All Things Open 2014 lightning talk with Remy DeCausemaker

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Remy DeCausemaker wears many hats.


  • 2013 Google Summer of Code (GSOC) mentor for Sugarlabs
  • resident hackademic and open sourcerer for the RIT Center for media, arts, games, interaction, and creativity (MAGIC)
  • community organizer
  • adjunct professor

In this lightning talk presentation, Remy tells us about the first academic minor in open source software at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) that has both a technical and non-technical track. The courses in this minor all use open source software in some way, shape, or form. Additionally, student engagement on campus includes social coding through hackathons and meetups.

Remy goes in-depth about the humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) class that is a required course for the minor. He covers the details of the other electives and describes how the program works for students. Remy also shares how students taking this minor really learn how the world of open source works and how it prepares them for the future work environment. hosted a lightning talk event prior to the All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC. Nine talks on interesting ideas, projects, and more in open source topics were held on October 21, 2014 at Red Hat Tower. Over 100 attendees joined in person, for an evening of open source awesomeness.

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