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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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Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2017: Mentors and ideas needed!

The Fedora Project has participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) as a mentoring organization for over a decade now. GSoC is a summer program aiming to bring more student developers into open source software development. It enables students to spend their summer break working with open source organizations on projects proposed by particpation organizations and supported by mentors. Once again, Fedora is participating again this year and is looking for project ideas.

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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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FLISoL 2016 Attendee badge

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.

FOSS Wave: FOSS Camp SJCE in Mysore

A couple of weekends ago, Kanika Murarka and I (Sumantro Mukherjee) went down to the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) in Mysore, India to give a talk on GitHub and web virtual reality (VR) on their annual open source fest, FOSS Camp.

FOSS Wave visits FOSS Camp: Welcome to FOSS Camp!

Welcome to FOSS Camp!

FOSS Wave visits FOSS Camp: Walking towards the venue

Walking towards the venue

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FOSS Wave: CMR Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, India

On 18 October 2016, we organized a workshop at the CMR Institute of Technology in Bengaluru, India. In the workshop, we covered topics of free and open source software (FOSS), Fedora, and git. Before talking about the event, I would like to thank a few people whose presence made this event a huge success. I would like to thank

  • Anirban Ghosh and Arun Teja for organizing the event at CMR IT.
  • All the attendees who came in a huge number and made this event a grand success.
  • Sumantro Mukherjee for being an amazing mentor and guiding us through the event.

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On-boarding Kickoff: Fedora QA, Bhopal, India

Fedora QA on-boarding kickoff in Bhopal, India: Starting the video call

Getting the mentorship call started

Furthering the FOSS Wave initiative to prepare students for the industry, it required us to work closely with and mentor people in the right way. Bhopal, India, has a good number of contributors who want to learn about Fedora Quality Assurance (QA). I started off by helping them to start with a few QA activities.

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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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