Hi, I am Till Kamppeter, leader of the OpenPrinting project and initiator of the event:
Organizing every year the participation of the Linux Foundation as mentoring organization in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and mentoring contributors for OpenPrinting I work together with Aveek Basu who joined OpenPrinting when he worked at Lexmark in India. He is reaching out to colleges and universities in India and this way we have every year around 5-7 students as contributors for OpenPrinting, most of them studying at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mandi.
With the DebConf being in India, Aveek and me have decided to meet most of our current and former contributors in-person and motivate the students, professors, and researchers to join the community of developers, designers, doc writers, … in a 2-1/2-day conference, the “Opportunity Open Source”. We will talk with them about their GSoC experience on a panel, have a GSoC Q&A session, and the contributors presenting their work. By a Call for Proposals we hope to get a wide range of more contributions. And for attendees getting some real-life experience we are running this year’s OpenPrinting Roadmap Sprint on the conference and attendees can participate in the discussion and planning of the next 12 months in printing and scanning. We will also live-stream and record everything and allow remote participation.
The conference takes place on September 8-10, right before the DebConf.
There will also be some people from Canonical.
And do not think we are only talking about OpenPrinting and the Google Summer of Code. There will also be talks about Zephyr and we will have @rs2009 (Rudra Saraswat) on the conference giving talks about his projects Ubuntu Unity and blendOS. And I will also make it snappy, giving a talk about Snap (and perhaps also a workshop like this one). I am also looking into having also a panel/Q&A about working at Canonical (similar to this one).
By the way, I have extended the Call for Abstracts to close August 14.
We also need volunteers for A/V, equipment for A/V, volunteers for registration and any other help, …
For any contribution, suggestion, idea, … simply answer in this thread …
I hope to see you all in Mandi!