Software Freedom Day 2012 was successfully celebrated in more than 10 places in Nepal. It was organized in Butwal, Pokhara, madi, Hetauda, Birtanagar, Jhapa, Dharan, Kavre, Amrit Campus and SAP Falcha. The day was the 8th version of SFD in Nepal so everyone expected more perfect, more matured more new. I don’t know what people are judging about the program. In my terms the program was success, success in the sense we did continue the program, in the sense we added meaning into the program in new way, in the sense we regain the spirit of team work or it can be said like FOSS communities are in form now all over the Nepal. It is just like the dream how we worked this year.
It was since long time, FOSS Nepal Community didn’t conduct any event in National level. Just one email in mailing list started all the journey of SFD 2012. We conformed our first meeting in FOSS Nepal office, we had lot of expectation of participations but actually we were only 4 there, But we decided to do it anyway and planned for time, venue, themes, activities, team and many more…
Second meeting was came with Mozilla Nepal meeting, that was quite enlarging, we were 19 people there for meeting, we started to took leadership and responsibility of team, We decided to moved for outreach in different colleges, companies, ministries, organizations for information and support for program. We started FOSS ka kura from Amrit Campus with OSAC. In this way we reached out more than 15 colleges with in 2 weeks. For supporting the program and event, we send our proposal in most of software companies in Nepal, Government office (Ministries office), organizations…..
We were asking them not for some hard fixed cash, we were asking for any kind of contribution in terms of either goodies or cash or any…. We are successes in this, I think we got nice number of individual contribution for event too.
Now lets come to the event day,
Everything was in a plan, the venue seems perfect for decorating and planning for our activities. We had almost finished our arrangement with in 9:30 am. Registration Desk, Goodies Distribution Desk were placed just inside the gate, Movies and Documentaries were in Hall 1(Ground Floor), Drill Session in Hall 2(1st floor), Distro and Demo were in Hall 3(1st floor), Control Room and FOSScubation was also in first floor and finally the top floor was for Inauguration and FOSSials.
There was also a PC clinic room for maintenance, troubleshoot and satasat GB. The program was started form 9:30, movies started at time, Dristro and Demo were also in a place. Our chief Guest honorable Minister Dr. Keshab Man Shakya, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology arrived at 11 am, FOSS team help him to observed every things and every activities from ground floor. He seems very interesting to knowing about FOSS, He visit every desk every activity.
Our Inauguration program was not very formal, we tried to maintain formality informally. The program was addressed by the written document of well wishing message from prime minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai spoken by Dadhiram Nepal. Hempal Shrestha and Ravi Bhattarai combine present about the FOSS and it’s role in egovernance. Our guest Ever Green Minister Ganesh Shah speeched on the current need of ICT in Nepal, our chief Guest Keshab man Shakya shared his experience and understanding of egovernance and ICT. He informed government office have IT department and now practicing for hiring Computer Science students there. He explained the need of egovernance in term of speed, transparency, corruption and crime, and last Subir dai stated the current requirement of adopting the Free and Open Source Software and the way how it is growing up.
The whole day was full with programs, Suraj Bhusal and his team from Movie-Documentaries Team was busy with movie and documentaries scheduling. Sunil Shrestha leader of Demo, Distro, Troubleshoot and satasat GB was managing all the activities in the places. Drill Section was one of the most interactive section of this year SFD. Different drills was conducted in time, Nepali Wikipedia, Brain digit Solution, Mobile Social Networking, Open street Map and Robotics Association of Nepal were presented and share some information there.
This year we had some open DVD like Obuntu compiled by OSAC, Nirvikalpa and some DVD of latest Ubuntu and Mint of 32 and 64 bit. At last we were wrapped up our whole program by doing some FOSSials activities by FOSSial team. Musical Chair and Dance was very entertaining part of event.The program was supported and sponsored by Verisk Internation(platinum sponsorship), Islington College, Digitrust, Mobile Social Networking, Prime College, NITC, World Link, PHP Developers Nepal, CSIT Association of Nepal, Robotics Association of Nepal, GDG Kathmandu, Sparrow SMS, OSM Kathmandu, Nepali Wikipedia and Nepal Bank Limited,
In this way we celebrated the whole event, while completing this year SFD but this is not the completion of FOSS activities, This event really re-energized the spirit and some impaction are already started to seeing and we believe we will spread out this impassion all over the Nation.