Quezon City, Philippines
Proposal for OOoCon
Section 1 – Mandatory Information
Location (country, city)
Quezon City, Philippines
Special visa or entry requirements (e.g. vaccinations)
Conference venue(s) (e.g. university campus, municipal buildings)
University of the Philippines (Diliman Campus)
Conference facilities (e.g. WiFi, video streaming/recording)
WiFi, video streaming
Accommodation (especially any low cost hostels etc)
External transport links (nearest airport(s))
airport taxis are available in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Internal transport links (within city)
Team Lead (main contact person)
Rick Bahague (CP-Union)
Kaloi Garcia (CP-Union)
Abby Fulgeras (Office Rep. Teddy Casino, Philippine Congress) Ganni Tapang (CollectiveTech.Org)
Reileen Dulay (TXTPOWER.Org)
Francis Malayao (Software Freedom Philippines)
+ about 13 FOSS groups of Software Freedom Day Team.
Local events that are taking place in parallel (or immediately before/after)
Section 2 – Proposal
In 400 words or less, answer this question:
Why should the Community award OOoCon 2009/2010 to your team?
The Philippines is one of the ideal international venues in Asia. Being located in a strategic point in the Southeast Asia region, our country is very accessible and low cost airfares are available for people coming from different places around the globe. Aside from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, there are also other airports in different parts of the country which service international flights.
Apart from its accessibility, the Philippines, also offers high-quality services in terms of logistical and technical needs which are very critical in holding international events. It has one of the largest business districts in the Asian region in which all kinds of services can be found. It also has a large number of world class hotels, restaurants and other establishments which offer products and services at competitive rates.
In addition to these, the Philippines is a home to magnificent sites inside and outside the metro and has a very authentic culture which make the country a tourist haven.
OOo Conference 2009 in the Philippines
The Philippines, with its expanding Information, Communication Technology (ICT) industry and its vast number of ICT professionals which are exposed to different tools and are providing services not only inside the country but in all other parts of the globe, will be the most appropriate venue to hold the OOo Conference in 2009 or in 2010.
Since 2004, Philippines is one of the countries which host Software Freedom Day and CP-Union is the lead organiser of this annual event in the Philippines. This yearly event has always been greatly attended and the number of attendees every year always doubles from the previous year.
With the growing demand and popularity of open source softwares, a bill on the use and accessibility of free and open source software (FOSS Bill) was drafted by a legislator in the House of Representatives and is now being reviewed in order to be passed a law in the country.
Thus, the immense encouragement and support on the use of open source software from the different sectors in the Philippines and also from the government creates the best climate in propagating and promoting OpenOffice.org.