Retrospective : FOSSASIA Phnom Penh 2014

FOSSASIA is a Free Open Source Software community in Asia. The FOSSASIA conference 2014 took place from 28th February to 2nd March at Norton University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

With 87 speakers from all over the world, the event welcomed 839 participants among which were students, web developers and any kind of tech savvy people. This high attendance made the first two days of FOSSASIA an amazing success I have been happy to take part in!
The main topics of FOSSASIA 2014 were all related to Free and Open Source Softwares, with talks and workshops focused on Mobile Solutions, Web Technologies, Linux Operating Systems, Open Education and Open Map solutions.

With the variety of sessions offered, participants could choose their favorite topic in each classroom or in the main hall. Here are few examples of sessions I attended : TYPO3 (a web CMS and scalable web app which is quite similar to Word press), a session on a Word press plugin allowing to develop brand awareness and profit, a session on Piwik (a free web analytics framework quite similar to google analytics but with some differences in the features), a session about Google Summer of Code (a global program that offers post-secondary student developers aged from 18 and older stipends to write code for various open source software projects), a session on Tinyboy Project (A 3D printer made by a student from Hong Kong and developed thanks to open source softwares).

On the third day, it was time for the hands on day, where all participants came to meet up at Open Institute. It was a good opportunity for the participants to practice what they had learned during the previous days. This final day featured five sessions :

- Wifi Mesh Networks-Building Your Local Internet

- First Steps As Fedora Contributor

- Map Party-Let’s make some maps

- Firefox’s Workshop and Open Projects

In conclusion, FOSSASIA Phnom Penh 2014 was a major event in Cambodia that brought knowledge and experience to all the attendees eager to learn more about open source technologies. Developers were able not only to learn more about open source projects, but also to take the experience further thanks to various resources allowing them to keep developing their projects. And for me, it was also a great way to meet interesting contributors from around the world, so thanks a lot to Mario and the whole FOSSASIA committee for organizing such a nice event, and thanks to all the volunteers and the participants for the fun !