Talking about opensource at university

On December 1, I give a talk about opensource at my university:

http://devfest.gdgasturias.com/#Mantener-un-proyecto-de-software-libre-Que-habilidades-necesito

I was on my motherborn language, spanish (maintaining an open source project, what skills are needed?) and you can check slides here: mantener un proyecto de software libre (Video is expected to be on youtube soon).

 

 

I was thrilled to go back to school. Last time I was in our “main auditorum” was 15 years ago, listening at Tim Berners Lee talking about w3c.

As many other events, speakers and organizers start with a dinner the day before the event, sharing stories and laughs, letting good vibes encourage us to share the best positive ideas to our students (future coworkers I hope)

All you should get noticed of how much time and effort takes to organize and manage an event like this, kudos to

  • https://twitter.com/mariaencinar
  • https://twitter.com/Aurora_Barrero

and the rest of the google dev team.

As a GNOME member I wanted to celebrate and make this day even more special, offering stickers and cake. Working with local stores to make it possible was fun, you should always try to do anything in your hand to improve things, this was my try:

 

Hoping to bring more cool stuff for future events!

 

About the talk, I can’t imagine anything better to talk about. Open source engages with the university as a perfect match. It’s about sharing knowledge, doing what you can to help others, and letting people to grow its skills and share to the world valuable content.

 

https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gitg is a great project that help people to get its it job done and teach lot of side skills you can use elsewhere. Hope you learn some of them in my talk. As said you can reach me on

  • https://riot.im/app/#/room/#_gimpnet_#gitg:matrix.org

at anytime and start your journey in open source.

Did I connect with my talk? I think I stimulate their minds, approaching open source as something interesting, helpful and productive, and showing how to use it, not only to help others but for your personal interest, in a typical win/win approach.

I went to the event as an attendant too, and I enjoy all the talks and workshops:

I sincerely suggest you to follow them on twitter, they all are interesting people with something to say.

Hope you enjoy this event as much as I did. We need you all assisting and giving talks to create local and global communities where people can share ideas, motivate others and see the cool part of our profession, which is broad and immature in so many ways.

goodies from the event

See you ASAP. Looking for our next event.

Attending GUADEC 2018

As everyone, I have a big list of dreams I wish I could turn into reality. This 6th of July one of them became true: Attending an open source conference:

https://2018.guadec.org

My opportunity comes with GUADEC 2018, an event on Almeria, where distance (I live on Spain) and schedule (it was during the weekend) allows me to assist.

I use some of my holidays to attend, and didn’t stay all the days (have no free days to be there all time) so if you’re wondering: yes, you don’t need to stay all days to have a great experience.

The costs? Flight, hotel… for me was a complicated decision, but been a member of GNOME foundation you can be sponsored to attend this kind of events, so if you have been in a situation trying to explain why you’re involved in open source, this is for sure an argument.

https://www.gnome.org/foundation/membership/apply/

Collecting goodies

 

Almeria, such a beautiful place

There’s a lot of things to be afraid of, and lot of doubts when you do it for the first time, so if you’re deciding to go to one let me tell you what it is like.

First, these days, all conferences start earlier than the first day on schedule, due to social media like twitter, telegram, IRC… So join those channels, say Hi, get involved, and try to be aware of what it would be, that will give you confidence and a rough idea of where to go, and what to do.

https://2018.guadec.org/pages/schedule.html

Getting the GUADEC bus

As you can imagine there’s always need for volunteering, helping hands, dinners to organize… try to contribute and be proactive, there’s always a gap you can fill.

An improvised theatre play in “La Alcazaba”  

 

Organizing a big dinner at the end of conference days  

During the conference, listen carefully, ask questions, stretch some hands of people you really admire, make it memorable.

Benjamin Otte sharing thoughts about Gtk 4

 

Corentin and Christian talking about Builder

During the unconference days, you can join to workshops and BoF (Birds of a Feather: Informal meetings about projects you’re or want to be involved)

BoF with Purism team

Results of BoF about Librem5: https://source.puri.sm/Librem5/Apps_Issues/issues/44

Send good vibes all around, try to create a group where people can feel comfortable, in a relaxed situation, many unexpected things could happen, be open to new ideas, enjoy all the journey.

I commit you to spread on social media, people need to know how cool is all that.

Remember you are traveling, find your time to discover the city, be a tourist!

There’s always room for some sport, running to the port

 

visiting Almeria

I really enjoyed attending GUADEC, and here you will find only some highlights, but there was a lot more. (Have to try yourself)

Now for me, the regular days chatting at IRC evoke all the good things I experiment there, and that change everything:

See you in next event!

 

Finding the right time to jump in

it’s been a while since I collaborate on open source. I love to help others to dive into free software but never have been in a conference, nor give one myself.

The past month I hear about ubucon europe 27th 28th 29th of april 2018 in gijon spain, which happens to be my city.

With all the hype on ubuntu 17.10 return to gnome, I decided to take my chance and give a talk about GNOME Newcomers initiative, which you can enjoy here:

I give too a workshop to learn how to use GNOME Builder, and get a lot of feedback to improve it from the user perspective. Slides here

Main purpose is to show people that we are trying to make contribute to open source as easy as (clone, build, hack, run, merge request):

Attending a conference (as visitor or speaker) is a great way to stay tuned an meet great people. I encourage you to assist any little event around you, or try to organize one. In the end is just people sharing ideas and being part of a community, and it feels amazing.

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