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Jim Lacey,
President & CEO Linux Professional Institute
Title: The new era of the Linux Professional Institute
Abstract: The new era of the Linux Professional Institute and its focus on Open Source careers. Big data and cloud computing are central themes in today's IT environment, and the connection to Open Source and those who certify on LPI is critically important for the future of innovation and growth. LPI continues to bring value to certification holders through strategic initiatives. Come listen to Jim discuss the value of IT certification and how it will impact  Omani open source organizations and IT workers.



Nor Aliah Mohd Zahri
Deputy Director General of Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU)
Title: Ambitious, comprehensive transformation agenda: The Malaysian Public Sector OSS Initiative
Abstract: This presentation will share the journey of transforming the Malaysian Public Sector from proprietary dependency to OSS adoptions. The Malaysian Public Sector OSS initiatives started in 2004 when the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (or MAMPU), under the Prime Minister's Department is entrusted to lead this initiative and in support of the Electronic Government Flagship development. A Comprehensive OSS Masterplan was developed in collaboration with all stakeholders from the business community, OSS community and also the Public Sector. MAMPU started the OSS initiatives as a pioneering project and then sustain it through 3 phases of implementation. Now OSS is a contributor to the national ICT Agenda supporting our nation building program. The OSS Master-plan is a long-term plan that moves the Public Sector from OSS shy to OSS competency and self reliance. It also harness collaboration with the industry encouraging and creating economic values and new businesses. Find out what this OSS Masterplan is all about and how it is implemented to accelerate the adoption and moving it to.



Cat Allman,
Group Manager - Outreach, Open Source Programs Office
Title: Google Summer of Code
Abstract: innovative entirely online program to engage university students in contributing to free and open source software development while developing important professional skills. To date more than 5000 students from 90 countries have participated and the program has become a model for similar programs by organizations as diverse as the Gnome Project and the European Space Agency. You can learn more about the program at



Italo Vignoli,
Director of The Document Foundation in charge of marketing communications
Title: Migrating to FLOSS
Abstract: "Migrating to FLOSS" will offer an overview of the challenges faced by organizations switching from proprietary to free software, based on the different LibreOffice experiences in France, Germany, Denmark and Italy in 2011 and 2012. In order to help companies in facing the challenge, The Document Foundation has developed a migration protocol which is the reference process for a successful migration.


  Abdulrahman Al-Alarifi,
Director of the Saudi national program for FOS technologies
Title: The open source initiative in Saudi Arabia
Abstract: In this talk we present the open source initiative in Saudi Arabia and discuss the main challenges facing the adoption of open source in the region and how to give the OSS in the region a boost.


Erkan Tekman,
Founder and CEO, linuxera Inc
Title: The Success Factors for a National Open Source Initiative
Abstract: There are numerous national and local Open Source development, deployment and use projects carried out by government agencies, around the world. One of them was Pardus, the Linux distribution developed in Turkey. Pardus project has been active from 2003 to 2012, released from 2005 to 2011, and has been phased out (except the brand name) since 2012. Building on top of the Pardus experience, success factors for such national and local government initiatives will be discussed.



Sam Al Schamma,
Director of Software and services, Middle East, Africa and Turkey
Title: Technology Trends & Open Source Developer Support from Intel
Abstract: This presentation will touch on three topics. Starting with the pace of change ongoing in the semiconductor industry and today’s needs to support various software development environments, including the open source software, and specifically talk about Intel’s contributions to the open source community. It will then give a brief overview of Intel current and new open source projects. Finally, we will touch on the tools and support that open source software developers can get from Intel.



George Dunlap,
Senior Software Engineer for Citrix on the XenServer team
Title: Virtualization in the Cloud -- featuring Xen and XCP
Abstract: The Xen Hypervisor was built for the Cloud from the outset: when Xen was designed, we anticipated a world, which today is known as cloud computing. Today, Xen powers the largest clouds in production. This talk explores success criteria, architecture, trade-offs and challenges for cloudy hypervisors. It is intended for users and developers and starts with a brief introduction to Xen and its architecture, introduces the concept of domain disaggregation as an approach to increase security, robustness and scalability: all important factors for building clouds at scale. The talk will conclude with an update on Xen support in Linux, Xen for ARM servers and other exciting developments in the Xen community and their implications for building open source clouds!


  Kit Lloyd,
General Manager, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) Oman
Title: Big Data and Open source
  • What is Big Data?
  • Why all the excitement?
  • What is Hadoop?
  • What are the components of Hadoop?
  • How does Hadoop integrate with my Informix or DB2 infrastructure?
  • Getting started: How to run simple Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Oozie, and Sqoop examples?



George DeBono,
General Manager, Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Red Hat
Title: Innovation & Transformation, The Open Source Wa
Abstract: DeBono will speak on how Open Source has transformed the way software and other products are being developed, and how this new method can lead to unprecedented innovation advancements in all areas.  He will discuss how this sharing of ideas has led to major forward strides in things such as steam engines and how it is utilized by such prestigious organizations as the NSA, and how it is trusted by some of the major corporations globally.



GeMichael Meskes,
President of the credative Group
Title: Whether Open- Source can be an alternative to proprietary systems in business critical environments
Abstract: This presentation for decision makers deals with the question whether Open- Source can be an alternative to proprietary systems in business critical environments. What are the arguments for or against migration? Which obstacles need to be dealt with? How big is the economic advantage? Why should Open- Source be trusted? These and many other questions will be answered in this presentation that reflects on 12+ years of experience in business usage of Open-Source and give some rules on how to make a migration and the subsequent Open-Source usage work. Also it will show some Return of Investment calculation using real life examples that were actually done over the years.



Sebastien Goasguen,
Open Source Cloud Computing Evangelist, Apache CloudStack committer
Title: Apache CloudStack
Abstract: We will present Apache CloudStack and project currently in incubation at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). CloudStack is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution to build public and/or private clouds. It is hypervisor agnostic, highly scalable and support advanced networking such as site to site VPN, VLAN isolation and Software Defined Networking. The presentation will highlight the growing CloudStack community, explain how to participate in the development of CloudStack and will also demonstrate the unique features that makes it a powerful system to deploy clouds. 



Albert-Claude Benhamou
Inter-ministerial Delegate for Digital Education in Africa    
Title: Sankoré program
Abstract: The "Sankoré program"  has three main gaols: equip classrooms, train teachers, and produce local free educational resource for all using thé Open Sankore software avalisa le to day in 26 international languages including the arabic one . The team deploys Sankoré digital interactive classes which consist of a computer, an interactive video projector and innovative open source software. The software "Open Sankoré", available in 26 languages, is open source, free, and it allows teachers to create and edit their own digital resources. To do this, the user receives assistance through permanent support with guidelines or educational tutorials that help them to improve their teaching practice. Educational resources produced by teachers with the “Open Sankoré” ecosystem are also open source and free. Then the teacher can use the software to perform interactive activities with students in classroom.



Jaco du Toit
Adviser of Communication and Information, UNESCO
Title: FOSS technology in the school environment
Abstract: The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) model provides interesting tools and processes with which women and men can create, exchange, share and exploit software and knowledge efficiently and effectively. FOSS can play an important role as a practical instrument for development as its free and open aspirations make it a natural component of development. In contributing to the development of the education sector, FOSS can play an empowering role to expand quality education for all, increase community access to ICTs and broaden cultural and linguistic diversity.  Examples can be provided where FOSS contributes towards understanding ICT in Education, curriculum development and assessment of students, enhanced pedagogy, organization and administration of learning institutions and the providing teachers with professional learning opportunities.  These applications reiterate the role of FOSS in learning to know, learning to do, earning to live together and learning to be.



Sara Fernandex
PHD Fellow at United Nations University
Title: Use of Free/Open Source Software in Education - An Introduction
Abstract: Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) can be used as part of the effort to set up Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures to support learning activities in educational institutions. In short, such infrastructures can hosting e-learning services, repositories and communities. Resorting to a FOSS basis may, not only provide several advantages to students and lecturers, but also lead to effective cost reductions in Education. In this talk, we present a brief overview of the FOSS concept and quality-related issues, followed by an analysis of  the mostly used FOSS Learning Management Systems. In addition, we introduce the plan for a case study developed at the University of Minho, Portugal, where FOSS projects are used to support teaching and learning activities within an Informatics degree.


  Dileesh Suseelan
Consultant in the Governance and Advisory Division at Information Technology Authority, Oman
Title: ITA role in encouraging FOSS deployment through consultation services
Abstract: The talk is about ITA role in supporting Open Source in Government IT Projects. Mr Dileesh will also be talking about a specific implementation in Oman in setting up a Private cloud for one of the large Ministries by leveraging Open Source Platforms. 


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