Some of you may be aware of the Catalyst Open Source Academy. For those that do, the 2013 Academy will be the two weeks of January 7th to 18th and we are accepting Applications / Expressions of Interest now.
For those that haven’t heard of the Academy, it is two weeks of introducing Open Source technologies and projects to Secondary School Students. We want to get students excited by what they can do and what they can contribute to the various community driven Open Source projects that exist.
The first week consists of tutorial sessions covering the various open source tools that will be used as part of the second week of the Academy when we have them working on an Open Source project.
They start out installing Ubuntu onto a laptop, then they work through subjects such as My First Server, How the Web Works, Four Freedoms, PostgreSQL Databases, Graphics with The GIMP and Inkscape, PHP, Event Driven Programming, Java for Android.
The ultimate goal is to teach the students enough to be able to guide them through the process of making a public contribution to an Open Source project, something they can point to and say ‘this is what I did’. Previous projects students have contributed to have been Koha, Mahara, Drupal, DAViCAl, ACal, Map of CPAN. Probably the biggest success has been Koha, with a couple of this year’s students continuing with some regular contributions.
So if you know of any students in their last couple of years of school that are interested in technology and could gain something from spending some time learning from the developers at NZ’s largest Open Source company, get them to head to http://catalyst.net.nz/academy and download the Brochure for the 2013 Academy fill it out and get it back to us.