GOSCON 2008 Set

Following a third successful year, the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) has set its plans to return once again to Portland, Oregon. Initiated in 2005 as a regional conference with a focus on the fundamentals, GOSCON has become a serious OSS conference for the public sector, drawing the participation of a range of government agencies, vendors, contractors and suppliers from the US and abroad. The conference will be held Monday, October 20-23, 2008, expanding its schedule to include an international simmit, a special Open Public Health IT track, project demonstrations, and to provide greater collaborative opportunities.


  • October 20, 2008 | International Open ICT Summit
  • October 21-22, 2008 | GOSCON 2008
  • October 23, 2008 | Field trip and tour of Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab


  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Portland Downtown
  • Portland, Oregon, USA


The Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) 2008 and the new International Open ICT Summit provide an educational forum to explore both the business case and real-world applications for open source methods and technologies to deliver the next generation of government services. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from industry experts and their peers’ lessons learned in the development and integration of open source solutions, and to establish communities for collaboration around common interests. Day four features a trip and tour of the world-class hosting facilities of the Open Source Lab located at Oregon State University in Corvallis, home to the Linux kernel and other significant open source projects.

Registration Fees:

International Open ICT Summit: $125 early registration for attendees employed by the Government or public sector, $225 for private sector attendees. Includes summit meals and International Summit Reception.

GOSCON 2-day conference: $225 early registration for attendees employed by the Government or public sector, $325 for private sector attendees. Includes conference meals and GOSCON Reception.

Open Source Tour de Lab: $125 for all attendees. Includes chartered tour transportation and meals.

Registration opens in May 2008. Early registration closes on September 26, 2008.

Updated | 2008 Program and Event Schedule:

A downloadble pdf of the 2008 conference schedule is now available. Check back soon for program details. You may visit the GOSCON archives for a sampling of previous years outstanding program content. You can also sign up for the mailing list for conference news and program updates.

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