[smc-discuss] Registrations are now open for Software Freedom Camp Diversity Edition 2021
praveen at onenetbeyond.org
Sun Sep 19 11:06:49 PDT 2021
September 18, 2021
The world celebrates Software Freedom Day today with the aim of
increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and it is in the
same spirit and excitement that we announce today the Software Freedom
Camp Diversity Edition. Diversity edition is aiming to reach out to
people subject to systemic bias and impacted by under-representation in
the technical industry in India.
The Software Freedom Camp is an online mentorship camp on free software
organized by Free Software Community of India in association with
Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle-IIT Bombay and Egalitarians. It
will start in October and run till end of February.
The Software Freedom Camp will be a valuable opportunity for anyone who
wishes to become a contributor to free software projects but feels like
they need structured mentorship and a learning environment to get
started. It will also be an opportunity for existing free software
contributors to get new contributors to their project and facilitate
their entry into the free software community.
Application links for learners and mentors are open now on the camp
website and will close for learners on October 15 2021.
The camp promises to be a safe space for learners to acquaint
themselves with the philosophy of free software while also getting
equipped to become free software contributors. In the first phase of
the camp, learners will go through a series of assignments,
interactions, movie screenings, and other activities that introduces
them to the social benefits of free software and exposes them to the
free software culture. They will get help in using free software on
their own devices. At the end of this phase, they will get a chance to
explore various free software projects and working with mentors they
will be asked to create working proposals for contributing to these
projects. The camp will match each learner to a mentor based on their
proposal. In the second phase, each learner starts their free software
contribution as per their accepted proposal, closely working with their
mentor. There will be periodic review meetings to address the needs of
the learners and help them stay on track.
Any free software contributor who can meet mentor expectations listed
on the camp site can apply to become a mentor. They can also add their
ideas to the list of ideas from which the learners can find starting
points for writing their proposals. The mentors will work closely with
the camp organizers in evaluation and selection of proposals, and with
learners to facilitate the success of the selected proposals.
The camp encourages all kinds of contributions and contribution
pathways - programming, system administration, packaging, UI/UX,
forensics, localization, artworks, documentation, publicity, event
organizing, etc. - as long as there is alignment with the free software
philosophy. The camp is conducted online using free software
communication tools like BigBlueButton, Matrix, etc. There is no fee
For more details and to apply, visit the camp website at
Camp Code of Conduct is https://camp.fsci.in/code-of-conduct
Help spread the word and invite people who might be interested to join.
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