(Last updated Feb 9th 2011 -- Draft)

When: March 9th, 2011

Location: Lone Star A3 in the  Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Convention Center, SIGCSE'11 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 Bryan Sivak, former CTO Government of the District of Columbia, Founding Member of Civic Commons.

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

Deborah Bryant, Oregon State University Open Source Lab (Chair)
Bryan Sivak, Former CTO Government of District of Columbia
Mark Prutsalis, President and CEO Sahana Foundation
Heather Blanchard, co-founder of CrisisCommons (invited)
John Reilly, Google Evangelist

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Abstract:Open source software - and the methods employed in its creation - shares critical values with government that make each function in the ideal: Meritocracy of Ideas, Transparency, and Collaboration. Open source software employed in pursuit of Humanitarian endeavors create a fourth shared value: Public Benefit. And when government adopts HFOSS in its operations, benefits are far reaching.

Government has been an early quiet adopter of open source software. Today in local government, a confluence of interests and events including public policy, citizen engagement, maturation of open source software and tools coupled with economic pressures and a drive to do more with less are accelerating the public acknowledgement and growing acceptance of its use in government. Moving forward, the long term health of this trend will depend on a healthy open IT ecosystem engaging open source and humanitarian communities, education, and government, and private industry in new ways.

Expert panelists and the exemplary projects they represent will discuss the successes and challenges, and offer an opportunity for the audience to help paint a picture of how new participants in HFOSS community may play in its future.


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

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

Anita Verno, Computer Science Teachers Association, Bergen Community College (Chair)
Bill Madden, Bergen Community College
Chinma Uche, Greater Hartford Acadamy of Mathamatics and Science
Allen Tucker, Bowdoin College
Cat Allman, Google Open Source Programs Office

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Abstract: What’s Happening in K-12 Computer Education and How Does Open Source Fit In? Panelists will discuss the use of Google’s App Inventor for Android in the K-12 environment, the work in process by the CSTA to update the K-12 Model Curriculum for Computer Science, Google’s High School Open Source program, and efforts to engage students who have minimal programming background in Open Source development.

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel: Collaborating with Local non-profits

Stormy Peters, Mozilla Foundation (Chair)
Cathy Malmrose, Zareason and Partimus
Heidi Ellis, Western New England College
Linda M. Seiter, John Carroll University
Mihaela Sabin, University of New Hampshire

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


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


Poster Session: 

  • Tips for Instructors on Working with OSS Managers - Edward F. Gehringer (North Carolina State University)
  • The Founding of the Rensselaer Center for Open Source - David Doria, Mukkai S. krishnamoorthy (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Open Legislation - Graylin Kim (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Community Mapping - Brian Michalski (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • HFOSS FAST (Free Ambulance Services Technology) Project  - Elias Chalhoub, Constantyn Cherkashyn, Steve Greco, Beth Hall, Eric Perotta, Roberto Ronderos, Andrew Stanish (Bergen Community College).
  • Jaaka: The Privacy Aware Social Network - Amy Barrett, Jeffery Young, Brian Stambaugh (Connecticut College)
  • Xpilot-Ed - Jim O'Connor (Connecticut College)