Call For Participation

Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) Symposium 2010
“Growing the Humanitarian FOSS Community”

March 10, 2010, Milwaukee, WI




This one-day symposium, held as a SIGCSE 2010 pre-conference activity, aims to bring together educators, software developers, industry representatives, and students to continue the discussion begun at SIGCSE 2009.  This year’s symposium focuses on how to expand participation in the Humanitarian FOSS movement so that it reaches many more students, colleges, secondary schools, and software industry representatives throughout the nation.  Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS) is free and open source software that contributes in some way to the public good.

The symposium will be highly interactive, taking place in three plenary sessions and a break-out session. In addition to the keynote address, the symposium will include invited speakers from industry and academia, an open-ended round-table discussion, a poster session, and four break-out discussion groups.

We invite participants to submit short position statements (1-2 pages) that will be presented during a morning roundtable discussion.  The position statements should address questions and issues relating to the symposium's theme, for example:

  • How can university/industry partnerships help to spread the teaching of FOSS principles and practice to large numbers of students?
  • What could it mean for a student to earn “FOSS or HFOSS Certification,” and could such certification increase interest among high school and college students in computing as a major?
  • How can Humanitarian FOSS activities be used to increase interest in computing from women and minorities?

Participants are also invited to submit abstracts (1-2 pages) for posters that report on practical efforts to incorporate FOSS and HFOSS courses, projects, and assignments into the curricula or describe approaches and strategies for teaching about FOSS and HFOSS.  For example:

  • Introductory or advanced FOSS and HFOSS courses.
  • New FOSS and HFOSS projects involving students, clients, and IT partners working together.
  • Effective (or not) FOSS and HFOSS-related exercises, assignments, and team-forming exercises for introductory and advanced courses.
  • Examples of how FOSS and HFOSS development principles can be integrated within a traditional software engineering course.
  • Examples of how interest in the broader “free and open culture” movement can be used to generate interest in computing as a major.
  • Examples of how to organize team projects, teach communication, and assess work done by individual team members.
  • Examples of how to adapt FOSS and HFOSS principles and practices so that they can be taught in the K-12 curriculum.

Tentative Program

8:00 - 9:00 AM          Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 AM        Keynote Address by Prof. Hal Abelson, MIT
10:30 - 12:15 PM      Roundtable Discussion
12:15 - 1:15 PM        Lunch and Poster Session
1:15 - 3:00 PM          Small Group Breakout Sessions
3:15 - 5:00 PM          Wrap-up Panel Discussion
5:00 - 6:00 PM          Reception

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Submission Information

Submissions are accepted in PDF format. We prefer that you follow the SIGCSE 2010 formatting guidelines. All accepted posters abstracts and position statements will be published and distributed as a collection under an open source license.

Submission site available here.

Important Dates

November 30, 2009 - Poster abstracts and position statements due
December 14, 2009 - Author acceptance/rejection notification
January 15, 2010 - Invited participants registration deadline
February 20, 2010 - Final (open) registration deadline

Organizing Committee

Ralph Morelli (chair), Trinity College
Trishan deLanerolle, Trinity College
Danny Krizanc, Wesleyan University
Norman Danner, Wesleyan University
Gary Parker, Connecticut College
Ozgur Izmirli, Connecticut College
Carlos Espinosa, Trinity College
Heidi Ellis, Western New England College
Leslie Hawthorn, Google
Greg Hislop, Drexel University
Jana Iyengar, Franklin and Marshall College
Allen Tucker, Bowdoin College
Scott Dexter, Brooklyn College
Ingrid Russell, University of Hartford