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FUDCon APAC Phnom Penh 2016

Dezember 9th, 2016 von buergermeister

FUDCon 2016, that was for me first of all a lot of work especially after the change of the venue in nearly last minute. Instead of ITC BarCamp happened this year at Norton University, what turned out not to be a good choice. A new hotel had to be found, not an easy task as on this side of the river are not many yet.

What I learned during my stay in South East Asia is, things need time here. So last minute changes bring you a lot of more work, what costs you time that you could spend in other tasks. So you need a lot of flexibility to handle that, a thing that drives a german sometimes mad. A special thanks goes here to Yekleang Dy, who helped me organizing all this small but important things like getting the people from the airport, the breakfast and lunch. I hope she helps me also for future events we planning in Cambodia.

Even the rooms of Norton University are better the exhibition area is it compared to ITC not, so there was much lesser exhibitors. Even the talks play a more vital role at the BarCamp, the exhibition seems to be from interest to. I remember last year the exhibition was not just bigger they had a stage with talks to. This and the the venue itself, which is located on the peninsula between Tonle Sap and Mekong. To get there you have to cross the Tonle bridge, what is especially in times of the rush hours horror. So that and the rain which was on sunday might kept a lot visitors away. But still the auditorium at the opening ceremony was filled (not comparable with the 3.500 seats at ITC but still 1.000 people). Next to Alex Davis Environment, Science and Technology Officer of the US Embassy in Cambodia, Dr. Seng Sopheap President of the National Institute of Post, Telecommuncation and ICT, Chan Sokheang Rector of Norton University, H.E. Chun Vat Director General of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication and our own Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator Brian Exelbierd gave a keynote.

Brians keynote nailed it down, there is no better way for an IT student as contributing to an Open Source project like Fedora to improve his CV, everybody can see what he has done because it is visible for all, his contributions are very visible for possible employer. Sadly we could not fill this large room again for the following talks, other events had that problem to, I had during FOSSASIA in that room a talk, which was also then just 10 people in that large room. But the rooms we had on the other floors was at least on Saturday good filled.

 

Especially Mohan Prakaschs workshop about Android Development with Fedora and also Jens Petersens talk about Functional Programming was good filled. In Jens talk was alone more then 25 students of PNC (Passerelles numériques Cambodge). A school who gives the young from underprivileged families a chance to become an IT professional.

Besides that there was time to speak about the situation in APAC and develop ideas how to improve Fedoras presence in the region. I had good conversations with Gerard Braad and Tommy about, what could help in China and with Jens about Japan. We also had the chance to deepen the contacts with the organizers of other Barcamp in the region, so was organizers from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong around. Finding contributors in Cambodia is still very hard, the awareness for Open Source is low but presenting Fedora to an bigger audience in cooperation with an well know and good visited event, gave us the chance to make Fedora more known in Cambodia. Objective was to make Fedora more known in Cambodia and show that Fedora is leading the development in the FOSS world and that Fedoras contributors are experts in their area. To be sponsor of the BarCamp ASEAN, made Fedora very visible and also the big banners in the main hall did a good job. And it is still working, as the pictures go viral now.

Also giving the Barcamp volunteers FUDCon T-Shirts made us a lot of new friends. So there will be a brighter future for Fedora in Cambodia.

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Look over the fence – StartUp Weekend Phnom Penh

Februar 6th, 2016 von buergermeister

Linux and Free Software plays in South East Asia not that role as in Europe or North America. To change that at least a bit, I came here. The asian culture plays definitely a role and this was often discussed. But it plays lesser the vital role as we think and as the linked article shows, we will not find an easy an solution for the cultural differences. From my perspective it is lesser necessary that we adopt, the most asians I met are willing to accept the differences and can live with them.
The people in South East Asia have other interests and that is the problem, Google has here more success with his Google Developer Community. There are only a few successful FOSS events and most of them are one timer opposite the BarCamp scene is huge. BarCamp Yangon 14.000, Bangkok 7.000, Phnom Penh and HCMC 5.000 visitors. If you go to them you will meet a lot of tech interested people but you will realize that the interest in start up topics is much higher. I am not the only one who realized that, Pravin made the expirience on his visit to BarCamp Yangon also.

So it was time for me, to digg deeper into the StartUp scene and look if we have common areas and if we could inter-connect so that we have an profit from. So I participated in StartUp Weekend Phnom Penh 2016 as an mentor. What is StartUp Weekend? We would call it Hackfest, people come together to work on a specific problem. On start some people pitch (we would call it lightning talk)  about a problem they want to solve and then people can vote for it and join that team. Then they work on the problem with the target to build out a business with it and on the end they have an final pitch again, before a jury.

On this StartUp Weekend 2 of the idea was directly open source related, but both of them do not understand some principles of the open source and free software world and for that will be lesser successful. But there was other interesting ideas of technical nature. One was the idea to uniting different smart cards into one, but later on became, because of the limited storage on a magnet card, an smart phone app and solved the problem just partly. The other one started as an app from the begin on. All in all there was 11 teams, with ideas like student card, and idea about used books, an medical consultation app for the people living in the provinces and some others more.

So there are overlaps with the free software community, especially there are special editions for developer. In this ones we should engage, to win new users and contributors. We have to go some other ways in Asia, that is for sure. All in all it was an interesting experience to look over the fence.

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Get new users…

Januar 18th, 2016 von buergermeister

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From Zero to Hero – Khmer Translation Sprint

November 2nd, 2015 von buergermeister

To win new users and later on new contributors, you have to go locally and that means also to translate Fedora to the local language. For Cambodia and his language khmer we had no translation since Fedora Core 6. We planned since last year to re-initiate the translation for this language, it took as some time to arrange everything, getting the mailing list setup, making the wiki pages  and so on.
Now we had the time to organize a Translation Sprint to find new contributors and start the translation for khmer running. That is harder as it sounds the biggest problem here in Cambodia is, that Saturday is a normal working day and students have to go to university and others to work. So its not to easy to find enough people for the whole weekend. During the week is also not better, normal students go here at daytime to work and in the evening until 10pm to university or they have university in the morning and go for work in the evening. But we interested enough people to start the translation to khmer, and we will do another such sprint to find more people and driving the translation process forward.

This time we was 5 people for translation, we started with an introduction to Fedora as an project and did all necessary steps creating FAS accounts, making personal wiki pages and so on. Later we introduced to how software is translated and how the translation in Fedora works and made the first steps in zanata. After the lunch we could start with translation.

We started with main for the translation and reached on sunday evening a translation of 7.04% of this, that is a lot but there is still more to do.
From 45 files in this group we translated 12 completely and ABRT until 7.19%, gnome-abrt until 95.99%, pykickstart until 58.27% and anaconda until 45.66%
A big thank you goes here to Kuylim Tith who translated like an berserker and was already there at 8am in the morning on Sunday and on both days he stopped not before half past 6pm. Its nice to have you in the Khmer Translation Team – bong.

On Sunday we had an short hangout with the at the same time ongoing G11N FAD in Tokio to share our experiences with translating Fedora and what can be done to move on with the translation.

All in all we moved a good step forward for translating Fedora to khmer.

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BarCamp Phnom Penh 2015

Oktober 26th, 2015 von buergermeister

Last weekend on 24th and 25th October as it again, the Barcamp in Phnom Penh and I participated this year. The barcamp was as all the years before hosted at the Institute for Technology Cambodia (ITC) and there as a big crowd as I arrived waiting for registration. I found our booth really fast and Leap Sok had already prepared the rollup banner and he also brought the swag which he stored after the Software Freedom Day. I thought we will have enough swag as I brought something from Europe and Harish send also what he had left to Cambodia. But all the swag was gone after 3 hours, it as really hard work handing DVD out and answer all the questions. What is it?, is it really for free?, can I take one? And opposite to Europe and North America, I had a lot of requests for a 32bit version. Besides all the questions I had to answer I gave interviews and met new and old friends. On Sunday I gave the opening talk in the FOSS panel, which was the first time that Barcamp had it. So all in all an sucessul event which ended with a very nice party.

Next year, there should be FUDCon at this event, so some more people from Fedora will be there, helping Fedoras community in Cambodia growing. But its still a year time for that and a lot of other activities will be before it. Next one next weekend, Translation Sprint.

 

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BarCamp Meeting

September 30th, 2015 von buergermeister

This morning started for me a little bit different, as I went to an meeting for the organizers of the BarCamp edition 2015. Fedora will next to an both have an panel about Free Software and Open Source. But it was also interesting what else is going on on this years event, zones like Robotics & Electronics, a StartUp zone and a Career zone waiting for participants. But there will be also panels for programmers, game developers and creative people. eCommerce and Mobile Commerce will be also topic on a panel and also Cyber Security and how you can stay safe in the internet will be an issue. After an interesting meeting where the concept was introduced and where the responsible persons for the panels and zones gave an overview about their planing, we went together for lunch. Time for me to speak with Piseth Kheng, Program Manager of Open Institute and Samboeun Hean from Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) as they help Fedora with some events. Piseth is so far a great help as his institute translates already GNOME, Firefox and Open/Libre Office to khmer and he supports the translation sprint which we want to do here end of next month. Samboeun Hean was exited to hear that ITC might host next years FUDCon APAC and will fully support it. So it was really a sucessful meeting at least for me and it looks Fedora will have a bright future in Cambodia.

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Blender Workshop at Smallworld

September 29th, 2015 von buergermeister

Last weekend it was time for another workshop at Smallworld Cambodia in Phnom Penh. This time a Blender workshop. There was 16 registrations and a lot of the participants showed up. So the lecture room in Smallworld was good filled. Smallworld was full that day anyway as also the WordPress Meetup took place that day. So a lot of Open Source topics that day in Smallworld.

Next thing, meeting for BarCamp, TranslationSprint and Installfest…. Lot to do

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Wrap-up Cambodia Hellweek

Dezember 1st, 2014 von buergermeister

I am home now since a few days, time to look back and do a wrap-up, what I have done during my days in Cambodia. My schedule was really packed and I was tired on the last days. Next time I will plan a day off, for recreation.

It all started with the Release Party Phnom Penh, followed by the FAD APAC, the others could spent some more time on sunday evening together but I had to go to bed as the next day I was in Smallworld for an workshop. One of the days started really as adventure, sticking in the elevator. After this workshop I had a day full of meetings for organizing FOSSOGRAPHY next year and I also had an meeting with Khiev Sopheaktra, lecturer at Royal University Phnom Penh. The next day I had an Inkscape workshop for NGO at Development Innovations. During the next day I sit together with Chantra Be and Somvannda Kong helping them putting together ther FUDCon bid and in the evening I had the OpenMovieNight. Next day I had another Join Fedora Workshop.

I think I moved a lot in Phnom Penh, Fedora becomes more and more known and we also find more and more friends there. The Fedora community in Cambodia is growing. But there was also moved a lot for APAC region during FAD, they have a budget plan now for next year, Ambassador Shirts are rolling and some things more….

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Inkscape Workshop Phnom Penh

November 21st, 2014 von buergermeister

I had yesterday the opportunity to give an Inkscape workshop at Development Innovations Cambodia in Phnom Penh. The participatns was only from several NGO’s, so called multiplicators and it turned out great. One day isnt that much time, to learn enough about Inkscape to use it in a professional way, but you can get at least the foundations to use it and learn more by yourself. But we had a lot of fun together and there was really some talented people amongst the 23 participants and the best two of them had already Fedora stickers on their laptop, so Open Source community in Cambodia begins to grow.

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Workshop at Smallworld

November 20th, 2014 von buergermeister

I am still in Cambodia and after FAD I had on monday and tuesday an workshop about open source graphic tools at Smallworld Cambodia. It was great as always I like being there, its a nice place and its really nice to see how this young people organize to get an better education. The workshop was really good and there was really talented people amongst the particiants. I even managed to help one to install an Fedora on his laptop. The only thing bad was, that my tuesday morning started not so nice with being fetched in the elevator but I was still on time at the place.

So Fedora found again more friends in Cambodia, it might need time to get them to contributors but I have hope for it. At least they start using more and more free software and thats a good thing.

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FAD APAC 2014

November 19th, 2014 von buergermeister

FAD APAC 2014, the first of its kind eneded already 3 days ago and I was not enabled to write an report until yet, as I am still in Phnom Penh and have each day a workload to do, with giving workshops, talks and meetings. But now its the time, Siddesh has already pushed out for each day ( day 0, 1 and 2) a nice summary, what things we have done. But here a short summary:

Day 1: this day, we started with me giving an overview as an outsider what I see are the problems of the APAC regions and then everybody had the opportunity to give us an inside view to his country. The rest of the day we spent with planning the budget for next year. I putted together with the help of other people an “asian event” page in our wiki, which we used to plan the budget. It was really a lot of work and the day ended really late, we stood in the DAI offices until past 7pm. So we was really late for dinner, which was definitely nice – to sad for me, to much fish and seafood.

Day 2: We used this day to finish the work on the event planning and then moved over to more problematic topics like production of swag. Thats a little bit more complicated here as I am used to in EMEA, but there is room for improvements, so we talked about the really needed swag, which should be easily accessible for the Ambassadors in the APAC region and how to produce it with good and acceptable prices, we also had to talk about how we deal with the reimbursements for some Ambassadors as transaction fees are to high, I think Siddesh explained it very well in one of his posts, the money value is here in a lot of countries another one, take Cambodia e.g. We came up with some ideas where we can improve but mainly they have to improve there organization how to deal with the costs.

I think this FAD was definitely progress for the APAC Ambassadors and we will see what it brings in the future. But we suceeded not only with the topics of FAD, we had also another thing. As I was here in February/March and gave some talks and awarded gifts for questions the session chair wanted to award some things to people who was Fedora Ambassadors. Why the was not visible as such ones, no Fedora shirt! There was several attempts to produce the same Fedora Ambassadors Shirts as we have in EMEA but it never progressed, but now its done. All the participants took home the shirts for the Ambassadors in their countries, with the list we have we already equipped 40% of the Ambassadors we have with an shirt. For the rest, well if we would know there size……. But look for the anouncement in the next APAC meeting.

We really have to say a BIG thank you for this really great support from Greta Greathouse from Development Innovations Cambodia, for hosting us, we enjoyed really being your guests.

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Release Party Phnom Penh

November 16th, 2014 von buergermeister

On friday we had here in Phnom Penh, Release Party for Fedora 21. Yes we know 21 isnt released yet, but we started back in May organizing this event and now at least beta is available and we could show the features. Here in Cambodia just a few people are introduced to Linux and Open Source so Release Party is more to get them and inform them about it, as introducing them to the features of the newest version. But we had a great party, we had around 70 visitors and during the talks a lot of questions. We found definitely new friends in Cambodia and some also are willing to do something for Fedora, so lets see how the “Join Fedora Workshop” turns out next weekend.

But we have also to say thx to some people here and there is in the first place Greta Greathouse from US AID – Development Innovations, who not only gave us the space for the party as also prepared us a really nice food and drinks, so that it became a really nice party after the talks.

But thats enough and now I let the pictures speak:

 

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Big Week Cambodia

November 2nd, 2014 von buergermeister

This November will be a busy month for me, I will fly to Cambodia again and bring some Fedora energy there. Its my second visit to this country and I look forward to it. I will have an talk at Royal University of Phnom Penh. RUPP is using Fedora for teaching there students basic skills for Linux. But as always, its teached more about technical stuff as what Linux or Fedora really is, projects driven by volunteers. RUPP gives me the great opportunity to speak to all there IT students about how they can contribute to Fedora and learn even more by doing so. But I will do some other things more.

  • On 14th of November I will join the Fedora Release Party Phnom Penh and help Somvannda Kong and Nisa Ban by giving an talk at this event. Truong Anh Tuan is giving another one. So it looks there will be an interesting program with talks and fun. Yes, Fedora 21 will not be released that day, but Beta will be available at least and we can show the features of the upcoming version.
  • On 15th of November I will help in the morning Somvannda in preparing the packaging workshop, which will be done that day remotely by Robert Scheck. So we will help the attendees to install all the necessary software for the workshop so that Robert can start without being enforced to take care of that.
  • The rest of November 15th and 16th I will join the FAD APAC, where the activities for the next year will be planned.
  • 17th and 18th of November I will deliver a 3 days workshop at Smallworld Cambodia, about doing Graphics with Free Software tools.
  • 20th of November I will be back at Development Innovations for delivering an Inkscape workshop to attendees from several NGO’s
  • 21st of November I doing an Open Movie Night at the same place, talking about free software and free culture and of course showing some examples what can be done with free software.
  • 22nd and 23rd of November I will do another Join Fedora workshop, as I did in February at Open Institute Phnom Penh. I hope that during all my presentations at RUPP, Release Party and so on, get enough people interested to start working for Fedora. In the workshop we will do all the  things together that are necessary to become a Fedora contributor.

Besides that activities I will have some meetings with friends and partners to organize some stuff in the future.

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