Road to Ghana ~ Day 2

So today was the day for The Community Summit. We got to the venue at 10am and people started gathering up.

Outside AITI center :)

Outside AITI center :)

The spirit of this “un-conference” (sic) was to get to know each other and exchange knowledge in an informal way :) That sounds as the fedora way of doing things and so was it!

The Main auditorium

The Main auditorium

Firstly we were given 2 minutes to introduce ourselves and why our project is on IDLELO. I introduced Fedora project and me and stressed out the localization potentials through Fedora, Transifex and foss in general. On the next phase people chose what ideas presented would like to be expanded in group talks. Guess what! Fedora Localization Project was one of the 4 groups :) I presented hands-on the workflow of our l10n and got some nice feedback and concerns from the people.

The great thing about today was that for the first time in those regions someone presented them a way to have a whole operating system localized and everyone was pretty excited about that! I worked closely with Ben (from Gnome) to make sure we can enable them to do so and I we even managed to get a roadmap on certain cases!

Namely we are speaking about Akan (Twi etc), Ga and Ewe to say the least :) On Akan we have a handful of people ready to get started and I make the final arrangements on infrastructure side (Tx, MLs etc) to make sure that we gonna get started on the localization workshop on Wednesday :) Ben is also in contact with Gnome guys to make this happen in Gnome side too…

Accra LUG was happy to be introduced to our local Ambassador Isaac Sanni-Thomas and I pretty sure that now that they are going to have Fedora in their language they gonna embrace Isaac and Fedora!

Chilli Food right ahead!

Chilli Food right ahead!

I had some really interesting conversations with many people ranging from enabling local LUGs to distributing media and  low cost bandwidth solutions.. Comment if you want me to write more about these..

Isaac gets ready for his next events!

Isaac gets ready for his next events!

We also did some nice brainstorming about what a collaboration between Gnome Fedora and existing translation memories would be and I think that we can set up a process of collaborating and making sure that the end-user in this region has a completely translated system.

I have even brainstormed about community portals (I am very proud about our beta one) and even showcased Fedora hosted Moksha framework (neat and fast ;)

Ocean , beer and foss... and not exactly in that order...

Ocean , beer and foss... and not exactly in that order...

Later on the afternoon we had the wonderful chance to drink some beers by the Ocean in a calm cafe by the sea… We also had dinner in the same pace we did last night (sticking with the safe choice i guess :P )

Crazy and busy town.. Accra in the night

Crazy and busy town.. Accra in the night

Tomorrow is booth setup time so stay tuned for some really nice pics!

See ya all!