I have had an amazing year in this community and have seen it scale new heights and milestones. I also got the chance to contribute to its growth and be an active part of various initiatives.
ChennaiFOSS - ChennaiFOSS was my introduction to FOSS United, I saw the event listed on this educational events page . This couldn’t have happened at a better time, I was a third year computer science student confused about my future plans, kept hearing about the words Open Source, Communities and what not but got too overwhelmed when it actually came to contributing to a project or attending a meetup.
I was surprised at the ticket cost (Student tickets were 50rs) and ended up buying it just to go and see what was FOSS all about. It was during this period that I also went through the FOSS United website,read more about the foundation and joined the telegram group.
I knew @stalwartcoder from some previous community events at Chennai and reached out to him asking if there were any opportunities to volunteer. I was shortly onboarded as an on ground volunteer a few days before the event.
The conference in itself was amazing, got to listen some very unique talks and panel discussions and talked to the speakers. We decided to do this regularly and start planning monthly meetups.
FOSS United Chennai - I have had the opportunity to witness the growth of this community first hand. All the efforts @Suslime , Immanuel and Sakhil have put into scaling this community are amazing to me. Every meetup of ours is better than the previous one in terms of the proposals we’ve been getting,diversity at the meetup and audience interactions.
The chapter has also played a crucial role in my personal interests towards FOSS, and is majorly what inspired me to use and evangelise FOSS.
IndiaFOSS 3.0 - I had spent a majority of this year watching talks from IndiaFOSS 2.0, so seeing it all come to action for the third edition and being involed in the process was an amazing experience, and the results did not disappoint.
I was part of the community partnerships workgroup, and I’m happy to see that our plans to increase the participation of students in the conference succeeded. The unconference track was the highlight of the conference for me and I’m excited to see us delve deeper into this model next year.
Diversity Scholarships - I’m grateful to Vishal for instantly agreeing to and helping me proceed with this initiative, even though it was just an idea and we didn’t have much idea as to how to plan this out effectively.
We got unexpected support from the community and were able to raise 1.55 lakh INR.
While targeted outreach (reaching out to communities that work with underrepresented groups) worked well, our open applications were not able to reach the target audience. Going forward, we need to publicise this initiative better both in terms of raising funds and getting applications from potential scholars. I am also trying to think of how we can extend this initiative to CityFOSS conferences (and use the leftover funds raised)
I don’t have much feedback, but I’m very excited for the upcoming platform release and our future podcast episodes.
I have had an absolutely amazing year contributing to, and now working at FOSS United and am very excited to see the future of FOSS verse