GNOME.Asia summit 2017

GNOME.Asia summit 2017 was held in Chongqing city of China. The venue was the Chongqing University approximately 90 years old with the vast beautiful Eco-friendly campus. I was invited as one of the speakers. The topic of my speech was “Why FOSS in education make sense?”. The message of my talk was to incorporate the open source in the education system. I believe that faculty members in the computer science department in various Universities around the world should be made aware and practice open source software and also if possible contribute to open source project. This way they can guide their students in the best possible way. They can act as the medium between the student and the open source project mentors as the teachers knows their students well. They can direct their students according to their capabilities and interests. A very good initiative by TeachingOpenSource (TOS) an organization that makes University Instructors and open source communities come together and support students to learn how to contribute to active Humanitarian Free and Libre Open Source (HFOSS) projects. They also organize Professors Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) workshop biannually. This workshop has three stages of participation. Stage one comprises of approximately 20 hours of online activities. Stage two includes a two and a half day face-to-face workshop that makes the participant professors from the various Universities in the world come together. Stage 3 is the ongoing participation in a community of faculty members.

Meg ford, one of the GNOME Foundation board member is working in the direction to bring campus students to contribute to GNOME in collaboration with Mozilla’s Mozilla Campus Club in 20 Universities in USA. If any how we can succeed in bringing “the contribution to an an open source project” as a course with credits in the University programs then we can think of having more young contributors and admirers of Open Source Softwares.

In the summit, I really liked the keynote talk by Nuritzi Sanchez, President, GNOME Board of Directors, which rightly said that “the future of GNOME is You”  the students, the younger generations. We still need to make more efforts to bring in youth for them to  leverage open source software and projects.

One important question that is obvious and comes to everybody’s mind and was also the question in the summit is “How to raise money by contributing to Open Source?”. Although there are various ways to earn money by using open source projects, In fact, Almost every IT company around the world are earning billions using open source software in their applications, products and services. Being an Asian students where as far as I know, parents bears the cost of complete education I would suggest, a student, rather thinking of start earning money out of contributing to open source they must think earning other benefits out of it that may be even more beneficial for them in their near future. Such as earn knowledge, earn skills, earn relations, earn trust etc..etc. With all these invaluable features they will for sure end up getting a best job or even they can end up opening their own start ups.

Final words: I loved going to GNOME.Asia summit 2017 because I was not shy this time 🙂 I was confident, I was enjoying each and every moment being their, meeting GNOME foundation members and hard working local organizing team members. I must say many thanks!! to GNOME.Asia summit local organizing team.

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POSSE Workshop at University of Bologna, Italy

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I attended Professors’ Open Source Software Experience, workshop at Bologna, Italy July 1-2, 2017. It was out of the box wonderful experience. Teacher’s in higher education are working so hard to bring students to HFOSS/FOSS. It was a great pleasure to meet very energetic and hardworking POSSEs’ organizers Heidi Ellis, Gregory Hislop, Stoney Jackson, and Gina Likins in person.

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Gregory Hislop giving HFOSS related information to the participants at POSSE, Bologna, Italy, July 2017, courtesy POSSE

It was truly a great feeling to be with the people of the same species like me from all over the world. The participants in the workshop  belonged various to countries like UK, Germany, Swaziland,  Macedonia, Spain, Brazil, Italy, India and so on..

In the workshop we went through many interesting activities. I liked the introduction being done in the very different style. In spite of introducing ourselves we introduced each other. I also enjoyed various sessions related to open source projects understanding. Activities related to git and licensing were also enlightening. I enjoyed every moment of the workshop.

I wish my students to use and contribute to open source projects in return. By now they at least know about open source applications, but how to contribute they still have little clue about it. This is also because of  faculty members too are repulsive to open source software projects. As they have little to zero knowledge about FOSS. They know about open source tools, they are also using these tools to perform their research related activities. But do not know whom and how to contact the maintainers of those tools. It is really a big challenge to bridge the gap. We need to organize many FOSS related activities for the faculty members as well as the students. In this effort, we need the support of open source software communities. As they already are doing great for the students, they are not providing any kind of support to faculty members. I believe faculty members should also be supported in learning about FOSS/HFOSS. Like, may be outreach program for faculty members. As FOSS is new to them as well. If we wish to incorporate FOSS in engineering courses, they are one who will take it into the classrooms perhaps.

I know GNOME community is working hard to help the students and the faculty members together. So that both the entities are on the same platform and enjoy learning Humanitarian FOSS in the classroom. Still there is a long way to go…

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This is on my mind today

When I was young I read one story. It was named ‘sadaa satya bolo’ meaning always tell the truth, The teacher Dronacharya taught his disciples a lesson ‘sadaa satya bolo’. Every student in the class learned the three words. The next day teacher asked the students to tell what they have learned from the last class. Everybody said the well versed without knowing the meaning ‘sadaa satya bolo’. But one student Yudhisthira was quite because he did not understand the meaning of those words, teacher got angry, punished  him and directed him to come prepared next day. The next day again he repeated the same scene by standing quite, every student in the class was laughing at him, some were whispering the answer at his back but Yudhishthira was quite and firm. The Guru gave him the another chance by telling him to come prepared the next day. The another day the class assembled again to watch Yudhishthira’s  reaction, when the teacher asked Yudhishthira to tell the lesson, he was blank , no answer, teacher got furious about his behavior, he could not stop himself from picking up the thin sesam stick and started hitting Yudhishthira’s palm till tears start coming his eyes. He asked him son what is so difficult in it that you could not learn this simple lesson. Yudhishthira replied politely, sir, When I did not understand the meaning of the lesson then how can I tell lie in front of you? The guru Droncharya’s heart filled with affection threw away the stick, hugged the student and said you are my true disciple. Rest all the students have simply crammed the lesson but you have practiced it in life.  That student later became famous with the name Dharam Raja, The righteous king, Yudhishthira.

I really love such small stories from my childhood. I remember a few. Yudhishthira followed his heart, always tell truth which filled him with positive energies, that help him become the great Yudhishthira. He was not afraid of the consequences of not telling the answer, not ashamed in front of the students that what will they think about him but interested in the true meaning of the lesson. What I feel about life is also a lesson struggling knowing its TRUE meaning.

 

GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 call for sponsors

GNOME Asian Conference

Call for sponsors

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GNOME.Asia Summit

21st -24th April 2016, India

NAMASTE,

We invite sponsors to connect with the local market, discover new business opportunities, and increase awareness about their products. About 500 participants are expected to attend the Summit from Asia and other parts of the world.

In previous years GNOME.Asia Summit has been held in Beijing, China in 2008 and HoChiMinh City, Vietnam in 2009, co-hosted with COSCUP Taipei, Taiwan in 2010, Bangalore, India in 2011, Hong Kong in 2012 and Seoul, Korea in 2013. The joint GNOME.Asia Summit & FUDCon APAC 2014 conference was hosted in Beijing, China and in 2015 Depok, Indonesia.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 is going to held in India this year during 21st -24th April 2016. The venue for the conference is Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, Delhi NCR Region. The University fully support the local organizers in their efforts with organizing the 2016 GNOME Asia Summit.

Kindly click brochure for GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 sponsorship document. We would like to invite you to be one of the sponsors for this historic event. Details about the sponsorship are given in the brochure. We also have combined sponsors packages with GUADEC, for example, combined sponsors of both GNOME.Asia and GUADEC. It would be a generous sponsorship for you to support GNOME to grow in Asian community.

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GNOME.Asia Summit 2016

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$7,500

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$13,000

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Sponsor both GNOME.Asia and GUADEC 2016

$20,000

$1,5000

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Sponsor both, additional cost on your GNOME.Asia package

$10,000

$8,500

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Combined sponsorship packages will save you

$3,000

$2,500

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If you find a sponsorship package unsuitable to your company’s budget, custom sponsorship packages are available. That could include the sponsorship of:

  • Lunch/Dinner

  • Snacks, Tea/Coffee

  • Delegate kit (tshirt/mug/usb drive, etc.) which will be distributed to all participants

  • One day outing after the event

  • Hardware (e.g. computers, notebooks, mobile phones and other devices that can be used as freebies or lucky draw gifts to guests and participants.)

For more info, please send an email to committee@gnome.asia

If you are a local (Indian) sponsor, In addition to above address you can send an email to:

ed.fet@mriu.edu.in

Dr.M.K.Soni (FIE,SM IEEE, LM ISTE, LM SSI)

Executive Director & Dean

Faculty of Engineering &Technology

Manav Rachna International University

NAAC ACCREDITED `A’ GRADE UNIVERSITY

Former Sr. Professor & Dean, NIT, Kurukshetra

Former Director-Principal, CR State College of Engineering, Murthal

Quick Links

GNOME.Asia Summit website: ­ http://2016.gnome.asia

GNOME.Asia Wiki: ­ https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/

 

GNOME as a tool for Students

‘GNOME’; For beginners, one thought comes into mind-What is it all about?How is it useful for us?Why to adapt GNOME when i am having other alternatives?The answer lies in the passion fo…

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GNOME.Asia summit 2016

Hi! Friends,

I am really feeling happy about sharing the great news that GNOME.Asia 2016 is going to held in New Delhi NCR, India

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and the venue is Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad which is located at New Delhi-Surajkund Road.

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Its been more than 2 years from now that I am associated with GNOME. I came to know about GNOME through GNOME’s OPW (Outreach Program for Women). I was an OPW(7th round) Documentation Intern. I enjoyed writing help pages for Notes(Bijiben), Music and gedit. GNOME is one of the best things that has happened to my life. I got to make friends with wonderful people here and of course learned alot about the power and potentials of open source software projects like GNOME.

While at GUADEC 2014, Strasbourg, France I met Emily Chen GNOME.Asia’s engagement team member. I got to know about GNOME.Asia annual summit that is used to held in one of the cities in Asia. I inquisitively asked that can we organize GNOME.Asia in my city i.e. New Delhi, India as well. She told that the bid for the GNOME.Asia proposal is announced every year in the month of Aug-Sept. Anybody from the Asian countries can bid to organize the conference. One of the proposals that is announced as the the winner gets the opportunity to organize the summit. There I decided that I too am going write the proposal for GNOME.Asia. In the past it has already been held in Beijing(China), HoChiMinh (Vietnam), Taipei (Taiwan), Bangalore (India), Seoul (Korea) and Depok (Indonesia).

I was the part of GNOME.Asia 2015 summit held in Depok(Indonesia). Taking part in workshops, listening to keynote speakers, informative talks and meeting GNOME foundation members all over the world is real fun.

We are now  working to identify the potential local sponsors and the benefits that we are going to offer.

That is it for now. I will come back soon with the new updates.

Thanks!!

#pychill this summer

I got a mail from Satyaakam saying :
     “We will be doing a summer workshop for kids in a school you can read more about the workshop from here
i am looking for volunteers , suggestions , any other schools/colleges  interested in such initiatives can get in touch with me .
Satya

Satyaakam.netfossevents.in |”

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Apeejay School Noida ‘Soaring high is my nature’

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I found it as good opportunity to interact with the kids of age group 13-15 from 6-9 grade. I sent a mail to Sir Satyaakam that I can contribute one day with the students. He asked about my suggestions on the topics. I told him that I can talk about the ‘open standards and open source’ and ‘how to contribute to open source’? 26 May 2015, Tuesday was fixed for me to visit Apeejay School Noida sector 16A. I reached the school sharp at 7.40 am. We went to the classes on first floor. It was a group of 16 students .Suddenly  at 8.00 O Clock. Speakers installed in the Lab started saying ‘get ready for the prayers’ and the student joined hands and closed their eyes and started chanting the prayers along with the speakers. It continued for 5 minutes. Just after the prayers we started with our program scheduled for the day. Satyaakam sir first revised with the students the things they discussed the day before. Students could recall 90% of the information given to them, like  what is the difference between the producer and the consumers, what is WWW, DNS? and how to write blogs using kidsblog.org?

After the brief brush up Satyaakam sir introduced me to the bright and charming #pychill group. He told them that I am going to deliver a talk on the topic open standards and open source and then How to contribute to open source. I had prepared a small presentation for the kids with all the beautiful open source project icons and images. They were looking very excited and keen to know more about the open source and things related to it.They responding to the queries and also asked questions like who and why started the open source movement? if we can change the source code then what happens to the copyrights of the original coder? Where did open source software creators manage to bear the expenses? etc.
then I discussed the various ways to contribute to open source projects. It was surprising that few of them are already contributing on Wikipedia. Then I displayed a image full of logos with open source projects. They instantly started recognizing the icons.  They could successfully  identify the logo of python, mozilla firefox, ubuntu, Linux, android, mediawiki, php and drupal.
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When I asked by pointing at GNOME’s logo, they said they have seen it, but don’t know about it. Then I gave a brief introduction about the desktop environments and how and why GNOME is  useful?
We discussed bugs, translations, documentation and meritocracy. They all were actively participating at every stage.
That’s it on my part. It was then 9.20 am, Stayaakam sir arrived and again discussed with the group about all they have learned in the session. We also cleared the meaning of FREE in open source terminology. The students were then asked to go to their computer systems and write a blog on that day’s session.
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Satyakaam sir helping student writing blog after the talk session

Students were looking happy and keen to know more on open source. I of course was enjoying every moment spend with the kids. After about 25 minutes we all gathered as a group. Students shared their talents by singing and playing guitar.
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After a small photo session we call it a day. A memorable day.
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