Something different this time, the team are meeting up at the Science Gallery where there is an exhibition taking place: Edible, the taste of things to come. The Science gallery is free to enter there is a cafe to have snacks, and see what is happening. If you want to pop along add your name to the event page that has been created. If you want to talk about Ubuntu, learn about it, or just meet up with others who have an interest in technology why not pop along.
Now that I’m back living in Castleconnell I may or may not make the Ubuntu Hour in Dublin so I’m trying to set up one of them in Limerick. But in June I made the drive up as I wanted to meet Orla O’Donohue she was the winner in the Ubuntu Women World Play Day Competition that was run last month.
Orla came to the Ubuntu hour with her mum Jackie and dad Mike and little brother Oisin to say hello and I was able to skype Amber Graner to say hi and thanks. It was nice to finally meet Orla and she showed me her desktop background and how she played a game on the computer. She also mentioned how chuffed she was at winning and how she had told all of her friends. Which is great as I’m sure the next time she or any of the other contestants mention they entered in the previous time others will be curious now and try entering.
It’s all about encouraging children to try something new and finding their comfort zone. If that is being able to find a photo or an image online and making their desktop unique and being able to log onto the computer and search for things on the internet it’s the small encouraging steps we should try and help where we can. Start small and basic and from there they can do anything!
Thanks to all those who came along and looking forward to meeting more people again. More photos are here. If you do run an Ubuntu Hour, take photos and show us what you do and who shows up. Remember encourage people to bring along a friend, someone who’s heard of Ubuntu but is unsure and get them to meet more people or ask questions. Encourage kids to come along with you and see others using Ubuntu is a great way for them to see others using it and ask questions or get involved.
On the last WEDNESDAY of the month in Dublin, some of the Ubuntu Irish team members meet up for a face to face gather. Having a bite to eat, drink and chat is a great way to mix and relax and chat about Ubuntu and see what folks are doing.
It’s very informal, anyone can turn up. We can be found at the Trinity Capital Hotel, in the bar, spot the geeks with the laptops. It has free wifi which is a bonus and food is reasonably priced.
This month we met and I decided to show off the LoCo Directory as I’d been mentioning it on IRC but thought it best to walk folks through it. This was a good idea as some folks hadn’t heard about it and this will be the way all events will be added in future. Also by chance we have some python developers in our team who were interested in the system and want to help! Some photos below and others are here. The idea of the hour is just to get discussion going and introduce one another to other events happening in Ubuntu or their involvement in Ubuntu or Open Source. We get lots of new people just popping in and saying hi, some come back others just wanted to drop by. It’s very informal and nice to take the banter off IRC to real life when we can.