Open Source Education: OSI co-organizing POSSE in Silicon Valley from July 6-10, 2010

Open Source Software has come a long way in the last decade. It has gone from being bleeding edge to becoming mainstream. Every aspect of computing, from the operating system to web applications, has examples of open source software.

As the open source ecosystem grows, the need for talented developers, collaborators and open source experts has burgeoned. Increasingly, Universities want to incorporate the teaching of open source technologies, techniques and business models into their curricula to meet this growth.

To support this goal, TeachingOpenSource.org, a vibrant community of open source experts and educators has compiled a 5-day program for educators who teach open source to gain an in-depth understanding of open source software development. This program - Professors Open Source Summer Experience, better known as POSSE, has been conducted since 2009.

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is proud to support POSSE along with Red Hat and has helped organize this camp in Silicon Valley, California from July 6-10, 2010.

We invite university, college and high-school instructors involved in teaching open source technologies, tools and software development to attend this camp in Mountain View, California. Registration is free for all instructors teaching software development in academic institutions.

Seating is limited so please register as early as possible. Please note that attendees are responsible for their own costs for travel and accommodations. To register, sign up here.

For any questions on POSSE California, feel free to email Alolita Sharma (alolita at opensource dot org) or Mel Chua (posse at teachingopensource dot org).

More information about POSSE California can be found here.

To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.