(Last updated Feb 1st 2010)

When: March 10, 2010

Location: Room 103C in the  Milwaukee Convention Center as a SIGCSE'10 Pre-Conference activity .

Registration: Click Here for HFOSS Symposium Registration details.



8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m Welcome followed by Keynote Address by Prof. Hal Abelson, MIT

The City on the Hill meets the Open Range
What's the responsibility of computer science academics in the age of information
(Click here for Abstract)

10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Roundtable Discussion (Ralph Morelli, moderator)


  • Greg DeKoenigsberg, Red Hat (Bio) -Invitee
  • Leslie Hawthorn, Google Open Source Programs Office (Bio)-Invitee
  • Steven Jacobs, Rochester Institute of Technology (Bio)-Invitee
  • Mukkay Krishnamoorthy, Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software (Bio) –Invitee
  • Linda M. Seiter (John Carroll University) - Bridging the Digital Divide through Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software
  • Mihaela Sabin(University of New Hampshire),et al -Community Engagement across Disciplines: OpenITWare, Students in Free Enterprise, and Community Media
  • Tarsem S. Purewal Jr. (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) -Local Activism and the HFOSS Project·
  • Collin Anderson (University of North Dakota Kiwi Project) -Open Source Platforms and Disadvantaged Communities
  • Mark Prutsalis et al. (Sahana Software Foundation)-Partnerships between HFOSS Projects and Academia: the Cluster Approach

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon and Poster Session

1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Small Group Breakout Sessions

A. Curriculum: A Certificate Program (Allen Tucker)

B. Community Building: HFOSS Chapters (Ralph Morelli)

C. Town and Gown Collaborations (Leslie Hawthorn)

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wrap-up Panel: Where do we go from here?

Allen Tucker (Chair), Hal Abelson, Leslie Hawthorn, Ralph Morelli

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reception



Poster Session:

  • Introducing Open Source Tools Early: A Project Course Between CS1 & CS2 Based on Common Reading Text - E. Kent Palmer

  • Use of Social Entrepreneurship and Humanitarian Curricula in Computer Science Classes at Stanford - Jessica Richman(Oxford Internet Institute)

  • Teaching Software Security through the Analysis of OpenMRS - Laurie Williams, Andrew Meneely (North Carolina State University)

  • Beaversource: Creating a Social Environment for HFOSS- Jose Cedeno, Victor Kuechler, Carlos Jensen (Oregon State University)

  • GNOME Accessibility Projects – Rachel Foecking (Trinity College), Ryan Gee,Foster Nichols V (Wesleyan University)

  • Connecticut College 2009 HFOSS Summer Institute- James Jackson, Khahn Pham, Phil Fritzche (Connecticut College)

  • POSIT: Mobile Data Collection and Tracking – Prasanna Gautam, Christopher Fei (Trinity College)

  • Collabbit - Virtual Emergency Operations Center - Eli Fox-Epstein,Sam DeFabbia-Kane (Wesleyan University)



Keynote by Prof. Hal Abelson, MIT:

The City on the Hill meets the Open Range
What's the responsibility of computer science academics in the age of information

All academics have a responsibility to make the fruits of their scholarship as widely accessible as possible, but in Computer Science we have a special responsibility to do so. For in computing, the expression of ideas as programs becomes the implementation of those ideas; and the information worlds that people inhabit constrain their actions and their imaginations. As Lessig said, “code is law.”

How can we build those information worlds to be places of freedom and openness? How can we empower and inspire our students to do likewise? How can we support the values of the open range, in face of the traditions and pressures of academia's “city on the hill”?

In this talk I'll describe some things we've done at MIT that rise or our responsibility, like open publication of all our course materials, and our faculty policy on open publication of academic research. I'll also discuss the importance of Free Software for educational technology. And I'll show a preview of the work we're doing at Google on App Inventor for Android to preserve opennenss and protect the right to tinker in the word of smartphones and mobile applications

Harold (Hal) Abelson is a leader in the worldwide movement towards openness and democratization of culture and intellectual resources. He is a founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and the Free Software Foundation, and a director of the Center for Democracy and Technology — organizations that are devoted to strengthening the global intellectual commons.