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Bringing together Open Source Bloggers at OSI Days 2010
While working at the content of the conference, it was very critical for us to include content that appealed to all the participants; the conference on open source is incomplete if it only includes aspects of technology. How the technology affects the lives of every one of us is equally an important aspect of open source. The all pervasive, the omnipresent.
With this objective in mind, we set about creating opportunities for different perspectives to open source technology. Two prominent opportunities were an unconference for start-ups & SMEs and a meetup, where we will bring together all bloggers around open source. OSSCube worked with the Indiblogger community to create the bloggers platform.
The meet had around 30 bloggers come together from different parts of India and also included the speakers - David Coallier, Marek Sotak, Dave Hall and Jakub Vrana as participants. For over a period of 3 hours (with dinner and drinks sponsored by OSSCube), the bloggers discussed their experiences with open source technologies and their perspectives to it.
It was a healthy discussion, which also focused on the state of the Indian communities especially the PERL and the GNOME community and the bloggers discussed at length how the challenges for communities can be overcome. Another topic of discussion was how blogging can be useful with open source technologies for a civil cause.
The bloggers also spent some time discussing their own objectives and experiences of blogging and also looked at the three days of OSI Days and how successful it had been.