July 4, 2008

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Global Bug Jam preparations in full swing

Global Bug Jam preparations in full swing

I just talked to a few teams who are organising the next biggest Global Hug Fest. Among them Nicolas Valcárel of the Ubuntu Perú team and Leandro Gómez of the Ubuntu Nicaragua team. They’re both very excited and in full preparation mode for the Global Bug Jam.

Here’s what Nicolas had to say about his team, the event and the preparations:

Daniel: Who are you and which LoCo do you represent? Nicolas: I’m Nicolas Valcárcel, contributor to the server team and MOTU. I represent the Peruvian LoCo team, in which i’m part of its Council.

Daniel: How is the organisation of the Global Bug Jam in your Loco coming on?

Nicolas: Quite well, it’s not a hard event to organize, we just need some enthusiast with laptops, a table, chairs and internet, which is not hard to find, almost every restaurant meets the requirements, but we are talking with a local university to run it in there, if not, plan B is a starbucks :D

Daniel: When you spread the news to your Loco team members, how did they like the idea?

Nicolas: They like it really much, since a lot of them want to participate, but they don’t know how, and it’s the perfect oportunity for new contributors to jump in with someone on their sides guiding them.

Daniel: Did you organise events like this before? What are the challenges? If somebody wanted to organise such an event in your Loco (or elsewhere) what should they try to get right?

Nicolas: We have organized a lot of events, but not like this one. We have do a lot of talks and conference events, which are quite different and in our experience to organize an event you only need to have the desire to do it and start calling, talking and pinging the people to have things up and running. Fortunately on the Peruvian LoCo team we have our Events King, who make always the events happend, Thank you Michael!!

Daniel: Are you going to blog about the event and post pictures? :-)

Nicolas: Of course! I will try to do it while running the Bug Jam!


Here’s how the preparations are coming on in Nicaragua:

Daniel: Who are you and which LoCo do you represent?

Leandro: My name is Leandro Gómez (leogg) and I’m the founder and former Team Leader/Team Contact of the Ubuntu Nicaragua Team.

Daniel: How is the organisation of the Global Bug Jam in your Loco coming on?

Leandro: Great! We’re very excited and looking forward to be part of this global effort to make Ubuntu better.

Daniel: When you spread the news to your Loco team members, how did they like the idea?

Leandro: Personally, I’ve noticed that the members of our team are more aware now, and more interested in contributing with the ‘greater’ Ubuntu community. We finally reached a point when we start to contribute at a global level. For example, after the translation sprint, many members began to contribute on a regular basis with translations on LP.

Daniel: Did you organise events like this before? What are the challenges? If somebody wanted to organise such an event in your Loco (or elsewhere) what should they try to get right?

Leandro: We’ve organised almost 40 events in the last 16 months, including one packaging jam and one translation sprint. The challenge -not only with the events, but with the whole LoCo work in general- is to motivate people. If you have a highly motivated team, everything is possible. And this can only be achieved by giving the example. The team leader(s) must be the most dedicated people in the team and the one(s) who work hardest. It’s also very important to recognize the individual contributions of your team members. They must feel that their contributions are valuable, and that they’re a making a difference with their work. But you must also encourage them to ‘push the limits’, to improve and to reach higher goals every day.

Daniel: Are you going to blog about the event and post pictures? :-)

Leandro: Yes, of course! And maybe some live video streaming too :) We’re also planning to have an article published on a local newspaper a few days before the event.

Daniel: If you have your team loco and another nice picture of your Loco team’s activities to go with the interview, please attach it to your reply.

Leandro: You can find more in our photo album.


I’m totally excited… :-)

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