Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ubuntu Open Week in a Nutshell

Ever wonder what all the excitement about? Did you miss a day of Ubuntu Open Week or maybe a session you really wanted to participate in? Let's review this week of EDUCATIONAL EXCITEMENT, COLLABORATIVE CURRCULA, and INCLUSIVE INSTRUCTION.

Ubuntu Open Week had 40 hours of session, with each session hovering at about 300 people per session. Imagine a week long 300+ conference somewhere. If you have ever attended a conference of this size you can appreciate the significance this many participants from across the world coming together across multiple timezones, without the expense of hotel rooms, travel, AV needs and food. Online conferences such as Ubuntu Open Week afford people the ability to learn in the comfort of their own homes or office.

The way people participated in Ubuntu Week was to the IRC Channels on Freenode via the Ubuntu Open Week wiki or through their IRC Chat client of their choice. The channels needed to participate were #ubuntu-classroom where each session was taught, and #ubuntu-classroom-chat where people could talk about the ongoing session and ask questions to the Presenter. Participants were encouraged to ask questions in the #ubuntu-classroom-chat channel using the following format: QUESTION: Then state their question. The purpose for using the "Question: question stated" format is so that the person who is either presenting or helping the presenter can find the questions easily and paste them in the #ubuntu-classroom channel.

Lets review what Ubuntu Open Week is (from the Ubuntu Open Week Wiki)

Ubuntu Open Week is a series of online workshops where you can:

  • learn about the Ubuntu landscape
  • talk to some of the key developers from the Ubuntu project
  • find out about the Community and its relationship with Canonical
  • participate in an open Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu


Nathan Handler gives an awesome summary of the Day one activities in his Blog: UOW: Summary Day 1 - OutLook Day 2. For a Summary of Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5, I followed in the style of Nathan and tried to give summaries of each day. Both Nathan and I have links to the Logs for each day.

Again if you missed any part of Ubuntu Open Week the check out the wiki. If you want a quick summary of the sessions check out the links above.If you want to know more about each session and those presenters then a look at the Ubuntu Open Week Booklet is just the thing you are looking for. Also the Wiki for this event can be found here, and the Logs for the week can be found here.

A big shout of "Thanks" goes out to ALL the presenters, and participants who made Ubuntu Open Week - Karmic amazing, exciting, and just awesome. Hope to see everyone back again in May 2010 for the next Open week and next time bring a friend or two.