The FUDCon is a special event to me, because I have the opportunity to meet the guys that I interact almost every day online, and meet new mates from the Fedora community and the local people that attending the event. This year the FUDCon LATAM was held in the pleasant city of Manágua in Nicaragua.
This year, the trip not began so nice to me, I had to rebook the flight on the airport because my passport had only 172 days to expire, the minimum to go to Nicaragua is 180 days and I did not knew it, so because of this I had to ask an invite letter from Neville to issue an emergency passport that is issued in the same day, but after this trouble I landed on time in Managua and everything else occurred nice.
After landed in Managua, I went to an university when the guys were promoting the event to the students. In the end of afternoon, Neville took me and Luis Bacan to a Hotel nearby from the Mansion Teodolinda (Hotel that hosted us), to meet Efren and Oscar, two guys ffrom Mexico that traveled 4 days by bus to attend the FUDCon, they told us their experiences in Mexico and the work that they did unofficially. Now they joined the Fedora Community.
The first day of FUDCon started with a formal presentation by the directors of Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales, the university that hosted the event, and Neville that spoke about the FUDCon and about the Fedora Project. After this, Robert Mayr (robyduck) did a talk about the impact of Fedora.Next in the Fedora websites, followed by Dennis Gilmore that spoke about the Fedora.Next. After the lunch time, started the normal schedule of the event, when I did a talk about the Apache Libcloud (a python lib that I maintain in Fedora), and some interesting activities like the robotic session by Valentin Basel and the talk about Flask by Eduardo Echeverria.
In the second day of FUDCon we had a full day of activities with talks, workshops and interacting with the people between the sessions. At this day I did a talk about the Cloud and Big Data SIGs and a workshop to deploy a pseudo distributed Hadoop environment.
At the end of the day, we had a nice hacking session at the Hotel where was useful to some people practice what they learned in the event. A very nice fact on this hacking session was the involvement of Lili, a girl from local staff, in the Fedora website, she started to work after attended a workshop about Fedora Websites by Robert Mayr, and guided by him she did her first commit.
In the third and last day, was full of talks and hands on activities like arduino hacking by Kiara. I had a free day, and it was very nice, because I had the opportunity to better interact with the people who went to the event, like asking questions about what I said in my talkings, mainly about OpenStack and Hadoop and questions about Fedora in general.
At night we had the so much waited FudPub, where we had a tasteful dinner with traditional region’s food. After the dinner was held a very funny Football match.
A fact very positive at this FUDCon, was the talks with Alejandro, Luis Bazan, Abdel Potty, Itamar, Kiara, Valentin, Rino and all the other guys from LATAM, to discuss about we did in the last year, and align the ideas to improve our community. And was really good to see the people getting involved with the Fedora Project and I hope to helped on this, and I want to thanks Neville, Eduardo Mayorga, Lilli, Fernando and the all the guys from local community that worked to make it happen.