[TOS] EDU & Open Source at the Red Hat Summit

Dee Weikle dee.weikle at emu.edu
Fri Feb 12 16:51:41 UTC 2016

I would love to see the blogs if the students are okay with that....

Dee Weikle
Eastern Mennonite University

On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:22 PM, Matt Jadud <matt at jadud.com> wrote:

> Hi Tom, all,
> I've submitted a proposal regarding privilege/empowerment in our deep dive
> into FOSS this term. I specifically pitched it as being something in the
> students' voices, and (if I can dig up support, somehow), I'd like to bring
> some of the students to be able to speak personally to their first jump
> into FOSS participation, with a particular focus on the human impact (in
> terms of confidence, vision for the future, etc.) that it has had. Already,
> their blogs are an inspiring thing to read, so I'm *really* looking forward
> to where our continued reading and reflection take us.
> Continuing to ramble for a moment... despite the advice of wiser
> colleagues, I gave the students in our "FOSS Engineering" class some
> options. As a result, we have:
> * 12 students contributing to OpenMRS,
> * 8 students contributing to OctoPrint
> * 4 students contributing to Libre Office
> * 4 students contributing to CodeWorkout
> * 4 students contributing to the Teensy audio libraries
> Structurally, the're in pairs (which I grouped intentionally), so they
> have primary support/collaborators on everything. The larger groups (which
> are really all groups of 4, because they're in a room that has tables that
> seat 4) provide some meta-structure, and we're doing a lot of blogging
> along the way. I still need to get an aggregator set up for all of their
> blogs... I'll share links to their blogs if people are interested.
> As of this week, all but one or two students have working builds for all
> of these systems, which (given the s ize/complexity of some of those
> builds) is absolutely incredible. Along the way, I've learned a lot about
> virt-builder, have installed Fedora 23 as our new departmental VM server,
> and really wish we had a full-time UNIX admin around here... but I WILL
> have a completely scripted, repeatable VM deployment before I'm done!
> Truly, I'm excited, and I think the students are, too. I don't know if
> they understand how large an accomplishment some of those builds are, and
> we're now zeroing in on bugs, and beginning a lightweight design process as
> they look at narrowing in the scope of their proposed contributions. (Thank
> you, Heidi... I'm lifting some of that structure from your 490 (?) there...)
> It is so nice to finally be teaching this course, after... what?... more
> than half a decade of  POSSE participation/conversation?
> Righto. I've been at it forever today, and I have a mid-midterm to write...
> Cheers,
> Matt
> On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 3:11 PM, Tom Callaway <tcallawa at redhat.com> wrote:
>> This year, for the first time ever, the Red Hat Summit (Red Hat's
>> mega-conference) is having a dedicated community track, vetted by the
>> OSAS team (our team at Red Hat). There is interest in having Open Source
>> in EDU talks!
>> The Call For Proposals (not papers, notice) is here:
>> http://community.redhat.com/blog/2016/01/community-track-at-red-hat-summit-call-for-proposals/
>> Here are some areas which I think would be well received by the CFP
>> review committee:
>> * HFOSS in edu
>> * Practical examples of how engaging students with open source matters
>> * Open Innovation as it applies to open source
>> * Students giving strong presentations on how open source has changed
>> their life/the world around them/their school/etc
>> Things they are not interested in:
>> * Sales pitches for your school
>> * Discussion of proprietary technologies
>> * Academic style papers (not that these are bad, just not for RHS)
>> Red Hat Summit has an audience of top IT execs, administrators,
>> developers, and RH employees (from the CEO down). Presenting at RHS is
>> an excellent chance to have exposure to your programs (and students)
>> from a worldwide audience of employers and potential contributors, as
>> well as key developers from a wide range of upstream projects. Red Hat
>> Summit also runs in parallel with DevNation, which has a focus on
>> developers and draws a rather large crowd. You have the opportunity to
>> inspire and be inspired (and get on Red Hat's radar in a positive way).
>> The CFP closes February 8th, 2016 (sorry, I know that's not a lot of
>> time, out of my control).
>> In 2016, the Red Hat Summit will be in San Francisco, CA, June 28-30:
>> http://www.redhat.com/summit/
>> DevNation happens June 26-29:
>> http://www.devnation.org/
>> Thanks,
>> ~tom
>> ==
>> Red Hat
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