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Day 1: Monday 11th February 2019
SESSION 1: OPENING SESSION
Time Title Speaker
08:00 - 09:00 am Registration Opens -
09:00 - 09:10 am Opening -
09:10 - 09:20 am SQU speech Dr.Rahma AlMahrooqi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research .SQU
09:20 - 09:30 am ITA speech Hassan Fida Hussain Al Lawati , Director General of Digital Society Development
09:30 - 09:40 am FOSSC’19 Oman Organizing Committee Speech Prof. Abdulnasir Hossen, Chairman
09:40 -10:00 am Open Source : The engine behind the third and fourth industrial revolutions Gilles Gravier, Director, Senior Advisor Open Source – Blockchain, Wipro Limited
10:00 - 10:30 am Exhibition and Innovation Hub Opening/Coffee Break -
SESSION 2: OPEN SOURCE IN CRITICAL INDUSTRIES
Time Title Speaker
10:30 - 11:00 am How the oil and gas, the tourism, and the trading industry can benefit from collaboratively developing open source software Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A, Professor of Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
11:00 - 11:30 am The next steps for secure data handling and collaboration Frank Karlitschek, Managing Director & Founder, Nextcloud
11:30 - 12:00 pm Panel Discussion1 Gilles Gravier, Prof. Dirk Riehle, Frank Karlitschek
Moderator: Dr. Qasim Al Maamari,Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Scientific Research , College of Applied Science , Sohar.
12:00 - 12:30 pm Coffee Break -
SESSION 3: OPEN SOURCE AS BRIDGE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Time Title Speaker
12:30 - 01:00 pm FOSS in SQU, Beyond Cost Cutting Dr.Nasser Al Zidi, Director of the Center for Information Systems at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)
01:00 - 01:30 pm Applying the Principles of Free Software to Software Procurement, Development, Deployment and Maintenance Abhas Abhinav Founder, DeepRoot GNU/Linux
01:30 - 02:00 pm Panel Discussion2 Dr.Nasser Alzidi, Abhas Abhinav, Mario Behling and Ms. Dorothy Gordon
Moderator: Dr. Ahmed Al Maashri Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University
02:00 - 03:00 pm Lunch -

Proceedings
SESSION 4: PAPERS PRESENTATION
Free Open Source Software Laboratory (FOSS-Lab) Second Floor (Room 2010) - Center of Preparatory Studies Sultan Qaboos university
Time Title Speaker
03:00 - 03:10 pm Paper 1: Governing University-Specific Open Source ERP: How Open is Open Enough? Wisal Al Bulushi, SQU, Oman
03:10 - 03:20 pm Paper 2: A Case for Open Source Powered Parallel Operating System Munesh Singh Chauhan, College of Applied Sciences. Ibri, Oman
03:20 - 03:30 pm Paper 3: Free Open Source Software Logisim – A Perfect Tool for Teaching and Learning of Digital Logic Circuit Design Course – Experience and Status Sayyid Samir Al Busaidi and Afaq Ahmad, SQU, Oman
03:30 - 03:40 pm Paper 4: The Impacts of Open Source on IoT Solutions Development Fatma Alshohoumi, Mohamed Sarrab, Dawood Al-Abri and Abdulla Al Hamadani, SQU
03:40 - 03:50 pm Paper 5: Open Source Course Equivalency Framework for HEIs in Oman Muhammad Azeem Qureshi, Govindasamy Baskar, Sanyo Moosa and Naser Al Hamar Al Katheeri, Salalah College of Technology, College of Applied Sciences, Salalah, Oman
03:50 - 04:00 pm Paper 6: Android Application Permission Model Issues and Privacy Violation Zainab R. Al Kindi, Mohamed Sarrab and Nasser Al Zidi, SQU, Oman
04:00 - 04:10 pm Paper 7: Proposed Internet Offline Solution for Rural / Village Schools Onno W. Purbo, IBI Darmajaya, XECUREIT, Indonesia
04:10 - 04:20 pm Paper 8: User Modeling for Personalized e-Learning based on Social Collaboration Interaction Amal Al-Abri, Zuhoor Alkhanjari, Yassine Jamoussi and Naoufel Kraiem, SQU, Oman
04:20 - 04:30 pm Paper 9: The Smart Learning Management System (SLMS) Development Iman Al-Kindi and Zuhoor Al-Khanjari, SQU, Oman
04:30 - 04:40 pm Paper 10: Free Academic Software and Mobile Applications for Technology Transfer in Oman N.R Wilfred Blessing, SK Wasim Haidar and Khalid Abdullah Salim Al-Mashikhi, Salalah College of Technology, Oman
04:40 - 04:50 pm Paper 11: Ready, Set, Pause: Readiness for MOOCs in the Omani Higher Education Institutions Aisha Salim Al-Harthi, Wajeha Thabit Al Ani and Iman Rashid Al-Kindi, SQU, Oman
04:50 - 05:00 pm Closing Session -
Time Title Speaker
11:00 - 11:40 am Building A Better Thermostat Matthew Treinish, Open Source Developer Advocate, IBM
11:40 - 12:20 pm FOSS of Machine Learning and its Role in Shaping the Future Younis Anqoudi, Senior Manager ICT ,Oman Ground Handling
12:20 - 12:40 pm Talk Show with Experts - Session 1 1- Frank Karlitschek ,Managing Director & Founder ,Nextcloud
2- Abhas Abhinav ,Founder ,DeepRoot GNU/Linux
Title: Security & Privacy in the age of 4IR
12:40 - 01:20 pm Open Source at the heart of Oman’s meteorology Mohammed Jedad, Head Section of Meteorology Devices Maintenance, PACA
01:20 - 02:00 pm Digital Privacy and Open Source Software Mohammed Al-Ajmi, Telecom Engineer and Interested In Information Security

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Day 2: Tuesday 12th February 2019
SESSION 5: OPEN SOURCE FOR INNOVATION
Time Title Speaker
08:00 - 09:00 am Registration Desk Open -
09:00 - 09:30 am Innovation, FOSS and the Platform Economy: Diversity vs. Dominance Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Information for All Programme (IFAP) Chair, UNESCO
09:30 - 10:00 am Mixed Reality for the Open Web Robert "Bob" Reyes, Tech Speaker, Mozilla
10:00 - 10:30 am Open Source Quantum Computing Matthew Treinish, Open Source Developer Advocate, IBM
10:30 - 11:00 am Panel Discussion 3 Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Robert "Bob" Reyes and Matthew Treinish
Moderator: Dr. Taiseera Al Balushi, Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Studies College of , SQU.
11:00 - 11:30 am Coffee Break -
SESSION 6: OPEN SOURCE AS ENTREPRENEURSHIP DRIVER
Time Title Speaker
11:30 - 12:00 pm Business Opportunities through Open Technologies Mario Behling, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of FOSSASIA
12:00 - 12:30 pm Choosing an open source license and business model for the success of your project Gilles Gravier, Director, Senior Advisor Open Source – Blockchain, Wipro Limited
12:30 - 01:00 pm Open Source for Cloud Providers Kiarash Kiazand, Chief Executive Officer (Member Of Board), CloudAcropolis
01:00 - 01:30 pm Free software as driver of Innovation: Experiences from India Arun M, Program Head, International Center of Free and Open Source Software
01:30 – 02:00 pm Panel Discussion 4 Gilles Gravier, Arun M, Kiarash Kiazand and Mario Behling
Moderator:Dr.Mohammed AlBadawi ,College of Science, SQU.
02:00 pm Closing & Lunch -
Time Title Speaker
09:00 - 09:40 am Ecommerce Open Source Application: Experience and Issues Ali AlRubkhi,  CEO of Amal Technology Company
09:40 - 10:20 am Building an IoT solution using Free Software exclusively (and without relying on the proprietary cloud) Abhas Abhinav Founder, DeepRoot GNU/Linux
10:20 - 11:00 am How to get started with Machine Learning with Open Source Alya Al-Shanfari, Founder and CEO, Beennova
11:00 - 11:20 am Talk Show with Experts – Session 2 1- Gilles Gravier , Director,Senior Advisor Open Source -Blockchain,Wipro Limited
2- Mario Behling ,Serial Entrepreneur,Co-Founder of FOSSASIA
Title: Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the age of 4IR
11:20 - 12:00 pm Open Source for Cyber Security Dr. Mohamed Al Fairuz, College of Economics and Political Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University
12:00 - 12:40 pm FOSS Entrepreneurship (Mazad Oman Experience) Mazin AlSaadi,  Co-Founder and CTO of Mazad Oman
12:45 - 1:30 pm FOSS Society (Fo3s) Achievements and Future Plan Sulaiman Said Al-Mazruii & Ziad Al Ghurabi

Abstract: While open source, also known as free software, has been around for several decades already, it has really become prevalent since the last two decades of the previous century. It drove the penetration of computers into homes, but also into the industrial world, through mini computers and client server computing and the digital revolution. It has now taken the lead role in powering the fourth industrial revolution by being the key engine for the development of the new generations of digital technologies that are propelling us into the future. Let's walk along the history of open source and see how all this happened.

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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.

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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 round 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Abstract: Prescriptions for economic success in the digital age highlight the importance of innovation. The dominant messaging is that in this world of ‘unbounded opportunities’ it is possible for entrepreneurs in any geo-location to achieve global dominance as a result of their determined ingenuity. The role that Open Source technologies play in the scope and velocity of change that characterise the Fourth Industrial Revolution and global innovation is generally acknowledged. However, platform dominance is a reality of the digital innovation ecosystem and new research indicates the existence of real barriers for digital enterprises in the global periphery. The author will explore some of these contradictions and set out some possible policy interventions drawing on feedback from technology entrepreneurs and focusing on the role of Government and in particular technology decision-makers (TDM). Familiar with the challenges of procurement systems, balancing budgets and wise expenditure of tax payers money towards achieving the SDGs, technology decision makers are not always aware of how their decisions impact on their local innovation economy and eventually the openness and diversity of the global innovation system.

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.

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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.

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Abstract: The emergence of Free and Open Source software (FOSS) unlocked business opportunities for a new generation of entrepreneurs around the world. Big businesses like Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon would not have been possible without Linux and FOSS web applications. What opportunities exist today especially for emerging economies? How does the extension of openness to knowledge, data, and hardware enables local production and new local business models? What kind of setting, culture and environment do Open Tech companies need in order to succeed today? In the talk we will look at how OpnTec in Germany and FOSSASIA in Singapore take advantage of this transition to Open Tech in business and new forms of international collaboration. The twin partners develop Open Source software and hardware solutions with a global developer community and organize Open Technology events around the year. FOSSASIA supports its most promising teams through a business incubator and runs coding programs and development contests like Codeheat to grow its developer community. Startup projects include conversational AIs, science applications and event management tools.

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Abstract: Open source is often misrepresented as being available for free and thus possibly hard to combine with a successful business model. Let's correct this impression by exploring how open source licenses work, what permissions they give, but also what constraints they bring on developers using the code. We will look at how choosing the right license needs a perfect understanding of what business model it will support. We will go over various business models that are particularly well suited to open source software, and even see that venture capitalists today understand the value of investing in open source projects.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.