A number of well-known experts will attend the conference, participate in round-table discussions and present some workshops. The following is the list of confirmed people who will attend:(*)

Gilles Gravier







Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A, Professor of Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Title: How the oil and gas, the tourism, and the trading industry can benefit from collaboratively developing open source software.

Abstract: Many industries need a lot of software. Digitalization is only increasing the need for software. The automotive and the energy industry are example of industries, where companies, which are not software companies, joined forces to collaboratively develop the software they need as open source software. Such joint work frees the involved companies from vendor lock-in and innovation blockage. In addition, it supports the local software industries. In this talk, I will discuss the underlying business model that makes such undertaking sustainable. I will use the German openKONSEQUENZ consortium of energy distribution system operators as an example and speculate on how the same model might apply to other industries like tourism, trading, and healthcare.

Bio: Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A., is the Professor of Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before joining academia, Riehle led the Open Source Research Group at SAP Labs, LLC, in Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley). Riehle founded the Open Symposium, now the international conference on open collaboration. He was also the lead architect of the first UML virtual machine. He is interested in open source and inner source software engineering, agile software development methods, complexity science and human collaboration, and software system architecture, design, and implementation. Prof. Riehle holds a Ph.D. in computer science from ETH Zürich and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He welcomes email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., blogs at http://dirkriehle.com, and tweets as @dirkriehle.

Gilles Gravier 





Gilles Gravier, Director, Senior Advisor Open Source – Blockchain, Wipro Limited

Title: Organizational benefits of an open source strategy

Abstract: In this session we will explore how an open source strategy can deliver benefits that support an organization's mission, vision, and business objectives. We will see that open source goes well beyond saving on license costs, and can have beneficial impacts on HR, innovation, marketing and communication... We will look at this in particular through global enterprise examples.

Bio: Director in the Open Source Consulting Practice and a member of Wipro's core blockchain team, he provides global open source and blockchain strategy consulting and advisory services to Wipro's top customers. During his career, he has been involved in both security and open source, in roles such as chief technology strategist for security and open source at Sun Microsystems, advising the largest accounts globally on their IT security or their open source strategy. He moved on to develop global market and business development strategies for open source and security in public sector, still at Sun, and then Oracle. He also works with startups and venture capitalists on open source strategy and business models.

Frank Karlitschek







Frank Karlitschek, Managing Director & Founder, Nextcloud

Title: The next steps for secure data handling and collaboration

Abstract: Privacy and security on the internet are under attack by hackers and international espionage programs. If we want to use the internet as a free and secure medium again then we have to fix the internet to provide the security and privacy that people deserve.

The Nextcloud community is build an open source and fully federated and distributed network for files and communication. Everyone can run an Nextcloud server at home or somewhere on the internet and collaborate and share with everyone else. Nextcloud can be used to provide file access, syncing, sharing, calendar, contacts and more in a distributed way. Open Source provides a solution for everyone who doesn’t want to use the centralised cloud infrastructure hosted in the US.

This talk will cover the current challenges around security and how user, companies and institutions can protect themselves. It will also discuss the big new features around End to End encryption and self hosted video/voice communication. It also presents a new architecture to bring the scalability of on premise file sync and share solutions to the next level.

Bio: Frank Karlitschek started the ownCloud project in 2010 to return control over the storing and sharing of information to consumers. In 2016 he initiated the Nextcloud project to bring this idea to the next level. He has been involved with a variety of Free Software projects including having been a board member for the KDE community. Frank has spoken at MIT, CERN and ETH and keynoted LinuxCon, Latinoware, Akademy, FOSSASIA, openSUSE Con and many other conferences. Frank is the founder and CEO of Nextcloud Gmbh. Frank is a fellow of Open Forum Europe. 

 Mario Behling




Mario Behling, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of FOSSASIA

Title: Business Opportunities through Open Technologies

Abstract: Open-source software is widely used both as independent applications and as components in non-open-source applications. Many independent software vendors , value-added resellers , and hardware vendors  use open-source frameworks, modules, and libraries inside their proprietary, for-profit products and services. From a customer's perspective, the ability to use open technology under standard commercial terms and support is valuable.

Bio: Experienced Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Working on SUSI.AI, the Open Source personal assistant framework. Skilled in International Project Management. Co-started FOSSASIA developing Open Tech solutions including Open Event, the Open Source event management system, Pocket Science Lab and the Meilix Linux generator. Also designed and build a seven storey eco-hotel in Vietnam and, setup mesh networks in Afghan schools. Strong entrepreneurship professional graduated from Europa-Universität Viadrina. 

 Robert "Bob" Reyes





Robert "Bob" Reyes, Tech Speaker, Mozilla

Title: Mixed Reality for the Open Web
Abstract: As Mozilla, the global non-profit behind the Firefox web browser announced a new development program for Mixed Reality that will significantly expand its work in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for the web, focus will be on how to get devices, headsets, frameworks and toolsets to work together, so web developers can choose from a variety of tools and publishing methods to bring new immersive experiences online – and have them work together in a fully functional way.

Bio: Robert "Bob" Reyes is a Mozilla Rep, Reps Mentor, and Tech Speaker based in Makati City, Philippines. He is an active contributor to the Mozilla project in the area of localization since 2003. He has been representing the organization in the country since 2011 and has been twice elected to be part of the global organization's leadership as a council member. Bob is now part of Mozilla's Tech Speakers group, which aims to Increase developer awareness and adoption of the Web, Firefox, and Mozilla through a strong community-driven technical speaker development program. Bob is also a Technology Columnist for the Manila Bulletin and Team Manager for the grassroots football team SIPFC. He is a dad to Xeon and Haswell.

 Dr.Nasser Alzidi





Dr.Nasser Alzidi, Director of the Center for Information Systems at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Title: FOSS in SQU, Beyond Cost Cutting

Abstract: Despite its heavy presence in the back end and server sides, SQU has also adopted many FOSS for some of its core business solutions. In many cases the main motive behind this move was cutting down the licenses and subscription fees which in deed enhances the cost of running our IT solutions. Cost cutting, however, was just the start of many features and benefits of adopting FOSS solutions in academic institutions like SQU. Contribution to the international FOSS community was another noble aim of this move where we plan to register SQU as a major contributor to the development of these systems in different aspects including Arabization. Moreover, staff development and avoidance of vendor lock were other important gains from adopting FOSS solutions in SQU.

Bio: Dr. Nasser Alzeidi received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow (UK) in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor of computer science and the director of the Center for Information Systems at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. His research interests include performance evaluation of communication systems, wireless networks, interconnection networks, System on Chip architectures and parallel and distributed computing. He is a member of the IEEE and the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Chapter in Oman.

 Kiarash Kiazand





Kiarash Kiazand, Chief Executive Officer (Member Of Board), CloudAcropolis

Title: Open Source for Cloud Providers

Abstract: Today, Cloud is the only way to go forward. It is not cost effective to run IT internally. Also IT is a major cost factor to companies. Fortunately, Open Source communities have been sitting in the driver seat and are enabling “IT as a Service” to users across the world. The “closed” source business that made a huge amount of money during the past 20 years now realizes the move and try (most of the time without success) to get along with open source.

For Cloud Providers, as the number of subscribers are web scale, the old fashion licensing scheme is not suitable. So either they went on to develop their own technology or they started to use open source. In most recent cases, we see a mix.

The good thing is that today, there are many robust, reliable and secure open source technologies that are adequate for cloud providers. However, the manpower cost to implement and support them is quiet high. This means, cloud providers can start with a smaller capex if they have the right knowledge and capability of the business and technology at the same time.

In this presentation, we will describe the open source technologies that are available today to run a commercial cloud company. We only will discuss the robust, performant and secure technologies with an integrated view for enabling such business.

Bio: With over 22 years of experience in the filed, Kiarash has grown to be a leader in the Information Technology Services from the ground. He started as a software developer and mathematic modeler in the petrochemical fields in France (Istitut Francais de Petrol), before moving to the US. Back in the middle east, he created and managed a company to provide procurement and managed services to a telecom service provider of 30 million subscriber. Under his belt, he has built till now 19 data centers, and directly operated 4.He brings a lot of expertise into the country and has for task to bring up the IT services with international standards in Oman.


Matthew Treinish, Open Source Developer Advocate, IBM

Title: Dirty Clouds Done Dirt Cheap

Abstract: OpenStack is an open source cloud ecosystem designed to provide users with programmable open infrastructure. As part of the OpenStack mission statement it lists some of the goals of OpenStack as: "easy to use, simple to implement, interoperable between deployments, works well at all scales" Yet, most of the attention gets placed on large deployments and how OpenStack is used for massive clouds. But, how does it work for an individual wanting to deploy a cloud with their own resources?

This talk will provide an overview of Matthew’s experience building a small compute cloud from scratch, on essentially a shoestring budget; from hardware acquisition, through installation and configuration of the cloud, to his use cases for the cloud. This will serve as an introduction to OpenStack and getting started with it. I will also highlight some pain points for the small deployer and discuss how we can fix them. The talk will also cover the potential benefits you can get by having your own cloud at home.

Bio: Matthew has been working on and contributing to Open Source software for most of his career. He is a long time OpenStack contributor and a former member of the OpenStack TC (Technical Committee) and was previously the PTL (project technical lead) of the OpenStack community's QA program. Matthew currently works for IBM team working to make Open Source software better for everyone. He has previously been a speaker at linux.conf.au, OpenStack summits, LinuxCons Japan, China, and North America, Open Source Summit Europe, SeaGL, OpenWest, and FOSSASIA.


Arun M, Program Head, International Center of Free and Open Source Software.

Title:Free software as driver of Innovation: Experiences from India

Abstract: Building technological capability is essential for development of any region in the planet. For regions lagging behind the world frontier in a technology shall try to catch-up with frontier in capability. Research brings out the fact that this Catch-up is essentially same as innovation, though different from one that happen in frontier. Access to knowledge, learning and entrepreneurship are essential to this catch-up.
In the context of ICT, free software movement is creating an unparalleled opportunity in catch-up. However, appropriate policies are necessary to translate this opportunity into a reality. This presentation looks into some experience from India. In particular, presentation will bring out important role state  play in facilitating Catch-up.

Bio: Arun M is a free software activist and one of the founding members of Free Software Foundation of India, third chapter of the International Free Software Foundation. He has been working with Governments to improve the adoption of Free Software within public institutions. He was instrumental in migration of schools in Kerala to free software. And many other initiatives based on free software in the state of Kerala. He worked as Executive Director of Society for Promotion of Alternate Computing and Employment(SPACE) an organisation working on adoption of free software for social development. He was a board member of Software Freedom Law Center in India. He holds a graduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering(University of Kerala) and post graduate degree in Applied Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University). Currently working as Program Head (Research and Academics), International Center of Free and Open Source Software.


Mohammed Jedad


Mohammed Jedad, Head Section Of Meteorology Devices Maintenance, Public Authority Civil Aviation (PACA)

Title: Open Source at the heart of Oman’s meteorology

Abstract: The Directorate General of Meteorology in PACA is depending heavily on different Open Source products to operate their weather radars and weather analysis tools and other systems. This workshop will discuss PACA experience with different Open Source products specifically GNU/Linux OS deployments and capacity building efforts around open technologies.

Bio: Mohammad is leading Section Of Meteorology Devices Maintenance in Salalah Airport, Public Authority Civil Aviation (PACA) since 2016 and before that he was computer engineer on same department for 5 years period. Mohammed is FOSS enthusiast and he was involved in many GNU/Linux OS capacity building activities within PACA.


 Mazin AlSaadi


Mazin AlSaadi,  Co-Founder and CTO of Mazad Oman

Title: FOSS in Entrepreneurship (Mazad Oman Experience)

Abstract: FOSS in one of poles of entrepreneurship, Most of entrepreneurs start their ideas using FOSS.

Mazad Oman is one of those ideas start and still using FOSS toward innovation and successful bussiness model.

Bio: Mazin Al-Saadi is a Co-Founder and the CTO of Mazad Oman. Mazad Oman is Omani  company working in the field of information technology founded in 01/26/2015.

 Mohammed Al-Ajmi






Mohammed Al-Ajmi, Telecom engineer and interested in information security

Title: Digital privacy and open source software

Abstract: Digital privacy is always a hot topic in the scene of digital world booming, especially with not mature mass. This is due to the fact that personal data can be miss-used to affect our reputations, influence our decisions and shape our behaviors on the internet. In addition, the most concern threat here is that personal data can be utilized as a tool to exercise control over us and to cause a great harm! However, this threat can be converted into an opportunity to mitigate the risk associated with our digital privacy while using the internet. This can be achieved by considering the free and open source software as a vital player in protecting our digital privacy. Therefore, the talk will cover this topic by highlighting the important definitions, impact of the digital privacy, unlawful practice of large companies, and the potential of open source software in protecting the digital privacy.

Bio: Mohammed Al-Ajmi is a telecom engineer who is working in Telecommunications sector since 2014. He has B.S of engineering from Sultan Qaboos University in Telecommunications and he is interested in information security areas. He has achieved many of a professional international certifications and he is a certified ethical hacker from The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (E council). Mohammed is a well known locally as speaker in the areas of information security and Digital privacy and his initiatives are accessible through the social media.

 Alya Al-Shanfari




Alya Al-Shanfari, Founder and CEO, Beennova

Title: How to get started with Machine Learning with Open Source

Abstract: As machine learning is being adopted to solve more and more interesting — yet more and more challenging — problems, the demand for individuals who can develop machine learning applications is dramatically increasing. Google has created on open source technologies to allow a faster learning process to be knowledgeable in machine learning. One of the leading project for both machine learning and open source is TensorFlow. TensorFlow is an open source software library created by Google that is used to implement machine learning and deep learning systems.

Bio: Alya Al-Shanfari, a computer science graduate from the German University of technology (GUtech), founder and CEO of ‘Beennova’ and the Google Developer Group Muscat founder. Alya is also one of the advisory board members for The National Youth Program for Skill Development by the Diwan of Royal Court.  

 Ali AlRubkhi




Ali AlRubkhi,  CEO of Amal Technology Company

Title: ECommerce Open Source Application: Experience and Issues

Abstract: Open Source Software ecosystems have restructured the ways how software-intensive companies develop products and deliver value to customers. Open Source eCommerce projects often face challenges like complex product structures, complex pricing structures, complex availability calculations, thousands of customer groups with specific assortments, highly agile requirements and well documentation of the source files. Therefore, this speaking session we have a clear discussion in e-Commence open source application. The issues, challenges, and experience will be the core main speaking topics.

Bio: Ali is the CEO of Amal Technology Company. The company won the first place in the Oman summer of code in its second edition. Amal Technology team used the free and open source software to develop an e-commerce and shipping application called: iTrans.

(*) please note that speakers list will be updated.

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