After wrapping up his GSoC 2014 project with Typo3 in August, Chris Nuvagda immediately consented with other GSoC Alumni in Cameroon to organize a Meet-up at the University of Buea. After a meeting which ended with the GSoC Alumni family photo below, we decided that we’ll host a meet-up on December 17th 2014.
To prepare for this event, we created a public event on Google+, discussed the idea with the Google Open Source Programs Office, Google Developer Group Buea, Activspaces Tech Incubator and local universities for support (swag, funding, venue, etc). We developed an Agenda and made sure the list of speakers was gender-balanced.
On December 17th 2014 at 3pm, the Meet-up kicked off with an opening prayer and an attendance of over 150 students( 30% Female). First of all, we listened to a talk on what GSoC is all about from Isaac Kamga and watched a cool video by Mary Radomile and Carols Smith on the GSoC program. Secondly, Chris Nuvagda told us why we should do GSoC (the GSoC perks) and Mpara Faith told us about her 2014 GSoC experience with Cryptostick. Check Nyah explained how to write a stellar proposal and how to communicate using the Open source Netiquette. Daisy Nkweteyim who participated with Groovy concluded by telling the crowd about women in open source organizations.
I’ll like to thank the Google Open Source Programs Office for the cool swag they sent for the event, Activspaces for helping with publicity, University of Buea for hosting this Meet-up and GSoC Alumni in Cameroon for efforts organizing this Meet-up.
Link to Event photos: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/
By Chris Nuvadga