First Stop: TUP Manila

FOSS@Schools TUP Manila is finally here!

After months of planning with the awesome team of CompAss, CoS-CAFA USG and JCPU,   we will finally have this year’s first FOSS@Schools at the Technological University of the Philippines,February 9, 2011, Wednesday at the College of Science Social Hall and the College of Architecture and Fine Arts AVR.FOSS@Schools: TUP Manila

Rick Bahague, National Coordinator of the Computer Professionals’ Union will give an Introduction to FOSS, IT for the People and Drupal Basics. Marwin Portugal and Raphael Elamparo of the Pinoy Blender Users’ Group will give a talk about 3D graphics with Blender.

Here is the event program:

Plenary Session at the Social Hall

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Registration
  • 8:30 – 9:40 Prayer
  • 8:40-8:50 Welcoming Remarks
  • 8:50 – 9:00 Introduction of Speakers
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Introduction to FOSS and IT for the People, Mr. Rick Bahague

Breakout Sessions

  • Drupal Basics, Rick Bahague (Social Hall)
  • Blender, Marwin Portugal and Raphael Elamparo (CAFA AVR)

Special thanks to the Office of the Rep. Teddy Casiño, Bayan Muna for sending in the exhibit materials on FOSS and the FOSS Act of 2010.

Send us a message if you want FOSS@Schools to visit your campus! Contact JCPU at junior(at)cp-union.com.

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Tech & Gadgets Towards Change

 

The budget allotted to research and development efforts in the country have been nearly the same level since the later part of the 1970’s far below the minimum, 1%, of the GNP set by UNESCO for developing countries.

The Philippines has great potential for technological innovation but lacks in state support. Industrialized countries allocate 3-5% of their GNP to scientific research and development.

Let’s make ICTs make a difference – and it’s not a bad idea to start young. Join the Junior Computer Professionals’ Union in UP Diliman!

 

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Green Technology, Good Electronics

The world produces 40 million tonnes of E-Waste a year: surplus electronics that are made obsolete by age, or obsolete by trends. The E-waste of developed nations are dumped in poor countries that have no capable recycling facilities.

The Philippines is a suspected destination of E-Waste from the US and will be a legal dumpsite of Japan through the JPEPA.

Let’s make ICTs make a difference – and it’s not a bad idea to start young. Join the Junior Computer Professionals’ Union in UP Diliman!

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Free Software, Free Philippines

In 2006, only 7.4 percent of the employees in the BPOs were involved in software development, while 68.6 percent work in contact center operations.

HB 1011, or the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Act of 2010, was filed by the Bayan Muna partylist to incubate a healthy local ICT industry using FOSS.

Let’s make ICTs make a difference – and it’s not a bad idea to start young. Join the Junior Computer Professionals’ Union in UP Diliman!

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Obsolete Tech for Outreach Efforts

The weighted average of computers per capita in the world is 160.7 per million people and is a development indicator. The Philippines ranks #101 out of 170 countries at only 45.138 per million.

The Digital Resource Bureau team of the Computer Professionals’ Union helps reservice obsolete computers and provide preventive maintenance for cause-oriented and developmental organizations.

Let’s make ICTs make a difference – and it’s not a bad idea to start young. Join the Junior Computer Professionals’ Union in UP Diliman!

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Software Freedom Day Philippines 2010

Let Everyone Know: Change is FOSSible!

Saturday September 18, 2010
9AM – 5PM @ College of Education Theater
University of the Philippines – Diliman


What is Software Freedom Day (SFD)?

SFD is an international celebration of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) led by the non-profit Software Freedom International, which serves as the coordinating body to all SFD celebrations world-wide. The first Philippine celebration in 2004 was pioneered by the Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU), held in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa. The main celebration this year also organized by CPU will be the first thematic celebration that aims to promote the role of FOSS in advocacy and nation-building.

In 2010, the Philippines saw the ICT sector mobilize for in guarding the nation’s first nation-wide automated elections, contributing its technical know-how in advocating for a transparent, fair and credible electoral exercise. The FOSS community contributed to the efforts, with free and open electoral monitoring tools such as the Vote Report PH (http://votereportph.org) powered by Drupal and Ushahidi.

The FOSS community intends to step up its role in nation-building in its celebration of SFD Philippines 2010. In addition to the introductory seminars, it aims to showcase the application of different FOSS tools in contributing to education, entrepreneurship and advocacy. For indeed, CHANGE is FOSSible!

ACTUAL REGISTRATION IS ONSITE.  Register online at the SFD Philippines 2010 Web Portal (http://www.sfdphilippines.org)  for a chance to avail of an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Live CD and other giveaways!

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FOSS@Schools UP Diliman

Freeing Minds and Opening Eyes – One Campus at a Time!

FOSS@Schools is an on-campus seminar tour that aims to train students in the use of basic and advanced Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and educate them in the philosophy of FOSS and its application in social advocacies.

Join us in an upcoming FOSS@Schools lecture on September 14, 2010, 1 to 5PM, at the Computational Science Research Center, National Science Complex, UP Diliman.  Topics will cover Basic FOSS Tools and an introductory lecture on Drupal Content Management System (CMS) for web design and development.  Click here to RSVP.

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