Call For Participation

Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) Symposium 2011
“Think FOSS, Act Locally: HFOSS in the Local Community”

March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 20, 2010


This one-day symposium, held as a SIGCSE 2011 pre-conference activity, aims to bring together educators, software developers, industry representatives, and students to continue the discussion begun at SIGCSE 2009 and 2010.  This year’s symposium focuses on applying HFOSS within the local community -- i.e., in local government, in K-12 education, and in collaboration with local non-profit organizations.  As in previous years, the symposium will be highly interactive, taking place entirely in plenary session.  In addition to the keynote address by Keynote Bryan Sivak,  the symposium will include a poster session, and panels on government, K-12 education, and non-profits,  made up of invited and participating speakers from industry, academia, and the non-profit sector.  Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS) is free and open source software that contributes in some way to the public good.

Tentative Program

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

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Panel:  HFOSS in Local Government

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.      Luncheon and Poster Session

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.         Panel:  HFOSS in K-12

3:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m.          Panel:  Collaborating with local non-profits

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.         Wrap-up Session

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

Call For Particiation
(Poster and Panel Presentations):

Panel Presentations.  We invite participants to submit short papers (2-3 pages) or position statements that will be presented during the panel sessions.  The submission should identify which panel it is intended for and should address questions and issues relating to the symposium's theme, for example:

  • How can university/industry/public sector partnerships use open source to better collaborate on common IT challenges?
  • How can FOSS and HFOSS principles and practices be adapted so they can be taught in the K-12 curriculum?
  • How can Humanitarian FOSS activities be used to engage students in the broader community?

Posters.  Participants (and especially students)  are invited to submit abstracts for posters that report on humanitarian FOSS software development  projects and experiences or (especially faculty) on practical efforts to incorporate FOSS and HFOSS courses, projects, and assignments into the computing curriculum or describe approaches  and strategies for teaching about FOSS and HFOSS.  For example:

  • Reports on introductory or advanced FOSS and HFOSS courses.
  • New FOSS and HFOSS projects involving students, clients, and IT partners working together.
  • Effective (or ineffective) FOSS and HFOSS-related 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 field of study.
  • 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.


Click Here to submit Proposals


Important Dates

December 20, 2010 - Poster abstracts and position statements due
Jaunary 7, 2011 - Author acceptance/rejection notification
January 20, 2011 - Registration deadline for invited participants
March 1, 2011 - 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
Allen Tucker, Bowdoin College