OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) is an annual conference in Tirana focused on software freedom, open knowledge, free culture and decentralization and I got a chance to participate in the conference this year too.

This was my second year when I attended OSCAL. It was an amazing experience again with a lot of different things, I participated in during the conference.  Here are some major highlights of my participation, which I would like to share ::

1. Fedora Booth – Being a Fedora contributor and always happy to meet new people, I did Fedora booth duty for 2 days during the conference along with Mariana Balla. There were mostly students who visited the booth and they found the small Fedora handbook useful.

2. Fedora Release Party – Thanks to Mariana Balla for helping me organize Fedora release party at OSCAL. I did a talk for the beginners on how to start contributing to Fedora and what are the various ways to begin with. Mariana arranged for cupcakes for the party. We had a lot of people participated in the release party and they did have queries at the end.

3. My Talks – I had 3 accepted talks this year in OSCAL –

1. Fedora for everyone –
– How to be part of the Fedora community.
– Openness in a culturally diverse world
– Contributing to open source
– Importance of communication in open source communities/case study Fedora

2. Quality is everyone’s responsibility –
– Fedora Quality Assurance
– How to optimize testing time
– Quality Engineer – role in a cross functional team.

3. Unexpectedly Agile –
– Agile documentation
– Open source project management tools for agile teams

All the 3 talks were well received and I am satisfied with the feedback I got for my talks.

Learning –  I would say, it was a great experience overall but we can always improve if we know the audience well in advance. This time around it was mostly the students and beginners who created the event and also were present there to learn something new. Fedora can bring in all the sponsored speakers together and plan accordingly in advance. There was a shortage of staff at Fedora booth at some point of time during the day. We could also save some accommodation budget if Fedora (Red Hat) speakers know who all are coming and can share a single apartment to stay.

I liked OSCAL this year as well and would love to attend next year too. Special thanks to Mariana Balla. for helping me during my visit to Albania 🙂


Fedora Women’s Day, 2018

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.




OSCAL 2018 – TIRANA, ALBANIA / 19 & 20 MAY 2018

OSCAL is the annual international Open Source Free Software Conference in Albania dedicated to empowering Software Freedom, Open Knowledge, Free Culture and Decentralization. More information about the conference can be found at the web site – https://oscal.openlabs.cc/

This year, I got this opportunity to attend OSCAL in Tirana, Albania. It was an amazing experience with a lot of different things, I participated in during the conference.  Here are some major highlights of my participation, which I would like to share ::

1. Fedora Booth – Being a Fedora contributor and always happy to meet new people, I did Fedora booth duty for 2 days during the conference along with other Fedora contributors. Fedora booth was just outside the venue with other booths and it was super hot during the day, but smiling people with their questions did not stop coming to the booth. Thanks to Brian and Dominika , who helped with some cold juice 🙂


We had Fedorator installed at the booth. We (me and Bee) created posters of Fedora meetup and Fedora release party and pasted them at Fedora booth to attract more people. People were asking about Fedora 28 and we mentioned about modularity ofcourse 🙂 . Some people had concerns about firefox crashing on old Fedora releases, we advised them to upgrade and also shared the easy ways to upgrade. Some of the visitors also shown interest in the easy way to start the contribution in Fedora and translation in local language is what was the most accepted response.

2. Fedora Release Party – Thanks to Jona for organizing Fedora 28 release party at the first day of the conference. All the Fedora contributors along with other conference attendees joined the party. There was a huge cake, which was super yummy. Fedora contributors gave their introduction. Justin Flory talked about several different ways to contribute to the Fedora project. Again, we have seen the interest towards the local translation area was bit more.


3. Fedora Strategy with Brian – I got a chance to talk to  Fedora Action and Impact Coordinator Brian  on several different topics related to Fedora. We talked about Diversity, Release Schedules,  Release Talking Points and many more areas. It is always nice to hear from him. His experience and prospective gives motivation always. Though, he is a busy personality but this time it was good 1-0-1 conversation with him, and also won the cake badge 🙂


4. Fedora Community Dinner – As, there was a number of Fedora contributors in the conference, hence we gathered for a Dinner in the evening. During the dinner, I talked to Dominika and she showed me her pictures of India visit 🙂 . We also came to know about few more conferences coming in near future. Flock was another topic of discussion (Registration is already open, if you are not aware, please check – https://flocktofedora.org/ ) .

Dinner was huge and tasty , yummy sea food it was 🙂


5. My Talk – I had a talk on Communication on the second day of the conference, which was in the Pyramid of Tirana (Did I mention that one of the conference venue was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_of_Tirana ) . My talk went well with a decent number of people present in the room. I explained why the effective communication is  really  important to avoid conflicts in a diverse Open Source community and what are the different decent ways to have a nice communication.


6. Women in Open Source Workshop – During the second day of conference,   organized a Women in Open Source Workshop. I was amazed at the number of women attended this workshop. I have never seen these many female participants in even big conferences. This was great to see and listen their stories during the workshop. I also introduced myself during the workshop. It was really incredible to see such a huge number of participants again. I think credits goes to Open Labs of Tirana.


7. Fedora D&I Team Sprint – Two days of action packed conference was over, but Diversity team had still the energy to do a 4 hours long Fedora D&I Team Sprint. The main topic which was covered – Fedora event guidelines. Brian joined us online (thanks again for your valuable time and feedback). Some of the major highlights were having Badges, accessible, Dietary Restrictions, Gender neutral bathrooms, Sanitary Napkins, Emergency kits, Quiet Rooms, and much more during the Fedora events. We also maintained the important discussion points at – https://etherpad.persephone.cloud/p/FedoraEventGuidelines . This discussion is at its initial stage and implementation is subject to many factors. If you want to share any feedback, please feel free to mail us at or D&I mailing list – diversity@lists.fedoraproject.org

So yeah, that is all about my participation in the conference. I also got a chance to do networking with other people from Open Labs and listened to their experience. Although, it is hectic to travel and participate in so many activities at the same time. But the Friends foundation of Fedora always gives me strength to keep going 🙂 . I really wish that next year too I can come back and can do some more amazing things at OSCAL 2019.

Missing my dear community Friends already 🙂 .








Fedora Women Day, Bangalore

Image result for christ University Banglore

September 16th, 2017 Saturday early morning (super early), I woke up (with bad stomach) at 4:00 AM, got ready and left home to catch a flight (Pune- – Banglore) at 7:20 AM. I reached Bangalore at around 9:00 AM and called a cab to reach directly to our Fedora Woman Day venue i.e. Christ University. I thought I will reach there very soon, but thanks to Bangalore traffic, it took me 2 hours to reach to the venue.

I met girls student volunteers (Antara, Debanjana and Shambhavi) there at the entrance of the college. It is a really BIG university with many buildings in it.  I was happy to see a decent number of girl students in the room, where the event has organized. Thanks to Sumantro Mukherjee  , Vipul Siddharth  and Prakash Mishra for involving girls volunteers and for doing all the per-event arrangements. Vipul quickly introduced me with Smita Madam (Faculty at university), who was the college in-charge for this event. There was a joke cracked by Vipul something about “Amita-Smita” which I don’t remember now, afair people laughed at it.

Volunteers introduced me and other speakers to the students. There was approx. 100 students, 70% were girls there. I started the event with my talk about “What is Fedora”, “Why one should get involved”, “Why Women are important” and “How one can get involved”. I showed students our fantastic site – http://whatcanidoforfedora.org . After finishing my talk, I invited students on stage to speak about how they feel and how we can help them. As usual, they were shy and I have to motivate them to open up. Here are the videos, where you can see them speaking about their point of view.  After me, It was Kanika Murarka , who took the stage and engage students with her Fedora design talk. It was a nice talk with all the work listed which design team does like badges, web pages, art work and more. Thanks to Kanika for taking her time out on a Saturday to come and join us for FWD.

WhatsApp Image 2017-09-17 at 11.21.38 AM

Now a pretty new face came on stage to talk about Machine learning, data science and python pandas – Sarah Masud , I did not miss even a single word of her talk. Even students looked mesmerized, this young girl was demonstrating data, statistics and python pandas in such an interesting way. I was really impressed and thanked her after her talk.

On public demand, we had to rescheduled Sumnatro’s and Vipul’s session. As the audience was very interested to join these pending sessions too and they had some classes clash at the same time. I took the stage again to summarize and to conclude the event. I showed them FWD Jacket print and told them this is done by one of the Fedora design team member and how they can also be the part. I also asked them to send their introduction mail and don’t be shy about it. Just share their interest area and there will be people to guide them.

By this time(around 3 PM), I was feeling hungry and asked Vipul if we can go to college canteen to eat. While leaving, there was bunch of girls who came to talk to me. Some of them was interested in writing and few of them said they want to contribute in design. One girl asked me very innocently “Mam, so if we do some work like if I want to write about this event and send the writeup to Fedora Magazine (ofcourse, I mentioned about magazine during my talk), there will be public reviews? ” I could sense some kind of uncomfortable and shyness there. I told her that yes there will be but that is to guide you and to make write-up better. But, somewhere deep inside, I felt, there must be some other way to deal with such situations, where the new person (wanna be contributor) wants to start something and really shy to share her/his work and hesitant about open/public reviews. I would like to discuss about this point a little more with diversity team later.

College faculty (Saleema JS and Smita Vinod) thanked us and gave speakers token of appreciation. I am really  thankful to them for hosting this event at University.

WhatsApp Image 2017-09-17 at 11.21.31 AM

Ah, I was tired, hungry and sleepy by now. We went to canteen with some students and speakers. We had food there, we chat about the event and students were asking about me, when will be the next one with some hands-on sessions. Sumantro was also asking about FWD stickers. So, we had a deal. Sumantro will conduct another session in college and I will ship FWD stickers to him, hehe. Let’s see if we can keep up with our deal hopefully. I had around 45 mins before, I can leave for airport. Red Hat office was 10 mins walk away and we (me, Sumantro and Kanika) went to Red Hat Banglore office. After some time Kanika booked a cab for me (as my phone’s internet was not working properly) and I left the city at around 5:30 PM and reached airport just in time (city traffic!!).

There was a smile of satisfaction on my face, some good pictures in my phone, some thoughts about new generation and how we can help them and a hope to come back again some fine day. With all these take away, I reached Pune airport at 10:30 PM. An unexpected surprise was waiting for me, my husband and my daughter both came to receive me at airport 🙂 . After a really long day, it is always refreshing to see your family.

Looking forward to other two FWD events coming up in India now.


Flock 2017

Last week, I attended Flock 2017 in Cape Cod U.S. state of Massachusetts. This was the first time, I visited USA and now I know what the real jet lag is. This year’s Flock was different from the regular usual flock every year. The concept was more inclined towards to do sessions rather then just talks and I must say that this one is the best flock so far. I got to learn so many new things and also it gave me different prospective of many projects in Fedora. Here are some highlights from the conference, which I learned and attended or delivered , Hope you will enjoy reading them –

Diversity Session

This is the session which I proposed and lead with my diversity team in Flock. The major agenda which was covered was –

  • Diversity Events
  • How to organize Diversity Events better
  • How to measure the impact of the diversity events
  • Diversity team budget, where to spend
  • Diversity Adviser position
  • Diversity Budget Support for Outreach

One great thing about this session was the audience was greatly involved in the discussion. We got many fantastic suggestions from people present in the session. One feedback was to do diversity events in collaboration with other local communities with similar goals. Other suggestion was to come up with a set of questionnaire which we would like to include in the event reports to see how impact the event went. So we have got a bunch of action items on us as team 🙂 . Thanks to Justin W. Flory and Jona for handling the session with me. I am glad that Bex and Marina joined us and helped us with their feedback on agenda. I am thankful to the audience, who helped us by sharing thoughts actively and openly. It was a great session of 3 hours with nice outcomes. Read full length version and great description of this session by Chhavi Shrivastava

Fedora Magazine Session

I did a full length article for this session. I hope it will be published soon and I will update the link here too. For now it is here. It was an amazing session delivered by Justin W. Flory , Paul W. Frields and Ryan Lerch .

Again, the most amazing part of this session was the audience involvement and their valuable suggestions for innovative new pitches for Fedora magazine.


I am so glad that I got to attend a session on Factory 2.0 – A build-to-release pipeline. It was an interesting session done by Mike Bonnet

I wanted to know more about Factory 2.0 , the complete pipeline with all the tools from build to release. So I met Ralph Bean ( this time with beard face) during the games night. We occupied the center table of the venue and Ralph started drawing the pipeline on a piece of paper to make it more clear for me. People around us thought we are playing some unique game 😉 and of-course it was totally a different one. Game of factory2.0 . I am really thankful to Ralph to make me understand the complete flow. How the message bus gonna pass though different stages of Composes, Brew, CI, Jenkins, Result DB, Pungi, Errata tool, CDN… WOW!!! I got to learn some new fancy terms like “Green Waivers” I got to know the problem statements during the conversation which Factory2.0 is trying to address and “make things faster and more flexible” mantra. Ralph pointed me to his presentation during devconf on Factory 2.0, which helped me a lot. Thanks Ralph for your time and fantastic explanation.

Other Sessions

There were actually many interesting session, I can not explain them in my blog post. I personally liked Mindshare one, As FOSCo is not any longer a thing, Mindshare will take over some of its basical ideas, trying to optimize the contribution process of ambassadors and other outreach teams, by sharing and developing best practices and by improving communication between teams or SIGs. I talked to Robert Mayr the presenter and discussed with him how Diversity team can join this initiative. We also wanted to have some common medium to communicate and share more updates on Mindshare.

Few more sessions, which I have attended were –

  1. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9D/simple-user-testing-early-and-often
  2. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm97/atomic-host-101
  3. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9N/fedora-ambassadors-the-future
  4. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9o/councilbudget-conversation – Only for sometime
  5. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9h/fedora-hubs-demo-roadmap
  6. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9H/gating-on-automated-tests-in-fedora-greenwave

I also had a small discussion with Tim Flink about CI (Continuous Integration) and what is going on in Fedora for CI.

Some Fun Time

The most funny thing happened with me in US was I was eating during day time as everyone was eating and I was also eating during night as it was day time in India 😛 . But seriously, I lost track of my sleep and food during this trip totally. I met my old friends from Fedora and it was real fun to be with them –  Marie Catherine Nordin , Justin, Jona and made some new friends. I went to NYC for one day after the conference and some good food and did shopping for family.




Jindgi or kuch bhi nhi, Teri-Meri Kahani hai….(Life is nothing, but a story..your and mine)


Today is International Woman’s day. This may not be an inspirational story and I believe this is not just my story. It is my day to day life which is a reflection of many Indian women’s life with a family. So many of you can relate very easily. You may notice , I have used “I” and “We” at many places interchangeably below, because this is me and this can be any/many of you.

Everyday is a battle to win for many of us. Daily, when I push myself out of the bed so early in the morning. Thoughts are already started boiling in my mind with the pace of current. Cooking and packing that lunch box of my small kid and aiming to finish so many tasks with in few mins before her school bus arrives. These tasks involve some of the war level tasks which include getting her up out of the bed, make her pee/poo quickly, brush her teeth while checking the water in the bathroom is at the perfect temperature for her and oh yes, that dish should not get overcooked while you are handling this war level situation. After an hour of multitasking (remember the first hour of our morning it is), we successfully make her board the school bus. Well, that was very close though 🙂

Now, it is that second, when we just got relaxed from the mother’s duty of early morning and lying on the bed. BUT! our minds are not, there is messy kitchen to take care of, 50+ mails in the inbox, which all have miraculous high priority and Oh God! I have to get ready quickly and rush to avoid that horrendous traffic on the road. We get ready while juggling between milk boiling and toast/paratha/idli etc. Now after another hour and half, we achieve our second milestone of the day. Yeah, we grab that breakfast in hurry and now, another monster is in our way “That Traffic”. While balancing my small scooty on my toes, I checked the needle is indicating low on fuel. Why this happens on the day when I am already in hurry and I fail every-time to calculate which is the day of the week or month, when I am not in hurry. After killing the traffic monster in another hour, I finally, reach to a place where I feel good, confident, safe and proud. It is my office time. Yes, It is Red Hat. I have my project, Open Source projects I can contribute in. I have my perfect teammates, friends. I have people around who don’t judge me but support me unconditionally. I have tremendous amount of opportunities to explore. I have an environment which makes me feel comfortable and makes me smile. I can’t thank God enough to make me part of Red Hat family.

So, this is my success. This is my story. Red Hat is my inspiration and my work makes me passionate about my life. After a long day at work, when I go back home and see a smile on my daughter’s face, that makes me feel satisfied. Everyday is a new struggle for me, but there are things around which make me feel good too. That is how we balance life with good and bad, every feeling is part of life and this is what we women perfectly do, right? We balance so many things around us at the same time.

Salute to every women because they are inspiration in their own unique way.

Women Who Code – Pune

If this is a Saturday morning, and I am getting up at 6:00 AM with my alarm clock bell, it clearly means that this is an Open Source event day. I am glad to be invited as a panelist in WWC, Pune meet-up


Thanks to Janki Chhatbar who introduced me to this awesome initiative of WWC. Janki is one of the two directors for WWC, Pune. I have reached Magarpatta City by 8 AM and met Janki and we took a cab to reach to the meetup venue  Veritas Technologies LLC India Pvt Ltd . As we reached little early, we had sometime to drink our morning tea/coffee. Over the coffee, we met other director of WWC, Pune – Sonal Bobde . I was amazed by the amount of energy these two young directors have. They successfully pulled out such a nice event together. More than that the coordination between the two is just awesome. Soon, we entered the office with some formalities of registration. As it was a Saturday, office was quite and we all gathered in a big conference room. There was a decent number of women present (around 20).

Nandini De, Director Engineering, Veritas started with a small introduction of company. Sonal Bobde talked about the increasing number of women drop outs from the tech industry and the reason pointed out was lack of more women leadership in tech. After the talk we started with panel discussion and introduction round. My co-panelist members were –     Nandini De, Director Engineering, Veritas, Shabda Chaudhari, AVP – Data Product Manager, Barclays and Aditee Rele, Director, Technical Evangelism, Microsoft. The topic of Panel discussion was “Voice of Women in Technology”.  It was really a nice discussion and everybody has their own unique experiences to share. One common acceptance was that we women think too much about many things at the same time and sometimes we are over committed to things. We want to do the best in every aspect of our life be it office, home, food preparation, growing children or making a chappati round. We never want to fail, we want to be perfect. And if we fail to give our 100% to any of these areas, we start feeling guilty. We have to accept the fact that it is OK to let go things sometimes. It is OK to have messy home while you are taking care of fixing a bug in the code. It is OK to make an oval shape chappati sometime 🙂


It was real fun to have such diverse conversation around common women issues. I personally liked two topics –

  1. Work From Home facilities for women
  2. Reboot Programme for women who want to join Tech after a gap.

I would like to write in little detail about the two topics, so you can expect different post on these topics from me. Unfortunately, I had to leave after the first half of the day for personal commitments. But you know, we can not cover everything 100% in this world 🙂 , sometimes it is OK to let go things and that is how we can balance.

I have nominated myself to be Fedora leader for WWC community, which means I would like to conduct Fedora workshops & events for WWC members. I hope that will happen soon. Thanks again Janki Chhatbar for this wonderful experience. One can join the WWC meet ups at https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Pune/ .