On Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:48 AM, sankarshan wrote:
It is possible that we can simply look at the PIN codes and plan
around FADs or, introductory workshops in those regions. It will
require funds to get contributors there as well as the time from
those volunteering. However, it is also possible to do this in a
manner which can be re-used. As an example, introduction to use
Project Atomic bits could be structured into how to securely
package your application and thus include further 'gentle introduction'
to security practices, packaging, networking, compilers, tool-chain,
build-tools etc. Given the attention span of a student audience,
learning something from the MOOCs and designing content to be
delivered is a good place to start. This plan has the added benefit
of expanding our existing community to include technical authors,
content writers, instructional designers, embedded systems folks etc.
It is possible to share knowledge in a project oriented format which
can result in skills and aptitude being created which enable the
audience to advance their careers. A small number of the existing
Fedora contributors from India have already done lateral or, even
major career shifts - this personal experience is useful when
designing something that can help the audience (of mostly students).
It is my belief that while as a project and a community in India we
talk about "growing the community", it is our fiduciary duty to ensure
that new contributors and especially students can use bits from Fedora
as a platform to work on things and work with things for creation. The
economy around us is changing fast and the standard 'IT/CompSci'
course from an institute (even if very reputed) is no longer a good
hedge. If the project itself can figure out ways to address this
situation - we become useful. Is this easy? It is not. Is this hard?
You can absolutely take that for granted. Should we do this? I believe
we should. We could plan to start small. A minimum viable plan that
uses the least possible resources (time, volunteers and funds) to go
about this could be a generally safe place to start from.
It's all agreeable. Let's see how we could use it.
-P J P