during the last EMEA irc meeting, I proposed that we should make sure all active
communities within our region are equipped with basic booth equipment such as
roll-up banners and tableclothes.
Currently, there is just one or two tableclothes for the whole region. Not every
community has its own roll-up banners and while some do, these are not anymore
in a proper working condition (e.g. colors have started fading out, stands are
showing signs of heavy use).
Spending budget on such an initiative can be considered a good investment, since
the equipment produced will last for years and will enable our communities to
look overall more professional when representing the project during events and
conferences. We still have a significant amount of the current fiscal year's
budget unspent and we can definitely use some of it.
Does your community lack some booth equipment? Please visit the following wiki
page and let us know:
Ideas, thoughts, feedback?
giannisk on irc.freenode.net
This was issue for FY16 budget page and its same again with FY17. 
We must regularly update Wiki page with actually events we able to make
and actual amount spent against it. It helps to better plan remaining
events and upcoming/missed event off course on exceptional basis.
Any chance to get up update on amount spent till May 2016 events. ?
I was involved with Meltwater school located at Ghana some years ago and I was ready to go there as a teacher (of teachers, ie. Senior Faculty). Anyhow, this never happened.
Now, have to say it in public, my 3 years long project has ended and I am seeking something new (those who want to know more of me, please learn from "devspain.com" or linkedin). Right now I am able to do this donation and luckly I have a friend doing donation at (and organizing) a "summer camp for 4-7 years old" in Gambia. This is why I wanted to step out and offer computers for bit older group. Problem is that she is flying next Thursday! We just cannot have those PC:s on board in the luggage ;-)
Also for Freemedia involved: I have a bunch of empty DVDs. I try to burn all of them on the same set to be sent in there. Maybe 50 of them.
El 27/6/2016 14:55, Beth Lynn Eicher <bethlynn(a)fedoraproject.org> escribió:
> This is awesome. Thanks for doing this. I was involved in a similar deployment 4 years ago in Ghana. You are asking the right questions as suitable places with electicity, four walls, and a roof are not simple to find.
> Have you discussed this with the Free Open Source Software Foundation of Africa (FOSSFA)? They will be happy to help put you in touch with local NGOs that can plan out good places for an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre. You may also find assistance through a university as they tend to care about the educational needs of the children nearby. Lastly, find out what international church is prevails in the area. In Ghana it was the Presbyterians. Even if you are not religious, these churches are not to be overlooked as they are well established in the community, with their own schools, colleges, football leagues, and camps.
> One last piece of advice. Make sure your shipper is solid. Even though it is a donation, once your goods arrive, they could try to get you to pay for tarrif monies for the entire crate.
> You may contact me off list to discuss.
> All of the Best,
> Beth Lynn Eicher
> On Jun 27, 2016 6:01 AM, "Jukka Palander, IT Development Spain" <jukka(a)devspain.com> wrote:
>> Hello all.
>> I think we do not have an Ambassador in Gambia?
>> I have an opportunity to donate 6-7 Dell computers (second hand, but cleaned and verified) with monitors and pre-installed Fedora24 on them and maybe I am also able to find a transport from Spain to Gambia.
>> Donation will be made for schools, libraries or any place where local people can have an Internet access and computers can be used by multiple peolpe. As said, all computers are ready to use and installed and all computers has the F24/64Live installation extra DVD inside so they can spread it to others as a Freemedia.
>> Question is: do someone know anyone over there to be able to seek right donation places? I have a friend who has Gambian husbend and he will help if nobody else is found but a local help would be a great addition.
>> ambassadors mailing list
in the past we have had a tradition of sponsoring EMEA contributors that would like to attend Flock but are not going to receive funding as speakers.
The allocated budget for this year was only $800, initially. The adjusted budget is even less. As we wish to assist as many contributors in need as possible, we are going to try and raise that budget. However, no promises made at this point.
This program is intended for contributors that currently reside in EMEA. Other regions may feel free to come up with similar programs for their contributors as they see fit. Priority will be given to contributors that have recently maintained a record of activity and also have some kind of work agenda for the conference (e.g. meet with fellow contributors, actively contribute on site).
In any case, the budget we are going to end up with will be limited. Most likely we will be able to offer only -partial- subsidies. Do not apply if you are not okay with that. If you are able to receive funding from other sources (e.g. your employer), please do so.
To request for sponsorship, file a ticket on the EMEA Trac, state the reason(s) for applying and what you expect to accomplish by attending the conference. Deadline should be July 5, 23:59:59 UTC +0. All tickets will be later evaluated by FAmSCo, same as last time.
We will get back to you once we have more information regarding the budget. Please spread the news to your fellow Fedorians.
Thank you and good luck!
giannisk on irc.freenode.net
Dear fellow ambassadors,
we had a Fedora 24 Release Party yesterday here in Novi Sad, Serbia. Around 60 people came, and we all had loads of fun talking about Fedora and free open source software. I wrote a short event report on my blog here (picture album included):
(will write more in depth one, soon as I have some time)
Anyway, since ours was one of the first release parties, I thought it would be nice to share the presentation file with the other ambassadors, so you don't have to make it from scratch. The presentation is in English. It is "split" into three parts:
1. What is Fedora and how to get Fedora and how to contribute to Fedora - with some nice graphs from State of Fedora 2016 talk (used with permission :))
2. Tips and tricks for easier life in Fedora - stuff that people often ask (on Reddit) - how to get drivers and proprietary stuff in Fedora, live-respins etc.
3. What's new in Fedora 24 - quick overview of GNOME 3.20 and other stuff
The presentation is based on the excellent presentation from a few years ago made by our ambassador giannisk.
Feel free to modify it/adapt it to your needs!
ODP (Impress): https://nmilosev.fedorapeople.org/f24rpns/f24rpns.odp
We also had a Fedora/Linux related quiz (which was really fun!) with 15 questions, feel free to use that as well:
ODP (Impress): https://nmilosev.fedorapeople.org/f24rpns/f24rpns-quiz.odp
People from my faculty helped a lot (the head of the CS department even mentioned the event on regional TV) and were very glad that we decided to have something like this here. We had tons of fun, and I hope we will have more events here in the future. :)
Hello World, As many people knows, at October 13,14,15 FUDCon Latam will
held in Puno Perú. The final deadline to request funding is july 11th.
Please if you want to come to FUDCon Puno, fill your ticket with
"latam-meeting" in the keywords field and "FUDCon Puno: Travel Subsidy
Request" in the Milestone field.
See you at FUDCon Puno :-D
On 29 June 2016 at 15:05, Priyanka Nag <priynag(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>  Apologies that this part wasn't well explained previously but the list
> of talks that you see on the pirate pad, mainly under the 'Getting Started
> with your Fedora contribution' section are going to be flash talks for 5
> mins each. Since we couldn't find existing female contributors in all of
> these different contribution pathways, to share their experience with us; a
> group of volunteers decided to try finding out details about these different
> contribution pathways, how to get started, the related IRC channels and
> mailing lists for each and finally give a 5 min presentation about their
> findings. This can save the rest of the audience's effort to do a complete
> research on the different contribution pathways (which is often the first
> barrier in contribution) and they should have most of the data at hand to
> now go back and start contributing. The FWD event was also thought of as a
> first step to initiating a consistent women contributor community, where
> each month we could take up one of these contribution pathways and make it
> as the flavor of the month...doing some actual hands-on contribution
> together for that chosen project or pathway. This can probably even be
> clubbed with the monthly Fedora meetups that we have in Pune. That ofcourse
> can be discussed in more details with the local ambassadors.
While getting local ambassadors in loop is useful from a logistics
and/or budget perspective, what's more important here is to reach out
to as many *existing* women contributors as possible (and as early as
possible) so that you exhaust all of your options of getting qualified
speakers (local or remote) before you resort to doing it yourself
within Red Hat by reading up the wiki pages.
>  The new speakers can try and do some actual contributions before the FWD
> event so that they can also share their experience (and blockers) at the
> event. They could also join the upcoming Fedora monthly meetup and release
> party, planned on 9th July, at Pune.
I can't see how that will work in practice. It surely took me more
than 2 weeks to get myself into the various groups I am currently in,
so actually doing something useful will have to come after that. In
any case, that doesn't solve the issue I pointed out.
That said, please don't misunderstand my objection as an objection to
anybody participating in the community. My point is that people
should be encouraged to participate for the right reasons. That is,
join the community to pitch in, learn and grow and not just gain
credentials as a speaker, that too on the basis of being employed at
the company that is hosting the event.
>  The organizers are suggested to try reach out to college students (not
> just via emails or messages, but by physically going down to colleges) since
> this event can be a good place for new contributors to know how to get
> started with their contribution as well as meet other existing and
> experienced community members.
+1. I believe Red Hat has contacts in Cummins College for example.
They have been active in the django and/or python community in the
past IIRC, so I am sure they will look forward to the event. There
are a number of women teachers in MITCOE who I am sure will be
interested too. I'm sure there are other colleges we can reach out
>  The organizers are also suggested to do more social media posts about
> the event, so as to create more awareness around this event.
Sure, but my first point stays: please make a bigger effort to reach
out to existing women contributors to share their experiences.
>  The new contributors and speakers can also join the Fedora telegram
> group, since not all of us are big IRC fans.
/me grumbles about these younglings not getting it...
This is a 'woman' only event? I think that this violates our core values of
"Friends" because this makes the event an exclusive one. We are supposed to
be an inclusive community. And why isn't this event gratis? Who gets the
money, where does the money go to, etc.
I don't think this is very 'Fedora'. It is ok to run this event, but having
it under Fedora? Don't think its a go.
Just my 2cents.
On 06/29/2016 03:05 PM, Priyanka Nag wrote:
> Hey all,
> A few of the local Fedora ambassadors and event organizers for FWD
> Pune event met this morning for a quick discussion on the proposed
> event and here we have the meeting notes for everyone:
>  Apologies that this part wasn't well explained previously but the
> list of talks that you see on the pirate pad, mainly under the
> '*Getting Started with your Fedora contribution' *section are
> going**to be flash talks for 5 mins each. Since we couldn't find
> existing female contributors in all of these different contribution
> pathways, to share their experience with us; a group of volunteers
> decided to try finding out details about these different contribution
> pathways, how to get started, the related IRC channels and mailing
> lists for each and finally give a 5 min presentation about their
> findings. This can save the rest of the audience's effort to do a
> complete research on the different contribution pathways (which is
> often the first barrier in contribution) and they should have most of
> the data at hand to now go back and start contributing. The FWD event
> was also thought of as a first step to initiating a consistent women
> contributor community, where each month we could take up one of these
> contribution pathways and make it as the flavor of the month...doing
> some actual hands-on contribution together for that chosen project or
> pathway. This can probably even be clubbed with the monthly Fedora
> meetups that we have in Pune. That ofcourse can be discussed in more
> details with the local ambassadors.
>  The new speakers can try and do some actual contributions before
> the FWD event so that they can also share their experience (and
> blockers) at the event. They could also join the upcoming Fedora
> monthly meetup and release party, planned on 9th July, at Pune.
>  The organizers are suggested to try reach out to college students
> (not just via emails or messages, but by physically going down to
> colleges) since this event can be a good place for new contributors to
> know how to get started with their contribution as well as meet other
> existing and experienced community members.
>  The organizers are also suggested to do more social media posts
> about the event, so as to create more awareness around this event.
>  The new contributors and speakers can also join the Fedora
> telegram group, since not all of us are big IRC fans.
>  The speaker and attendee list to be moved to Wiki from the etherpad.
Thanks, updated https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWD_Pune .
> I hope I have covered all the points that was discussed in today's
> meeting. If not, today's meeting attendees, please add those points to
> the thread here.
> If anyone has any further questions on any of the above points or any
> suggestions for the event in general, please do feel free to shoot a
> response to this thread.
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