[RndTbl] Conference on Engaging in Open Source (fwd)

Gilbert E. Detillieux gedetil at cs.umanitoba.ca
Thu Apr 14 14:28:19 CDT 2005

I'm forwarding this to you all in case any of you are interested in
attending this open source conference in Halifax, in mid-May...

Gilbert E. Detillieux		E-mail:	<gedetil at cs.umanitoba.ca>
Dept. of Computer Science	Web:	http://www.cs.umanitoba.ca/~gedetil/
University of Manitoba		Phone:	(204)474-8161
Winnipeg, MB, CANADA  R3T 2N2	Fax:	(204)474-7609


Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 09:58:47 -0300
From: Conference on Engaging Open Source <ceos at cs.dal.ca>
Subject: Conference on Engaging in Open Source

Is open source software an impressive promise or a practical advantage?  Is
it a platform that will be forever relegated to nerd space or does it have a
real commercial role to play?  And how do you get in on the act?

Find out "what's up" with open source right now at the only forum of its
kind in Atlantic Canada.

The Conference on Engaging in Open Source 
May 12 & 13, 2005 
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

This special two-day event promises to become an annual gathering of
evangelists, recent converts and the open-minded to explore the challenges
and the future of the Open Source movement.  

CEOS is organized by the Dalhousie Student Chapter of the Association for
Computing Machinery (Dal-ACM) and aims at: 

* Showcasing the open-source projects undertaken by universities, government, 
  industry, and the community 

* Enhancing the knowledge and exposure of open-source software 

* Promoting stronger relationships between academia, government, and industry 
  in the form of open dialogues and open-source initiatives 

This year's highlights include:

"Exploring this business of Open Source" is the subject of a presentation by
Dr. Brian Barry, who is currently CEO of Bedarra Research Labs.  Dr. Barry
has over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of
component-based and object-oriented systems and led the development of the
Eclipse Platform and IBM VisualAge at Object Technology International.

Billy Biggs, a Master in Computer Science from Dalhousie and an active
developer of the open source Eclipse Project at IBM Canada will address the
philosophy and politics behind the open source movement and explore the
real, seemingly altruistic motives of developers.

The Vice President of Sun Microsystems operating platforms group, Tom Goguen
will give a provocative presentation entitled "Open Source, Open Standards".

An analysis of the benefits as well as the pitfalls of developing products
that incorporate open source software will be explored in depth in a
presentation by Dr. Lawrence Rogers who is currently the Chief Technology
Officer of Bandalong Incorporated.  Dr. Rogers has over 30 years of
experience in the software industry from the heavy-hitters to a recent
string of successful start-ups.

Richard Charpentier, a specialist in infrared imagery and space-based
surveillance at Defense R&D Canada - Valcartier and an advocate of open
source software within the Department of National Defense will address the
reliability and security considerations as well as the strategic value of
adopting open source.

The event will wrap-up on the second day with an open forum with the
Atlantic open source community, highlighting Atlantic Canadian open source
projects and developments. An informal discussion and networking will
continue throughout the evening during the GeekBeer social at the Faculty of
Computer Science.

A complete conference schedule and registration details are online at:



-- CEOS Organizers

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