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Topics Covered

Open Data, Big Data, Free Knowledge

Meet Open Source experts who develop big data solutions and work with extremely large (exabytes) data sets like in the Wikipedia, Wikidata, or Internet search, finance and business informatics. Big data technologies offer capabilities for analysis in areas, including meteorology, connectomics, physics simulations, and environmental research. Learn about hardware solutions that gather big data such as ubiquitous information-sensing mobile devices, software logs, cameras, microphones, radio-frequency identification readers, and WiFi Freifunk sensor mesh networks.

Smart City/Nation and Open Design     

FOSSASIA features Free and Open Source projects and ideas for the development of the smart city/nation. A smart city/nation is able to respond faster to citywide, nationwide and global challenges than one with a simple 'transactional' relationship with its citizens. In the FOSSASIA community we design digital technologies to enhance performance and well-being. We develop tools, apps and processes such as 'continuous  delivery' for 'DevOps' to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to  engage more effectively and actively with the environment - a model for  the smart nation.

Open Source Software and Hardware

Leading Internet companies, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter (just to name three) have based their businesses on Free and Open Source Software. Free and Open Source refers to computer  programs in which the source code is freely available for use and/or  modification from its original design. The model is increasingly taken up by hardware developers and the maker and design community. New  startups, that  develop devices based on Open chips such as Arduino or  the Rapsberry PI, are springing up all over the world.

Keynote Speakers

Lennart Poettering

Developer of PulseAudio, Avahi, Systemd at RedHat

Lennart grew up in Brazil and Germany. He is well-known as the initiator, developer and maintainer of software projects, which have been widely adopted in many Linux distributions.

Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Dr. Balakrishnan is the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative and known to be a maker and active user of twitter. He is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the governing party of Singapore. Balakrishnan studied medicine at NUS.

Colin Charles

MariaDB Chief Evangelist

Colin Charles is a businessman & into Open Source software. He is a consultant, technical architect, world traveller, and occasional writer. 

Bunnie Huang

Open Hardware Developer

Bunnie's passion for hardware began in elementary school. Since then he has garnered a PhD at MIT in EE, and has designed nanophotonic silicon chips, wireless radios and robotic submarines. He helps to create Novena, an open-source hardware laptop, and Chibitronics, unconventional electronics e.g. using paper with circuit stickers.   

Gen Kanai

Director of Asia Community Engagement, Mozilla

Gen's responsibility for Mozilla is Asia, where he is working towards Mozilla's goal of the Open Web. He is als involved in localization and marketing. Prior to Mozilla, he has worked for Digital Garage, Sony and Toyota Motor. He is a mentor with 500 Startups, and a Japan chapter co-chair with H2.


Stefan Koehler (Germany) Linux Project City of Munich
Kushal Das (India) Python Software Foundation
Emily Chen GNOME Foundation
Julien Lavergne (France) Lubuntu Main Developer
Brian Proffitt (USA)  oVirt Red Hat
Michael Christen (Germany)
loklak / CEO Yacy Search
Jonathan "Duke" Leto (USA) Leto Labs/PDX Git
Roland Turner Yahi
Masahiro Nakagawa (Japan) Treasure Data
Jan Jongboom (The Netherlands) Hardware Developer at Telenor
Chinmay Pendharkar (Singapore) Web Audio and Open Hardware
Mar Canet (Spain) Soft Digital Fabrication
Eugene Teo (Singapore)  The Linux Kernel Organization
Italo Vignoli (Italy) LibreOffice Document Foundation
Andreas Bräu (Germany)  Core Developer at Freifunk
Ryusuke Kajiyama (Japan) Oracle/MySQL
Rasmus Skjoldan (Denmark) TYPO3 Neos
Jacqueline Rahemipour (Germany) sipgate
Hu Ningxin (China) Intel
Thomas Gorissen Temasys Skylink.js
Praveen Patil (India) ExpEYES
Michael Cheng (Singapore) Singapore PHP User Group
Alyssa Quek (Singapore)  Computer Vision Developer
Georg Greve (Germany)  Kolab Systems
Mohit Singh Kanwal Pie/Android Developer
Satoshi Nagayasu (Japan) PostgreSQL / Uptime Technologies
Gilles Gravier (France) Director Open Source at Wipro
Tim Sutton (South Africa) InaSAFE
Bernd Erk (Germany) Icinga and NETWAYS
Soares Chen (Singapore) Nitrous.IO
Dominik Stankowski (Switzerland) TYPO3 Web Essentials
Sean Cross (USA) Novena Open Laptop
Veerappan Swaminathan Sustainable Living Lab
Stephan H. Wissel IBM Cloud
Joerg Henning (Germany) Continuous Integration
Kiat Lim (Singapore)  Drupal / CEO Pixel Onion
Kartik Mistry Wikimedia Foundation
Robert Reyes (The Philippines) Mozilla Rep
Ricky Setyawan (Singapore) MySQL
Akshay Ratan KDE Developer
Rakesh Gupta (Singapore) MQ Spectrum
Choon Ming Goh (Malaysia) OlinData
Sudheesh Singanamalla Red Hat
Sameer Kumar (Singapore) PostgreSQL / Ashnik Pte Ltd
Martin Bähr (Austria/China) Beijinglug/Chief Engineer at eKita
Prashant Kiran (India)  3D Visualizer
Ankit Bahuguna (India/Germany) Python Machine Learning
Fauzan Alfi Agirachman (Indonesia) Mozilla
Piyush Verma (India) Big Data/Simversity Inc
Leap Sok (Cambodia) TYPO3 Web Essentials
Heena Mahour (India)  KDE
Aleksandro Montanha (Brazil) Seebot
Gauthamraj Elango (India) Mozilla
Kiran Jonnalagadda (India) HasGeek
Cedric Honnet (France) Tiny Wireless IMUz
Heng Kuan Yen (Singapore) Docker
Paul de Paula (Philippines)  Drupal
Vishv Brahmbhatt (India)  FashionTec
Michael Kohler (Switzerland) Mozilla Rep
Huzaifa Sidhpurwala (India) Red Hat
Wan Leung Wong (Hong Kong) TinyBoy 3D printer
Ranie Anugrah (Indonesia) OpenStreetMap
Biraj Karmakar (India) Mozilla Rep
Anish Patil (India) Red Hat
Nguyen Tan Trieu (Vietnam) Big Data with Lambda
Ayantha Randika (Sri Lanka) Body-Apps
Archy Wilhes (Singapore) Web app dev/Maths enthusiast
Handoko Suwono (Indonesia) TiddlySpace
Shivam Verma (India/Singapore)  The Privly Foundation
Aditya Patawari (India)  Fedora
Michael Cannon (US) Axelerant
Le Kien Truc (Vietnam) Ubuntu
Lyle Kozloff (US) Developer Asian Hope
Mayank Prasad (India)  MySQL
Christoph Kruppa (Germany)  Lean Entrepreneur
Maor Lipchuk (Israel) Red Hat
Amita Sharma (India) Red Hat
Syai Mif (Indonesia) BlankOn Project
Sherman Chen (Singapore) Kendo UI
AartiDwivedi (India) AutistConnect
Santosh Viswanatham (India) Mozilla
Harsh Kothari  (India) Wikipedia
Calvin Cheng (Singapore) Haskell at Algo Access
Sumanth Damarla (India) Mozilla/OWASP Zap
Pravin Satpute (India) Red Hat
UjjwalThaakar (India) DYBIO
Shivji Jha (India)  MySQL
Tomasz Vajngerl
Tomasz Vajngerl LibreOffice
Samyak Datta (India) LifeNectar
Nikunj Thakkar (India) Django
Chinmayi SK (India) The Bachchao Project
Soumya Deb (India) Mozilla
Minal Patil (India) Kids with FOSS
Arul Kumaran Luracast Developer
Priyanka Nag (India) Mozilla
Abdul Rauf (India) Mozilla
Estu Fardani (Indonesia) GNU/Linux Bogor
Dhruvkumar Gohil (India) IshiSystems
Gerald Goh (Singapore) Apvera
Harsha Siriwardena (Sri Lanka) OpenMRS
Vipul Hari  (Singapore) Apvera
Praveen Kumar (India) Red Hat
Tong Hui (China) Beijing GNU/Linux User Group
Stephen J. Turnball
Stephen J. Turnball Python / University of Tsukuba
Priyank Shah (India) IshiSystems
Shwetank Dixit Opera Software
Aahit Gaba (India)  Software Licenses
Anisha Narang (India)  Red Hat
Deepak Karki (India)  Beaglebone/Python
Minhaz (India)  OWASP
Jaipradeesh Janarthanan (India) Mozilla
Dyvik Chenna Thirunahari (India)  Mozilla

Thu Mar 12

  • 2:00pm Welcome Developers in town at  RedHat Office

    Singapore is the host for main offices of many Open Source companies in Asia. RedHat has one of its Asia-Pacific main offices in the city and welcomes the FOSSASIA community before the event start.

  • 3:00pm Visit of Singapore 
    OneMakerGroup  at National Design Center

    Let's find out what the developer and maker community is doing in Singapore.

  • 7:00pm Pre-Event Meetup : Singapore Steamboat followed by get together at Blujaz Cafe

    Let's experience Singapore Hotpot at Beach Road near Bugis. Afterwards we walk over to a nice bar, when you have arrived in town.

Fri Mar 13

  • 9:00am Welcome & Registration

    Arrival of Speakers and Participants

  • 9:30am - 12.15am Talks and Presentations on Open Source  Technologies, Software, Hardware, Design

    Developers, Designers and Hardware engineers will give the insights into latest trends and technologies

  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch 

    Singapores exciting choices of food are available at restaurants and food courts at the conference area.

  • 1:15pm - 4:30pm Talks and Presentations on Open Source Technologies, Software, Hardware and Open Design 

    Talks from speakers from around the world.

  • 6:30pm - 10:30pm Social Event  at Labrador Park

    Enjoy yummy Singapore BBQ.

Sat Mar 14

  • 9:00am Welcome, Breakfast  & Registration

    Arrival and Registration of Participants

  • 9:00am - 12.00pm Workshops  and Talks on Open Technologies
    in Five  Tracks

    This day we focus on hands-on learning and experience. Join us for workshops on using git, coding (Javascript, C++, PHP, Python and more) and open hardware workshops.

  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm

    Singapores large choices of food from India, to Malay, Chinese, Indonesian and Western taste awaits us at local restaurants and hacker stalls nearby.

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm Workshops  and Talks on Open Technologies
    in Five  Tracks

    More hands-on learning with workshops from developers and engineers from around the world.

  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm FOSSASIA Open Tech Community 
    Dessert, Snack & Pub Crawl  

    Let's meet some locals and hangout with the Open Tech community. We will bring you to some nice Singapore pubs.

Sun Mar 15

  • 9:00am Welcome, Breakfast  & Registration

    Arrival and Registration of Participants

  • 9:00am - 12.00pm Workshops  and Talks on Open Technologies
    in Five  Tracks

    This day we focus on hands-on learning and experience. Join us for workshops on using git, coding (Javascript, C++, PHP, Python and more) and open hardware workshops.

  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm

    Singapores large choices of food from India, to Malay, Chinese, Indonesian and Western taste awaits us at local restaurants and hacker stalls nearby.

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm Workshops  and Talks on Open Technologies
    in Five  Tracks

    More hands-on learning with workshops from developers and engineers from around the world.

  • Let's relax, code, design, tinker  and enjoy each others company at the end of a great weekend.

Detailed Schedule and Tracks


Open Technologies - Friday March 13 @Biopolis Matrix Auditorium

Join us on Friday March 13 at Biopolis near MRT Buona Vista and learn about new developments in software and hardware. Meet developers of Open Source knitting machines, Laptops that can send and receive on all frequencies, web technologies like Javascript, PHP, Ruby, HTML, Git, Android, FirefoxOS, Docker and much more.


OpenTech for Software and Hardware Makers - Sat/Sun NUS Plug-In@Blk71

A track dedicated to Open Source software and hardware takes place on Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15 at the Startup Launchpad Campus in NUS Plug-In@Blk71 near MRT One North. We have sessions about customized hardware production, Arduino, Rapsberry PI, Open Design applications, the maker and hacker community. 


Web Technologies - Sat/Sun ACE @Blk79 Launchpad

The Web track focuses on web technologies like Javascript, PHP, Ruby, HTML, TYPO3, Drupal, Wordpress, WebRTC, HTML5, Media and Web apps. 
It takes place at ACE in the Ground Floor of Blk76 at the Launchpad campus just opposite MRT One North on Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15. There will be dedicated meetups of the .js community.


Python - Saturday March 15 @Silicon Straits Blk71

Python is a widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language, that is suitable both for beginners and advanced devs. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code.


Mozilla - Sat/Sun March 14/15 @JFDI Blk71

How to use Mozillas OpenWeb technologies for your software or hardware idea is the topic in the Mozilla track. Contributors from across the world show new technologies and applications for developers and beginners including Webmaker and Gaia.


DevOps - Sat/Sun March 14/15 @Singtel Innov8 Blk71

DevOps (development operations) is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration (information sharing and web service usage), integration, automation and measurement of cooperation between software developers and other information-technology IT professionals. A dedicated tracks with participants from Silicon Valley and Japan is taking place at Singtel Innov8.

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Brian Proffitt
  • Join us for a free 2015  oVirt Asia workshop with star technologist  Brian Proffitt. This 3 hour workshop is designed to teach us about oVirt, learn what we can do with oVirt virtualization, encourage collaboration in our community, lay the foundation for best practices in oVirt use, and help answer questions about the project from both a developer and user's perspective. Please sign up now.

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