Drive for change! Balthas Seibold opens FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam conferences in Hanoi

November 14, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

FOSS Bridge logoMore than 80 IT experts gathered on 14 November 2008 at “Drive for change”, a conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) held at Horison Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Carried out as part of the FOSS-Bridge EU-Vietnam initiative, the event was organized by InWEnt of Germany, INRIA of France, and the Institute of Information and Technology of Vietnam.

2009-2010 / Balthas Seibold presents at the first FOSS Bridge "EU-Vietnam" onference in Hanoi, Vietnam / Photo: Mario Behling for FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam / CC-Licence, see source

2009-2010 / Balthas Seibold presents at the first FOSS Bridge “EU-Vietnam” onference in Hanoi, Vietnam / Photo: Mario Behling for FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam / CC-Licence, see source at https://secure.flickr.com/photos/fossbridge/2013873411/

“FOSS is about connecting people and businesses through knowledge. We are therefore most pleased to see that more and more players in Vietnam cross the bridge towards free and open source software”, stated organizers Vu The Binh of IOIT and Balthas Seibold of InWEnt. The conference was the culminating point of the initiative FOSS-Bridge EU-Vietnam, which has been promoting Southeast Asian software industries and cooperation with Europe through innovative collaboration on FOSS and business development since 2006.

Overall, the programme has brought together more than 50 IT-companies from Vietnam and Europe for matchmaking and twinning, and about 100 FOSS companies and organizations are registered in the online network at www.foss-bridge.org. FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam has successfully prepared more than 20 Vietnamese IT-intermediaries and IT-SMEs to spread key knowledge on how to make business based on FOSS. More information: on the conference “Drive for change” / on FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam in general / on previous key events such as the “High-Level Workshop on Open Source Requirements” (April 2008) and the “Second matchmaking, training and twinning workshop for European and Vietnamese FOSS businesses” (June 2008) / article on website of European commission.

COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance

October 1, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

Open scosgov_330ource software can boost economy, battle pirated software in Vietnam, concludes International Conference COSGov.The event was organized by InWEnt’s ICT team and opened by Balthas Seibold on 28 September 2005.

Balthas Seibold answers questions of journalists at CosGOV

More than 300 IT-Experts, governmental representatives and entrepreneurs had gathered in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi from 28-30 September 2005 for “COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance”. The EU/BMZ sponsored conference is the first ever event in Vietnam to extensively cover the topic of free and open-source software (FOSS) for e-governance. For more information on the conference, see the Conference website www.cosgov.org. The full text of the press release is online at the Press release on the InWEnt website (now on the Internet Archive).