Background

The RIT Lab for Technological Literacy houses FOSS@RIT, an initiative that grew out of the Department of Interactive Games and Media's course in educational game development for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC). The initiative hosts a local OLPC Users Group, helps bring FOSS speakers to campus, sponsors professional development opportunities for faculty, is the home for research and development projects and has acted to bring a regional FOSS conference to the RIT campus, all since January 2009.

Partners

BarcampROC

In the spirit of FooCamp, BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. All attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one. All presentations are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall. Presenters are responsible for making sure that notes/slides/audio/video of their presentations are published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can't be present. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. Venture over to the BarcampRochester tag on Flickr for photos from the previous three events!

CSH

Computer Science House, founded in 1976, is one of the oldest and most popular Special Interest Houses at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Located on the third floor of the dormitory Nathaniel Rochester Hall, CSH provides a revolutionary living environment for over fifty students and many members who live off-floor.

In addition to RIT's standard residence hall facilities, CSH has nine, unique multi-purpose rooms, which have been filled with technical and material resources for the exclusive use of members 24/7. CSH's computing resources include e-mail, newsgroup, database and web space services, a floor-wide network, and a multitude of servers and workstations–all maintained and operated by members. Hands-on learning is emphasized in order to give members a significant advantage in the business world.

Student Innovation Center

A round glass building on a campus of brick cubes, Rochester Institute of Technology’s new Center for Student Innovation (CSI) draws on the technical excellence of RIT’s eight colleges, while freeing innovators from disciplinary boundaries. To help fresh minds turn new approaches into innovative solutions the CSI sponsors workshops, seminars, innovation courses, competitions, mini-grants and pilot projects, and helps students form interdisciplinary teams to collaborate on trans-disciplinary problems.

Fedora

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.

FOSScon

The people behind fosscon are users, LUG members, developers, and so on, just like you. When the idea for a fosscon in the northeast US was suggested, interest picked up, and people from all over the region (and beyond) stepped forward to help. This event isn’t about any of us, but is about the community that brings us all together. Like any open source project, different people pitch in to get the job done, and together we form a community of motivated people with a common goal.

InterlockROC

The first and only hackerspace in Rochester, NY. Our goal is to provide members with a place to share, learn, and develop their ideas in a community environment. Members have access to our space 24/7 and can use it to store their projects, hold meetings, attend classes, or just hang out with other people doing extremely interesting stuff.

Interlock Rochester is an incorporated Not For Profit organization working to obtain official status as a 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exempt organization. We started in October of 2009 by people who saw the need to find a place where they could develop their ideas together and Rochester was able to offer the right kind of locations and the right type of people to fill it. The group was officially incorporated on December 1, 2009 and has begun the long process of becoming a Federally recognized tax excempt organization.


OLPC

The One Laptop per Child non-profit develops a low-cost laptop—the "XO Laptop"—to revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by giving each child a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop; and software tools and content designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

OLPCorps Africa

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) team will be running an OLPC workshop at Kiira Primary School in Jinja, a rural district in Eastern Uganda. The nine week workshop from June 22 to August 21, 2009 (during the school’s second term), will be targeted towards the entire 6th grade stream (129 students, ages 10-12). The all speak English. RIT Team Members (all RIT students):

Deana Brown: M.S. in Information Technology graduate student, currently abroad completing her thesis at the University of Cape Town, in the area of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). She holds a Bachelor in Computer Science – Mathematics and Spanish and will serve at the team lead.

Ihudiya Ogburu: B.S. in Information Technology senior undergraduate student specializing in web design and application development programming. Past technology instructor at Internal Drive Camps. She will serve as the programming coordinator.

Renee Baltimore: M.S. in Computer Science graduate student specializing in Artificial Intelligence. She has worked three years as a software developer and lead software engineer at Networking Systems Solutions. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science with Electronics and will serve as the technical lead.

PEN

The Postsecondary Education Network-International (PEN-International), a multinational partnership of colleges and universities worldwide, was created in 2001 through grants funded by The Nippon Foundation of Japan. Its goal is to improve and expand postsecondary education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students around the world by sharing educational technology and conducting faculty development and training, particularly in developing countries.

Red Hat

Red Hat is more than a software company. They are the bridge between the communities that create open source software and the enterprise customers who use it. Red Hat makes the rapid innovation of open source technology consumable in mission-critical, enterprise environments.

Red Hat combines a superior development model with a customer-friendly business model that gives customers the choice, flexibility, and power to build an IT infrastructure that solves their business problems and makes their IT a strategic advantage.

Red Hat does this by sharing. They share their expertise, their code, and their knowledge. They sell subscriptions for enterprise technology and services, They stand up for open source ideals, and foster greater participation in the open source process. Red Hat is a catalyst for a technology movement that has already changed the world.

SugarLabs

The mission of Sugar Labs® is to produce, distribute, and support the use of the Sugar learning platform; it is a support base and gathering place for the community of educators and developers to create, extend, teach, and learn with the Sugar learning platform. Sugar is based on the following principles:

   * everyone is a teacher and a learner;
   * humans by their nature are social beings;
   * humans by their nature are expressive;
   * you learn through doing; and
   * love is a better master than duty.

Projects

foss.rit.edu


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