I had always heard/read about foss.in. This time I saw it for myself. Its huge. I had put in a talk for the Gnome Project day and it got accepted. Besides that, I had suggested for a small BoF session on the LinuxChix India mailing list as I expected most of the ladies on the list to be around for the event.
LinuxChix India Chapter was started about 2-3 years back by Archana and a mailing list set up. During that time a lot of mails were exchanged regarding the goals for the group, mailing etiquette and other tid-bits. Then, Sulamita Garcia dropped by at Foss.in (with the really pretty LC.BR tees) and people outside the mailing list sat up and took notice of the ladies within the growing FOSS community in India. Things slowed down a bit for a while and this year we got ourselves an irc channel (#indichix on irc.linuxchix.org) and a wiki (linuxchix.org.in). Then came the proposal for the aforementioned small BoF session. One of us checked with Atul about the possibility of having the session during the event and after a nod from him, we decided to tom-tom our party with some posters and banners. With one thing leading to another, we suddenly found ourselves with a PowerBof, some cool stickers sponsored by Team Foss.in, a stall at the FOSS Expo (which by the way was a really cool place to hang out hats) and huge support.
On the day of the session, most of us gathered at the stall. Thanks to irc, Vidya, Barkha, Aneesha, Ankita and I have been talking a lot the past few months and it did not take any ice-breaking moments for us to quickly gather around on the carpetted floor. Sitting cross-legged we discussed quickly about the BoF session that was to happen in another 1 hour 30 minutes. As with BoF sessions, the discussions swayed a lot and instead of describing it all over again, I’d rather point to the wonderful reports by Vid and Bubulle.
On a serious note, the session notes are now up on the LinuxChix India site and lots of folks are joining up the mailing list. Welcome!
This is just the start (albeit a wonderful one) and every sticker I handed out reminded me of the hard work that we need to put in to ensure that our ideas and dreams of gathering around a self-reliant community of women involved with Open Source software becomes a reality.