FOSSASIA 2014 will be held at Norton University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from February 28 - March 2. FOSSASIA is an exciting free Open Technology event for students, developers and start ups. It is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience about open source technologies and meet interesting contributors.
The first FOSSASIA meetup took place during GNOME.Asia 2009 in Ho Chi Minh city. Events in the following years were held at Raffles College and Van Lang University in Saigon and attracted up to 1400 participants and speakers from 24 countries. More than 100 volunteers support participants at the conference. More than half of all participants are women.
The main topics of FOSSASIA 2014 are all related to Free and Open Source Software with a talks and workshops about Mobile Solutions, Web Technologies, Linux Operating Systems, Open Education and Open Map solutions.
IT Cafe Phnom Penh, Social Meet up
|Friday, Feb.28||9.00-12.00||Intro Day (15-20 min presentations about projects and set up of info tables)||Norton University Amphitheatre|
|12.00-17.30||Talks and Workshop Sessions||Norton University Class Rooms and Lecture Hall|
|Saturday, Mar.1||9.00-17.30||Community Day (keynotes, talks, workshops)||Norton University Class Rooms and Lecture Hall|
|Evening||Social Event||Location in the city to be announced|
|Sunday, Mar. 2||9.00-15.30||Phnom Penh Hack Day||Different Locations in Phnom Penh, IT Cafe, Small World Space, Hackerspace, Open Institute|
FOSSASIA is looking for talks and projects in the area of Open Source Software, Hardware, Open Maps, Open Fonts, Geo-data, and specific solutions to improve living conditions for people in emerging countries. FOSSASIA 2014 will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from February 28 - March 2.
Info on the Schedule Planning
1) Talks / Presentations
The sessions at the FOSSASIA will be scheduled a) for 30 minutes and b) for one hour blocks of time. Expect approximately 20 minutes for a half an hour block and about 45 minutes for a talk with the final 15 minutes used for questions and group discussion. The session could be a technical talk, panel discussion, or BOF.
2) Lightning Talks
The lightning talks at the FOSSASIA are short presentations. Each lightning talk is only 5 minutes long with no time for Q&A. Proposals for lightning talks will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, limited by available space.
3) Hands on labs/Workshops
At the event we are dedicating areas for workshops.
4) Exhibition area for your project/community
Exhibitions including tables, posters and stands of community projects are welcome.
Phnom Penh (/pəˈnɔːm ˈpɛn/ or /ˈnɒm ˈpɛn/;Khmer: ភ្នំពេញ, Khmer pronunciation: [pnum pɨɲ]) is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation's center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia.
Once known as the "Pearl of Asia," it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, are significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. There are a number of surviving French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards.
Situated on the banks of the Tonlé Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers, the Phnom Penh metropolitan area is home to about 2.2 million of Cambodia's population of over 14.8 million, up from about 1.9 million in 2008. The city is the wealthiest and most populous city in Cambodia and is the country's political hub.
In 1975 Phnom Penh was choked with up to 2 million refugees from the war between the then U.S.-backed government and the Khmer Rouge. The city fell to the Khmer Rouge in 1975, who completely emptied it of civilians and allowed it to crumble for several years. The city's small class of skilled or educated professionals was systematically murdered by Pol Pot, or driven into exile. Cambodia's developing economy and institutionalised corruption have concentrated wealth into a new rich class that now supports Phnom Penh's new fancy hotels and restaurants. Increasing tourist numbers are also bringing about improving tourist infrastructure.
All of Phnom Penh's streets are numbered. Some major thoroughfares also have names. The scheme is simple: odd-numbered streets run north-south, the numbers increasing as you head west from the river, and even numbered streets run west-east, increasing as you head south (with some exceptions, e.g., the west side of what was Boeung Kak Lake).
House numbers, however, are quite haphazard. Don't expect houses to be numbered sequentially on a street; you might even find two completely unrelated houses with the same number on the same street.
VISA: Right upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you can buy a 1-month tourist visa for $25. 2 passport pictures are needed (or some cash). ATM available. Make sure your passport is valid at least another six months. From the airport, take a taxi or tuk tuk ride to the conference location or your hotel for $9 or $7 (taxi or tuk tuk respectively, flat rate for single trips from the airport to any point of the city).
Business Visas are the best choice for those wishing to stay for over two months with multiple entries, as a business visa can be extended indefinitely (approximately US$140 per 6 month extension and US$285 per 12 month extension) and have multiple entry status when (and only when) extended. For faster and reliable processing of your long term Business Visa application, it is advisable to contact reliable and reputable travel agents who have better knowledge and understanding of the system for prompt visa application processing and delivery.
Phnom Penh has many hotels and guesthouses in all price ranges available. We will direct speakers to selected partner hotels for the event.Read more »
FOSSASIA 2014 will be held at the the new campus of the prestigious Norton University in Phnom Penh Cambodia.
Norton University (Khmer: សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ ន័រតុន, NU) is the leading university in the IT and technology area in Cambodia established in 1996. The University was one of the first private Cambodian educational institutions.
In 2006, Tom Chandler, a 3-D modeling specialist from Monash University in Melbourne was invited to Norton as a senior visiting fellow. The aim of the fellowship was to introduce architecture and science students to specialised animation and modeling techniques and allow them to learn to digitally render their own heritage using 3-D techniques.
Norton university is considered to be the Best IT Education Center in Cambodia years after its establishment, and was chosen by National ICT Development Authority (NiDA), Ministry of Post-Telecommunications (MPTC), International Data Group (IDG) to receive the award, and that official honor in 2010. The university has two campus both based in Phnom Penh. The current Rector, and Vice Rector of Norton University are Professor Chan Sok Khieng and Professor Un Van Thouen, respectively.
Address: Norton University, St.118, 19 & 130, Krala Hom Kong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
We are excited to announce FOSSASIA 2014 in Phnom Penh. After taking place several times in Vietnam, it is the first time FOSSASIA takes place in Cambodia. The event will be held at Norton University from February 28 – March 2, 2014.
FOSSASIA is a free event that offers students, developers and start ups a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is a premier place for Open Source communities in Asia to get together with International developers and an opportunity to experience Open Source technologies.
Previous events attracted up to 1400 participants and speakers from 20 countries. Apart from Open Source Software FOSSASIA 2014 will feature a number of Open Hardware projects. In the FOSSASIA business lounge participants can learn about start up ideas and practices and connect with International companies and outsourcing partners.