Malaysian Government Open Source Software Conference (MyGOSSCON)
The Malaysian Government Open Source Software Conference (MyGOSSCON) is the Public Sector's premier Open Source Software (OSS) event, held annually since 2007, as part of the Malaysian Public Sector OSS Programme. This popular event is back this year at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) from 2-3 November to spotlight the latest trends and developments in OS
MyGOSSCON has reached beyond the Government sector, successfully engaging and benefiting from organisational support of businesses, educational institutions and OSS communities to nurture the OSS Ecosystem.
The goal of MyGOSSCON 2010 is to provide a forum for decision makers, academia and IT practitioners to share, exchange and refresh ideas and information using real OSS examples, practical information and strategies. It creates ample opportunities for all participants to consider necessary actions that could bring about paradigm shifts to achieve greater success in OSS development and implementation.
MyGOSSCON 2010 features 3 spirited OSS competition events:
The 36-Hour OSS WebDev Contest has been recognised as Malaysia's
“Longest OSS Programming Event” and endorsed by the Malaysia Book of
Records. One of the major objectives of this contest is to promote high
level open source web application development skills in Malaysia so as
to enable local OSS web application development communities to grow and
establish themselves for the benefit of Malaysia's entire OSS
Public Sector OSS Case Study Awards provide an incentive to Government agencies to share knowledge on OSS implementation and showcase Malaysian OSS initiatives locally and internationally. This year's conference received an overwhelming 92 submissions from both Public Sector and Public Institutes of Higher Learning (IPTA in Malay), nearly tripling 2009's submissions. It was held for a third successive year to recognise the most innovative and effective OSS implementations in Government agencies and public universities in boosting the OSS ecosystem.
OpenOffice.org Competition was open to students from secondary schools in central Peninsular Malaysia. This competition aims to raise OSS awareness amongst students and to encourage them to use OpenOffice.org. 15 teams from 85 entries were short-listed to compete in the final round in September. Winners will be announced during MyGOSSCON 2010.
MyGOSSCON 2010 is more interactive and
comprehensive than previous events, featuring a full conference program
with 41 papers delivered over two days. MAMPU's Deputy Director
General, ICT, YBhg. Dato' Dr. Nor Aliah Binti Mohd Zahri will deliver
her keynote on "OSS: Innovation for National Transformation" together
with three other presenters. Concurrent sessions are separated
into Nation Building, Innovation and Transformation tracks, drawing on
key local and international speakers from Malaysia, United States,
Australia, Spain, Norway, Sudan, Japan, and Singapore sharing their
experiences in these sessions. Among the highlights are keynote talks
on “Impact of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) to the Ecosystem”
and “Community Support for OSS Implementation in the Public
The conference will also introduce for the first time a forum on ICT innovation in the form of tutorials. These sessions aim to acquaint participants with in-depth understanding and sharing of Open Source programming codes. With demand and interest for Cloud Computing on the increase, there will be talks by prominent authorities who will share their views and knowledge of this topic.
Other main highlights of MyGOSSCON 2010 include:
OSS Showcase Exhibition
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Social Networking Session
Lightning Talk Session
and much more!
OSS - Innovation for National Transformation
This year's conference features the significant role of OSS as an
effective enabler that can contribute positively to the National
transformation agenda towards achieving Vision 2020.
Through the collaborative and open nature of OSS, the public and private sectors together with Institutions of Higher Learning will have ample opportunities to benefit first hand from notable ICT Industry and OSS community luminaries on technologies, and the innovative use of OSS in bringing public service delivery to greater heights.
OSS provides resources for Nation building, offering proven ways to increase innovation and spur transformation to achieve 1Malaysia and towards bringing Malaysia to fully developed Nation status. OSS lowers entry barriers to technology, skills and cost, and increases digital inclusion of all Malaysians.
Government's digital services can be expanded to use OSS to enhance and improve interoperability, increasing accessibility and reducing digital divide and extending the reach of ICT applications to broader and deeper levels of socio-economic groups, enabling a flourishing knowledge-based society. Increased growth in the ICT Industry also encourages growth of OSS user and developer communities, supporting Malaysia's expansion into today's global market.
Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Competency Centre (OSCC) MAMPU