All about OSUG/GTUG Summer Camp 2010

Hello everyone,
Glad to inform you that I have organised a grand 6 days Summer Camp on Open Source Technologies and Google Technologies from 19/05/2010 to 25/05/2010 held in our College having a crowd of 110 attendees.
Timings : 10AM to 5PM
Planning before the event
Initially, A month before, I formed a team of enthusiastic contributors for organizing this event and started framing the content and topics and segregated those topics to each individuals feels interested and good at it.
Then, We have put up on the site and sent about it to various mailing lists and to the whole college over SMS and thereby willing students registers in online.
After Approval from our college, we have started preparing brochures, posters, ID Cards, Banners, Certificates to publicize the event.
We have also brought chief guest to give away a guest lecture on topics based on Security and Technologies..
  • As we have the habit of organising Summer Camp and winter camp every semester holidays as a routine, we haven’t found it difficult in executing it and thus made this event a grand success too! with a turnout of 110 attendees.
  • Also, we have full support from our College administration and staffs in promoting student activities and in fact, that is the main aspect for success.
  • Myself, being a FOSS Enthusiast, have scheduled collaboratively with Open Source User Group to introduce students to Open Source technologies as well
  • We have collected a registration fees of Rs.150/- (A very meager amount) to provide them few giveaways like resource DVD, Notepad, pen, ID Card, Snacks, Certifs, etc !
  • Most importantly, we have offered participation certificate for all the attendees as a vote of honor and also to encourage them to attend such events and meetings regularly
  • Collected feedbacks in Google spreadsheet at the end of every day to know what every individuals feels and in turn, we got a heavy positive response !
  • The same strength of students were there till the last day of the camp !
  • In between, we also had some fun sessions, surprise events to make them energetic to listen.

P.S.  I’d like to share the Whole event raw schedule with you [http://docs.google.com/View?id=djkkcff_112drqjcdfq]

Picasa Album : [http://picasaweb.google.com/ijeyanthan/OSUGGTUGSummerCamp2010#]

OSUG/GTUG Summer Camp 2010
Event Summary:

Day1 :
  • We had Introduction to Open Source, its history followed by Ubuntu Installation and few basic commands in it
Day 2 :
  • We had Virtual Box, Subversion, SVN, GIMP,  Networking sessions as well
Day 3 :
  • As our camp focus’s both on open source technologies, we started with Python intro at morning and ended up with a live project demo “pyrfeed”[http://code.google.com/p/pyrfeed/] and thereby explained Google Reader API session and ended up with a hands on sessions on both . .
  • We had practical sessions on Firefox Extensions and Chromium Extensions followed by sessions on Cloud Computing and OMAP !

Day 4:

  • An intro to Android, Installation, and live demo on it & Hands-on practicals to students.
  • Cloud Computing concept, App engine and GWT and hands on session on running a live Hello world appln in App Engine.

Day 5:

Day 6:

  • We had ppl coming from infySEC, giving a lecture on Security and thereby it comprised of “How to find open ports in Wifi using Google Earth” and few other tricks using Google Maps. later I’ve concluded the day by using those API’s embedded into a site.

The above all topics were handled by student developers.We managed the event without any swags from Google, this time 🙁

  1. Photo Album – [http://madurai.gtugs.org/gallery-1] and still getting updated !
  2. ID Card, Banners, Certificates – [http://madurai.gtugs.org/file-cabinet] ..
  3. Slides too will be uploaded soon here !
  4. Video – Sorry for not recording any videos, as we din’t plan to do so !
  5. Give aways – DVD comprising of all the related softwares (both open source based and Google technology related IDE’s and videos)

Note: We used hardly few [in fact, re-used slides from other GTUGians] slides to explain, as we showed everything in live over Internet along with a demo. and in turn, students follow every step of ours onto their corresponding systems, as well ! ..

Hereby , I’d like to thank all my friends who have assisted with me and my Juniors and most importantly, students from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai for making their presence and giving talks in our event and in fact, that was a big hit to our successful Summer Camp 2010 🙂

My long time desire came true . . . ! felt heavenly that I have contributed my part to my Juniors 😉 Hoping at least few got benefited out of it 🙂

Will be contributing and assisting with my Juniors as much as I can . . .

Birth of Open Source User Group in KLNCIT

Hmmm ..  Where should I start ?

The desire of Organising an event was put up in mind after attending few events conducted by my seniors  Mr.Pradeep Kumar (Founder of IBM DB2 UG) and Mr.Raghuveer babu (Founder of MVCC- Microsoft Visual Campus Club and IBM DB2 UG) .. after seeing their hard-work in making grand events sequencially has kindled me to contribute something to them somehow either to assist with them by following their User group activities !

BTW, I became more and more curious on Open Source technologies after attending F’stival , Fossconf and GLUGOT meetings held @ Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai.

Then, I came to know about GLUG Madurai and GLUGOT’s existence and their history and got a contact id of few of the GLUGOT founders’ like Mr.Joe Steeve and Mr.Senthil Kumaran !

I’v literally got stunned by their organising effort, enthusiasm, potential and most importantly their team-work made me to freeze for sometime . ! That’s actually possible only if we have like-minded people with us.

I wish I would start a group for my college too and thereby we can promote FOSS and it’d be beneficiall both to Students and for my Organisation ! , but, I didn’t know how to start and from where to start 🙁

Lately, M.G.Avenash (CSE Dept) and V.Thirunageshwaran (CSE Dept) of my set started organising a grand event named “Winter Camp – Season 2 ” in the month of december 2009 held in our College.

Interesting thing to be noted here is,  They both conducted separate events at the same time for 15days.

  • Avenash – 10 days winter camp on ‘Developing Software using IBM tools’
  • Thirunageshwaran – 10 days winter camp on ‘SQL Server 2008’

Do you know, in December 2008 too my Seniors conducted two successful winter camps (.NET & SQL Server) in our college. For details, refer the following links..

.NET Winter Camp 2008 (15 days)

SQL Server Winter Camp 2008 (5 days)

I have showed interest on their efforts and volunteered myself in supporting one of those two groups, i.e., Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Camp . You know something? I’v been awarded with “The Best Speaker Award” for handling sessions in that event. 😛

This gave me confidence and made my thought strong about creating an open source user group, along with MVCC and IBM DB2! 🙂

I started inquiring about this to my seniors and friends, where few started cracking jokes and made fun at me about this initiative and other few, who always take immense care on me has raised few qns , among which, the most silliest question was, “Edhukku indha vetti polapu? pesama padichoma, college vittu ponomaa nu iru da “, few others quoted, “indha college ku seiradhanaala unakkenna laabam ? ! “ , Though their questions were reasonable to some extent, IMO, it was pointless.

Rather than getting disappointed, I felt pity on them that they weren’t yet matured to know its vision, virtue, value and the satisfaction we get, when we share our knowledge with others !

Thus, I directly spoke with HOD of IT department for disclosing my ideas to her !. She totally got inspired by my initiative and started giving tips on how to start with this and so on 🙂 Also, to my surprise, She added that they (ITSG Group) are in a thought of revamping the entire College Systems with Ubuntu Linux due to Microsoft’s License issues and thus, this User Group activity is the right choice at the right time and its a a must to have one for our college to as it would make an awareness among ppl.

As I’m from ECE Department, Its my duty to bring this to our HOD’s knowledge and get approval soon from college to start this group by stating all its benefits that the College and Students gain from this User Group! . Thus, I’v soon made a list of it and brought that to our HOD !  . .. To my surprise, without a word, she whole heartedly accepted and started to search for an apt date to inaugurate without any delay! .

OMG ! Nw, its my sole responsibility to make things done without messing up and of course, the entire responsibility fell on me . Soon I started working hard for making things done perfectly.

Started to inquire about this to few of my TCE friends and invited Mr.Joe Steeve for inaugurating “Open Source User Group”. Again, to my surprise, I’v got a positive reply from him stating that he is willing to inaugurate our event.


Now, the responsiblity became even more worser and Its time for me to make things even more better . . Soon, I’v made all arrangements for inauguration and finally, that day came .

The day before Inauguration, I started preparing at the eleventh hour to chart out all the activiteez on the dais , blah blah . . with the help of my 4nd Bhuvanesh.

It was 17th March 2010 . .  My day started wit full of nervousness and Anxiety and as this must happen without any mess and most importantly I must make Mr.Joe Steeve comfortable in all means including hospitality .

Here are few photos that I wish to share with U !

For further details, visit http://madurai.gtugs.org/gallery

Don’t get confused after lookin at GTUG logo, in between 🙂 I will reveal it in my next post soon !

A special thanks to all my friends, Juniors and Class mates who made this event a successful one and fulfil my dreams come true! Lastly, My hearty thanks to Mr.Manikandan for making this come to reality !

This has come true and live by my Seniors Raghuveer babu and Pradeep as they were the founders of  User Group on Microsoft (MVCC) and IBM DB2 in our College . To know more about them : Click here

Now, I feel glad and really honored to say that I am the founder of Open Source User Group of KLNCIT 😛 🙂 and thus this is all about the birth of  Open Source User Group in KLNCIT 🙂

My task of Inauguration followed by few events & meetup got over ! [will update in my nxt post soon]

Now, I’m full of tender solicitude towards my OSUG ! . Its all left to my Juniors and my College.

My last words to my Juniors :

Herewith, I admit that I’ll do my level best to nurture my Juniors in making this Open Source User group live and active forever.