Free & Open Source Software Awareness
Campaign (FOSSAC-2005) 16th-18th August 2005, Lahore, Pakistan.
for more details.
For many years Free & Open
Source Software (FOSS) has been building momentum causing great interest among
the scholars, researchers, professionals and administrations all over the world
as it is affordable, reliable, scalable, and security-rich and runs on the
widest variety of hardware platforms. This interest has helped in advocating
the usage of FOSS in both the Public and Private sectors organizations.
Particularly, it has been realized that Free & Open Source Software is a highly
effective vehicle for the transfer of wealth from the industrialized world to
developing countries. Pakistan
government has acknowledged this fact and is striving to convince organizations
to adopt FOSS for their sustainable development and socio-economic growth.
Unfortunately, in spite of government announced initiatives and extensive
campaigning efforts, the adoption of FOSS in the local industry is very slow.
Lack of awareness and technical support could be the two major causes of this
sluggish pace. For this reason, we are teaming up with educational institutions
and government authorities to launch a three days national awareness campaign
to address the issues regarding lack of FOSS familiarity among IT
professionals, availability & reliability of FOSS training, and
availability of local expertise for FOSS and international support. We believe
the campaign will create a lasting impact on the industry and help government
to achieve its targets regarding the adoption of FOSS.
“Free & Open Source Software Awareness Campaign
2005” is a three day event organized to promote nationwide awareness
about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software and to persuade
organizations and individuals of Pakistan to use Free & Open Source
The event will be arranged for IT professionals, government
officials, business community, academic scholars, students and general public.
Outcomes & Benefits
Professionals from various organizations, students, and general public will get
awareness about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software.
Organizations and individuals will be persuaded to use Free &Open Source
Software for their sustainable development.
Professionals, students, and general public will get free short term training
to begin using Free &Open Source Software.
Participants will receive free CDs containing a collection of free &open
source utility software along with operating system.
Awareness about issues regarding Intellectual Copyright Law and pirated
software in Pakistan
will be promoted.
Government, academia, public and private sector organizations, industry,
NGO’s, and other will gather under one roof to achieve the national goal
regarding Free and Open Source Software.
Event Venue & Schedule:
of Information Technology (PUCIT)
University of the Punjab
Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus
16th - 18th August 2005 (9:00am – 6:00pm)
1. FOSSFP: Free and Open Source Software Foundation of Pakistan
of Information Technology (PUCIT), University of the Punjab
3. PITB: Punjab Information Technology Board, Government of
4. PSEB-OSRC: Open Source Resource Centre,
Pakistan Software Export
Board, Government of Pakistan
5. KMT Innovators®, Lahore, Pakistan
• Government of Punjab
• Ministry of Information Technology (Federal)
• Ministry of Telecom Pakistan
Chamber of Commerce and Industry
1. Exhibition of Free and Open Source Software technologies
including Industrial, Academic, Content Management, Internet and Web, Games,
Multimedia, Graphics, Video Conferencing, Browsers, Chat, Utility Software and
2. Demonstration of Free and Open Source Software
tools and technologies.
3. Training facility for participants on Ubuntu Linux,
Open Office, and LAMP
4. Distribution of informational material, free CDs
containing a collection of free &open source utility software package.
5. Conference on “Trends and Practices of Free
& Open Source Software Technologies” and “National FOSS Awards
6. Students’ sketching competition
7. Entertainment movies
8. Demonstration of Video Conferencing
9. Gaming Zone
10. Inauguration of FOSSFP Student Chapter
11. Distribution of awards & certificates
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