“Communities for Endless FOSSibilities” – The SFD 2013 Celebration

28 advocates, 5 places, ONE Solid SFD Event

September 21, 2013 marked the day when open source advocates, sharing the same passion, made a difference. It was the much awaited IT event of the year – the “Software Freedom Day 2013″. Held in beautiful capital of Aklan province, Kalibo, and attended by more than 1000 students, faculty members, SMEs, LGU and chamber representatives, the power of FOSS unfolded before these audiences with a blast. Spearheaded by 8Layer Technology’s CEO, Mr. Meric Mara, an open source advocate himself, together with other speakers, volunteers and team SFD.PH traveled 458 km from Manila to embark on the mission of imparting talents and skills to the Aklanons and be a responsible medium for community improvement.

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Students and coordinators from four different schools: Aklan Catholic College (ACC), STI College – Kalibo (STI), Numansia Intergrated School (NIS) and Northwestern Visayan Colleges (NVC); and SMEs gathered together at Ati-atihan Hostel simultaneously celebrated the event with some speakers moving from one venue to the other. Each venue had its own set of topics, raffle prizes and programmes.

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The Preparation

SFD.PH is a team! Along with the support of participating Schools, PCCI, Municipal Government, DTI, Deped and local Media in Aklan, they were able to accomplish their tasks to bring the best SFD celebration to date. Undaunted by all the challenges, hardships and difficulties brought by the distance of the event venue during the preparation, team SFD.PH still was able to build the spirit of camaraderie and had fun along the way. These special moments and journey would always be meaningful to team SFD.PH.

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The New SFD song

The advocates’ love for open source knows no bounds. Not only were these advocates a bunch of technical geeks but they are also musically-inclined with talents on composing and writing songs. A new SFD song was created to showcase the creativity and excitement of the team for the event. What better way to celebrate the day of sharing than through music and song! The lyrics and melody would surely perked up one’s mood.

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The SFD Event

Inspite of some technical problems due to power shortage in the venues, the event went on uninterrupted and ended successfully.

@Ati-atihan Hostel – SMEs

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The event started early in the morning with Ms. Megs Lunn, executive director of PCCI as the emcee. The first speaker, Josh Pendejito, Business Channel Manager of Intel Phils. introduced the evolution and the latest trend of microprocessors that captivated the audience’s attention with his upbeat mood. This was followed by Atty. Reggie Tongol of UNTV that talked about the Data Privacy and Creative commons. Atty. Reggie had the longest time on stage as the audience got so interested and hooked up on asking legal questions pertaining to patents, ownership and the like. After lunch session was more business related as Mr. Bryan Del Rosario of OBS talked about Sailfin payroll system; Mr. Lawrz Libo-on of POSNet on Benefits of FOSS and Kasosyo Apps Suite; Erwin Galang of OBS on Orange HRIS; Mr. Meric Mara on Raspberry Pi; Mr. Mark Quitoriano on Call Centers; and Mr. Macoy Mejia on Business Intelligence. Raffle items were drawn in between talks to excite the audience. Major raffle items like the EPSON printer went to Ms. Salmy Beltran, owner of Hora-Hopia products and the Starmobile tablet went to Mr. Ragemmel Buncalan, a student from West Visayas State Univ.

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Certificates were distributed and a take-home kit that contains KahelOS CD, Open source tools, 1-year Kasosyo voucher, Sailfin Payroll installer, and other freebies was given to each of the SME attendees.

@APSTA – STI & other school students

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Due to the large number of attendees, STI had to find another venue for the event. It was held at APSTA with students from other schools both in high school and college participating too. A slight delay was encountered in the commencement of the event because of the unexpected power shortage.

The first speaker was Josh Pendejito from Intel who talked about what’s on trend with Intel.

Students were mesmerized with his voice and they listened with their full attention. Intel tumblers were given to those who listened and answered his questions correctly. An intermission number followed to entertain the audience. The next speaker, Ms. Eli of 8Layer Technologies, discussed about Social Media. Followed by Dennis Diola who tackled about Geo-Server Maps. And the last speaker, but definitely not the least, was the heart and brain of everything, Mr. Meric Mara who shared his knowledge about Raspberry Pi and KahelOS. Everyone was impressed with his mini gadget as he started his talk by giving a prize to anyone whose cellphone number would appear in his system. It was such an adrenaline rush to everyone.

The event ended with the participants having their group picture taken with the speakers holding the “Software Freedom Day” banner.

@ACC Gym – ACC students

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This venue almost got cancelled few days before the event; but as the saying goes, “All’s well that ends well”. Special thanks to Ms. Megs Lunn for helping in the glitches with the organizers.

The first speaker was Mr. Joscel Pendjito of Intel Philippines who tackled the fourth generation intel core and benefits of intel processor. Then, Mr. Renan Mara shared the meaning of FOSS and SFD. The third speaker, Mr. Rhoane Tañada discussed the Kannel Open Source SMS Gateway which got the audience wide-eyed with the live streaming of sending sms. The fourth speaker was Mr. Erwin Galang who talked about the Soundation and Multimedia. Lastly, students and faculties from PUP shared their experience about open source and challenged the students to never stop learning and sharing.

@Numancia Municipal Hall – Numancia and other school students

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The venue was an open stadium and with the power shortage, there was technical problems with the sound and visual system – no microphone and projector. But the resourceful speakers assigned there thought of an intuitive way of handling the situation by dividing the audience into two groups, to make sure their voices will be heard.

Mr. Allan de Guzman, Mr. Alec Rivera, Ms. Jenica Capati and Mr. Aljon Mara took turns in talking to the 2 groups about FOSS, Raspberry Pi, Linux Distribution and LAMPP.

@Aklan Training Center – NVC students  NVC

Just like what happened to the other venues mentioned above, the power shortage did not hinder the advocates in sharing their knowledge on why celebrate Sofware Freedom Day. They tried to share as much as they can without the use of any projector and sound system. Speakers went to the center of the crowd for everyone to hear their voices. They used their personal laptop to show the audience visual images that best explain their topics ranging from Free and Open Source, Raspberry Pi, Intel processors, Php and jQuery; and Asterisk: Open Source Telephony.

The highlight of the event was when one of the speakers, Mr. Macoy Mejia of MDS raffled away a Raspberry Pi and donated another one to NVC Computer Science Organization.

The Boracay Side Trip

What’s a trip to the rich island of Aklan if a visit to the world famous Boracay Beach is not included! Choosing this place to let all the participants to relax and mingle was a perfect idea to end the celebration on a high note, proving that Filipinos know how to have FUN!

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The Charity Mission

The SFD celebration was capped off with donating old laptops, PCs from our supportive donors and a starmobile tablet to ALS to promote SFD and Free and Opensource softwares. It’s all part of the plan and through the help of friends and supporters, this mission of giving back to the community was accomplished through and through!

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The Sponsors and Supporters

Team SFD.ph is grateful to all the sponsors and supporters of the event. All of these would not be possible without their support. Special acknowledgement to IDSS, Intel, MDS, Comclark, Starmobile, EPSON, Mighty Corp. Other supporters who shared their money, time and talent, we are thankful too. Special thanks to Cong. Teddy Casiño, FOSS Bill Author, Mr. Allan Caeg, FOSS Advocate, and Mr. Michael Cheng of Singapore Php User Group who sent their congratulatory messages for the event. Lastly, to Mr. Nervin Macaranas of PUP Manila for the SFD teaser video.

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Sir Teddy on Foss Bill Video:

Mr. Allan Caeg Message Video

Mr. Michael Cheng Message Video:

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Building The Community

SFD is a celebration that is filled with an abundance of knowledge to be learned and shared in return.

Knowledge multiplies when it is being shared. SFD is all about sharing, creating awareness and building a community – a community that abounds with talented people willing to impart and share knowledge. With FOSS and a knowlegeable community, the road to technology progress is endless.

“SFD is more than celebration of free and open source software, it is a revolution against walls that blind us from truths we should know”

- Lawrz Libo-on, President, POSNet

Walang shortcut sa pagiging magaling, ito ay hindi patungkol sa inyo, wala akong pakialam kung ikaw ang pinakamagaling na programmer, ito ay patungkol sa kumunidad, ito ay patungkol sa pagbabahagi. 

Be more. Be Useful. Be of Service. ”

-Meric Mara, CEO, 8layer

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SFD 2013: Photo Contest Winner

Team SFD.ph would like to Congratulate Mr. Dexter Dela Cruz for winning the first ever SFD: Photo Contest.

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You have won a brand new EPSON L110 Printer, a single function printer that gives you superb savings and page yield.

Instructions on how to claim the prize will be sent via email.

Again, congratulations to you and thank you for making Software Freedom Day 2013 successful!

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SFD Certificate is now ready

To those who attended SFD.PH Software Freedom Day, The Certificate is now ready…please visit https://www.facebook.com/my8layer/app_165986090261838 and get your COPY! Mabuhay!

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SFD Certificates Ready for Release!

SFD.Ph is happy to announce that certificates for the participating
students of SFD 2013 in Kalibo, Aklan can now be retrieved from the
8Layer fan page.

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To get your certificate of attendance, follow these steps:

1. Go to 8Layer fan page. (https://www.facebook.com/my8layer)
2. Click on the “SFD Feedback” icon under the 8Layer page.
3. Like the 8Layer fan page if you still haven’t liked it.
4. Type your email in the Verify Email textbox and click on .
5. Fill Up the feedback form and click on .
6. The Certificate of Attendance and Thank you letter will be send to
your email.

For students that do not have online access, certificates will be
emailed to their respective schools and may be claimed from their school
coordinators.

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Go out and dance on SFD

Go out…go out and celebrate
Yell out…and participate

Let everyone know there’s a software for(that’s) free
Use it freely..it’s for you and for me.
Free to run and study,Modify and make copies
Everyone’s happy…

You sure can save more money

Go out…go out and celebrate
Yell out…and participate

Dance to the beat and feel the heat
Hackers are smiling, knowledge a’flowing
Throughout the whole world, Sharing is plenty
Software freedom day, FOSS is Here to Stay.

Go out..go out and celebrate
yell out ..and participate
(Chill out/ Cheer out) Yell out and participate

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Go out and dance on SFD by Meric Mara & Erwin Galang is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://sfd.ph/go-out-and-dance-on-sfd/.

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Starmobile supports 2013 Software Freedom Day

Team SFD.PH would like to give thanks to one of our sponsors, Starmobile, for supporting our F/OSS event.

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Tabs will be given away as prizes for raffles to students and SMEs who will attend SFD2013.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and participate on this year’s Software Freedom Day!

Visit www.sfd.ph to learn more about the event.

SFD 2013 is organized and presented by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc., AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.

Support and donate to the SFD.PH event. Please visit our Paypal site. http://sfd.ph/donate/

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Making your Own SMS Gateway

It’s only two days before Software Freedome Day! Team Sfd.ph prepared a presentation and actual demo for students on how they can make their own SMS gateway using Linux, Kannel,Raspberry Pi.

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Want to know more about this? Please join us at the SFD event this Saturday.

Please don’t forget to take part on our Photo Contest too http://sfd.ph/click-it-win-it/#mechanics

SFD 2013 is organized and presented by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc., AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.

Support and donate to the SFD.PH event. Please visit our Paypal site. http://sfd.ph/donate

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SFD 2013 Final Week

With barely a week before the Software Freedom Day, team SFD is almost all-set in its preparation.  We had officially launched its “Click IT! Win IT!” Photo Contest.  Click here for mechanics of the game.  All participants are encouraged to take photos during this informative yet exciting event.  Not only you’ll fully enjoy the experience and have fun memories of the event, but you’ll also get the chance to win an EPSON printer.

Get a taste of what FOSS is all about; enhance your knowledge from the
speakers and receive freebies from our sponsors. SEE you all at Kalibo!!!

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PLM takes its turn to celebrate SFD 2013

As we count down the days before Sept. 21, the day of SFD 2013, Team SFD.PH has not only been preparing for the main event. They are also making the rounds of F/OSS sharing, this time for students of Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila (PLM).

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Selected students and representatives from the school’s different organizations were the audience for yesterday’s F/OSS Seminar.

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8layer’s CTO Meric Mara shared Free and Open Source applications and their KahelOS project with the audience. He also talked about how students can contribute to a F/OSS project as well as the beauty of collaboration and community. Mr. Macoy Mejia, an IT Manager of MDSI, shared Raspberry Pi and its uses. He also did some LIVE project demonstration.Mr. Jerico James Milo, R&D head of GoAutoDial, shared Asterisk to the students and the importance of voice development as part of their career in ICT.

We hope that the students have learned a lot and we also hope to see them very soon for another F/OSS Seminar.

SFD 2013 is organized and presented by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc., AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.

Support and donate to the SFD.PH event. Please visit our Paypal site. http://sfd.ph/donate/

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Free GoAutoDial CE Edition & OpenDiscs on SFD.PH – SFD 2013 D-09

GoAutodial is an open source web- based call center system on CentOS. Visit http://goautodial.org/ for more information.

OpenDisc is a high quality collection of open source software (OSS) for the Microsoft Windows operating system. – See more at: http://www.theopendisc.com/

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Both Discs will be given for free during the SFD.PH event in Kalibo, Aklan.

A big thanks to our sponsors GoAutoDial and Imperium for providing these CDs.

What are you waiting for? Come join us and get your free copy!

SFD 2013 is organized and presented by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc., AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.

Support and donate to the SFD.PH event. Please visit our Paypal site. http://sfd.ph/donate/

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