28 advocates, 5 places, ONE Solid SFD Event
September 21, 2013 marked the day when open source advocates, sharing the same passion, made a difference. It was the much awaited IT event of the year – the “Software Freedom Day 2013″. Held in beautiful capital of Aklan province, Kalibo, and attended by more than 1000 students, faculty members, SMEs, LGU and chamber representatives, the power of FOSS unfolded before these audiences with a blast. Spearheaded by 8Layer Technology’s CEO, Mr. Meric Mara, an open source advocate himself, together with other speakers, volunteers and team SFD.PH traveled 458 km from Manila to embark on the mission of imparting talents and skills to the Aklanons and be a responsible medium for community improvement.
Students and coordinators from four different schools, namely Aklan Catholic College (ACC), STI College – Kalibo (STI), Numansia Intergrated School (NIS) and Northwestern Visayan Colleges (NVC) and SMEs gathered together at Ati-atihan Hostel simultaneously celebrated the event with some speakers moving from one venue to the other. Each venue had its own set of topics, raffle prizes and programmes.
SFD.PH is a team! And as such, they were able to accomplish their tasks to bring the best SFD celebration to date. Undaunted by all the challenges, hardships and difficulties brought by the distance of the event venue during the preparation, team SFD.PH still was able to build the spirit of camaraderie and had fun along the way. These special moments and journey will always be meaningful to team SFD.PH.
The New SFD song
The advocates’ love for open source knows no bounds. Not only were these advocates a bunch of technical geeks but they are also musically-inclined with talents on composing and writing songs. A new SFD song was created to showcase the creativity and excitement of the team for the event. What better way to celebrate the day of sharing than through music and song! The lyrics and melody would surely perked up one’s mood.
The SFD Event
Inspite of some technical problems due to power shortage in the venues, the event went on uninterrupted and ended successfully.
@Ati-atihan Hostel – SMEs
The event started early in the morning with Ms. Megs Lunn, executive director of PCCI as the emcee. The first speaker, Josh Pendejito, Business Channel Manager of Intel Phils. introduced the evolution and the latest trend of microprocessors that captivated the audience’s attention with his upbeat mood. This was followed by Atty. Reggie Tongol of UNTV that talked about the Data Privacy and Creative commons. Atty. Reggie had the longest time on stage as the audience got so interested and hooked up on asking legal questions pertaining to patents, ownership and the like. After lunch session was more business related as Mr. Bryan Del Rosario of OBS talked about Sailfin payroll system; Mr. Lawrz Libo-on of POSNet on Benefits of FOSS and Kasosyo Apps Suite; Erwin Galang of OBS on Orange HRIS; Mr. Meric Mara on Raspberry Pi; Mr. Mark Quitoriano on Call Centers; and Mr. Macoy Mejia on Business Intelligence. Raffle items were drawn in between talks to excite the audience. Major raffle items like the EPSON printer went to Ms. Salmy Beltran, owner of Hora-Hopia products and the Starmobile tablet went to Mr. Ragemmel Buncalan, a student from West Visayas State Univ.
Certificates were distributed and a take-home kit that contains KahelOS CD, Open source tools, 1-year Kasosyo voucher, Sailfin Payroll installer, and other freebiew was given to each of the SME attendees.
@APSTA – STI & other school students
Due to the large number of attendees, STI had to find another venue for the event. It was held at APSTA with students from other schools both in high school and college participating too. A slight delay was encountered in the commencement of the event because of the unexpected power shortage.
The first speaker was Josh Pendejito from Intel who talked about what’s on trend with Intel.
Students were mesmerized with his voice and they listened with their full attention. Intel tumblers were given to those who listened and answered his questions correctly. An intermission number followed to entertain the audience. The next speaker, Ms. Eli of 8Layer Technologies, discussed about Social Media. Followed by Dennis Diola who tackled about Geo-Server Maps. And the last speaker, but definitely not the least, was the heart and brain of everything, Mr. Meric Mara who shared his knowledge about Raspberry Pi and KahelOS. Everyone was impressed with his mini gadget as he started his talk with giving a prize to anyone whose cellphone number will appear in his system. It was such an adrenaline rush to everyone.
The event ended with the participants having their group picture taken with the speakers holding the “Software Freedom Day” banner.
@ACC Gym – ACC students
This venue almost got cancelled few days before the event; but as the saying goes, “All’s well that ends well”. Special thanks to Ms. Megs Lunn for helping in the glitches in the organizers.
The first speaker was Mr. Joscel Pendjito of Intel Philippines who tackled the fourth generation intel core and benefits of intel processor. Then, Mr. Renan Mara shared the meaning of FOSS and SFD. The third speaker, Mr. Rhoane Tañada discussed the Kannel Open Source SMS Gateway which got the audience wide-eyed with the live streaming of sending sms. The fourth speaker was Mr. Erwin Galang who talked about the Soundation and Multimedia. Lastly, students and faculties from PUP shared their experience about open source and challenged the students to never stop learning and sharing.
@Numancia Municipal Hall – Numancia and other school students
The venue is an open stadium and with the power shortage, there was technical problems with the sound and visual system – no microphone and projector. But the resourceful speakers assigned there thought of an intuitive way of handling the situation by dividing the audience into two groups, to make sure their voices will be heard.
Mr. Allan de Guzman, Mr. Alec Rivera, Ms. Jenica Capati and Mr. Aljon Mara took turns in talking to the 2 groups about FOSS, Raspberry Pi, Linux Distribution and LAMPP.
@Aklan Training Center – NVC students
Just like what happened to the other venues mentioned above, the power shortage did not hinder the advocates in sharing their knowledge on why celebrate Sofware Freedom Day. They tried to share as much as they can without the use of any projector and sound system. Speakers went to the center of the crowd for everyone to hear their voices. They used their personal laptop to show the audience visual images that best explain their topics ranging from Free and Open Source, Raspberry Pi, Intel processors, Php and jQuery; and Asterisk: Open Source Telephony.
The highlight of the event was when one of the speakers, Mr. Macoy Mejia of MDS raffled away a Raspberry Pi and donated another one to NVC Computer Science Organization.
The Boracay Side Trip
What’s a trip to the rich island of Aklan if a visit to the world famous Boracay Beach is not included! Choosing this place to let all the participants to relax and mingle was a perfect idea to end the celebration on a high note, proving that Filipinos know how to have FUN!
The Charity Mission
The SFD celebration was capped off with donating old laptops, PCs from our supportive donors and a starmobile tablet to ALS to promote SFD and Free and Opensource softwares. It’s all part of the plan and through the help of friends and supporters, this mission of giving back to the community was accomplished through and through!
Team SFD.ph is grateful to all the sponsors of the event. All of these would not be possible without their support. Special acknowledgement to IDSS, Intel, MDS, Comclark, Starmobile, EPSON, Mighty Corp. Other supporters who shared their money, time and talent, we are thankful too.
Building The Community
SFD is a celebration that is filled with an abundance of knowledge to be learned and shared in return.
Knowledge multiplies when it is being shared. SFD is all about sharing, creating awareness and building a community – a community that abounds with talented people willing to impart and share knowledge. With FOSS and a knowlegeable community, the road to technology progress is endless.
“SFD is more than celebration of free and open source software, it is a revolution against walls that blind us from truths we should know”
- Lawrz Libo-on, President, POSNet
“Walang shortcut sa pagiging magaling”, “Ito ay hindi patungkol sainyo, wala akong pakealam kung ikaw ang pinakamagaling na programmer, ito ay patungkol sa kumunidad, ito ay patungkol sa pagbabahagi. ”
-Meric Mara, CEO, 8layer