Sunday, 28 March 2010

Asia Open Source Software Training Program 2010

The Centre for International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC) in Singapore recently conducted the Sixth Asia Open Source Software (AOSS) Training Program at SIM University (UniSIM) from 8th to 10th March 2010. The CICC has been conducting training programs for the promotion of OSS in Asia since 2003.

The CICC is headquartered in Japan where one of their many activities involves Asian human resource development in OSS.

Funded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, workshop participants from the following countries flew in to Singapore to share with each other their knowledge in OSS as well as in promoting OSS: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The workshop had been very fulfilling for myself as I got to share and learn about computers and OSS. I particularly liked the presentation on cloud computing by a presenter from Hitachi, Japan. I came back feeling very much motivated by everyone's tips and encouragement and impressed by the efforts of the other 15 Asian countries in OSS development and human resource development. In Brunei, our focus is towards the latter where we have been conducting training programs (like this one) for several years now since 2007, if not earlier. Excited, I reported the experience to my programme leader and with his and the team's support, I hope something good will be coming up soon!

Before we ended our workshop, we pooled our ideas together to come up with outlines for the future workshops and I am much keen in two of the proposals, both of which are sitting at extreme ends in terms of technicality.

Registration for AOSS Workshop

Workshop objectives

Ice breaking session

Discussion and sharing

Closing session

Group photo

Figurines of famous tv characters above the coach door

More decorations in the coach

I am amused by this Kg Java sign.

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