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Fedora Activity Day, Bangalore 2017

The Fedora Activity Day (FAD) is a regional event (either one-day or multi-day) that allows Fedora contributors to gather together in order to work on specific tasks related to the Fedora Project.

FAD in Bangalore

On February 25th 2017, a FAD was conducted in one of the admirable university of Bangalore: University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE). It was not a typical “hackathon” or “DocSprint” but a series of productive and interactive sessions on different tools.

Fedora Activity Day, Bangalore 2017

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FOSS Wave: Indore, India

FOSS Wave arrives at another destination! On 24th September 2016, we conducted an event at the Indian Institute of Technology in Indore, India. The event was a joint effort of Mozilla Indore community and FOSS Wave.

The main agenda of our event was:

  • Introduction to open source
  • Web development
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Web-powered Virtual Reality (Web VR)

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FOSS Wave: Women in Technology (Part 2)

FOSS Wave, Women in Technology: Starting the call focused on the Internet of Things

Starting the call focused on the Internet of Things

This article is a follow-up to an earlier article on the Community Blog: Women in technology: Fedora campus presence.

This week, we took our initiative further. We guided the new women contributors on one of the bleeding edge technologies according to their interest. Sumantro Mukherjee helped me guide the contributors. Some contributors were interested in Internet of Things (IoT) while some wanted to learn Web Development as bleeding edge. So, we decided to have two different calls in a row.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The first hangout call was on Internet of Things. The contributors were explained the meaning and the structure of how IoT is implemented. It was done with the help of a presentation prepared by Sumantro. After going through the details and theory about IoT, we talked about the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. We went through a little intro and application part of the devices. We further explained the concept with the help of a little demo of the project. The details of the call are available on our Etherpad.

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Women in technology: Fedora campus presence

Screenshot (1110)This week, we kicked off an initiative for engaging more women contributors in Fedora. Sumantro Mukherjee helped me guide new contributors on this Hangouts call. The purpose was to bring in more woman contributors to the Fedora Project and help them be industry-ready. As buzzwords in the industry boom, these meet-ups are focused to generate awareness in the first few rounds. Then, they address fields like the Internet of Things (IoT), ML, and mobile app development, to mention a few.

Keeping in mind, these are done using the leading edge, open source, Linux-based Fedora, which is also the upstream for RHEL. In the first few minutes, we discussed about free and open source software (FOSS) and the participants’ exposure with the industry. After a bit of in-depth discussion, we figured out that little or no guidance is one of the major barriers when the participants wanted to contribute to any FOSS project. Also noted was the lack of on-boarding guides as another major barrier for not being able to contribute to FOSS projects.

In the second half of the meeting, we discussed how Fedora is released. Some common terminologies like bleeding edge, Rawhide, and branched were discussed. The meeting concluded with the suggestion of topics that the audience would like to learn. A weekly follow-up mechanism will be helpful for community growth.

Meeting details can be found in this Etherpad.

Network by Martha Ormiston from the Noun Project.

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