Los Angeles to Host First Global Students Open Source Conference


The conference aims to bring together next-generation tech community to support open source and student developers

Students of any education levels around the world are invited to participate as audience, volunteers or speakers at the first Global Students Open Source Conference (sosconf), which will be held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on September 1.

The sosconf 2019 will be a great opportunity for students around the world to gather, connect and learn from each other. For companies and organizations, it will be a chance to show their support for open source and to meet an extremely diverse group of students.

All speakers and volunteers with outstanding work will be provided travel reimbursement.

“sosconf is brought to students, by students,” said Ivan Qiu, an undergraduate student at University of Southern California (a.k.a. USC) and the Convenor of sosconf 2019 Committee.

The conference is created by OpeningSource, Hexang Open Source Lifestyle and Society of Opening Source SC, members of which have also contributed to events such as GNOME.Asia, FOSSASIA, PyCon and IBM Developer Day.

An open-source project

The sosconf team is developing open-source tools such as a user system and a ticket system, as well as Hexang.org, an “open-source lifestyle platform,” for project management. Other resources will also be available to student communities around the world for reference and “forking.”

“The conference itself is an open-source project,” said Ivan, “and we welcome students and sponsors who identify with our goals to join us to make this happen.”

The conference will be divided into several tracks each dedicated to a technology domain, such as Machine Learning, Operating Systems, Information Security, Decentralization, and Arts and Design.

There will also be a “Women in Open Source” track, and a “Communities” track featuring student contributors in renowned open source communities.

Event details are now available on sosconf’s official website, https://2019.sosconf.org/.


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