FOSSASIA Summit’19 (The Outreachy Impact)

One with the very inspiring – Hong Phuc Dang, Founder of FOSSASIA

It’s been 6 months since my Outreachy internship ended, but its impact never seems to end, does it? Making use of my travel stipend I attended FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit in Singapore – Asia’s Annual Premier Developer Event. Outreachy is a remote program that provides internships in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), please read more about it here.

FOSSASIA is an organisation developing software applications for social change using a wide range of technologies. And the annual FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit is one of the largest gatherings of developers in Asia.”

At the summit, we got to meet and witness amazing people who have demonstrated the great power of technology. One of the most exuberant speakers was – Mitch Altman – who struck the right chord with this inspirational story behind the formation of TV-B-Gone.
Another notable genius – Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, a PhD from MIT and the author of the book Hacking the Xbox. It is needless to say that each and every speaker left an everlasting impression of what we are capable of doing on me.

Discussion Panel – (Left to Right) Mario Behling (CEO OpnTec), Bunnie Huang (CTO Chibitronics),  Shanker V Selvadurai (Vice President & CTO of Cloud and Cognitive Software IBM), Hong Phuc (Founder FOSSASIA), Dr. Graham Williams (Director of Data Science Director of Data Science, Microsoft), Carsten Haitzler (Technical Director Arm Holdings)

We attended numerous talks and learnt about a wide variety of topics, ranging from Open Tech Hardware, Security, Open AI to Open Science, Computer Vision in Wildlife photography and Meditation. It was quite enthralling to know how “Open” not only sustains innovation but forms a foundation for thriving communities.

Outside Paya Lebar MRT, Near Lifelong Learning Institute

My internship with Mozilla Firefox, one of the world’s widely used FOSS, enabled me to be a part of the community. Being at FOSSASIA opened my eyes to a plethora of Open Source projects and how I can contribute to them too. SUSI.AI is already on my list.
I’m really thankful to Outreachy and Software Freedom Conservancy for hundreds of possibilities they opened up for me and obviously, this summit. And lastly, here’s a photo of beautiful Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.




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