Classrooms for Free Culture SoCon

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  • Interns - If you are interested in this project, add your name to the Interested interns section below along with a brief description of why you're interested and why you'd be a good mentor for this project, along with any specific ideas for execution you might have beyond the project description.
  • Mentors - If you are interested in this project, add your name to the Interested mentors section below along with a brief description of why you're interested and why you'd be a good mentor for this project, along with any specific ideas for execution you might have beyond the project description.
  • Others - If you are interested in this project in a role other than that of potential mentor or potential intern (example: you are an organization, a potential end-user/tester, may have helpful resources, or want to be notified if the project is chosen), add your name to the Other interested parties section below with contact information and details.
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The deadline for editing this proposal or adding yourself to the list is 11:59pm EST (GMT-5) on August 6, 2007.

Project description

CFFC is a program that teachers can join to turn their classes into opportunities to learn about and contribute to open content, open source, and free culture. (Currently only college classes are eligible, though this may expand in the future.) A CFFC class is inherently project-based; the learning objective of the class is the production of Open-Licensed material - open source software and hardware (plans for mechanical devices, schematics for electrical ones), open content (writing books, shooting movies, recording music, taking pictures). You learn by doing. The students in such a class will learn how to do not just projects, but free culture projects - open source, open content - which operate somewhat differently from traditional notions of how projects are done in both academia and the corporate world.

In the beginning, we're targeting professors who are already enthusiasts of or contributors to free culture and/or open content/source who run project-based classes where student work, with a tiny bit of nudging, could easily be made usable by a broader public and released under an open license.

For SoCon, you could run a class at your local university for the Classrooms for Free Culture program as a way of helping to develop the program itself, or coordinate universities in your country or region to run classes.

Interested interns

Omar Cueva Arenas

Email: ocueva(at)gmail(dot)com

Background: I am a distinguished graduate in industrial engineering. I have experience in consulting, management, marketing and logistics. As a multi-lingual and multi-cultural businessman, I have learned to think fast and act faster in pursuit of my goals. I have top international test scores.

I am a student of INCAE, Costa Rica, the top buesiness School of latin America. I am also a columnist and passionate about free knowledge community. I am sure I can be a helpful intern in OLPC due to my background in business, languages and social issues.

I'd like to be part of the classrooms for free culture project, sharing my knowledge,experiences and opinions,creating debates and organitizing meetings in which students, teachers and researchers can generate variety of knowledge and encourage them be aware of the importance of the free culture for the development nations.

You can see more about me at my blog.

Interested mentors

Mel Chua

Contact info here. I'm currently working on development of the CFFC program and would love to have people outside the US bring it to their universities as well.

Other interested parties

Name

Contact information, what your interest is

  • Tim Budd, budd@eecs.oregonstate.edu - We have students doing development work on the OLPC here at OSU, and winter term (roughly Jan 1- April 1st) I teach a course on open source development. Would love to have project ideas for students to work on. I've been trying to find students to develop a multi-player game framework, a framework for 2-player games, with a chat sidebar so others besides the players can watch and comment, and a sign-up sheet so others can register to play the winner of the current game, so that games could run for long periods of time in a tournament like fashion.
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