Last Thursday, I visited SICSR, Pune campus as part of University Connect
program from Red Hat Pune. This was the second event in the University Connect
program. Rupali, the backbone of all
community events in the local Red Hat office, is also the primary driving force
of this program. Priyanka, Varsha,
Prathamesh and I reached office early
morning and later went to the college in Rupali’s car.
Sayak came to the venue directly from his house.
The event started with a brief inauguration ceremony. After that Rupali took
the stage and talked about the University Connect program, and how Red Hat Pune
is taking part in the local communities. I will let her write a blog post to
explain in details 🙂
Next, I went up to start talking about the journey of Red Hat, various upstream
projects we take part in. Discussing the various product lines Red Hat have. We
discussed https://pagure.io and how many Indian students are contributing to
that project with guidance from Pierre-YvesChibon.
Because Python is already a known language among the students, I had many
Python projects as examples.
Priyanka took the stage after me; she and Sayak are alumni of SICSR so it was
nice for the students to them speaking. She talked about how contributing to
Open Source projects can change one’s career. She told stories of her own life,
talked about various points which can help a student to make their resume
Sayak then took the stage to talk about how to contribute to various open
source projects. He talked and showed examples from Mozilla, Fedora, and KDE.
He also pointed to the answer Sayan
to a Quora question.
At the end of the day, we had around 20 minutes of open QA session.