Tag: Campus Ambassadors

FOSS Wave with Fedora at KGISL, Coimbatore

Recently, I was invited by Prem to NASSCOM to give a brief talk on FOSS and Technology as part of the FOSS Wave community. Prem is doing a great job there by putting his effort in helping students from Tier2 and Tier3 cities. Around twenty enthusiastic students were selected and invited to Bengaluru to take part in such events. Mine was one of them. I conducted a GitHub session after Intro to FOSS and a brief intro about Fedora Project.

What is FOSS Wave? It’s a place to learn, teach, enrich and be part of FOSS revolution! It is an initiative to…

  • spread FOSS knowledge
  • connect with FOSS minded people across the globe
  • help students contribute to FOSS projects, tools, and technologies
  • Help students become industry ready.

In addition to sharing knowledge, FOSS Wave speakers also take part in organizing events and speaking in conferences across the globe. The FOSS Wave community consists of active contributors from across the globe. It includes both paid employees and volunteers who work towards the goals set forth in the FOSS revolution.

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Fedora returns to HackMIT 2017

Every year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosts an annual hackathon, HackMIT, for students around the world. Students gathered again for HackMIT 2017 on the weekend of September 16-17, 2017. During the weekend, students form teams with other students and work on projects to compete in various categories. Participants often release their projects under open source licenses at the end of the hackathon.

The Fedora Project participated as a sponsor for the second year in a row. Justin W. Flory and Mike DePaulo attended as Fedora Ambassadors to represent the project and the community.

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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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Fedora 25: Let’s have an awesome release party!

Fedora 25 is currently in Beta status. With another Fedora release not so far away, it’s time for the Ambassadors to plan their activities around the release. The most common activity for Ambassadors to do around a release is organize release parties. A release party is also a great way for other contributors in the community to get involved with advocacy in their local regions. Learn how to organize a release party and get a badge for it in this article.

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HackMIT meets Fedora

HackMIT is the annual hackathon event organized by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. HackMIT 2016 took place on September 17th and 18th, 2016. This year, the Fedora Project partnered with Red Hat as sponsors for the hackathon. Fedora Ambassadors Charles Profitt and Justin W. Flory attended to represent the project and help mentor top students from around the country in a weekend of learning and competitive hacking. Fedora engaged with a new audience of students from various universities across America and even the globe.

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Fedora 24 Release Party in Singapore

As you might know, Fedora released its 24th version at the end of June! Recently, the Fedorans in Singapore had a party to celebrate the release.  The release party was not only to celebrate its release, but also to commemorate Fedora’s open source journey so far. We invited people from different diverse background to join us for a night of fun and open conversations (Singapore is a cosmopolitan country!)

Fedora 24 Release Party in Singapore: Fedora 24 DVDs

Some of the Fedora 24 DVDs and OpenSource.com stickers for the party

We had a RSVP of over 50 folks and expected more to join in. We set up the Fedora banners and were also ready to give out DVDs and stickers. However, on the day itself, there was a dropout rate of 60% and only around fifteen folks turned up. Most of the folks that turned up were students interested in learning more about Fedora. Nevertheless, it was a cozy and warm party that everyone felt pretty comfortable with.

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Fedora 24: Let’s have a party!

Fedora 24 just recently entered Beta status a couple of weeks ago. With another Fedora release not so far away, it’s time for the Ambassadors to plan their activities around the release. The most common activity for Ambassadors to do around a release is namely the Release Parties. A release party is also a great way for other contributors in the community to get involved with advocacy in their local regions.

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BrickHack 2016 and Fedora: Event Report

Over the weekend of March 5th – 6th, 2016, the Fedora Project sponsored BrickHack 2016. BrickHack 2016 is a hackathon event hosted at the Rochester Institute of Technology. What exactly is BrickHack? The organizers describe it as the following:

March 5-6 ignites a weekend devoted to 400 designers and coders sinking 24 hours into learning, building, and creating unique projects. Mentors and industry representatives will also join the fray to lend expertise and share wisdom. The event will take place in RIT’s Gordon Field House for a centralized, communal hacking experience. Expect food, swag, and timeless brick-laden memories.

As an event sponsor, the Fedora Ambassadors of North America had a table for the event. The Ambassadors offered mentorship and assistance to BrickHack 2016 programmers, gave away some free Fedora swag, and offered an introduction to Linux, open source, and the community. This report is a recollection of some highlights from the event and also focuses on the impact we made as an event sponsor.

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Find Fedora at BrickHack 2016

BrickHack is a hackathon event at the Rochester Institute of Technology over the weekend of March 5 – 6, 2016.  What is BrickHack exactly?

March 5-6 ignites a weekend devoted to 400 designers and coders sinking 24 hours into learning, building, and creating unique projects. Mentors and industry representatives will also join the fray to lend expertise and share wisdom. The event will take place in RIT’s Gordon Field House for a centralized, communal hacking experience. Expect food, swag, and timeless brick-laden memories.

Fedora Ambassadors at BrickHack 2016

This year, you can find the Fedora Ambassadors at their own table in the BrickHack hackerspace. The Fedora Community Action and Impact Lead, Remy DeCausemaker, Justin W. Flory, Charles Profitt, and Michael DePaulo will be representing Fedora during the event. Additionally, other local Fedora contributors and Red Hat employees will be stopping by, like Ralph Bean and Ryan Scott Brown.

Additionally, Remy will also be giving a keynote address at 4:30pm on Saturday for BrickHack 2016 about licensing for open source projects and how to contribute to open source.

Fedora Ambassador team at BrickHack 2016

The Fedora BrickHack Ambassador team at #BrickHack! L to R: Remy DeCausemaker (decause), Ryan Scott Brown (ryansb), Michael DePaulo (mikedep333), Charles Profitt (cprofitt), Joe Anderson (dzho), Justin W. Flory (jflory7)

Come say hello

If you’ll be attending BrickHack 2016, come say hello and pick up a few Fedora stickers, pens, and other goodies! You can also meet the Ambassadors team and learn more about the open source community.

Don’t forget to scan the QR code at the table to get the limited edition BrickHack 2016 Attendee badge!

Ralph Bean (threebean), Mike Nolan (nolski), Remy DeCausemaker (decause) at BrickHack 2016

The Fedora table is the best table. L to R: Ralph Bean (threebean), Mike Nolan (nolski), Remy DeCausemaker (decause)

Ambassadors, North America – Year in Review

Ambassadors, North America – Introduction

Throughout 2015, the Fedora Ambassadors of North America (FAmNA) have been a determined and dedicated group for Fedora, and has been for many years prior. As with any group, there is always going to be changes either in personnel or the program. Being adaptive and willing to overcome change is a quality with our Ambassadors that falls into the four foundations in First. Being the leading edge also indicates that “First” is also another word: “change”. Since we work with the foundation “First” it is expected that change goes hand in hand with everything we do within the project.

Fedora Ambassadors of North America representing Fedora

Say hello to Fedora! Fedora Ambassadors of North America in action at Ohio Linux Fest

As we continue to grow and adapt, changes to what is expected of us as Ambassadors also must detail on how we need to promote Fedora. In recent meetings, many ideas have been tossed around in what or how we could further spread the product outside of events. As we continue to grow the “Freedom” to explore more events and ideas, it only gains positive influence both inside our organization and with the public. The last two foundations, “Features” and “Friends”, stand on their own. We have a fantastic group of people that provide valuable information and programming that is included in our software product, and friends are what we embrace as a group and live it in our everyday life with Fedora.

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