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University Connect – D. Y. Patil College, Pune

This was not an everyday routine when I get up so early in the morning with my alarm clock bell at 6AM. Definitely it was not an usual morning. Thanks to Red Hat Pune site team to come up with such a fabulous initiative of University Connect. University Connect is an outreach effort in a nutshell. The Pune site team has figured out and short listed some good colleges in and around Pune, where interested speakers can go and reach out to the young, passionate crowd of students and share knowledge about Open Source, Fedora and many new technologies like OpenStack, Cloud, ManageIQ etc.

Arriving at D. Y. Patil College, Pune

uc1This was going to be our very first visit to D.Y. Patil college. We gathered in office at 8 AM and we started our short trip (from Red Hat office in  Magarpatta City to D.Y. Patil college). It was quite a long drive. We reached college at around 10 AM. It is a beautiful college campus. I was feeling so fresh looking at the young student crowd.

Without wasting time, we went to the college auditorium where all the students gathered for the event. I was happy to see the auditorium was already full of the crowd which is the future of the technical industry.

Schedule and speaking arrangements

uc2We were given the front seats. Arrangements were nice. College student volunteers were very active and so was the audience. We started the event with Rupali Talwatkar speaking about Red Hat and the University Connect. Satya talked about Manage IQ and Aziza took over the session with a small quiz later on. I have discussed about Fedora, Open Source and how to get involved in different Fedora projects. Students were all excited about the new technologies and Open Source. I have showed that FOSS Wave  too, from where they can get easily connected to IRC and mailing lists.

There was a huge crowd of students with lots of queries and some innocent doubts. It took us a while to handle all of them. We encouraged them to stay connected with us and to start with open source projects to contribute in. After a short discussion with faculty staff members for future, deeper meetings, we headed towards college canteen for most deserving food (our first meal of the day). After a quick meal break, we reached back to office in second half of the day.

Evaluating the response

Considering the very first visit, it was really a nice start. The mailing list to stay connected for the students is universityoutreach-pune@redhat.com. One can get subscribed to it by using the subscription page.

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University Connect – PCCOE, Pune

Another bright morning and another college visit was planned under the wings of University Connect. Thanks to the Pune site team again for the arrangements. On 15th February 2017, we visited the PCCOE college in Pune. Again the early morning alarm clock bell managed to break my sleep. Though, I was not feeling very well (thanks to my on going illness due to allergies), but Open Source, college students and Fedora makes me feel enough energy to beat a dull me.

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North America and Fedora: Year in Review

The past year has proven to be both challenging and demanding for our Ambassadors. During the past year there have been a lot of new ideas proposed and more events that are being sought out attempting to expand our base. Many of the ventures have been with hack-a-thons in several states. This has been a relatively new venture in those areas. Since our involvement in these types of events, we quickly discovered that Fedora and the associated spins were a new tool for most of these individuals attending and participating. That was a surprising fact within the community that the young and impressionable individuals seemed to be using Windows more than any other operating system available. Since those few we (Fedora) attended, there has been an increase in the open source software utilization across the board at these types of events, a total and undeniable success.

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Ambassadors LATAM: Year in Review

Throughout 2016, the Fedora community in Latin America was active promoting Fedora in local events and showing the Fedora Project objectives  and foundations to possible new contributors and helping them  find their way into different subprojects, as part of the global Fedora community. We had a presence in all relevant events  in Latin America with talks, workshops and stands promoting ours four foundations to the world.

LATAM Highlights

  • FUDCon Puno 2016
    • FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free software event held in APAC and LATAM, since EMEA and NA work together to organize Flock.  FUDCon Puno was a combination of sessions, talks, workshops, and hackfests where contributors worked on specific initiatives. Topics included infrastructure, feature development, community building, general management and governance, marketing,  QA and packaging.
  • Latinoware 2016
    • Held since 2004, Latinoware is one of the biggest events in the world of free software. The event is held in Foz do Iguaçu, a Brazilian city in a region called the Triple Border, near Argentina and Paraguay.  An estimated 4000 people, including students, professionals and specialists, attended the event.
  • FISL16
    • FISL is the largest FOSS event in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. Many Fedora contributors start their way in the Fedora Project from FISL.
  • Flisol
    • Flisol is the most representative event of the Latin American community of free software and every year Fedora has a prominent presence in this event.
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Goals for 2017

  • We are actively looking for new talent to join the Fedora community. We have LATAM representatives as Ambassadors, packagers, in CommOps, internationalization, design and others. The participation in development is still minimal and this is something we want to improve in 2017.
  • The LATAM community is characterized as an example of friendship among its members, following one of the fundamental values of the Fedora Project. We hope to continue with this characteristic camaraderie in 2017.
  • Since the biggest event of the year for the Fedora Project is Flock, we consider it necessary that there be more representation of LATAM in this event. Then, attendees share the experiences locally and keep pace with the development of Fedora.

Conclusion

Although we are a couple of dozen active collaborators throughout Latin America, we are passionate about free software and we believe in the values of the Fedora Project. We have presence in various areas of the project and we hope to continue promoting Fedora in 2017 by getting more users and collaborators for the project in our region.

2017 January Elections: Interviews

Fedora Elections - All interviews published

Fedora Elections are here and it’s time to vote! All candidate interviews are published.

The 2017 January cycle of Elections is in full swing. Voting officially began on Tuesday, January 10th, and ends Monday, January 16th at 11:59 UTC. Voting takes place on the Voting application website. As part of the Elections coverage on the Community Blog, most of the candidates running for seats published their interviews and established their platforms here. Are you getting ready to vote and looking for this information? You can find the full list of candidates and links to their interviews below.

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FAmSCo Elections: Interview with Jona Azizaj (jonatoni)

Fedora Ambassador Steering Committee badge This is a part of the FAmSCo Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Tuesday, January 10th and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Monday, January 16th. Please read the responses from candidates and make your choices carefully. Feel free to ask questions to the candidates here (preferred) or elsewhere!

Interview with Jona Azizaj (jonatoni)

  • Fedora Account: jonatoni
  • IRC: jonatoni (found in #fedora-diversity, #fedora-ambassadors, #fedora-g11n, #fedora-mktg, #fedora-commops, etc.)
  • Fedora User Wiki Page

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FAmSCo Elections: Interview with Robert Mayr (robyduck)

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Fedora Ambassador Steering Committee badge

This is a part of the FAmSCo Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Tuesday, January 10th and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Monday, January 16th. Please read the responses from candidates and make your choices carefully. Feel free to ask questions to the candidates here (preferred) or elsewhere!

Interview with Robert Mayr (robyduck)

  • Fedora Account: robyduck
  • IRC: robyduck (mainly in #fedora-websites, #fedora-ambassadors, #fedora-design, #fedora-admin, #fedora-apps but hanging around almost everywhere)
  • Fedora User Wiki Page

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FAmSCo Elections: Interview with Sirko Kemter (gnokii)

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Fedora Ambassador Steering Committee badge

This is a part of the FAmSCo Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Tuesday, January 10th and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Monday, January 16th. Please read the responses from candidates and make your choices carefully. Feel free to ask questions to the candidates here (preferred) or elsewhere!

Interview with Sirko Kemter (gnokii)

  • Fedora Account: gnokii
  • IRC: gnokii (found in #fedora-design #fedora-apac #fedora-de)
  • Fedora User Wiki Page

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FAmSCo Elections: Interview with Sylvia Sanchez (lailah)

Fedora Ambassador Steering Committee badge This is a part of the FAmSCo Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Tuesday, January 10th and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Monday, January 16th. Please read the responses from candidates and make your choices carefully. Feel free to ask questions to the candidates here (preferred) or elsewhere!

Interview with Sylvia Sanchez (lailah)

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Happily embracing power of Fedora

It was not a usual office morning, as all the testers (quality engineers) were present in the office early in the morning. Of course, it was a training day for all of us and hence we gathered in the training room so early. An unknown but smiling-faced person entered the training room (by these factors, we recognized him as trainer). Our training  subject was heavily theoretical, so we all were not excited about it.

Only one person in the room looked extra excited about all this and that was “Pandy Ji the Trainer” (Gaurav Pandey). Slowly and steadily, that excitement pumped into everyone’s bloodstream by the magical way of a trainer’s methods of training. No wonder by now everyone in the room knew Pandy Ji for his humorous, funny, and unique style of teaching!fedora

But still there was one thing that bothered everyone present in the room (being a true Fedorian by heart) and that was Pandy Ji’s PowerPoint and the operating system on his laptop. By the afternoon lunch time, the trainer made everyone so comfortable and open that we were no longer shy to tell him to “please change your operating system!” 😀

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