OSSBarcamp Wrap up
I meant to get this out sooner but it’s been a manic week preceded by a crazy fun packed enjoyable weekend. Firstly a big thank you to all those who came ! There were some slight hiccups with airlines and equipment but it all worked out well in the end.
This was the 4th OSSBarcamp to be run in Dublin by members of the Ubuntu Ireland LoCo. This time we moved it to UCD – University College Dublin thanks to the students in the Computer Society UCD Netsoc we secured their help in getting their department to open up over the weekend for us. We like to run the events during the weekend so as many people as possible can attend.
We were a bit adventuress this time and went for 2 days and in hindsight we should have stuck to one day as I’m not sure the Irish community is ready just yet to give up an entire weekend just yet 🙂 Over the two days there were a lot of talks on covering a multitude of different talks which was great to see happening and very interesting to see happening in our own back yard. We had some great talks from the DPL Stefano Zacchiroli who is a pleasure to talk to over a few pints and brought along some members of the Debian community who are over here in Ireland working. He has some great plans for the future and if you can nab him do to chat!
We had talks on Make mine a MeeGo! Develop great apps everywhere, using Ruby on MeeGo, Git Awesome – Better OSSDevelopment Using Git, Using Ubuntu in an Average Home, My First Patch and Dexy plus lots more. It was great to see speakers who I’d never met before sign up and come along and give really interesting talks. I thought it was great to see how people reacted to topics and discussions took place after the event in the pub for many hours over drinks and food 🙂 A special thank you has to go to Brian O’Donovan who took on the task of organsing talks to be video and a just over a week later he has them all up! THANK YOU! We have our own video channel.
We were fortunate to have some great sponsors this year who made it possible to have this event and I’m always contentious of the fact I don’t like to ask the same sponsors over and over as it’s a small country and they could be promoting over events , but Enterprise Ireland coming on board to promote an open source event was a big kudos as I’d seen them sponsoring so many events in the past but none were OSS friendly. A big thank you to David Scanlon who made this happen! Having Blacknight Solutions as a sponsor is great as they are Irish and do try and support OSS events and sometimes their staff come to events and give talks so it’s nice to see Irish companies supporting and promoting Irish events.
The Linux Fund came on board this year and I had the pleasure of talking to Michael Dexter which I never would have had in the past, it’s another reason why I help run these events getting to meet and talk to people I wouldn’t normally over here in Ireland. People in the USA don’t seem to realise how lucky they are, surrounded by many OSS community advocates and developers on your front door steps it’s frustrating to others across the pond. Microsoft came on board supporting the event and sending a speaker who was engaging and eager to talk about his Coapp Project which is on launchpad , Garrett Serack. I was also fortunate thanks to Microsoft to attend a press conference regarding open source Microsoft and community here in Ireland with Garrett.
Thanks to the folks on the Ubuntu UK podcast who came over also 🙂 ye rock!
There will be more OSSBarcamps happening in the future, but we are really looking to move them out of Dublin to move things around, and also with me moving to the UK… we’ll just have to wait and see.
Thank you to all those who helped, rallied around and jumped in to help! That’s what being in a community is all about!