Opportunity Open Source conference in the IIT Mandi, India: Motivating people to be a part of us!

Speaker: Till Kamppeter

Track: Community, diversity, local outreach and social context

Type: Long talk (45 minutes)

Room: Anamudi

Time: Sep 12 (Tue): 10:30

Duration: 0:45

Organizing every year the participation of the Linux Foundation as mentoring organization in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and mentoring contributors for OpenPrinting I work together with Aveek Basu who joined OpenPrinting when he worked at Lexmark in India. He is reaching out to colleges and universities in India and this way we have every year around 5-7 students as contributors for OpenPrinting, most studying at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mandi.

With the DebConf being in India, Aveek and me have decided to meet most of our current and former contributors in-person and motivate the students, professors, researchers to join the community of developers, designers, doc writers, … in a 2-1/2-day conference, the “Opportunity Open Source”. We will talk with them about their GSoC experience on a panel, have a GSoC Q&A session, and the contributors presenting their work. By a Call for Proposals we hope to get a wide range of more contributions. And for attendees getting some real-life experience we are running this year’s OpenPrinting Roadmap Sprint on the conference and attendees can participate in the discussion and planning of the next 12 months in printing and scanning. We will also live-stream and record everything and allow remote participation.

The conference takes place on September 8-10, right before the DebConf.

This talk is about how we have organized the conference, the challenges, and naturally also the outcome and experiences with running it, having come right from there to the DebConf. And we will have a Q&A session about organizing conferences and also being a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code.

So everyone interested in running a free software conference and/or participating in the Google Summer of Code is welcome to participate in this session.