Free Software and Open-Source Symposium

Friends! I want to make sure everybody and anybody who might be interested knows about the upcoming 6th annual Free Software and Open-Source Symposium in Toronto, this October 25-26th.

What is Open-Source? There is a good definition here.

Non-techies should not be shy… I (and I’m very non-techie, I couldn’t code if my life, quite literally, depended on it) for example will be talking about Community Management as the core competency of Open Source projects. While open-source is usually talked about in reference to software, the conference organizers are interested in open systems more generally, and how they can be applied in various fields. I’m interested in open-source public policy (which, if they’ll have me back, I’d like to talk about next year…) and others are interested in its application to theater, meeting design, etc…

For more information I would suggest the blog of David Humphrey, one of the event’s coordinators, where one can read about cool insider info (e.g. prizes) and juicy gossip (e.g. the public, but just, shaming of me for being delinquent in submitting my talk summary).

You can also check out the conference’s webpage, where you can find the agenda, a place to register and other info.

The Free Software and Open Source Symposium
October 25-26th, 2007 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Seneca@York Campus, Toronto

The Symposium is a two-day event aimed at bringing together educators, developers and other interested parties to discuss common free software and open source issues, learn new technologies and to promote the use of free and open source software. At Seneca College, we think free and open source software are real alternatives.

2 thoughts on “Free Software and Open-Source Symposium

  1. Jeremy

    I’ve signed up to attend.

    Sadly I am saddled with a freshman’s schedule and thus must give your talk a miss to attend my quickly antagonizing French class.

    That said, I should be able to make it to several of the talks and I look forward to seeing you there.

    It is interesting, as a point of observation, the level of commercial presence over academic at this conference – how reflective of the field is this?

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  2. Jeremy

    I’ve signed up to attend.Sadly I am saddled with a freshman’s schedule and thus must give your talk a miss to attend my quickly antagonizing French class.That said, I should be able to make it to several of the talks and I look forward to seeing you there.It is interesting, as a point of observation, the level of commercial presence over academic at this conference – how reflective of the field is this?

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