Free Software and Open Source Symposium

Free and open source software is pervasive in all areas of technology.
Join us for FSOSS 2018 where we will explore engagement of communities
with free and open source software.

Join us at the Seneca@York campus October 25-26 for two days of
presentations and workshops on a wide range of open source topics from
community engagement to technology deep dives.


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Free and open source software is everywhere now, and the ideas of open source have outgrown software to become a standard part of how people get things done. Seneca College's Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) invites you to the 2018 Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS)
- FSOSS Engage

This year, FSOSS is about getting involved. Engaging with community leaders, educators, activists, government agencies and anyone else who wants to change the world. We're looking for speakers who'd like to share their experiences using free and open source tools, projects and practices to make the world a better place.

This year's FSOSS has 3 different talk formats to choose from:

  • 10 min lightning talk
  • 40 min tradition talk
  • half day (2 to 3 hours) workshop

Specific Areas of Focus

  • Open source engagement - social, economic, commercial , open data, and leadership.
  • Security in an always-on, pervasive computing environment.
  • Open source and business - Talks about business models, new types of businesses enabled by open source, technical innovation driven by free software and open source, the tension between personal freedom and business interests.
  • Open source and emerging technology - Machine learning/deep learning, Blockchain technologies, advanced graphics.
  • Open source technology deep dives.


Schedule comming soon!


Keynote speakers comming soon!


(Preliminary list - subject to change)

Vipul Gupta

Sugar Labs - Student Developer
Vipul Gupta is an Indian student, a Linux enthusiast, codes in Python and loves shell scripting, currently, part of [Google Summer of Code][1] 2018 under Sugar Labs, mentoring the GirlScript Summer of Code project, WTF Python and an active volunteer for [PyDelhi][2] since 2016 and managing an open-source community in my college, [ALiAS][3]. He speaks at Local User Meetup groups.

Myles Braithwaite

GrantMatch - Senior Software Developer
Myles is a Senior Software Developer at GrantMatch. He is active in many open source communities from GTALUG to PyData Toronto and maintain a few Python libraries.

Jason Carman

Centennial College - Faculty
Jason taught Linux Administration (OPS335) with Seneca's Continuing Education for almost 4 years. He contributed to the kernel optimization initiative for Pidora, the official Fedora Linux distro for Raspberry Pis. He utilize open source software in every aspect of his life from personal to professional education.

Farah Juma

Red Hat Canada Ltd. - Senior Software Engineer
Farah Juma is a Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat working on the WildFly project. She has been focusing on application server security for the past few years.

Steward Russell

Neil Squire Society - Regional Coordinator
Stewart Russell is an engineer and maker with many years experience building renewable energy projects worldwide. A Linux user since 1995, he regularly contributes to open source typography and 3d design projects.

Warren McPherson

Cambridge Payments - Data Poet
Warren is a veteran of the Digital Alphaserver, enthusiast of free software technologies. Recently, he was a student of IDEO Design Thinking and Bitcoin developments.

Musa Talluzi

Red Hat - Software Engineering Intern
Musa is a Software Engineering Intern on the Business Systems and Intelligence Group at Red Hat, contributing to OptaPlanner project. He is a Computer Science student at the University of Toronto specializing in Computer Systems and Artificial Intelligence. His other interests include teaching, soccer, table tennis and swimming.

Justin Cook

Red Hat - Software Engineering Intern
Justin is a Software Engineering Intern at Red Hat Canada. He is working on the WildFly Elytron project, the security subsystem of the WildFly AS. He has a passion for robotics, having first started learning about the field with a Lego Mindstorms kit when he was 8, and a love for programming. In September 2019, he will be returning to McMaster University where he will finish his fourth year of studies in Mechatronics Engineering.

Shobika Ramasubbarayalu

CGI - Automation Consultant
Shobika is a professor at Centennial College and an Automation Consultant working for CGI. She has a passion for automation and blogging.

Andor Saga

Web Developer
Andor was first introduced to creative coding when he was a research assistant contributing to Processing.js at Seneca's research lab, CDOT. Several years later he is still exploring graphics, interactivity, and game development using the web.

Xi Yan

Red Hat - Software Engineering Intern
Xi is a software engineering intern on the Eclipse team at Red Hat, where she contributes to SWT, an open source widget toolkit for Java. She is studying computer science with a focus in artificial intelligence at the University of Toronto.

Volodymyr Klymenko

Seneca College - Student
Volodymyr Klymenko is a Computer Programming and Analysis student at Seneca College. He completed two internships at RBC Innovation Lab working as a full-stack developer. At the end of the work term, Volodymyr was nominated for a Student Top Talent reward by his manager. In his spare time, Volodymyr develops React Cupertino, learns Swift, works on his tech blog on Medium & Instagram.

Joshua Matsuoka

Red Hat - Software Engineer
Joshua is a software engineer on the java team at Red Hat and an author on the OpenJDK Mission Control project. He has a degree in computer science from the University of Toronto. Outside of working he enjoys skiing.

Ken Dobson

Red Hat - Software Engineerring Intern
Ken is currently a Software Engineering Intern at Red Hat, where he works on developing Java Mission Control as a member of the OpenJDK team. Ken is currently pursuing a Computer Engineering degree at the University of Toronto.

Salman Siddiqui

Red Hat - Software Engineer
Salman Siddiqui is an intern software engineer on Red Hat's OpenJDK team. He works primarily on Java Mission Control. He is pursuing a degree in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. In his spare time, Salman likes hiking, kayaking and reading mystery novels.


Presentation Coming Soon!

How To Get Here


The following hotels are located near FSOSS: Hilton Garden Inn and Marriot Residence Inn - Located at Hwy 7 and Jane St., these hotels are 5 km from FSOSS - only 10 minutes on the Viva rapid bus service.


The Seneca@York campus is accessible by public transit, being served by over 1700 TTC, Viva, YRT, GO, and Brampton Transit busses per day, plus GO Train service. The MyTTC community-operated site provides transit planning for travel with Toronto. For those coming from York Region, north of Toronto, trips can be planned through the YRT trip planner. For those driving. FSOSS is located near highway 400 and the 407 ETR.

Contact Us

Address: 70 The Pond Road Toronto, Ontario M3J 3M6

Tel: 416-491-5050 ext. 33703

Email: fsoss@senecacollege.ca

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