- 1 Indian Team's Web Event on Cultural Freedom Day'2013
- 2 Report on Poster Competition on Womens and LGBT Issues
Indian Team's Web Event on Cultural Freedom Day'2013
Online Web Event in India.
Cultural Freedom Day will be celebrated by the Indian team through the active collaboration of the following Free Software groups:
2. GLUG Kolkata
3. Fedora India
4. Mozilla India
5. Many Others
The focus will be on improving/increasing the participation of women in free software and improving related cultural aspects. This will be of much relevance in a backward country like India.
On the day we intend to organize at least two hackathons, a tutorial and a pair of competitions. All of these will be conducted through the Web.
Also take a look at our page.
1. Competition-1 will be on digital posters using exclusively Free Software tools. The proposed theme is "Women and Gender Related Issues". Participants will be judged on their knowledge, expression, clarity and quality of work. This competition is being coordinated by A. Mani. More details can be found at this link.
2. Media-wiki Hackathon conducted by Sucheta Ghoshal on 15th June'2013 This hackathon will include an introduction and more advanced parts. These are outlined here.
3. Hackathon + Tutorial on Localization in Fedora Linux by Chandan Kumar on 20th May'2013.
4. Git Hackathon on 15th June'2013
5. Competition-2 will be a quiz on Free Software, Fedora, GNU/Linux, Philosophy and Policy Conducted by a substantial part of organizers.
6. Educational Tutorials on Free software and Culture will also be part of the gallery.
Both competitions will involve interesting prizes.
We intend to publicize the event through various channels to ensure good participation.
Certificates will be awarded to all participants, while prizes will need to be fought for.
12th May'2013 for finalizing all details.
Prizes: Pen drives with live Fedora
Cost per prize including postage = Rs 400 --500 Total number of prizes = 9
Buffer : Rs 500.
Total Budget Estimate: Rs 5000
Report on Poster Competition on Womens and LGBT Issues
This will be one competition that provoked plenty of debate and in my opinion, exposed the lack of awareness of a wide spectrum of FOSS contributors and others. The idea was definitely supported by large sections of the FOSS and many other communities, but some had reservations.
The original background text in the announcement minced no words:
TODO: "Please write some sensible text here"
The long debates on this started much later and the second revision said as much. The final version came up later after a meeting on 13th.
We did not have too many submissions though, the number of submissions were less than the available prizes. So all eligible submissions were awarded prizes. These were all submitted by the 13th. The extension of dates, modified 'positive' text and publicity did not help in getting any new submissions
The prizes included Live Fedora design and TexLive'2013 in the Flash drives
The winners are
C. Srividya (2 prizes)
Ani Dalal (1 prize)
All things considered, this stands as a great successful community effort!