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Status Active
Genre Free and Open Source (software, hardware, content)
Location(s) Asia
Inaugurated 2009
Most recent 2014
Attendance ~1000
Organized by Hong Phuc Dang, Mario Behling
FOSSASIA 2014, Group Photo

FOSSASIA is a non-profit organization supporting developers and makers of Free and Open Source technologies. It was founded by Hong Phuc Dang and Mario Behling. The aim of FOSSASIA is to develop and adapt open technologies for social change with a focus on Asian users. The FOSSASIA Summit takes place annually one month after the Lunar New Year. Projects at FOSSASIA range from open hardware, to design, graphics and software. FOSSASIA offers resources to projects and organizes an annual Open Technology event for students, developers and start ups.

The FOSSASIA Summit is the top Free and Open Source technology event in Asia for developers, start-ups, and contributors. It is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience about open source technologies and meet interesting contributors. FOSSASIA was established in the year 2009. Previous events took place in Cambodia and Vietnam.

FOSSASIA has its headquarters in Singapore, in the NUS Plug-In@Blk71 building.


Projects of FOSSASIA range from open hardware, to design, graphics and software. The organization offers resources and funding for projects and organizes meetups and code camps.[1]

FOSSASIA Summit[edit]

The annual FOSSASIA Summit is the premier Free and Open Source technology event in Asia. It was established in 2009. Previous events took place in Cambodia and Vietnam.


FOSSASIA community gathering GNOME.Asia 2009

The first event organized by the FOSSASIA team was GNOME.Asia in Vietnam in 2009 with 1400 participants and 138 volunteers over three days. 60% of participants were women.[2][3] The idea of the FOSSASIA Summit is based on the 2009 success.


Hong Phuc Dang at a workshop

FOSSASIA 2010 was held at Raffles College in Ho Chi Minh City from November 12–14, 2010. The focus of 2010 was "Lightweight Computing and Women in IT". Important Speakers at the event were Jon Phillips, from the Open Clip Art Library and co-founder of Inkscape, Jan Suhr from Crypto-Stick, Pierros Papadeas, developer at Fedora (operating system), Dietrich Ayala, Mozilla developer and Michael Howden from Sahana Eden.


FOSSASIA 2011 was held at Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City on November 11–12, 2011. Davide Storti from the UNESCO Open Source Department, Jonas Smedegaard, Developer at Debian, Sven Berg Ryen, from Drupal and Justin Lee, mobile developer and Geekcamp Singapore organizer.


The FOSSASIA Open Design Weeks were held at different locations and times in Vietnam in 2012. The goal of the events was to foster sharing of graphic designs, Libre Graphics, Free and Open Source software, Open Content, FashionTec projects and to feature the maker community. Speakers included Pierre Marchand, Scribus developer and artist, Alexandre Leray, graphic designer, Stephanie Villayphou, media designer and Pierre Huyghebaert, designer of typography and animations and co-founder of Hammerfonts.


FOSSASIA Volunteers 2014

FOSSASIA 2014 was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on February 28 to March 2, 2014. The event had over 800 attendees, 71 International Speakers, 121 Talks, Workshops and Panels in eight tracks.[4] Speakers at the event included Colin Charles, Community Manager of MariaDB, Cat Allman, Open Source Manager at Google, Dominik Stankowski, board member of the TYPO3 Foundation, Chia-liang Kao from the Open Data community, and Bastian Bittorf from Freifunk.


FOSSASIA 2015 took place in Singapore from March 13–15. Speakers included Lennart Poettering, main developer of Pulse Audio and systemd, Kushal Das, Director of the Python Software Foundation, André Rebentisch, board member of the FFII and Julien Lavergne from the Lubuntu project. The topics covered were smart city and design, big data, and open source software and hardware. FOSSASIA 2015 was sponsored by Google, mySQL and Oracle.


FOSSASIA 2016 took place in Singapore from March 18 to 20. 37 nationalities participated this time. Speakers at the event included Cat Allman, Open Source Manager at Google, Davide Storti, FOSS Program Manager at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Mike McQuaid, software engineer at GitHub, Colin Charles, Chief Evangelist for MariaDB, Ricky Setyawan, MySQL Principal Sales Consultant for Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Pakistan. FOSSASIA 2016 was sponsored by Red Hat, Google, GitHub, MySQL, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise,, General Assembly and Internet Society Singapore.


FOSSASIA strongly encourages the formation and growth of more open source organizations and programs and has participated in open-source programs such as the Google Summer of Code since 2011 and in Google Code-In since 2014.


  1. ^ "How to get contributors for your Free/Libre/Open Source project in Asia". FOSS Vietnam. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  2. ^ "GNOME.Asia Wrap Up". GNOME.Asia. December 12, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gnome Asia Summit Press release". Sköne Oke/A.Rebentisch. December 1, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Murray, Bennett (March 3, 2014). "Tech meet-up draws hundreds". The Phnom Penh Post. 

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