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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Treinish, Open Source Developer Advocate, IBM

Title: Open Source Quantum Computing

Abstract: Quantum computers are not just science fiction anymore, with many companies building increasingly more powerful quantum computers. While, concepts in quantum computing have been around for over 30 years, it hasn't been generally accessible until recently. Despite this quantum computing is still very much in its infancy and there are physical limitations preventing them from being generally usable. But the machines that are available today are useful for experimentation and showcasing certain applications where they will be useful in the future. Open source software for quantum computing has started being developed as these new machines are being built. Learning the lessons from the history of developing classical computers, there are already several open source SDKs, languages, and libraries being developed for quantum computers despite the current limitations of quantum computers. This means as the technology matures and becomes more practical there will already be an open source ecosystem for using quantum computing. This talk will provide an introduction to the basics of quantum information theory, look at some of the quantum computers out there, explore the open source tooling available for quantum computing, and show how you can use that to write your own quantum programs and run them on simulators and actual quantum computers.

Bio: Matthew has been working on and contributing to Open Source software for most of his career. Matthew currently works for IBM Research developing open source software for quantum computing. He is also 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. 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.

asda

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Todd

 

 

 

Todd Weaver Founder & CEO, Purism, SPC

Title: The Future of Computing and Why You Should Care

Abstract: Discussing the systemic problems of computing hardware, software, and services as it relates to business models and motivations of those businesses. How the future of computing will need clear leadership to create a society we as people want to be part of.

Bio:Serial entrepreneur and successful businessman, Todd has been recognized for his visionary strategy, technical leadership, and relentless drive, with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, using, installing, and promoting Free Software. Todd has consistently predicted market directions and executed disruptive technologies in a wide range of industries, including in-store entertainment, collaborative financial solutions, and starting the first online cable company. Todd has a deep understanding of the hardware manufacturing process, and an unwavering belief for users to retain their essential freedoms via free software, making Purism (the marriage of high quality hardware and free software), his most ambitious, disruptive, and exciting venture yet.

 

abhas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abhas Abhinav Founder, DeepRoot GNU/Linux

Title: The Principles of Free Software to Software Procurement, Development, Deployment and Maintenance.

Abstract: Organisations of all sizes regularly choose Free Software to build their IT systems. These include network, server, desktop and cloud infrastructure. While it is easy to get cost, technology and productivity advantages by choosing Free Software, it takes some more effort and awareness to gain the advantages of the inherent freedom in such solutions. Learning how to use the freedom aspect of Free Software to our advantage will  make our implementations scalable, maintainable, transparent, secure, extensible, private and self-sufficient. These are the intangible and long-term benefits of free software and one way to have them is to keep optimising for freedom and self-hosting. The talk will focus on how to apply the principles of free software to software procurement, development, deployment and maintenance such that it yields the advantages listed above. It will also illustrate (with some examples and case studies) why it is important to do this and the dangers of only focusing on the easy and immediate advantages of employing free software. Finally, the talk will conclude with a road-map of how our awareness, involvement and focus on these aspects can enrich our organisations and enable us to build greater in-house competency and capability.

BIO: Abhas is the founder of DeepRoot GNU/Linux, an eighteen-year-old Free Software Business that provides support, services and solutions for Free Software deployments. DeepRoot builds mail servers and clusters, provides hosting & support for a variety of Free Software tools and helps organisations of all sizes choose self-hosting for their infrastructure in general. They have enabled more than 500 organisations build their infrastructure using free software. They also have special initiatives for educational institutions to help them integrate Free Software into wider aspects of their operations. As the founder of a one-person company called Mostly Harmless, Abhas builds free/libre hardware such as hackable mechanical keyboards and hardware to build self-hosted IoT and private cloud solutions. He also offers strategies for using and distributing software and hardware with freedom. Abhas is a member of the board of the Free Software Foundation, India and has been a participant in the community in India for almost 20 years. He advises colleges, govt. / defence organisations, non-profits and start-ups on using, building and adopting free software as a “way of life”.
He shares his thoughts and experiences at abhas.io

 

Workshops

Dr.Alfairuz 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mohamed Al Faiurz, Assistant Professor, College of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University

Title: Cyber Security

Abstract: Cyber security has become an integral part of any information system.  In this interconnected world, there are many threats exist, and many anonymous attackers are continuously scanning for vulnerable systems to compromise users' accounts.  Therefore, online service providers are required to implement strong authentication to protect their services. The amount of proof a user is required to provide increases or decreases based on the amount of risk associated with the services or resources delivered.  This workshop will look on how Open Source utilities help in  improving the cyber security of systems in the untrusted Internet world.

Bio: Dr. Mohamed Al Faiurz received his MSc degree in Information Technology (Web Applications) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2003. He was awarded Ph.D. degree in Computing Science in 2011, from University of Glasgow, UK. He is currently an assistant professor in the college of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

Dr. Mohamed Al Fairuz research spans technical and policy issues of web applications development, including security, usability, scalability, maintainability, and acceptability. Currently, he is interested in enabling multi-channel authentication mechanisms on web-applications. The main area of focus is online banking but the same methods and tools are often applied to other web-applications as well. He is also currently working on forming an e-assessing solution that would greatly enhance the assessments delivered to students in the universities. Prior to joining Sultan Qaboos University, Al Fairuz worked at the Y2K task force and the High Committee for National Day.

 

 

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.

 

Matthew

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Treinish, Open Source Developer Advocate, IBM

Title: Building a Better Thermostat

Abstract: After returning from a recent trip that occurred during the middle of a heat wave. Matthew arrived home to find his apartment quite hot, at least 45C inside. Needless to say it wasn’t the most comfortable way to come home after 15 days out of town, he decided it was time for him to do something about it to address this so he didn't come home to that unpleasant surprise again. Normally, this problem is solved by having a thermostat which controls the air conditioning. However, his apartment did not have a thermostat. So he decided to build one using open source software!.

This workshop will cover how he went about solving his problem using existing software and protocols like home-assistant, MQTT, and also some new software that was created for this. It'll also discuss how by using open software and home automation he was able to solve his issue but also make cooling his apartment smarter.

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.

abhas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abhas Abhinav Founder, DeepRoot GNU/Linux

Title: Building an IoT solution using only Free Software

Abstract: This workshop is going to help the participants to become aware different IoT aspects and show them ways of build IoT solutions that are powered by Free Software exclusively and that can even be self-hosted on the local network. This includes examples of the programming environments, build systems, data collection and storage back-ends, the remote control, remote access and networking systems and data analysis and visualisation.

Using the pointers provided in the workshop, participants will be able to have more control on their IoT projects and will be able to build products that respect the privacy and freedom of their users.

Bio: Abhas is the founder of DeepRoot GNU/Linux, an eighteen-year-old Free Software Business that provides support, services and solutions for Free Software deployments. DeepRoot builds mail servers and clusters, provides hosting & support for a variety of Free Software tools and helps organisations of all sizes choose self-hosting for their infrastructure in general. They have enabled more than 500 organisations build their infrastructure using free software. They also have special initiatives for educational institutions to help them integrate Free Software into wider aspects of their operations. As the founder of a one-person company called Mostly Harmless, Abhas builds free/libre hardware such as hackable mechanical keyboards and hardware to build self-hosted IoT and private cloud solutions. He also offers strategies for using and distributing software and hardware with freedom. Abhas is a member of the board of the Free Software Foundation, India and has been a participant in the community in India for almost 20 years. He advises colleges, govt. / defence organisations, non-profits and start-ups on using, building and adopting free software as a “way of life”. He shares his thoughts and experiences at abhas.io

 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 Company. Certified in Cloud Professional / Architect and LPIC-1. He is working with integration team in ITA and with the team he successfully migrate all eOman integration platform completely to open source technologies. eOman integration is the platform used to connect all government systems in Oman. Mazad Oman platform won the first place in the Oman summer of code program in its second edition. Mazad Oman is Omani company working in the field of information technology founded in January 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.

Younis

 

 

 

 

Younis Anqoudi, Head of Applications Development in Oman Airports,PhD researcher in Machine learning in Sultan Qaboos University

Title: FOSS of Machine Learning and its Role in Shaping the Future

Abstract: Artificial intelligence is a dream that industry innovators being living with for a long time and Machine learning there exist promising applications that are making humans life simplified with smart features integrates lots of technologies to serve better human life experience.  

Bio: Younis began his career working for Ministry of Education in 2004 as a Programmer then applications development team leader and after that as Acting Head of Database Administration section. Switching sectors his next role was with Oman Medical Specialty Board, in designing solutions, developing and implementing software applications and leading their IT department as assistant manager. Whilst working he was also studying a Masters in IT with Coventry University and Middle East College, graduating in 2013. At this point he secured a position as Application Development Administrator for Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC). In less than three years and working in two other roles Younis is now Head of Applications Development. added to that he is now a PhD researcher in Machine Learning in Sultan Qaboos University, computer science departmen.

 

fo3s

 

 

 

Sulaiman Al Mazruii: Junior Student at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department , College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Chair of Free and Open Source Software Students Society.

Ziad Al Ghurabi: Junior Student at Department of English Language and Literature, The College of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, former Chair of Free and Open Source Software Students Society.

Rehab Al Jahwari: Junior Student at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department , College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Chair of Publicity Committee at Free and Open Source Software Students Society. 

Title: FO3S Achievements and Future Plan

Abstract: Since open source software movement started, a lot of communities started to embrace it due to its openness, cutting cost, and security aspects that it has provided. The open source software value has increased until it became the main part of our daily life in many different applications. That is why we "FO3S" student society at Sultan Qaboos University dedicate efforts to spread awareness about Free and Open Source software movement to contribute in the development and share the benefits of this important field. This workshop will focus on the achievements of our free open source software society FO3S and the future plan at Sultan Qaboos University.

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

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