This is a really busy year for me with so many events. It seems difficult to organize FWD this year but as Fedora is close to my heart and when it is Fedora Women’s Day, I could not let it skip.
I remember it was the last day to submit the proposal and I was in Brno. I connected with my most trust worthy Fedora contributor in Pune – Pooja Yadav and took help of Nikhil Kathole for creating a proposal. I recalled Nikhil told me earlier how his college students are excited about Open Source technology and even the faculty is always ready to welcome such Open Source events. So, I asked him to have a conversation with college and help us with a proposal.
After a few hours of back and forth mails, we came up with – https://pagure.io/fedora-diversity/fedora-womens-day/issue/8
So, this year it was – RIT, Islampur, Dist. Sangli, Maharashtra, India college where Fedora Women’s Day was hosted with 30+ girls students and 2 women faculty members. It was an awesome experience overall.
We started our journey very early in the morning at 7 AM and reached college by 12:30 PM. We met the faculty members – Savita Patil, Gautami Singhan and a short discussion about the students and their expectations.
We started the event at 1 PM with Fedora and Diversity team introduction, I took that session. I explained about what is Fedora Women’s day. Also, talked about different ways to contribute. I encouraged them to talk during the session but everyone was shy to share their thoughts.
After an hour session, I invited Pooja to talk about Fedora QA and she explained various ways to contribute in Fedora QA – Bugzilla, test days, feature testing. She also discussed about how to earn Fedora badges and crowd seems to get excited about it and now slowly started opening up.
After Pooja’s brilliant talk, Nikhil talked about Fedora loves Python .. I was amazed looking at the areas he has touched upon during his presentation “Science Stuff”.. graphs.. everything with practical examples and everyone was noting down the rpms he is using along with instructions. It was a great talk overall.
By now, everyone joined us for the cake cutting and asking various queries to get involved. Faculty and students asked us for another practical session for design some other day. I am sure we will do that one day as the response was really awesome.
It was 4:30 PM after the cake cutting. I thanked the organizers and faculty to helped us with the event and started our journey back to Pune.
Every year, I feel the difference. The difference how crowd perceive the knowledge, the difference in how many of them already know what Open Source is, the difference in knowing more and involving more. I like this difference and I would like to see it growing every year.
Hope to have another great Fedora Women’s Day next year.