Well, getting into the swing of things and smokin’ diesel! Half way though the week already can’t believe it’s going so fast.
Community Track Roundtable – going through our list from yesterday and marking items off that need to be address in priority, ones that need a full session were schedule and others that weren’t were discussed in the room.
Next steps for Ubuntu NGO- this is my pet project, it started off as a roundtable last May in Barcelona. Now we’ve a team, a plan and objective. It’s a rather strange team in many ways, while there is some order, we kind of do our own thing, so this session was to firm up peoples areas, and what they are doing. We’ve cleaned up the wiki making this clearer. Identified areas we can work on or people we need to find and gain help from.
So Andrew Starr-Bochicchio, Daniel Holbach are going to be looking at the technical side of things, and I am going to be looking at the Advocacy with Penelope Stowe. From the interview series I’ve been able to get feed back on areas where Ubuntu is falling down but these don’t just apply to NGOs so I spoke with Ivanka as I know her team had the Paper cut series which I really enjoyed reading. Sitting down with her I wanted to learn how I could use this type of logging a bug for the NGOs and Andy Whitcroft who was sitting near by came up with Paper Jams! So I’ll be logging paper jams for NGOs soon!!
Hopefully by us increasing a little more order into the team we shall be able to showcase some of the NGOs who use oss and also help them with issues they find! That is my goal!
Next Steps For The Ubuntu Women Project – Session 2/3 involved more clarifying some of the discussions from the 1st session, the idea of a 2nd channel, to be used as a “safe space” should the need to have a discussion in there but not be used the whole time. To introduce logging into the main channel like every other Ubuntu channel. There seemed to be confusion that by calling one channel safe the main channel was not safe. That is not the case! The main #ubuntu-women is safe and inviting to EVERYONE!
Throughout the week I did clarify a number of times everyone is welcome, both male and female to the channel. What I would like to see is that every LoCo team encourage it’s female members to join our team, join us online or on the mailing list, if they are shy joining, why not join yourself and introduce yourself to the channel and introduce the new member you are brining in. Ask questions! I would also encourage LoCo teams to add the topic of Ubuntu-women to your IRC meeting agenda, as there seems to be some confusion as to why the team exists, and I think if we start in our own back yard we can help improve the visibility of the team and highlight its work.
There were other streams going on today, but for me the above were the highlights of the day and I suspect many people will not want to read a day by day blow hour by hour! So trying to highlight what stood out for me
Social night out, impromptu ice skating and shopping spree – Turns out injuries happen on ice! We had 3 people fall, one concussion and one sprained ankle chipped bone! Told him to to go the doctors! stubborn!! So again I feel the need to highlight why social gatherings outside of the 9-5 remit of any day is worthwhile!
You get to meet people you normally won’t meet, talk to or interact with. The same goes at UDS. I can be found in the Community stream, and for the most part that’s the only stream you will find me, short of Q&A and a topic I see I want to participate in. The same can be said for any other stream and person at UDS. They may not interact outside of dev, foundation, desktop etc. I got to meet Scott James Remnant and Colin Watson at ice skating, and to be frank, I’d never really have any other way of meeting them other than possibly walking up to them and saying hi, which could also be done. But this way was more fun!