• About FSOSS

    Free Software and Open Source Symposium

    2016 will see the fifteenth iteration of the Free Software and Open Source Symposium hosted by Seneca College’s Centre for Development of Open Technology. Held at the Seneca@York campus, the conference is a venue for the discussion of open source issues and the development of open source technologies and ideas. Over the years FSOSS has played host to presentations and workshops that have covered a wide range of topics including open web development, using open source in varying levels of education, copyright, enterprise applications, economic practices, and global connectivity using open source technology. Speakers from all over the world have presented at FSOSS with the goal of providing open source alternatives for every aspect of computing.

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  • Keynote Speakers

    Evan Weaver

    Evan Weaver is a former Chair of the Seneca School of ICT, one of the founders of CDOT, and a long-term open source developer. He will be providing his perspective on the future of free software and open source.

    Grant Likely

     Grant Likely is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and a long-term Linux kernel developer and open source contributor. Grant will be speaking on the future importance of free software concepts.

    Hadrian Zbarcea

    Hadrian Zbarcea is an open source veteran, committer, member and VP for Fundraising at the Apache Software Foundation. Hadrian will touch on the governance and funding of open source projects.

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    About FSOSS

    Seneca College’s Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) and the School of Information and Communications Technology has proudly presented the Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) annually since 2002. Again this year, FSOSS brings together developers, educators, industry, the user community and other interested parties to discuss free software, open source, open web and academic/industry partnerships.

    Who Will Attend

    The symposium attracts IT professionals, high profile free software and open source developers, thought leaders, movers and shakers, educators, students and those interested in being introduced to open source. These delegates play a key role in influencing the free software and open source communities and the IT field.

    Notable organizations that participated in past FSOSS symposiums include Mozilla, Novell, Apple, Red Hat Inc., Microsoft Canada, IBM Canada, Sun Canada, ATI, EDS Canada, Electronic Frontier Foundation, OpenOffice.org, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, RBC Financial Group, HackLab.TO and the National Research Council.

    Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

    This highly successful event depends on the generous support of our sponsors to help us keep registration costs low and accessible to a wider audience in the spirit of Open Source. Please contact us to request a sponsorship package that meets your needs and objectives. fsoss@senecacollege.ca


    "The entire symposium was intellectually stimulating, highlighting trends in open source and how to do what we do better." (Crystle Numan, Newsforge)

    "If you are in Northern America and have wanted to go to a conference but the big conferences were either too expensive (OSCON) or far away (FOSDEM), I heartily recommend this one." (Benjamin Smedberg, Mozilla Corporation) 

  • Previous Years

    Previous FSOSS events

    FSOSS 2011

    FSOSS 2012

    FSOSS 2013

    FSOSS 2014

    FSOSS 2015

  • Getting to FSOSS

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    Alternate map, transit information and directions - The SEQ building is map item number 40, and parking is number 84.

  • Transportation

    The Seneca@York campus is very 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. For directions, click the "Get Directions From Here" or "Get Directions To Here" links on the Google Map, above.



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  • Contact Us

    Address: 70 The Pond Road Toronto, Ontario M3J 3M6
    Tel: 416-491-5050 ext. 33703
    Email: fsoss@senecacollege.ca