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Crowdsourcing the next open Summer of code speakers

Pieter-Jan Pauwels

Last saturday we organised ‘SWACKday’, a hackday attended by our #oSoc14 students and a few #oSoc15 candidates (hell yeah, new blood). The focus of the hackday was on building the new version of the Apps for X website as initiated by team SWAG during the Apps for Ghent hackathon. Which ended up in mostly setting up Vagrant boxes.


Besides coding for team SWAG, we also had motivated students gathering input and thus co-creating open Summer of code 2015. They did everything from (re)writing our Code of Conduct, creating an ‘open badges‘ achievement system for the students, brainstorming about which tools we should use ( ftw!), what locations and partners would be awesome AND last but not least what speakers we should invite during the #oSoc15 lunchtalks.

Last year we had the honour of having Hans Verscheure, e-Government manager of the City of Kortrijk, Ruben Verborgh, semantic researcher at MultiMedia lab and Phil Archer of W3C coming over to talk and interact with our students. This year will be no exception if one or more of these wonderful proposed speakers wants to join us for a lunchtalk.

So we asked the students who their professional heroes and heroines were…

This is what they came up with:

Name Twitter or link Subject
Tim Berners-Lee @Timberners_lee Linked Open Data
Lea Verou @LeaVerou CSS
Douglas Crockford GitHub Crockford Javascript
Paul Irish @paul_irish Javascript
Rachel Rayns @rachelrayns Raspberry Pi
Gabe Newell Gabe Newell Half Life 3
Massimo Banzi @mbanzi Arduino
Zhong Xu @zhxu Posios Story
Harry Roberts @csswizardry Design
Wouter Smet @woutersmet Growth Hacking
Alexander De Croo @alexanderdecroo Innovation in Belgium
Jeremyle Van @jeremylv Sunrise story
Arne Bassez @Arnebassez Start up
Kristof Houben @houbenkristof Product Design
Roy Van Dijk @r_oy Design
Valentijn Destoop @quidante Design
Stephane Vanhalkman Roninweb on Dribble Design
Addy Osmani @addyosmani Javascript
Tim Van Lier @vanlier Digital Media
Thomas Joos @thomasjoos Innovation
Michiel Akkermans Michel Akkermans Start-Up BE
Robin Wauters @robinwauters Tech in EU

Are you one of the speakers mentioned above and are you enthused to speak to our students during open Summer of code? We have no big budgets, but powerhouse students, fine Belgian beers and innovation flowing through our systems. We will be located somewhere in or near a Belgian city. We open up the talks to people located at our host and stream the whole thing via Google Hangout on Air for those who can’t make it. Because you know, we want to open up our knowledge.

Phil Archer live


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