FOSSASIA community meetup at GNOME.Asia 2012

GNOME.Asia Hong Kong 2012


FOSSASIA members had a wonderful get together at GNOME.Asia 2012 in Hong Kong. 

About GNOME.Asia Summit. The event is Asia’s GNOME user and developer conference, spreading the knowledge of GNOME across Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop and other devices that use GNOME, and also covers GNOME-based applications and GNOME development platform tools.

It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technologies and future developments.

The FOSSASIA team presented the two projects: crypto-stick and the x-mario gaming distribution.

A big thanks for this fantastic event goes to the local and global organization team and the GNOME Foundation, in particular to Max, Haggen So and Sammy Fung.

Hong Phuc Dang also received travel sponsorship from the GNOME Foundation and thus increased the participation numbers from Vietnam to three contributors.


GNOME.Asia Hong Kong 2012

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Crypto Stick project presented by Quan Nguyen at GNOME.Asia

We are a group of four people representing the FOSSASIA organization at GNOME.Asia. Hon Nguyen, one of the developer of Crypto Stick also gave a presentation at the event in Hong Kong.

Quan Nguyen at GNOME.Asia 2012 in Hong Kong

Hong Phuc DANG (left) and Hon Nguyen (right) taking photos during GNOME.Asia 2012

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Mekong Delta Map Sprint

When it comes to Free and Open Source Software there are a lot of useful tools out there to make use of maps. But how useful is it, if there is no map data?

This was the reason for focusing our attention on maps of the Mekong Delta. For two months we cooperated with companies and universities in the Mekong Delta and we welcomed 10 students to work with us to improve the maps in the area. We did with different tools including Open Source Android apps and satellite images.

Check out the OSM Beginner’s Guide to become a map contributor as well!

Everyone loves pics. So here are a few pictures of the hard-working students.

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FOSSASIA accepted as Google Summer of Code organization

FOSSASIA has been accepted as mentor organization for the Google Summer of Code 2012. It is fantastic to join the international free software community in the study program and we are looking forward to student applications.

Applications can be added through the GSoC website. Please also introduce your ideas on the mailing list and add them to the ideas page. If you are proposing an idea for a subproject like Cryptostick, people on the list will direct you to specific contact points if needed. 

FOSSASIA is acting as an umbrella organization for projects related to Asian users and the community in the region. We welcome applications from student projects around the world who work on software tools benefiting users in the region.

The FOSSASIA Google Summer of Code program is looking for applications including: 

  • software development for projects supporting social change; 
  • internationalization projects benefitting users in the region, e.g. support for Asian fonts in applications and enhancing user experience; 
  • software for secure communication and user security including support for international Asian users; 
  • decentral systems for new use cases in emerging regions; 
  • educational development projects; 
  • localized free software distributions (e.g. regional Linux distributions); 

If you are a student there are important links to follow:

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FOSSASIA Summit 2011 Wrap Up

The FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit 2011 was held at Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam from November 11 to 12, 2011.

The event attracted 798 participants in 2 days including students, developers, business professionals and government officials. Ninety percent of the participants were local from Vietnam. There were a total of 24 speakers, 60% were local speakers and 40% of them were from other countries, including USA, France, Denmark, Cambodia, Germany, and Singapore. There were 26 talks and many workshops took place over the two days of the event.

It has been a great event. Thank you for joining the community at Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City 2011!


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FOSSASIA 2011 in Saigon attracting Students and Developers

FOSSASIA 2011 in Van Lang University is attracting many developers and interested students. We have a big hall that is filled for most of the talks and some seminar rooms where we have some intense talks, discussions and workshop to get hands on experience.

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FOSSASIA Speaker Registration

The FOSSASIA Speaker Registration form is online available at

We are using a simple Google form. So you can also access the form directly here: Speaker Registration Form

Please fill in your information to get a slot! 

We are looking forward to welcome you at FOSSASIA 2011.

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