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Open source conference issues call for papers

Jan 21, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

A mobile technology conference co-located with OpenSource World (formerly “LinuxWorld”) is soliciting paper proposals. The Mobile Conference at OpenSource World, Aug. 10-13 in San Francisco, seeks papers on Android, LiMo, Maemo, Moblin, OpenMoko, Open SymbianOS, Microsoft Shared Source, Java, and… “browser” platforms like Palm's WebOS.

Announced in October, and billed as an expansion of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, OpenSource World Conference & Expo now showcases open source technology on other platforms, in addition to Linux, say the organizers. In addition to covering open source software, the charter has been further expanded to address “open standards and open architecture as part of an integrated IT infrastructure.”

OpenSource World will take place about the same time and at the same San Francisco Moscone Center venue as last year's LinuxWorld. The conference will once again be co-located with IDG World Expo's third annual Next Generation Data Center (NGDC) event. The two events will share the exhibit floor, but feature separate conference programs, say organizers.

LinuxWorld, which has traditionally been the largest event for Linux developers and IT executives, has been increasingly focused on enterprise software. Last year, however, the conference tipped its hat toward embedded Linux developers with a Mobile Linux Conference, which will be continued this year.

Mobile Conference call for papers

The Mobile Conference at OpenSource World is now looking for presentation submissions for two tracks: platforms, and mobile applications. Speaking candidates may consider, but are not limited to, the following topics. In addition to covering mobile Linux platforms ranging from Android to the new Palm WebOS (Palm Pre pictured at top), the list also expands to encompass the upcoming open source SymbianOS:

  • Track I — Platforms:
    • Android, LiMo, Maemo, Moblin, OpenMoko, and other Linux-based open source mobile platforms
    • Open SymbianOS
    • Shared source around Windows Mobile
    • Browsers and browser-based platforms (Mozilla/Gecko, Webkit, Pre, etc.)
    • Open source Java platforms
    • Application frameworks (GTK, Enlightenment, Qt, etc.)
    • Emerging form factors (MIDs, voice-enabled nettops, etc.)
    • State of key platforms technologies (power management, multi-core support, virtualization, etc.)
    • Building and sustaining communities around mobile platforms
    • Platform licensing choices and impact

  • Track II — Mobile Applications:
    • Mobile application development tools and techniques
    • Comparing application frameworks and paradigms
    • End-to-end applications development and deployment
    • Enterprise mobile application development, rollout, and management
    • State of OSS applications technologies (VoIP, multimedia, etc.)
    • Content and content management with open source software
    • Mobile application delivery
    • Working with operators, application stores, and other channels
    • Licensing of mobile applications and content

Proposals should offer attendees information, tools, and inspiration to accomplish mobile open source, say the organizers. Proposals on commercial products, or marketing pitches in general, are not welcome.

Bill Weinberg

The Mobile Conference program committee offers some familiar faces to readers. The organizers will presumably be speaking at the conference as well:


The deadline for paper submissions to the Mobile Conference at OpenSource World 2009 is Feb. 20, say the organizers. The conference will run from Aug. 10-13 at San Francisco's Moscone Center in conjunction with OpenSource World 2009. A registration form for paper submissions should be available here. More information on OpenSource World may be found here.

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