Zoumpis @ oSC2012

Introduction

A few days after  the openSUSE conference is over, it is the right moment to write my report.

For me it was the first openSUSE Conference which i attended to. It was the first time that i was surrounded by hundred of Geekos during 4 days and interacted with people from the openSUSE Community , SUSE  other distribution and other FOSS projects as well. People from openSUSE , Gentoo , Ubuntu , Fedora have been there to collaborate, make a presentation , discuss about FOSS and at the end of the day have a beer (pivo, in Czech). So what did i do during the oSC2012?

What did i do

First of all , at Day Zero, the whole Greek community went to the Venue so as to help with the setup up and explore the Venue as well. It is a truth that i I was amazed by the infrastructure, the coordination and the high level of education provided by the University. I had the opportunity to get into a laboratory and  saw that the students do make their own experiments there. At the end of the day we drunk a couple of beers and personally  discussed with the Spanish spoken guys. We had fun by expressing our ideas and interact with people who live far away from European continental .

Actually the first day i  helped at the registration desk  by giving swag ,all the necessary staff and piece of information to the recently (or not) registered attendees. By the second day and until the end of the conference i worked at the Social Media team with Kostas Koudaras and Jos Poortvliet. Our goal was to spread to the social media (twitter,google+,facebook) the presentations,talks,workshops and what was going on during the conference. In that way people who attended to the conference were up-to-date for what is going on and people who didn’t attend had  also the opportunity to enjoy the conference by watching the live streaming. Finally i did translate some of the tweets in Spanish , so the Spanish spoken people be up-to-date as well.

Presentations-Attendance

Apart from what did i do , i attended to some presentations. So here i list the presentations:

1) Agustin Benito Bethencourt: SME as target for GNU/Linux distributions

2) Jos Poortvliet: openSUSE Around the World

3) Lightning talks

4) Prof. Joe Doupnik: A complete server to assist charities

5) openSUSE Project meeting

6) Izabel Valverde: The openSUSE Travel Support Program

7) Kostas Koudaras: Ambassadors 2.0

8) Michal Hrušecký: Whats new in openSUSE Connect

9) Kostas Koudaras: oSC13 The Spirit and the City

I admit that i would like to attend the following presentations but finally it wasn’t possible :

1) Henne Vogelsang: Building RPMs for starters…

2) Stephan Kulow: Packaging of perl/python/ruby/java

My presentation

Apart from attending at some presentations i did make my own. Actually my presentation was related to my failure  in GSOC 2012 with openSUSE Project. I explained to the crowd [ok i admit i was a bit nervous , it was my first presentation in an international conference] who am i , which are my plans and encouraged people to participate at the next Google Summer of Code with openSUSE Project. Finally i mentioned that what a failure does mean and what doesn’t mean in that case. My presentation  is available here.

Interaction-Feedback

In my opinion it’s very important to interact with people during a conference. Apart from the presentations you gain experience, you discuss with other people about an idea that you have in common. So my interaction was :

a) Met people from Latin America (Sebastian, Axel) and discuss with them about the community there.

b) Met Baltasar Ortega who owns the kdeblog.com and become collaborator of the blog. Now my spanish posts  appear also at kdeblog.com

c) Discussed with my mentor of GSOC 2012 about my next steps at the project

d) Discuss about participation of openSUSE Project @ LinuxCon with Jos Poortvliet and met Ralf Flaxa as well

d) My openSUSE Member application was accepted. Also i became member of openSUSE Member Officials Team

e) Met Ramon Roca and discuss with him about his project

f) Joined the conference by another point of view : as a volunteer who worked on a group.

g) Beers,beers,beers :P

Conclusion

According to some people, FOSS conferences are dominated by corporate representatives promoting their products.I disagree with that  because in my point of view FOSS conference are dominated by participants , volunteers , FOSS communities and FOSS companies. The main point is the interaction between all of these parts .

See you at the next openSUSE Conference!

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