I must to congratulate all the enthusiasm and effort from many young students supported by experienced people, leaded by Estu Fardani. There are lots of Linux users in Indonesia and I saw the willing to contribute with the GNOME project. I met Estu in person and I found more friendly local people: my new dear friend Deetah, Harris, Utian, Aris, Kukuh, Fahmi, Moco, Pico, Siska, Lenin & the awsome Sendy!
Left picture was taken in the BTECH, Bogor.
It was great to see GNOME friends again: Kat & Dave from UK, Andre & Tobias from Germany, Olav from Holland, Alexander from France and Shobba from India. They shared their years of experience with Linux and GNOME and they guided and answered all the questions of local people. I was in charge of GNOME Marketing; so far, GNOME has not received applicants for the OPW and the GSoC program . We also planned to do an event of the Release Party in Indonesia and Peru on September, 25th. I hope others countries can join us with this, so the whole world can tweet for the entire day the hash-tag #ReleaseGNOMEparty or #ReleaseGNOMEparty3.18 or maybe #ReleaseGNOMEparty2015
This event make me also meet the GNOME Asia people, Max, Bin Li, Edu Sun and the other guys also were sharing and promoting the Open SUSE distro. Also it was great to met Gstreamers guys: Mathew Waters from Australia, Olivier from Canada, Arun & Nirbheek from India. They shared links and materials to start contribution with GNOME applications like Banshee, Pitivi & Empathy.
The event was setup according to the plan, the talks accomplished the schedule and the audience was aware of the event. The talks were presented by Syska, a charismatic person, and Sendy basically. There was enough food and water for attendances and the speakers received special edition of GNOME shoes!
I gave some presents of Fedora 21 to some Indonesian students 🙂
My lighting talk was not so good this time, I could blame my nervous to hear the thunder of the raining during my talk, or the difference of 12 hours of time zone from my Peru. The fact is I have to improve my speed, my tone, my accent and know more my audience (“pay it forward” is not a common movie in Indonesia). Maybe I would have not spent my time emphasis in rejection; but minutes before my talk, I heard during Kat’s talk “Contribute with GNOME” the feeling of “scaring to rejection” from an Indonesian women student. I had heard the same speech from many people around the world, they say that they do not know how to start with GNOME even if everything is documented. My intention was “encouraging people to dare applying and deal with rejections if they have the situation”. Besides that, I have to thank local committee for giving me extra minutes to prize people who responded my questions during my talk.
Pictures from Herpiko, t-shirt and notebook
The local committee took us to visit Indonesia in the miniature and it was so interesting to know more about Indonesia culture. Sumatra custom in Indonesia island impressed most of us: after get married they have a honey moon until getting pregnant. Then we shared a lunch celebrating Estu‘s birthday and we visited Jakarta town in the afternoon… yumy Nasi Goreng Spesial! I did not dare to try avocado juice…
Some suggestions to improve next events:
- Get the correct size of the screen of projector. If you have a big auditorium, the screen also must be big enough, so everyone can see the slides. The screen saver can show the logo of the event during the breaks.
- Get a remotely pointer to press the slides in case the expositor need it. Telling “next please” took a few seconds in my presentation.
- Prepare at least one static camera for recording talks during the event.
- Calculate the number of chairs based on the number of participants registered before the event.
- Test before the event the volume of the microphone and if is too loud that can be heard in other rooms, the rooms must be separated adequately.
- The location of the stands that show Linux products must be outside of the auditorium because of distraction attention.
- If there is not enough personnel for guiding audience since the principal door to the auditorium, it would have great to have signals or little banners that show the path. Universitas is so huge.
- It would be great if the arrangement for all people who is not local, we would have shared the same building for staying and maybe sharing dinners together. Buildings with Internet access in all the rooms can help. University room is OK.
- Translation of talks, there were some Indonesian talks and other English talks. There are some tecnologies that translate talks, or maybe giving summaries of everytalk can help.
- Do some kind of survey before and after the event, asking to participants how much they know about Linux and GNOME (before and after the event). Statistics are important after the event.
Visiting Depok, Bogor, Jakarta and Borobudur was an extraordinary experience! Motorcycles that can fly as mosquitoes that bite, the hot water that make me take more that 8 liters of water everyday, the zero alcohol in public places and the smell of the black cigarette on streets, the musulman culture that pray 5 times per day that make me start my day at 5 am because of the call, meeting the Buda temple and the Jakarta beach were incredible! Terima Kasih, kiri, tolong, keluar, saya, ayo, motor, bir, Selamat pagi, the botol, kusuh, wanita, whos (for cushis), missi, kamu bisa are a few words I will be so glad to hear and will definitely me reminder the Indonesia kindness and hospitality! Thank you GNOME news and pictures!