Libre Software Communities and Universities: talk at La Laguna University

On September 19th I planned to give a talk in La Laguna College, Tenerife, Canary Islands. The idea was to promote involvement in Free Software Community projects, like KDE, among students and teachers.
Due to a problem on my trip to Tenerife from La Palma (my mom’s car decided to stay in La Palma instead of taking the ship to Tenerife with me) I had to cancel the talk the day before.
Since I visiting my family for Christmas in the Canary Islands, I will be able to give the talk next Monday, December 19th, at 18:00 hours (local time), at the ETSIIT of La Laguna College. Once again, the Libre Software Office of La Laguna College organices it.
You can check the slides of this talk, which I also did in Malaga’s college a few weeks ago.

Link to the official announcement done by the ULL Free Software Office.

Remember that this college have about one thousand KDE desktops deployed in their computer labs for students. Their maintenance is done by the Free Software Office (ULL’s OSL).
OpePyME (OpenSME) is the most relevant Free Software applications catalog for companies published in Spanish. It is also a OSL project. Their technicians receive the requests, test the applications, categorize and publish them in the catalaog. They also have a Linkedin group (OpenPyME) with almost 800 members to answer questions.

What is the KDE Program?

Executives find valuable to become part of a common network that allow them to open their organizations to new markets, more opportunities in current markets, new products, services and talent. KDE can offer them such a worldwide network formed by many organizations.
In order to do it, KDE build a structured Program based on the following global principles:
  • Networking as a major value to build self-sustaining cooperative system.
  • Meritocracy and compromise.
  • Mentoring.
  • Single contact point for every organization.
  • Think global, act locally.
  • Scalability, depending on the organization dimension and expectations.
  • Building the field first, creating the rules, and then, let the players play.

The KDE Program(*) is the result of our determination to create a global network formed of organizations committed to KDE related principles, technologies, products and services. It also is:

  • A structured project to add value to KDE, while increasing market opportunities for every member through coordinated networking  activities.
  • A way for KDE to connect with end users through new organizations.
  • A new approach for supporting KDE in a way every member gets, not just the result of our work, our software, but also the knowledge that allows us to create it, so they can learn and add it to their production process.
  • A channel to introduce KDE into new markets through a worldwide network of organizations that actively contribute to it.
  • An opportunity to recognize and reward those organizations that have historically supported KDE.
  • A new approach to take free software communities beyond their current influence area.
    (*) Remember that I am still looking a good name for the Program