Monday, 24 September 2012


30 & 31 October 2012

MyGOSSCON (Malaysian Government Open Source Software Conference) is an annual event and this year is the 6th year of the event. The event is organized for all interested in the development and implementation of Open Source Software (OSS). MyGOSSCON Conferences in the past have received overwhelming response from the Public Sector, business organizations, the Education Sector and the OSS community,  drawing both local and international participation.

After almost ten years of the Government of Malaysia's leadership in the OSS initiative in the Public Sector, it has successfully changed the landscape of ICT in Malaysia. This is in line with the global progress and trend of OSS - OSS has become mainstream.

During the same period, a new era of ICT has brought about many new technologies and  business models such as mobile, social media and cloud computing. The new era of ICT is widely based on Open Source, Open Standards and Open Innovation. This new era of ICT has also changed the ICT industry as well as how ICT has been used as a catalyst for economic development, thus has transformed the role of OSS, compared to ten years before.

Malaysia's economic development towards the year 2020 is driven by national transformation initiatives such as the Government Transformation Program (GTP), Economic Transformation Program (ETP) and Digital Malaysia (DM). OSS plays a new role in supporting digital transformation in particular and national transformation in general.

In  this new era of ICT, what are the new technologies based on or are enabled by OSS and Open Standards? What is the new role of OSS heading into the year 2020? What has been the progress of the Malaysian Public Sector OSS Master Plan reaching its tail end, and what is the way forward?
In line with ongoing efforts and direction by the Malaysian Government on OSS, the theme of this conference  is:

"Open Source: The Next Generation of Digital Transformation"

This theme will bring speakers and participants to share trends in OSS, explore how to address the said issues and questions, and to look at how OSS can further contribute to national transformation.
Strategic technical and informative presentations and discussions will be held during the Plenary sessions and Forums that align to further sub-themes as follows:
OSS Delivers For Better Government Digital TransformationOpen Source Software has defied its sceptics and has become a mainstream business. Its developments and innovations are in line with emerging government trends as reported by IDC for 2012: operational efficiency, mobility, smart government and economic sustainability. Governments at the national, state and local levels across the globe are requiring adoption of Open Source philosophy and technologies towards better Government Digital Transformation. At the forefront, OSS technologies are powering solutions for Open Government and Open Data.
Open Source Paving The Future Of Cloud, Big Data, Mobile And Social StrategiesOpen source development and innovation are overtaking conventional development and leading innovations in new technologies: cloud, big data, mobile and social business. Open source solutions power social media and networks while catering for the ever changing requirements and demands. On mobile, open source dominates the operating systems platform, with significant share of mobile applications developed on open source.
Licensing, Ownership And InnovationOpen source model of innovation does not only seem practical in the software industry, but also in various other industrial contexts and the public sector. Session for exploration of the determinants of open source license choice and how the licensing policies and decisions shaped not just by the preferences of the licensor itself, but also by that of the end users of government sector. The rise of Open Source movement presents an opportunity for developing countries to participate in frontier innovation.
Open Source Towards Self Reliance And Nation BuildingOrganisations are increasingly adopting open-source software as a way to gain competitive advantage rather than just a cost-savings measure. Open source development model provides the resources and mechanism towards building knowledgeable, collaborative and innovative community. Open source also contributes in nurturing knowledge society and knowledge economy toward becoming high income nation. It can play a strategic role in increasing national competitiveness and making Malaysia as technology exporter.
OSS SecurityInformation security is the biggest challenge for network and security administrators. The security of Open Source Software is a key concern for organisations planning to implement it as part of their software. Mainstream OSS has reached a maturity level where it can provide higher security, surpassing its proprietary alternatives. While there are myths and concerns about the security of open source solutions, most packaged security appliances are built from open source security solutions.

By providing a strong platform for knowledge sharing, vast experiences and skills to improve efficiency and productivity in public service, MyGOSSCON 2012 is great event not to be missed by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Technical Officers (CTOs), industry leaders, academicians, the OSS community and government personnel.

This year's event will also include a Creative Multimedia Content Competition and is open to secondary schools , Matriculation College students and Institutes of Teacher Education (IPG – Institut Pendidikan Guru), a contest to develop and produce multimedia content  for education using OSS.

Another highlight of the event will be the MyGOSS Award that will recognize the achievements of Public Sector agencies in their implementation of OSS.
In conjunction with the MyGOSSCON 2012 Conference, an exhibition will be held and is expected to attract over 30 exhibitors from various groups, including OSS solution vendors, OSS service providers and the OSS community. The exhibition promises an opportunity for the OSS industry and community to exhibit and demonstrate their latest solutions and services using OSS.


Offering a great reward of RM16,700.00, this competition aims to demonstrate how OSS can be a platform for the production of creative multimedia content for educational purposes. It is open to all secondary school pupils, training teachers at Institutes of Teacher Education  (IPG - Institut Pendidikan Guru) and student of Matriculation College.

MyGOSS 2012 AWARDThe MyGOSS 2012 Award is organized by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), Prime Minister's Department. It offers a total reward of RM11,500.00. This award is to recognize and acknowledge the agencies' hard work in implementing OSS to promote service excellence and the effectiveness of ICT. Nomination is open to all agencies and organizations in the Malaysian Public Sector.

Other highlights  include:
  1. Official Opening by YBhg. Dato' Sri Dr. Ali bin Hamsa, the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia
  2. Closing Ceremony by YBhg. Dato' Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, Director General of MAMPU
  3. Exhibitors' Best Product Presentation Competition
  4. BoF (Birds of a Feather)  - Social Networking Session
  5. Launch of OSCC's New Products – Document Management System and Room Booking System
  6. Plenary session that touches on OSS Roadmap towards Self Reliance and Nation Building

Come and Join Us! Sessions of thought leadership, mind provoking ideas and interactive discussions are waiting for you!  A yearly event not to be missed!


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