in programming. I took computer science at UC Berkeley but I never had the feeling I get the right assignments to work on. I enjoyed so much to work with GSoC program which gives me a chance to improve my coding skill, to learn how to use Git, Python and much more.”

Google Mentor Summit FOSSASIA, Hong Phuc Dang, Doris Lee

Adnan Zahid – 2nd year GSoC student also commented: “It is good that Google created the program for public benefits and I wish this program can be extended not only during summer but throughout the entire year. My suggestion is to create cooperation between Open Source projects and universities so that the schools constantly receive assignments and then distribute them to students”

Hamish Bowman from OSGeo said: “We are participating at GSoC for many years and I am happy to see new and old faces at the Reunion. For me the mentor summit is a chance to meet developers from projects, that we are using and working together with. Many of them, we would not be able to meet some anywhere else. After a long time, I had the chance to talk again with Mario Behling who is working with lots of projects and founded Lubuntu. It was great to see Mario’s excitement when I showed him our OSGeo Live distro which we build on top of Lubuntu.”

Google Reunion Hamish Bowman and Mario Behling Lubuntu Founder

I also spoke with one of the most senior mentors – Kevin Krammer from KDE, it was Kevin’s 10th time mentoring. He said: “This is a fantastic thing. I appreciate the opportunity to be mentor. I think we had very good students who have helped KDE a lot during the past few years. GSoC gives us the possibility to experiment new things for which we normally do not have enough resources and this is a great training opportunity as well.”

 

The closure Q&A session marked another year of GSoC was over. We are all looking forward to another 10, 20, 30 …years to come. Once again congratulations to GSoC 10th Anniversary!

Links:

FOSSASIA http://fossasia.org

Google Melange http://google-melange.com

Google Code Reunion with Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel

At the 10 years Google Code reunion a group of fashiontechies and technologists had the chance to talk to Linus Torvalds, founder of Linux, and Dirk Hohnel from Intel. Amazing get together!

Linus Torvalds, FashionTec Community Members at Google Reunion