The celebration of the worlds biggest FOSS event started early this year in Nicaragua.
We launched the SFD event on the Debian Day Nicaragua 08 (August 14) in the National University of Engineering (UNI), with an installfest, conferences and guest speakers from Guatemala, El Salvador, Norway, and of course, Nicaragua. We gave a lot of information about the upcoming SFD event and distributed some brochures.
Two days later, we visited the Central American University (UCA) in Managua, where the local GNU/Linux community had an information stand with flyers and brochures, and three laptops running Ubuntu, openSuse and Fedora. UCA is the venue of this year SFD.
On September 5 and 6, it was time for Comtech, the largest technological fair in Nicaragua. We had a stand promoting FOSS and the SFD, sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Commercefont. It was a pretty cool event since we had the opportunity to reach a wider (and different) audience here.
This week, we had three more events. Two conferences about Free Software and a demostration of Ubuntu at the American University (UAM) in Managua on September 11. We distributed some Ubuntu CDs here. The next day we had two other conferences and some Frets on Fire jamming on the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and the Nicaraguan Catholic University (UNICA).
Cool: Five more pre-SFD events and a lot of TV and radio interviews next week.
Über-cool: To see some young, enthusiastic and well organized local FOSS communities in some of the Universities we visited.
Future work: Made some important contacts with local businesses, Government officials and faculty staff at the Universities. There’s an increased interest in FOSS and 2009 will be crucial in the migration and implementation of FOSS in Nicaragua.