Open Source and Research – talk, review

Two weeks ago – 27/11/2012 – , along with two great FOSS contributors shared a session in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece regarding “Open Source and Research“.

The event was organized by the society of the post graduate department of physics and math of the Aristotle University.

Kostas Koudaras –  OpenSUSE contributor – explained the differences between free source and open source and elaborated on the movement/culture of Free Source software. In addition he explained the philosophy of contributing upstream and generally what do you achieve by contributing in FOSS projects.

Salih Elim – Open Source strategist at ErgoQ –  presented where free/open source applies in day life such as routers, cars, software etc. Later on the audience got amazed by a slide he shared with companies who use and support open source such as redhat, mozilla, google, toyota, ibm, nasa etc. In the end Salih, presented some open source projects which were a products of academic research and explained why should the community of an academic research project has to use, adopt and produce open source software/hardware.

In the last part of the session I – Fedora Project contributor, Mozilla –  presented the benefits of working/creating inside a community especially if that is an open source one. I tried to motivate people to join active FOSS communities or great their own, finding people with common interested. I shared a list with the most active Greek communities such as the Fedora’s Project, Mozilla’s,OpenSUSE’s and explained them why these communities rock, what do we achieve by contributing in these projects and invited them to join us!  I am pretty sure that people understood that through open source communities they can build the future of the open software/hardware as other foundation and foss companies (Red Hat, Mozilla) did in the past.

It was a successful event considering the fact that we had around 75 people, an 30′ session with discussing and answering to questions after the event and a lot of feedback.

I want to thank Thanos Pavloudis from the society of the post graduate department of physics and math (from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), who organized this event, made it happen and want to organize more events regarding Open Source.

Some more photos from the event can be found in my picasa web album.

Till the next time, keep hacking the world 😉

 

 

 

Thessaloniki’s Python meeting v0.1

Last week we stepped out from the Greek Python mailing list in order go meet and get know each other.

Despite the awful weather and the cold, we managed to meet 10 people (BEAT THAT ATHENS – with two female people), know each other and discuss geeky staff.

It was a great meeting and we decided to meet again and why not organize and event.

More info are going to be published soon.

 

 

The UnConference 2012 – awesomeness review

In 14 of November in Thessaloniki took place the first UnConference.

The UnConference was the highlight of a three day festival around Thessaloniki’s public children libraries. The hole festival organized by the non profit company FutureLibrary.gr which intends to change the idea of children libraries by making over almost every children library in Greece.

The UnConference had four awesome keynotes by FutureLibrary.gr, Library 10, Google and Mozilla. The audience came from all over the country and we estimate that they were 250-300 people out there. They where related to children libraries and public libraries in general.

From the FutureLibrary.gr, the man who inspired the renovation of the children libraries presented his vision and the results. The 4 renovated libraries are amazing introducing an innovative type of library equipped with bleeding edge technology such as computers, interactive screens, smart furniture and much more.

Kari Lämsä from Library 10″ introduced us his idea on how a library should be. Collaboration spaces, adjective tables and chairs special meeting rooms and music breaks in the noon were some highlights of his talks.

Simon Morisson and Dionisis Kolotsas from Google, presented us a new project on digitizing books, posters, paintings and creating a web museum free to explore, search and interact.

Chloe on stage

Last but not least, Chloe Varelidi from Mozilla Project presented the Webamaker project and some great tools such as Popcorn, Thimble and X-Ray goggles. She explained how important is the webmaker project especially for children which teach them how to hack the web! In addition she presented some live demos of Thimble and X-Ray Goggles and as a result the – after sessions – workshop was crowed!

After the keynotes each project had it’s own workshop where the attendances had the opportunity to hands on, discuss and brainstorm.

Along with Chloe we run a workshop titled: “Build your own website with an easy way”. After a warming up thumb war game the workshop was on! Due to the internet lack we could run a proper hands on – workshop – thimble but we challenged people to hack on paper. The attendances spitted in 7 teams where they had to come up with at least 3 ideas of sites for children. Then they had to choose at least 2 of them and designed them on paper.

In the end every team had to present their ideas and challenge themselves by implementing them in Thimble.

Chloe’s webmaker workshop

The workshop was successful due the fact that the number of attendances was high, people enjoyed and in the end I saw a lot of enthusiast and “ready to hack the web” faces.

After the workshops in the main room there were some lighting talks regarding some cool projects such as library on grass, children sleepover in libraries and a lot experience from Future Library’s volunteers.

Themis on stage presenting collaboration

Another lighting talk was about Mozilla Hive in Athens by Konstantina and Themis which is going to boot during the spring of 2013. Their approach to the audience regarding collaboration was pretty awesome. They distributed colored papers to everyone and provide them instructions on how to create a really solid construction by joining the papers together.

Bottom line, it was a successful event for the organizers, the people who traveled across the country and especially for Mozilla foundation and webmakers!

At last Dimitris Protopsaltou presented FutureLibrary.gr’s plans for the 2013 and how they are going to renovate almost every(!) public children library in Greece.

We want to thank the FutureLibrary.gr, especially Dimitris Protopsaltou and Despina Mitropoulou for the organization and the volunteers who made it happen!

You can check my photos from the event at the Picasa web album here.

Organization committee and volunteers

Different RSS feeds in the same WordPress blog

Recently I joined the Mozilla Reps program where there is http://planet.mozillareps.org/ which an aggregator for all Mozilla Rep’s blogs.

In addition as a Fedora Contributor my blog posts show up in the http://planet.fedoraproject.org which is a Fedora contributor’s aggregator as well.

The issue I had is that some of my blog posts are referred to the Fedora Project and they don’t have nothing to do with Mozilla. That’s why I had to separate and aggregate/push my Fedora related post to Fedora planet and my Mozilla related to Reps planet.

All my blog posts had the proper tagging and have been categorized in different categories. So after some search the solution was quite obvious.

The RSS feed for a selected tag – mozilla for example – is:

http://www.bacharakis.com/?tag=mozilla&feed=rss2

If I want to provide blog posts based on the category is could be like this:

https://bacharakis.com/category/mozilla/feed

Simple enough, right? There are more hacks in this link.

So you can now provide as much feeds as you like based on the tags without worrying about messing blog posts in different aggregators.

 

Python meeting in Thessaloniki

Αυτή την Κυριακή 2 Δεκεμβρίου και ώρα 19:00 στο καφέ Άλφα, μαζευόμαστε όλοι οι φίλοι της Python.

Αρχάριοι και μη, φίλοι και γνωστοί, σε όσους μας αρέσει και παίζουμε με την Python, βγαίνουμε από τις mailing list, αφήνουμε τα λάπτοπ σπίτι και μαζευόμαστε να γνωριστούμε, να συζητήσουμε και να οργανωθούμε. 😉

Απαραίτητη προϋπόθεση το geek t-shirt μας και η καλή μας διάθεση!

Τα λέμε εκεί!

 

 

 

FUDCon Paris 2012 – review

This year was time for a beloved city to host our annual FUDCon in EMEA. A beloved city with a great community which organized an awesome FUDCon!

This FUDCon had everything and I mean everything!

Marketing, awesome presentations, technical presentations and workshops, swag production (yeah!) and a lot of brainstorming hackfests!

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MozCamp Europe 2012 video, photos, review

It’s been a month since MozCamp in Warsaw and I am really happy that I am finally available to write a blogpost!

I always enjoy attending awesome events regarding open source along with brilliant people such as MozCamp, FudCon, Fosdem etc.

MozCamp was definitely one of them especially dude to the fact that I had the chance to chat and brainstorm with a lot of smart people around the world. Everyone was interested to get know you, to learn what are you up to and help you where ever they could.

When I find some I will publish some more detailed blogposts regarding some special topics on MozCamp such as Firefox OS, WebMaker and Mozilla Reps.

Till then, enjoy the Firefox dance at the closing speech on Sunday and my set of photos on picasa.

 

MozCamp Europe 2012 Warsaw – Firefox closing dance from Christos Bacharakis on Vimeo.

Thank you Mozilla 🙂