[TOS] I'd like to plan a POSSE

Michael Adeyeye micadeyeye at gmail.com
Thu Mar 25 07:51:13 UTC 2010

Hi All,
I am pleased to inform you that a date has been chosen for POSSE South
Africa. It's October 3-8, 2010. I understand that POSSE Manila would
likely take place in October too. I hope there would not be a problem
having both POSSEs in October.

As it's been well spelt out, attendees would be responsible for their
accommodation and feeding. We are looking forward to professors from
other Universities in S.A, and most likely other African countries.

The POSSE South Africa's page has been updated. It includes the venue
and available resources. The curriculum would focus on CS, like the
previous ones.

I hope we can get funding for POSSE instructor(s). We will keep you
informed on this issue.

I will be joining you at the next POSSE meeting, though it's a pretty
odd hour for me (in Africa)


On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 5:45 PM, Mel Chua <mel at redhat.com> wrote:
> Replying somewhat belatedly to this thread, so the full email I'm
> replying to is at
> http://teachingopensource.org/pipermail/tos/2010-March/000983.html for
> context, since I've snipped it below to not make this email too long.
>>> * curricular focus (CS? Design? Writing? etc. CS probably easiest.)
>  > Curricular focus is CS/ICT
> Sounds good - I see Izhar has already made
> http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/POSSE_Malaysia_2010 and linked
> it from http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/POSSE#Tentative_POSSEs,
> which is absolutely perfect. :)
>  > After discussion with the lecturers, tentative date that we have
>  > agreed upon would be 13-17th December 2010
> Sounds good to me.
>  > in term of logistics, using KPerak facilities is easier due to less
>  > beaurocracy and is nearer to Ipoh town (which means nearer to possible
>  > accommodations)
> This sounds great. The venue is totally a matter of functionality - can
> we access it for a week, does it have good wifi connectivity and chairs
> and tables we can move around so people can work in groups, is it easy
> to get to? It sounds like KPerak may be the best fit; if so, let's go
> for it.
>  > It is also possible to ask for KPerak to fund/sponsor stuff for the
>  > event (eg: food)
> Oh, extra bonus points for this. :)
>>> Funding may be available to cover POSSE instructor expenses; it's something
>>> we'll have to request at some point down the line, but as we talk about
>>> things on this list, it's something that'll get figured out, since Max holds
>>> the pursestrings for that and he's on this list. (We'll figure out a better
>>> system for this next summer, but for now we're playing a lot by ear.)
>  > I hope we can get funding for POSSE instructor expenses from RH.
>  > For the attendees, probably a combined funding from RH+KPerak or just
>  > KPerak .. If the attendees come as a representative of a university,
>  > it might also be possible for the attendee to claim their travel
>  > expenses from their own university ..
> Due to the number of POSSEs we're running, it's probably not possible
> for RH to foot attendee expenses - as it is, we'll only be able to fund
> instructors for a limited number of POSSEs this year, so it's good that
> we're planning this POSSE in Malaysia now so we can explore that as an
> option for instructor funding early on.
>  > Btw .. I need to write up a proposal to pass to the lecturers for them
>  > to deal with the university management .. any template or sample for
>  > this?
> Not yet, but we can work on that together in #teachingopensource
> sometime if you'd like. It would be a good general POSSE-planning
> resource to have.
> You're doing all the right things, Izhar - thank you for continuing to
> push this forward!
> --Mel
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