The dedicated group of folks (some of whom I had the good fortune of meeting at foss.in/2007) are arranging for “FOSS 2008” at Manipur University, Canchipur on 29th and 30th March 2008. This is a build-up from the IT Talent Search which they had organized to resounding success last year. This time they are aiming to create more desktop users, developers and in general contributors to FOSS.
The group would be well served by some assistance, primarily financial. They are not registered (last I checked) with the appropriate authorities so the tax benefits etc bits won’t apply.
If you want to be part of this do write in to: ringo_pebam (at) yahoo (dawt) com or sonnyboygit (at) gmail (dawt) com.
Ringo Pebam, the never-say-die leader of the troop writes:
Till the month of Jan / February there was no plan for having another IT-Talent Search like the last year we did. It was a shocking moment for us.
Hundreds of miles away from all the hustle and bustle, away from home, located in different parts of the globe and connected sparsely by phones and emails, we know the hurdles to conduct such a competition remotely in Manipur. It is becoming more and more difficult to co-ordinate and the kind of infrastructure and money needed to conduct such event remotely was putting a big question mark on every one of us in LM team.
But, when we close our eyes and try to remember those moments of IT-Talent Search, we remember those smiles worth million dollars of being a winner in spite of coming second, remember those early trips to make to the venue on time, remember those staying in relatives’ places who had come from far-off place just to be part of the event. Remember those stories of the rickshaw puller who wanted to be part of the event? The confidence of young minds, their joy and their dreams to do great are seen in our dreams. Those anxious moments of not getting things on time, those endless discussions, those worries, pains and sleepless nights seems to be so miniscule in front of the sweet moments of last year.
How can we let such beautiful memories and smiles go so easily? No excuse is worth enough to be given for not having such a thing again. Where there is a will, there is a way. Come what may we gonna stand against the tide to bring that smiles again. We gonna sweat again, put all the possible effort to make the event happen again because we all know deep inside our hearts that impossible is nothing.
“If we think we can then we can, if we think we can’t then we can’t, it all depends on what we want and think…”
This time we are coming back for 2 days. And we are coming back as FOSS 2008 which is little closer to what we believe at “Free as in freedom”. We wish to make the coming generation prepare for the freedom in Open Source. We wish to cover most of the aspect of Open Source and make people aware of it, use it, get benefit from it, and even contribute back to the community if possible.
It is a long journey. But, we are very sure that you are also with us. Please help if you can.