Wrap up FOSSASIA 2011

FOSSASIA 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. The majority of the attendees (2/3) were from universities, the remainder from companies.  Ninety percent of the participants were local (from Vietnam)  with the remainder from other countries. We had 36 volunteers from Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (BKK), University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam Lubuntu group and many individual contributors, who helped us in many ways including registration, guidance, emcees, photography and video.

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, Singapore etc. There were 26 talks over the two days.

FOSSASIA Open Source Software and Technology Conference in Asia

Highlights of the Event 

The talks covered several topics categorized into four main tracks including: Mobile solutions, Web technologies, Operating Systems/applications and Women in IT. The first day started with a general session in the morning and was followed by 4 tracks in the afternoon. The second day had several tracks starting in the morning.

Talks, Keynotes and Projects

The first day of the event started with talks in the main hall. In his keynote Dung Nguyen, the president of Van Lang University, gave an introduction here to the current Open Source education across universities in Vietnam and expressed his great interest on promoting more Free and Open Source Software inside the University's technology department.

Davide Storti UNESCO at FOSSASIA

It was exciting to learn about UNESCO and the Free Software Community in the talk of Davide Storti - member UNESCO Open Suite Team. Our annual speaker Chantra Be from Cambodia again brought us a excellent insight to Open Technology in Cambodia.Creative Mobile Technologies from Vietnam were presented by Ian Morrison, the founder of GKIM Vietnam. Students had the chance to get a better understanding how open source is used in everyday businesses.

Focusing on education in schools Nancie Severs introduced her beautiful work with the One Laptop Per Child Project in north of Vietnam. Many Linux related talks dealt with questions about web installations and Content Management Systems like Drupal. Anh Tuan Truong (Vietnam)  introduced new features in Fedora Linux after the release of version 15.

On the second day students had the chance to learn in depth about Open Source software projects in workshops and panels. One of the most exciting get together happened at "Women in IT". The meet up attracted around 50 young girls who showed great interest and passion about open education and the global contribution of girls in Asia to FOSS projects.

FOSSASIA Open Source Event in Asia

After the Event

A number of get together and hacker meetings took place after FOSSASIA.

Debian Hack during Mekong Tour

We had a wonderful weekend in the Mekong with Jonas Smedegaard, a Debian Developer from Denmark. Jonas got met with a few local developers and conducted a Debian session where he showed people how to set up debian server and to develop an automatic SMS service on a cheap mobile device.

Open Technology in Asia, FOSSASIA with UNESCO and Debian Participants

Student Code Programs After FOSSASIA 2011

Another big goal of us after the event was to "ignite" student study groups to join existing open source projects or start coding on their own ideas.

Free Software Summit FOSSASIA

Apart from programs and meet ups with university students in the region after FOSSASIA, the FOSSASIA team was hapy to support students and mentors through the Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. Since 2011 FOSSASIA is a mentor organization at Google Summer of Code. FOSSASIA functions as an umbrella organization for a number of projects in the region and supports new coding ideas of students independently from a big Open Source project.

Women in IT, Open Source, Free Software at FOSSASIA


The main topics of FOSSASIA 2011 are all related to Free and Open Source Software with a track for Mobile Solutions, Web Technologies, Operating Systems and Applications, and Women in IT.

Linux Conference in Asia, FOSSASIA Summit

Thursday, Nov. 10

The Spotted Cow Bar111 Bui Vien, dist 1. HCMC (opposite to Happy Inn, closed to Pham Ngu Lao & De Tham / Google Maps)

Friday, Nov. 11
Info Day (15-20 min presentations about projects and set up of info tables)
Van Lang University, Campus 2 (Theatre Hall)

Hack Sessions
City Cafe to be decided
Saturday, Nov.12
Community Day (keynotes, talks, workshops)
Van Lang University, Campus 2 (Theatre Hall and Seminar Rooms)

Social Meet Up
Location in the city to be announced
Sunday, Nov. 13
Mekong Excursion organized by tour companyMekong Delta

Women in Open Source and IT FOSSASIA

FOSSASIA 2011 Tracks

Four sessions in parallel for FOSSASIA 2011.

a) Mobile solutions

* Android, MeeGo, Chrome OS, Symbian, Bada, OpenWrt and embedded Debian
* Frameworks and SDK including Phonegap
* Lightning talks with app presentations

c) Web Technologies

* Frameworks
* Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP 

d) Operating Systems and Applications

* new interface design and lightweight trends with KDE, GNOME, LXDE and XFCE
* Package design and development

b) Women in IT

While most Open Source and Free Software projects are based in Western countries there is an increasing number of projects from Asia. Women are also becoming a stronger force in the IT community. The FOSSASIA team strongly encourages the participation of young women and achieved this goal with an astounding participation of women in 2009 and 2010 – more than half of all attendees were women. How can we make this trend sustainable and support the flow of women into the technology companies?

Open Source Conference in Asia, FOSSASIA Workshop

Track 1: Mobile Solutions
  • Mobile Devices , platform for Mobile devices (Android, Chrome OS, Maemo, Symbian, Moblin, Bada) and software solution for Tablets / Smartbook s
  • HTML5 and the Web Technologies for mobile phones
  • Frameworks and Phonegap
Track 2: Web Technologies
  • Frameworks
  • CMS
  • HTML5
  • Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP 
Track 3: Operating Systems and Applications
  • new interface design and lightweight trends with KDE, GNOME, LXDE and XFCE
  • Package design and development
Track 4: Fostering the Asian community and Women in IT
  • including international Womens Panel

Asia Free Software Conference FOSSASIA

Free Open Source Software Asia, FOSSASIA

Schedule Friday 11. November 2011


Topic and Project




Welcome – Hong Phuc Dang & Lilly Nguyen

8:35 – 8:45

IT in University Education



Van Lang University, President

8:45 – 8:55

New Open Technologies and Opportunities for Developers



MBM, Managing Director, Germany

8:55 – 9:10

Open Source in Vietnam


V. Nguyen

Asia Institute of Management and Technology

9:10 – 9:30

Open Cambodia



Social Software Specialist, Cambodia

9:30 – 9.50

Undercover UXO, a Land Mine Risk Education Game for Children



One Laptop per Child, USA

9:50 – 10:10

Lubuntu – Faster computing with less powerful hardware



Head Developer lubuntu, France

10:10 – 10:30

Debian Blends: Make your own 'blended' Linux distribution



Debian Developer, Denmark

10:30 – 10:50

Linux as a Real-Time Operating System


Tran Duc

Linux Developer, Vietnam

10:50 – 11:10

Achievements of applying the open source software  at Van Lang Uni



Van Lang University, IT Department

11:10 – 11:30

Open Source and Microsoft



Software Development Consultant (freelance)

11:30 – 11:50

UNESCO and the Free Software Community



UNESCO, Open Suite Team France


Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:00

LibreOffice on Smartphones


Nguyễn Vũ

Libre Office Project, Vietnam

14:00 – 14:20

Strategy to make money on free mobile apps



App developer, Vietnam

14:20 – 14:40

Phonegap, App development with web technologies



App developer, Tech Propulsion Lab, Vietnam

14:40 – 15:00

Creative Mobile Technologies from Vietnam



GKIM Vietnam, Founder

15:00 – 15:20

Android Development for postal companies



App developer, MBM, Vietnam

15:20 – 15:30

Using Mobile Technologies in DHIS Project


Ngo Thanh

App developer, Vietnam

15:30 – 15:40

Mozilla Mobile Technologies



Mozilla Contributor, Vietnam

15:40 – 16:00

Giới thiệu ngắn về TeX



Developer, Saigonlug member

16:00 – 16:20

LaTeX và Đại số máy tính (LaTeX and Computer Algebra System)



Professor and Book Publisher, Vietnam

16:20 – 16:40

Hong Phuc Dang & Lilly Nguyen, End Notes and Outlook for Workshops on Saturday

Open Source Workshops in Asia at FOSSASIA Summit

Asia Open Source Event FOSSASIA

Schedule, Saturday Nov. 12



Main hall

Room C408

Room C409

Room C508

Room C509

8:30 – 9:00

Hong Phuc Dang & Lilly Nguyen, Saturday Workshops Overview


9:00 – 12:00


Women in IT Meet up

Drupal – Web Development

Lubuntu for Development

Agile Software Development with TestLink and 



Hong Phuc Dang

Sven Berg Ryen

Julien Lavergne

Nguyen Vu Hung


Open Source Enthusiast, Vietnam

Drupal Developer, Norway

Lubuntu Developer, France

Libre Office Project Vietnam

12.00 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 16:00


Yii – Web Development

Shape Debian for your custom needs

Android Development with  Phonegap


Le Kien Truc

Jonas Smedegaard

Tran Quang Thong


Ubuntu Vietnam

Debian Developer, Denmark

MBM Mobile  Developer

16:00 – 16:15

Hong Phuc Dang & Lilly Nguyen, Closing Notes


Julien Lavergne Lubuntu at FOSSASIA


FOSSBridge Open Source in Asia

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