Episode 71

Hong Phuc Dang, founder of FOSSAsia, on how to build communities across boundaries


March 11th, 2021

25 mins 35 secs

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Hong Phuc Dang


Pia Mancini |
Richard Littauer

Show Notes

Hello and welcome to Sustain! Our guest today is Hong Phuc Dang, an awesome open source contributor and long-term member of Sustain. She is also the Founder of FOSSASIA and works with Zalando, a clothing manufacturer and store in Europe. We will learn all about what Hong Phuc does at Zalando. Also, she tells us more about what FOSSASIA is, how many people are in it, how many countries are represented, tensions to deal with, and so much more. And listen here to find out more information on the FOSSASIA Summit 2021, which is happening soon. Download this episode now to find out much more!

[00:01:29] Hong Phuc tells us what she does at Zalando and how she works on open source with them.

[00:02:52] We learn what FOSSASIA is.

[00:03:55] Hong Phuc explains how she found the early reaction of the companies and the general kind of business ecosystem about false principles.

[00:07:12] Pia asks Hong Phuc how internationalization compares with the type of projects she is seeing in Asia and how the relationship is.

[00:10:01] Richard brings up FOSSASIA and how it has grown, and Hong Phuc tells us how she got from where she was to where she is now, also how many people are in FOSSASIA and how many countries are represented.

[00:13:40] Richard asks Hong Phuc if there any tensions in FOSSASIA and if she has to deal with having people from different countries that may not always like each other, working together under the same umbrella.

[00:16:07] Hong Phuc talks about the English spoken as the main communication, but how meetings are different in other countries.

[00:16:56] Hong Phuc gives us her opinion on insights on India Stack and what they’re building there.

[00:18:52] Richard is curious how FOSSASIA compares to Linux Foundation or Open Forum Europe and if Hong Phuc has any interest in setting policy for open source in governments in Asia or in large organizations.

[00:20:53] We learn a little more about the FOSSASIA Summit 2021, when it is, what’s going to happen, and how many speakers.

[00:22:30] Find out where you can follow Hong Phuc on the internet.


  • [00:23:12] Pia’s spotlight is a project called Pi Guard.
  • [00:23:56] Richard’s spotlight is Open Source Café.
  • [00:24:38] Hong’s spotlight is eventyay.



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