Open is Becoming the New Common Foundation across Business, Government, Science, and Industry

Interview with Shanker V Selvadurai, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Cloud and Cognitive Software for IBM Asia Pacific

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I am Shanker Selvadurai and currently the Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Cloud and Cognitive Software for IBM Asia Pacific. I am based in Singapore and lead the technical organization that helps clients across Asia Pacific to explore and co-create cloud-based solutions that leverage data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to deliver better decisions and outcomes.

I joined IBM in 2006.  Prior to IBM, I held key leadership positions in areas of research, development, consulting, sales and marketing with technology companies like AT&T, NCR and Fujitsu as well as start-up BlueGill Technologies. During this period I lead teams varying in size from 6 to over 1,000 while being based in North America, Europe and Asia.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration. I am also an Open Group Certified Distinguished Architect. Besides having published international patents/papers, I have actively contributed to international technology standards committees that include the IFX Forum, OFX Consortium and the Microsoft Advisory Council. I was also an adjunct lecturer at the Singapore Management University, teaching courses related to Services Science and Advanced Business Technology.

Tell us about your session at the FOSSASIA Summit, what will you cover?

At the FOSSASIA Summit, I am participating in a panel on “Business, Government, Science – What Opportunities Does “Open” Bring to Society”.  I hope to share IBM’s involvement in the open source movement, how businesses like IBM benefit from open source, as well as share thoughts about approaching open contribution and open governance in the future.

Shanker V Selvadurai handing over IBM Cloud Prize for Hackathon Winners

Business, Government, Science – What Opportunities Does “Open” Bring to Society from your point of view?

Open is becoming the new common foundation across business, government, science, and industry today.  For example, companies that still compete head-to-head in the marketplace are coming together to collaborate in open source communities.  They contribute to open source software and use it in their own IT systems and applications. They gain a competitive advantage — even though they may be helping their competitors in the short run.  The data demonstrates that companies with open source programs see more benefits from open source code and community participation.

IBM Connecting with Open Source Community at FOSSASIA Summit
International IBM Team Participating in FOSSASIA Summit

What is the role of Free Open Source Software in cloud and AI solutions in IBM?

Our offering portfolio, especially for our growth initiatives such as cloud and AI, is based on a solid foundation of open technologies.  Most of our strategic initiatives are founded on open source projects or communities, and we work across a wide variety of internal stakeholders to ensure that that the contributions we make to the community also provide greater value to our clients.

IBM Training on Open Source Cloud and AI Technologies at FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit
Many Open Source Developers Connect with IBM At the Booth

What was your motivation to work for IBM and to participate in the FOSSASIA Summit?

IBM has a long history as a leader in, and supporter of open source communities, most notably in the Apache, Linux, and Eclipse Foundations.  I joined IBM to help continue this tradition and I am looking forward to discussing new ideas to help build the future of open source at FOSSASIA Summit.

Which FOSS projects in the area of cloud and AI can interested developers contribute in IBM? In which domains could you use some help?

IBM believes that communities with open governance and an inclusive philosophy will attract the largest ecosystems and markets.  For a listing of some of the top open source projects that IBM believes represent significant opportunity areas, I would like to share with information how IBM supports high-impact open source projects here.

Participants from Around the World Following IBM Keynote on FOSS Collaboration

Which new features can we expect in IBM cloud and AI this year? Do you plan to release any new projects as FOSS?

Most of our strategic initiatives today are founded on open source projects or communities (Cloud Native Computing, Hyperledger, CD Foundation, etc.), and we work across a wide variety of internal stakeholders to ensure that that the contributions we make to the community also provide greater value to our clients. For a specific example of open source innovation from IBM, please check out the Egeria Project, which was founded in part by IBM.

Shanker V Selvadurai with Panelists and FOSSASIA Founder Ms. Hong Phuc Dang at the Singapore Summit 2019

As well, at the FOSSASIA Summit in Singapore, IBM shares the “Call for Code Global Challenge, which IBM is the Founding Partner.  

This multi-year global initiative rallies developers to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues.  Call for Code brings startup, academic, and enterprise developers together and inspires them to solve the most pressing societal issues of our time. Building on the success of the 2018 competition, the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge again asks developers to create solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit. This year’s challenge introduces an emphasis on individual health and community wellbeing. This includes solutions that can reduce the risk of disease, improve access to data and the availability of resources, and address the mental health needs of those impacted before, during, and after disasters.

Hands-on Training with IBM Cloud and AI Experts at FOSSASIA Summit
Hands-on Training with IBM Cloud and AI Experts at FOSSASIA Summit
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10 Years FOSSASIA Anniversary OpenTechSummit 2019 Taking Place in Singapore

We are thrilled to update you with the amazing line-up at the 10 Years Anniversary Summit. The event is co-organized by the Lifelong Learning Institute and SkillsFuture under the theme “The Future is FOSS”.

Highlights of the FOSSASIA Anniversary Summit 2019 include:

  • Thu Mar 14 12:30 – Sun Mar 17 16:00 Exhibition: Showcases and job opportunities with tech companies and FOSS projects: Overview
  • Fri Mar 15 9:00 Cloud and AI Workshops: Join us for two intensive workshops with IBM experts from around the world on the latest technologies, development and deployment covering ‘Cloud, Containers and DevOps’ and developing ‘Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence’ applications at the FOSSASIA Summit. Seats are limited. Sign up here.
  • Fri March 15 16:30 SUSI.AI – Create Skills for Your AI Solution: Sign up
  • Fri Mar 15 / Sat Mar 16 19:00 FOSSASIA Academy: Learn new tech skills in free introductory level technology workshops conducted with BuildingBloCS Computing students from Singapore. Topics include Introduction to Python, ML with Python, SQLite, MongoDB,  Vue.js, SUSI.AI Sign up to reserve.
  • Fri Mar 15 – Sun Mar 17 OpenTech Hackathon with UNESCO: Build open source apps and win prizes. Join Friday or Saturday.
  • Sat Mar 16 12:00 Capture the Community: Singapore Open Source Picture Taking and Birthday Cake. Join us
  • Sat Mar 16 13:30 Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS): Learn how to setup Kubernetes on Azure. Sign up here.
  • 12 Conference Tracks: Join talks by industry experts from IBM, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Flowchain, Red Hat, Alibaba, Sysdig, Pivotal, Elastic, Codethink, Gitcoin and open source projects like VLC, Linux, CentOS, SELinux, Debian, Kubernetes, Lionsforge, Tensorflow, PostgreSQL, MySQL, FreeBSD, ReactJS, the Blockchain community as well as hardware experts from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, ARM, Bunnie Huang from Chibitronics, Mitch Altman and many more. We will be covering Conference Tracks such as AI, Blockchain and Cybersecurity: Schedule
  • Daily: Social Events: Pub crawls and city tours along with other techies from around the world! Sign up.

Meet companies, FOSS projects and communities and do hands-on workshops in the Exhibition:

  • Participate in workshops like doing experiments with Pocket Science Lab or Learn Soldering with Mitch Altman (Thu Mar 14 14:00, Fri Mar 15 14:00, Sat Mar 16, 14:00)
  • Get together with community developers and reps from Fosdem, CCC, Openfest, Linux Foundation, OSI and many companies and projects in the Hackers Lounge on Floor 1.
  • Exhibition Booths and Job Board: See showcases and find out about job opportunities from industry-leading companies and sponsors like IBM, UNESCO, Google, Indeed, Microsoft, Facebook, Flowchain, MySQL/Oracle, Singapore companies like Singapore Press Holdings and more: Overview 

Don’t miss out on our Social Events:

  • Sat Mar 16 19:00 10 Years FOSSASIA Party with Buffet, Live Music, Indian Dance, Chinese Performance & Cultural Program** : Celebrate FOSSASIA 10th Anniversary Party with us! Featuring Live Music, Cultural Highlights and Good Food! Indian dance, magic, music, Karaoke and so much more! (Social Event Tickets Required) : Tickets 
  • Wed Mar 13 15:00 FOSSASIA Meet & Greet: Join the FOSSASIA Speakers and Attendees Meet & Greet, meet the local tech scene, explore Singapore in a Culture and Exploration Wednesday Afternoon, and enjoy the taste of Asia at a local dinner: Attendance
  • Thu Mar 14 19:00 Welcome Dinner: With FOSSASIA Summit Speakers and Exhibitors: Attendence
  • Fri Mar 15 7:00 Cultural Morning Tour to Merlion Statue and View of Marina Bay: Attendence
  • Fri Mar 15 19:00 Chinatown & Clarke Quay Snacks and Pub Crawl: Network with speakers and participants of the FOSSASIA OpenTech Summit for a Chinatown and Clarke Quay Snacks an Pub Crawl on Friday Evening: Attendance
  • Sun Mar 17 20:30 Dim Sum and Midnight Hacks: Didn’t get enough of techie stuff? Want to work on this awesome project you found at FOSSASIA? Met some amazing developers at the weekend? Join us for the FOSSASIA After-Event hacking, coding, relaxing at Hackerspace.sg on Sunday evening: Attendance
  • Mon Mar 18 12:00 Community Lunch: Gather with us on Monday Noon for yummy local Singapore food: Attendance

FOSSASIA Summit – Schedule Roster


Featured Speakers and Sessions

We have more than 180 speakers and close to 200 sessions where participants can learn how to work with Cloud solutions, train their personal AI, create voice interfaces, build their own Operating Systems, create AR and VR apps for the web, learn about databases or prepare for Linux certification. Find out more about the speakers.


FOSSASIA Summit Theme: The Future is FOSS

Today we see that Free and Open Source is mainstream. The large online providers are offereing their services mainly based on FOSS solutions. FOSSASIA is part of a movement advancing FOSS to the next level developing not just software, but also Open Hardware like the Pocket Science Lab. The FOSS model provides us with a way to collaborate easily, freely and efficiently and it can help us to solve the problems of this planet together. Let’s do it at the FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit! The theme of the event is “The Future is FOSS”.


Thank you for sponsoring!

Thank you to our sponsors IBM, Google Open Source, Microsoft, Indeed.com, Flowchain, Facebook, MySQL/Oracle, SPH and partners for supporting the event!


Thank you for celebrating FOSSASIA’s 10th Anniversary with us.

Do follow us on our Social Media accounts to get the latest updates on the Summit and other Open Tech stuff.

We can’t wait to see you to share and gain techie knowledge with and from you!

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Jugaad Fest Hyderabad on 30th September 2018 – Hack, Fix, Trick It, or Simply Make Open Tech Work for You

Jugaadfest is a gathering of developers and FOSS contributors who get together to learn, share, and hack on Open Source projects for one day with the goal of making things work. 30+ mentors and successful FOSSASIA Google Summer of Code students from India and Europe will guide you during the day. At Jugaadfest you can:

  • join various hands-on activities, e.g. set up FOSSASIA apps, install conversational voice assistants, do experiments with PSLab
  • learn from developers how to find innovative fixes or simple work-arounds to get FOSSASIA prototypes working
  • learn how to build up an awesome developer profile that improves your job chances by collaborating in the FOSS community
  • improve your coding and tech skills while contributing to open source software and hardware projects
  • enjoy presentations conducted by veteran developers

Jugaadfest is a hands-on event. Please bring your laptop.

We kick-off in the morning with short introductions by developers of FOSS projects. After that participants have the chance to join teams at different tables and start learning and collaborating on Open Tech projects.

At the lunch break participants mingle and discuss what they have learned before they continue browsing  projects. At the end of the event day we ask developers to share their learnings in short lightning talks.

Certificates: Participants of Jugaadfest receive a certificate of participation. (Prerequisite: Full-day participation)

Contributors Discount Tickets

You are a contributor to FOSSASIA project or other Open Source communities? Apply for a discount ticket. There is a limited number of contributor tickets for 90, 80, and 70% discounts available. Please fill in the form here: https://jugaadfest.com/community-ticket

AGENDA

Jugaadfest Hyderabad

  • Location: BVRIT HYDERABAD College of Engineering for Women
  • Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • 8:30 Registration and Breakfast Snacks
  • 9:30 Introduction and Opening Sessions
  • 9:45 How to Participate in FOSSASIA Coding Programs, Google Summer of Code and Codeheat
  • 10:00 Project Presentations: SUSI.AI, Open Event Solutions, Pocket Science Lab, Meilix, Badgeyay
  • 11:00 Developers Join Project Tables
  • 12:30 Lunch Break
  • 13:30 Developers Learn and Participate at Project Tables
  • 16:00 How to Collaborate in International Open Source Projects and Global Enterprises Using Best Practices
  • 16:15 Lightning Talks
  • 16:30 What’s Next?
  • 17:00 End of Event

Social Event (Ticket Required)

  • Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • 19:30 Dinner in Hyderabad City

Jugaadfest Extended (Contributors – Invitation Only)

  • Location: Co-Working Hyderabad
  • Developer Workshops: Monday October 1 – Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Brunch: Thursday, October 4, 2018

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FOSSASIA Internship Program 2018

Are you interested to participate in the development of Open Source projects in a summer internship? Build up your developer profile with FOSSASIA and spend your summer coding on an open source project.  Contribute to SUSI.AIOpen EventBadgeyayYaydoc, Meilix or PSLab and join us at a workshop week and Jugaadfest in India. Please find the details below and submit your application to our form. Be sure to check out FOSSASIA’s program guidelines.

1. Program Details

  • Sign up on our dedicated form at fossasia.org/internship (Interns need to become members of the org and sign up on its social channels)
  • Internships are 3 months with monthly evaluations
  • plus preparation onboarding after acceptance
  • Eligible are contributors above 18 years of age. Any contributor is eligible including students, professionals, university staff etc. Prefered are contributors who have participated in the community previously.
  • Benefits of the program include Shirts, Swag, certificates. All participants who pass the final evaluation will be eligible to participate in a workshop week and Jugaadfest in September 2018 in Hyderabad. Travel grants and accommodation will be provided.
  • The program is intended as a full-time program. However, if contributors would like to participate who have a day job, they can still join and pass the program if they fulfill all program requirements. All contributors who pass the program will be able to receive funding for workshops and Jugaadfest participation.

2. Timeline

  • Application period ongoing until May 12
  • Acceptance ongoing until May 12
  • Start of pre-period:  May
  • Start of Internship: 1st June
  • Evaluation 1: July
  • Evaluation 2: August
  • Evaluation 3: September
  • End of Internship:  September, 2018
  • Issuing of Certificates: September 2018
  • FOSSASIA Workshop Week /Jugaadfest: September/October

3. Deliverables

  • Daily scrum email to project mailing list answering three questions: What did I do yesterday? What is my plan for today? Is there anything preventing me from achieving my goals, e.g. blockers?
  • Work according to pull requests and issues (submit code on Github and match it with issues)
  • Daily code submissions (software, hardware)
  • Documentation: Text, YouTube videos
  • 1 technical blog post a month with details on solving a problem in a FOSSASIA project (Monthly – 1: by Monday of second week)
  • Design items (in open formats, e.g. XCF, SVG, EPS)

4. Participating Projects

5. Best Practices

Please follow best practices as defined here: https://blog.fossasia.org/open-source-developer-guide-and-best-practices-at-fossasia/

6. Participant Benefits/Support

Participants will receive Swag, certificates and travel support to the FOSSASIA Workshop week and Jugaadfest.

  • Evaluation 1: July, 2018: Successful Participants receive a FOSSASIA Tshirt (sent out together with bag in evaluation 2)
  • Evaluation 2: August: Successful Participants receive a beautiful FOSSASIA bag
  • Evaluation 3: September: Successful Participants receive the following support to participate in the FOSSASIA India Workshop Week and Jugaadfest:
    • 100 SGD travel support from within India and 200 SGD support if coming from outside India
    • One week accommodation in Hyderabad (organized by FOSSASIA)
    • Catering during workshops
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FOSSASIA Summit 2018 Highlights

The schedule for the FOSSASIA Summit is out. Our four-day open tech event starts on Thursday, March 22 with a grand opening of the exhibition at 12:00 PM and the conference at 1:00 PM in the Lifelong Learning Institute.

Developers, engineers and business representatives from FOSS projects and companies are joining the event. Thank you to Google Cloud, Daimler, Indeed, Microsoft, JPMorgan and the many partners and supporters for helping us to make the summit possible!

As a reader of FOSSASIA news you get a 15% discount on your ticket if you book before March 14 (after that 10%) with this link.

Here are some highlights of the event and a glance at participating FOSS projects, organizations and companies.

Highlights of the FOSSASIA Summit 2018

  • 200+ Tech Speakers in 12 Tracks are confirmed. Learn about latest technologies and Open Source business models in the Blockchain track, find out how to analyze data more efficiently in the Artificial Intelligence track or see how to deploy solutions with Kubernetes in the Cloud from engineers at leading cloud providers.
  • Executive Keynotes about “Daimler’s Open Source Strategy”, and “Machine Learning with TensorFlow and Cloud ML”
  • Leadership Panels about “AI, Machine Learning, Cloud, and the Conversational Web: Where is it all going?”, “Making Money with FOSS” and “Open Source Education”
  • The Exhibition and Career Fair runs from Thursday (March 22) till Saturday (March 24) with more than 50 company and project booths, where you can learn about technologies, job opportunities and participate in hands-on labs. Free hall passes are available until March 14.
  • The UNESCO Open Science and Open Data Hackathon takes place on Saturday and Sunday (March 24/25). Tickets and registration are free. Awesome prizes are waiting for the winners.
  • We put together a Cloud Training Day for Business Professionals in cooperation with Google. Apply for your spot here.
  • At the Young Developers Day on Saturday (March 24) there are many hands-on workshops in the exhibition hall, where participants of any age can build their own hardware and experiment with our Pocket Science Lab.
  • Vast variety of Deep Tech Sessions in tracks such as Artificial Intelligence,  Cloud, Container, DevOps, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Web and Mobile, Open Design, IoT, Hardware, Imaging, Kernel & Platform,  Science Tech and Education and more.

FOSS Organizations at the FOSSASIA Summit

Speakers at the event come from amazing Free/Open Source organizations and projects like Debian, CentOS, FreeBSD, Videolan/VLC, Linux Foundation, Open Source Initiative, Python Software Foundation, Wikimedia, KDE, Apache Software Foundation, Open Source Design, Drupal, OpenTech, Ethical Hacking Club, Pocket Science Lab, Oman FOSS Initiative, LikeCoin Foundation and many more.

Companies at the FOSSASIA Summit

Tech Companies present at the event are Daimler/Mercedes, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Singapore Press Holding, J.P. Morgan, Indeed, UNESCO, Oracle/MySQL, Gandi.net, Lazada, Viseo, Grab, SUSI.AI, BareOS, Platform.sh, Ulicious, SAP, Thoughtworks, Autodesk, KPMG, VMWare, Lionsforge, Fujitsu, Zendesk, McKinsey, Iomedia, IBM, Collabora, Manulife, Tata Consultancy Services and many startups like KyberNetwork, DataKind, Ethereum, Kamailio, Go-Jek, Canaan, StopStalk, ConsenSys, Chibitronics, Status.im, Attores and many others.

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UNESCO Hackathon at FOSSASIA Summit in Singapore

Join the UNESCO Open Data Hackathon at the FOSSASIA Summit, create open source apps and games that tackle climate change, environment and sustainable development challenges, and win awesome prizes! The hackathon takes place from Saturday 24 March to Sunday 25 March 2018 at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Singapore.

We are specifically interested in applications and games that set an example for others who could replicate solutions in other countries, and in particular in the Mekong countries, to tackle the sustainable development challenges. It is our goal to engage the developer community to develop innovative applications in open source by leveraging the open data and knowledge available.

We are inviting developers, designers, open source contributors, bloggers, journalists and all FOSSASIA community members to be part of the UNESCO Hackathon. We are especially encouraging applications from the Mekong region to join the contest. The hackathon is open for all and awesome prizes are waiting for you!

For participants from outside of Singapore we have the possibility to host them in a Singapore hostel. Please apply here. The number is limited. UNESCO encourages the application of women and girls.

How do I sign up?

1. Get your ticket to the Event on eventyay.com.

2. Sign up on Devpost.

3. Join the Gitter channel at https://gitter.im/fossasia/hackathon (requires login with Github).

4. Find team members and create your team preferably at least 3 members and maximum 5 contributors. You are also welcome to sign up and then wait until the Presentation of Ideas on Saturday before deciding to join a team, however we’d encourage you to form/join a team in advance if you already have an idea that you’d like to work on.

5. Join the event at the Lifelong Learning Institute on Saturday, March 24 at the opening at 2.00 pm until 10.00 pm and on Sunday, March 25 from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.

Visit the website at unesco.sciencehack.asia and stay connected, join the event on Facebook and Meetup and follow FOSSASIA on Twitter.

UNESCO Hackathon Schedule

Hackathon Opening: March 24, 2018

12.00 Registration Opens
14:00 Opening
14.10 Intro of Background, Rules and Prizes
14:20 Presentation of Ideas, Teams and Team Building Activities
15:00 Begin of Hacking Activities
19.30 Dinner
22:00 Closing of Space

Hackday: March 25, 2018

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 13:00 Hack Activities Continue
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Hacking Continues
14:00 Submission Form Closes
15:15 – 16:00 Presentation of Outcome
16:00 Judges Withdraw for Consultation
16:30 Award Announcement and Ceremony
17:00 Summit Closing

Location/Venue

Lifelong Learning Institute

Address: 11 Eunos Road 8, Singapore 408601

Prizes

Prizes are awarded for three teams, and each team prize with a value of 1000 SGD. Win cool gear, hardware, raspis, Arduinos and more!

Project Submission Requirements

For the expected outcome of the hack, the applications or games shall be open source and use open data to tackle the climate change, environment and sustainable development challenges.

They shall address one or several of the following requirements:

  1. Respond to pressing environmental challenges at local, national or regional levels in Asia

  2. Enable the visualization of data in an innovative and/or easy-to-understand way

  3. Mobilize and create engagement of variety of stakeholders and sectors in society on climate change, environment and sustainable development

  4. Gender-sensitive prototype, recognizing or encouraging women’s participation in sustainable development

Functioning App

An important point is, is the prototype or showcase functioning? We prefer real code and design implementations over mockups.

What to enter

Please submit a link to the app, a Github repo link and a short presentation as a download or on Google drive (ensure it is set to public sharing). You can also share anything else to demonstrate your work and let us test it.

  • Video: The platform accepts links to YouTube, Vimeo or Youku. If you like you can post a short video to demonstrate your work.

  • File Upload: There is also an option to upload a file. The platform allows submitters to upload one file, though they can combine files into a single ZIP file.

  • Other: The platform requires contestants to enter an entry name and description. Please also accept the the conditions of the contest including sharing your work under certified Open Source license.

Platform

Share information about what operating systems or devices can your hack run on.

Ressources

Include information about API, SDK, or data set, that are required to run the app.

New vs. Existing

Any work done need to be new for the competition. Existing apps are not eligible. However the specific details what is acceptable and what is not will be determined by the jury. For example existing apps that have been modified substantially and include entirely new functionality would still be eligible.

Submission Rights & Display

The submissions should be Open Source and licensed under a compliant Open Source/Free Software license. They should be upload to a Github repository.

We also request the right to use the winners’ names and work to promote the competition and hackathons in future.

Links

UNESCO Hackathon: https://unesco.sciencehack.asia

FOSSASIA Summit: https://2018.fossasia.org

Tickets: https://eventyay.com/e/db15e7db/

Project Signup: https://fossasia-unesco.devpost.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/139329623548116/

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/FOSSASIA-Singapore-Open-Technology-Meetup/events/247899257/

FOSSASIA: https://twitter.com/fossasia

List of Open Data Resources in Asia

Data portals across Asia: http://dataportals.org
China: http://opendatachina.com
Singapore http://data.gov.sg
Indonesia: https://petabencana.id/map/jakarta
Cambodia: https://opendevelopmentcambodia.net
Thailand https://data.go.th, http://catalog.opendata.in.th
Vietnam: https://vietnam.opendevelopmentmekong.net/data/
World Bank: https://data.worldbank.org
India http://data.gov.in

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Participate in the #OpenTechNights Program today and Win a Free Stay during the FOSSASIA Summit 2018 from the Open Source Initiative and UNESCO

The FOSSASIA Summit 2018 takes place in Singapore from Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25. Open Source contributors can now apply for a free ticket to the event, and accommodation throughout the conference. In addition, you’ll be eligible to participate in: Featured cloud workshops, the UNESCO hackathon, and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Open Source Initiative. All you have to do is convince us, that you are an awesome Open Source contributor and book your trip to Singapore!

About #OpenTechNights

Developers from all over the world are joining the FOSSASIA Summit. We want to connect established and new Open Tech contributors alike. With the support of UNESCO, the Open Source Initiative, and other partners, we are inviting Free and Open Source Software contributors to join us. Winners will receive free lodging at a shared accommodation in the centre of Singapore, and a free ticket to the conference.

Winners are expected to join the summit each day, to participate in the workshops, and the Hackathon on Saturday/Sunday, March 24/25. We would also hope you can support the Open Source Initiative at their booth.

How do I sign up?

Step 1: Please fill in our form here before February 28, 2018.

Step 2: We will notify all winners within three days of their submission, however judging will begin immediately, and continue until all open spots are filled, so the earlier you apply, the higher your chances to win. Please note, winners will receive free accommodations in Singapore. Flight and other travel costs are not included and are the responsibility of the attendee.

Step 3: Selected applicants must confirm their itinerary and tickets before March 1st to insure their free stay in Singapore. Earliest check-in possible is Wednesday March 21, latest check-out is Monday, March 26. Please indicate your arrival and departure times in the application form.

Expectations of Participants – Share what you learn

  1. Attendees support volunteers, speakers and participants at the event, and take a shift at the Open Source Initiative’s booth. Let’s bring the spirit of sharing Open Technologies and learning together!
  2. Please confirm your participation at the opening event at 12PM, Thursday, March 22, 2018 and participate in the specially featured cloud workshops on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9.00 AM – 5.00PM.
  3. Attendees participate in the UNESCO Hackathon on Saturday, March 24 (2.00 PM – 10.00PM) and on Sunday, March 25 (9.00 AM – 5.00PM).
  4. Attendees help reach out to community members who cannot join us at the event, make tweets, share what you learn on social media, publish photos and put up blog post about the summit.

Apply Now

Apply for a free stay with #FOSSASIA #OpenTechNights supported by the Open Source Initiative and the UNESCO and participate in the FOSSASIA Summit 2018 now here!

More Information

More updates, tickets and information on speakers on our website: https://2018.fossasia.org

Links

Open Source Initiative: https://opensource.org

UNESCO: http://unesco.org

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Announcing the FOSSASIA Codeheat Winners 2017/2018

Today we are very proud to announce our Grand Prize Winners and Finalist Winners of Codeheat 2017/2018.

Codeheat was epic in every regard. Participants not only solved a massive amount of issues in FOSSASIA’s projects, reviewed pull requests, shared scrums, and wrote blog posts, but most importantly they encouraged and helped one another to learn and progress along the way. It was a very, very busy 5 months for everyone – we had 647 developers from 13 countries participating in the contest supported by 43 mentors. Thank you all for this amazing achievement!

With so much excellent work getting done, it was a super hard to choose the Grand Prize and Finalist Winners of the contest. Our winners stand out in particular as they contributed to FOSSASIA projects on a continuously high level following our Free and Open Source Best Practices. They worked in different areas – code, reviews, blog posts and supported other community members.

Each of the Grand Prize Winners is awarded a travel grant to join us at the FOSSASIA Summit in Singapore from March 22-25, 2018 where they receive the official Codeheat award, and meet with mentors and FOSSASIA developers. Other Finalist Winners will receive travel support vouchers to go to a Free and Open Source Software event of their choice. Active participants will also receive a certificate over the upcoming weeks. FOSSASIA mentors will meet many contributors and hand out prizes and Tshirts at our regular meetups and events across Asia.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners, Finalist Winners, and all of the participants who spent the last few of months learning, sharing and contributing to Free and Open Source Projects. Well-done! We are deeply impressed by your work, your progress and advancement. The winners are (in alphabetical order):

Grand Prize Winners

Manish Devgan

Parth Shandilya

Raghav Jajodia

Finalist Winners

Anshuman Verma

Ayush Gupta

Bhavesh Anand

Mohit Sharma

Nikit Bhandari

Ritika Motwani

Vaibhav Singh

About Codeheat

Codeheat is a contest that the FOSSASIA organization is honored to run every year. We saw immense growth this year in participants and the depth of contributions.

Thank you Mentors and Supporters

Our 40+ mentors and many project developers, the heart and soul of Codeheat, are the reason the contest thrives. Mentors volunteer their time to help participants become open source contributors. Mentors spend hundreds of hours during answering questions, reviewing submitted code, and welcoming the new developers to project. Codeheat would not be possible without their patience and tireless efforts. Learn more about this year’s mentors on the Codeheat website.

Certificate of Participation

Participating developers, mentors and the FOSSASIA admin team learnt so much and it was an amazing and enriching experience and we believe the learnings are the main take-away of the program. We hope to see everyone continuing their contributions, sharing what they have learnt with others and to seize the opportunity to develop their code profile with FOSSASIA. We want to work together with the Open Tech community to improve people’s lives and create a better world for all. As a participating developer or mentor, you will receive your certificate over the upcoming weeks. Thank you!

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FOSSASIA Summit 2018: “The Open Conversational Web” with Open Source AI

FOSSASIA teams up with Science Centre Singapore and Lifelong Learning Institute for Asia’s premier open technology summit. The FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit is taking place from March 22-25, 2018 under the tagline “The Open Conversational Web” with a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence and Cloud for the Industry 4.0. More than 200 speakers will fly in to present at the event. International exhibitors will showcase their latest advancements and meet developers in a careers fair.

The FOSSASIA Open Tech Summit is an annual tech event featuring tech icons from around the world since 2009. The event is all about the latest and greatest open source technologies and their impact and applications on business and society. With more than 3,000 attendees the FOSSASIA Summit is the biggest gathering of Open Source developers and businesses in Asia. A great feature of 2018 is the expanded exhibition space where tech businesses, SMEs and startups converge with developers and customers and meet potential candidates in a careers fair.

“The goal of the FOSSASIA Summit is to bring together developers, technologists and businesses to collaborate, share and explore the full potential of open source to create opportunities for new industries. And, right now there is a shift happening where users increasingly communicate through their voice with computer applications enhanced by Open Source AI technologies.“, says Ms. Hong Phuc Dang, chair of the summit and continues: “We expect to see interesting new voice gadgets to try out at the event. And, attendees will be able to learn how to develop solutions for these new voice interface devices here.”

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, CE of Science Centre adds: “Technologies like Big Data, AI and VR, and the web itself are becoming more open and conversational. They are also the engines behind the Industry 4.0 innovations. The open source community, with its spirit of co-creation and sharing is at the forefront of conversations on the web. At Science Centre Singapore, we aim to showcase and create content using these technologies and look forward to learning from and working with the open source community.”

The call for speakers is open and “we are seeing a large increase in proposals this year” says Mr. Mario Behling from the FOSSASIA Summit committee. Speakers are expected from companies such as car manufacturer Daimler, tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Samsung, Intel and from many Singapore startups with topics ranging from algorithms and cognitive experts to DevOps, cloud containers, Blockchain and Neurotechnologies. Voice assistants and Open Source development solutions for SUSI.AI, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, Siri, and solutions using Nuance or IBM Watson are a big topic.

Tickets are available on the website 2018.fossasia.org.

The press representatives signup is here.

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FOSSASIA Summit 2018 Singapore – Call for Speakers
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FOSSASIA Summit 2018 Singapore – Call for Speakers

The FOSSASIA Open Tech Summit is Asia’s leading Open Technology conference for developers, companies, and IT professionals. The event will take place from Thursday, 22nd – Sunday, 25th March at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Singapore.

During four days developers, technologists, scientists, and entrepreneurs convene to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Artificial Intelligence software, DevOps, Cloud Computing, Linux, Science, Hardware and more. The theme of this year’s event is “Towards the Open Conversational Web“.

For our feature event we are looking for speaker submissions about Open Source for the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Search Engines, Cognitive Experts
  • Open Design, Hardware, Imaging
  • Science, Tech and Education
  • Kernel and Platform
  • Database
  • Cloud, Container, DevOps
  • Internet Society and Community
  • Open Event Solutions
  • Security and Privacy
  • Open Source in Business
  • Blockchain

There will be special events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Open Source Initiative and its impact in Open Source business. An exhibition space is available for company and project stands.

Submission Guidelines

Please propose your session as early as possible and include a description of your session proposal that is as complete as possible. The description is of particular importance for the selection. Once accepted, speakers will receive a code for a speakers ticket. Speakers will receive a free speakers ticket and two standard tickets for their partner or friends. Sessions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Submission Link: 2018.fossasia.org/speaker-registration

Dates & Deadlines

Please send us your proposal as soon as possible via the FOSSASIA Summit speaker registration.

Deadline for submissions: December 27th, 2017

Late submissions: Later submissions are possible, but early submissions have priority

Notification of acceptance: On an ongoing basis

Schedule Announced: January 20, 2018

FOSSASIA Open Tech Summit: March 22nd – 25th, 2018

Sessions and Tracks

Talks and Workshops

Talk slots are 20 minutes long plus 5-10 minutes for questions and answers. The idea is, that participants will use the sessions to get an idea of the work of others and are able to follow up in more detail in break-out areas, where they discuss more and start to work together. Speakers can also sign up for either a 1-hour long or a 2-hours workshop sessions. Longer sessions are possible in principle. Please tell us the proposed length of your session at the time of submission.

Lightning talks

You have some interesting ideas but do not want to submit a full talk? We suggest you go for a lightning talk which is a 5 minutes slot to present your idea or project. You are welcome to continue the discussion in breakout areas. There are tables and chairs to serve your get-togethers.

Stands and assemblies

We offer spaces in our exhibition area for companies, projects, installations, team gatherings and other fun activities. We are curious to know what you would like to make, bring or show. Please add details in the submission form.

Developer Rooms/Track Hosts

Get in touch early if you plan to organize a developer room at the event. FOSSASIA is also looking for team members who are interested to co-host and moderate tracks. Please sign up to become a host here.

Publication

Audio and video recordings of the lectures will be published in various formats under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. This license allows commercial use by media institutions as part of their reporting. If you do not wish for material from your lecture to be published or streamed, please let us know in your submission.

Sponsorship & Contact

If you would like to sponsor FOSSASIA or have any questions, please contact us via [email protected].

Suggested Topics

  • Artificial Intelligence (SUSI.AI, Algorithms, Cognitive Expert Systems AI on a Chip)
  • Hardware (Architectures, Maker Culture, Small Devices)
  • 20 years Impact of Open Source in Business
  • DevOps (Continuous Delivery, Lean IT, Moving at Cloud-speed)
  • Networking (Software Defined Networking, OpenFlow, Satellite Communication)
  • Security (Coding, Configuration, Testing, Malware)
  • Cloud & Microservices (Containers – Libraries, Runtimes, Composition; Kubernetes; Docker, Distributed Services)
  • Databases (Location-aware and Mapping, Replication and Clustering, Data Warehousing, NoSQL)
  • Science and Applications (Pocket Science Lab, Neurotech, Biohacking, Science Education)
  • Business Development (Open Source Business Models, Startups, Kickstarter Campaigns)
  • Internet of Everything (Smart Home, Medical Systems, Environmental Systems)
  • Internet Society and Culture (Collaborative Development, Community, Advocacy, Government, Governance, Legal)​
  • Kernel Development and Linux On The Desktop (Meilix, Light Linux systems, Custom Linux Generator)
  • Open Design and Libre Art (Open Source Design)
  • Open Event (Event Management systems, Ticketing solutions, Scheduling, Event File Formats)

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Speaker Registration and Proposal Submission:
2018.fossasia.org/speaker-registration

FOSSASIA Summit: 2018.fossasia.org

FOSSASIA Summit 2017: Event Wrap-Up

FOSSASIA Photos: flickr.com/photos/fossasia/

FOSSASIA Videos: Youtube FOSSASIA

FOSSASIA on Twitter: twitter.com/fossasia

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