Announcing Poster Proposal Extension and Google sponsored Student Travel Awards

We would like to call your attention to the 3rd annual HFOSS Symposium.

Google sponsored travel grant and waived registration will be awarded to students presenting a poster at the 2011 HFOSS symposium.

HFOSS 2011

This one-day symposium will be held in Dallas, TX on March 9, 2011 as a pre-conference activity in conjunction with the 2011 SIGCSE conference ( ). It is sponsored by the NSF-funded Humanitarian FOSS Project (

The theme of this year's Symposium is "Think FOSS, Act Locally: HFOSS in the Local Community" and will focus on applying FOSS within 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 sessions. This year's keynote speaker is Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, a founding member and advisory board member of Civic Commons. In addition to the keynote address the symposium will include a poster session, and panels on the role of FOSS in local government, K-12 education, and the non-profit sector.

The deadline to submit poster abstracts has been extended to 14th February 2011.

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.

Submission directions and the application forms are available online at this url:

If you are a presenting author on an abstract and a student, you are eligible for consideration for travel award. A $300 grant and waived registration fees ($55) will be given to students who will be presenting a poster at HFOSS 2011.
Limited funds may be available for eligible faculty members or high school teachers, selected to present their works at the symposium.
Please feel free to circulate news of this opportunity widely.