|Birthday:||October 31st 1989|
|Home:||Leverkusen / Northrhine-Westphalia / Germany|
|IRC:||heffer on Freenode in|
|#fedora-de #fedora-education #fedora-ambassadors|
- Half Canadian
- I like going Skiing
- I like to travel to foreign places
- I'm better at soft-skills than engineering
Education and Job
- I got my Abitur in July 2009
- I'm a IHK (German chamber of commerce) certified "Junior Manager", a certificate I earned at Junior Management School (Website in German)
- I work part-time at an IT-Auditing company (Website also in German)
- I'm currently doing my civil service at the School I used to attend
- I currently maintain the network (roughly about 160 clients plus 5 Servers) at my School, at the moment mostly all by myself. In conjunction with that I worked with Novell NetWare, Windows Server and of course Linux.
Activities within the Fedora Project
I'm a Fedora Ambassador sponsored by Jörg Simon
My main goals in my work as an Ambassador is taking Fedora to schools and other educational institutes and talk about the advantages of open source software in educational environments. I also want to show schools how to get their students started for contributing in open source projects and help them convey the spirit that fuels the open source community.
- Events I attend(ed)
I enjoy playing games. Therefor I joined the Games SIG. As of now I only maintain openttd. But I hope to add some more fine games if time allows.
FUDCon Toronto 2009
I'd like to request a funding of 650US$ (438€) for a flight from FRA -> YYZ with Air Canada. All other costs I will cover myself.
Deliverables for FUDCon Toronto 2009
Here are my plans for FUDCon Toronto
Create a concept for classes and tutorials to be held in secondary education institutions
The Fedora Project needs to extend it's effort in promoting itself in secondary education environments. There are several reasons why Fedora should do this:
- Of course Fedora always profits from new contributors. Especially the commitment of young contributors has a good chance to result in a long-lasting commitment to Fedora.
- Fedora gains influence on students. Educating young people about our first principles and the principles of FLOSS is very positive as these will help them form their own perception of freedom and what it means to them.
- Fedora can help young potential contributors to find a direction to go in their future
- Hey, even Microsoft has a program for secondary education (DreamSpark).
One of the main goals for myself is the generation of content and materials that can be used for classes and tutorials by interested teachers. From my own experience I know that Teachers love to use ready-made material they are provided from some source. In Germany these sources usually are large educational publishers. Unfortunately those publishers are known to have contracts with Microsoft, so their material is very Microsoft-centric. The Fedora guys in North America have already got experience in teaching open source. I want to talk to them to find out how their knowledge and experience can be adapted to create a special program within Fedora that reaches out to institutions that provide secondary education and tell them why they need to educate their students on OSS (and particularily contributing to Fedora).
Definition of content and materials in this context: Papers, presentations, audio or video containing educational information on topics regarding Open Source Software and contributing to Open Source Software in general as well as information on techniques and tools required to contribute; Exercises regarding the use of techniques and tools This would also be a good place to do a bit of advertising for our Scholarship.
My goal is to have some content available for general usage by the end of the year. I plan to test it in the School I do my civil service in.
Designing a concept of how our Edu SIG can provide products to assist educational institutions leverage our technologies to deliver better education
At least in Germany most schools have to take care of their IT infrastructure themselves. There is only a very small number of specialized solutions for central management of resources (especially users and content). Furthermore these tools usually cannot be operated by the average high-school teacher. The OLPC XS is a step in the right direction but it actually is quite OLPC and XO centric so many of the functions it offers cannot be used with a setup that consists of regular clients. The main question is: How to we get educational institutions to use Fedora? The answer is pretty easy: It must be an advantage for them to use Fedora. And how can we create an advantage? Right, by making their lives easier. What I therefor envision is the creation of a ready-to-go Fedora installation for schools. On the client side we have the current Edu spin but on the server side not much work has been done. Sidenote: Debian has Skolelinux which is almost that except that it is not as easily manageable as it would be required.
My goal is to create a sample solution for schools that is easy to use. I therefor want to meet with the other Edu SIG guys to discuss the future especially with regard to the release of F13.
I'd be interested in running a track on
- Intro to Packaging
and since we now offer some of our services via IPv6
- Getting your home network ready for IPv6
Both tracks should be suitable for beginners.