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[Events] OpenHatch student immersion: starting up again

Asheesh Laroia asheesh at
Wed Aug 3 21:14:19 UTC 2011

Hi all people who care about OpenHatch events,

I'm aiming to organize a few more workshops like the fairly-successful one 
at Penn last year. They are hands-on workshops and contribution events 
that teach students how to participate in the global free software 
ecosystem. The structure we did at Penn was one day of learning, one day 
of projects (hacking).

(You can read about the one at Penn at and 

I want to run a few of these over the course of the next year. If other 
people run other such events (with or without using the materials I'm 
planning to publish), and they're in line with the same goals, I'd love to 
hear about them on this list, too.

The next step for me, as I see it, is to write up a web page explaining 
what the event is, and then contact people from various universities and 
see if they can help bring the event to them. I'm hoping that 
colleges/universities can pay for my travel expenses, and that I reach out 
to universities in areas with a substantial number of free software 

In terms of diversity, at Penn, we saw enthusiasm and attendance from 
people who looked fairly different; gender-wise, about 1/3 were young 
women, for example.

If you want to help, I'd love:

* Help reaching sponsors.

* Suggestions for schools to reach out to, and/or contacts there.

* Review of the website that explains the event (when it is ready).

The clock is ticking! Students get back to school pretty soon. I have to 
give a talk in Berlin in two days, for which I must prepare, so a 
realistic estimate of when the above website will be ready is about a week 
from now, Wed, August 10.

-- Asheesh.

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