Professors’ Open Source Software Experience workshop (NSF funded)

Hey everyone!

Check out this really cool event below…

Date: April 20-22, 2017 at Google’s San Francisco office

Would you like to support student involvement in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS)? Join us at the Professors’ Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) workshop. Over 100 faculty members have attended our workshops and we have a growing community of faculty members who are helping students to learn within HFOSS projects.

Additional Information:

This three-stage faculty workshop will help you prepare to support student participation in a Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project. HFOSS is open source software that has a humanitarian purpose such as disaster management, health care, or economic development.

Join us if you would like to:

  • Join the community of educators that involves students in HFOSS
  • Learn how to support student learning within a real-world HFOSS project environment
  • Motivate students and raise their appreciation of computing for social good
  • Meet and collaborate with other instructors who have similar interests and goals

Workshop Format

Unlike many workshops in which the content is concentrated in the face-to-face meeting, this workshop has three stages:

Stage 1 - Starts February 23, 2017 with online activities. These activities will take 2-3 hours/week and include interaction among workshop instructors and participants.

Stage 2 - The face-to-face workshop held in San Francisco, CA, April 20-22, 2017. Participants will include the workshop organizers, POSSE alumni, and open source community members.

Stage 3 - Starts immediately after stage 2 and consists of online activities and interactions among small groups so that participants will have support while involving students in an HFOSS project in the classroom.

How to Apply: To apply, please complete and submit the application available at: Prior work with FOSS projects is not required. Submit your application by February 13th. We will notify you of the status of your application by February 23rd, 2017.

Participant Support POSSE is supported by the National Science Foundation, Google, and Red Hat, Inc.

NSF funding will provide 2 nights lodging and meals during the workshop. Travel costs will also be covered up to $500.

Questions to Heidi Ellis (ellis [@]

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Interesting @jeffneiman are there any chances that we get the reference materials for self learning.

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I am a (multi-time) alumnus of POSSE and one of the members of the group working with OpenMRS.

There is a meeting of the project leads this weekend, and I’ll be there. I’ll mention that this has generated some interest within the OpenMRS community.

BTW: @jeffneiman I think your tag on this post should be “nsf” rather than “nsi” :wink:

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All of the materials should be publicly available at Foss2Serve.


@kwurst Thank you ! will follow the same.

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Ha, thanks! I appreciate you looking out!

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@jeffnieman No problem! :slight_smile:

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Looks like this is happening again this year, yes? Are there ways for OpenMRS to get more involved in this event?