Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free Software. SFD is a public education initiative with the simple aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use.
This year, we brought our own brand of Software Freedom Day to the beautiful province of Marinduque, Philippines. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect to celebrate this year’s festivities. This year’s theme is: Communities for endless FOSSibilities. This takes from our plan to showcase FOSS communities in the Philippines so there is more collaboration between different FOSS communities. In Partnership with Rotary Club of Marinduque, Marinduque State University.
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The first session of Software Freedom Day 2014 for students started at 8 o’clock in the morning.
The program proper began with the preliminaries (National anthem/Invocation) led by KIMS & Mr. Lymar Joy F. Olivar.
After the preliminaries, a video was presented by 8Layer Tech. and MSC – SICS
The opening remarks was conducted by Engr. Antonio Jerold R. Lantoria, Jr., Dean of MSC – SICS.
Mr. Diosdado Zulueta delivered an inspirational message to the students.
To encourage and motivate the students, Dr. Leodegario M. Jalos, Jr., OIC of MSC, delivered Words of Challenge
The series of talks started with the first topic, Intro to FOSS + Distros, which was talked by Ms. Michelle Anne P. Tabirao. She discussed the history of FOSS, the four basic freedom in FOSS. She also introduced Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux. She stated some facts and ideologies regarding Linux and the use of FOSS.
The next topic was LAMP delivered by Mr. Allan De Guzman. He started off by asking the question, why do we love the web? And he answered that by giving examples of sites on the web that we love like facebook, youtube, google, youtube, etc. He said that those above mentioned web sites that we love are somehow running on LAMP. What is LAMP? LAMP is an acronym for an archetypal model of web service solution stacks, originally consisting of largely interchangeable components: Linux, the Apache HTTP Server, the MySQL relational database management system, and the PHP programming language. LAMP is used to make dynamic sites and web applications. He also mentioned that advanced and future web apps are running on LAMP Stack because it is more secure, highly scalable, budget friendly, for great performance and of course because it is free and open source.
The third speaker, Ms. Sherida Monique Espiritu talked about GIMP + FUN FOSS Games. There were four points in her presentation FUN in FOSS. First, Fun in Knowing it. Knowing new things are always fun and intriguing. Second, Fun in Learning it. You already heard about FOSS? Now it’s time to explore it. Learn how things work. In this point, she demonstrated GIMP. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open source software meant for photo and graphic editing. The next point, the third one is Fun in Understanding it. This is like the realization stage. You see the nice parts of it. And it leads you to the last point, the Fun in Loving it. Now that you’ve experienced it and understood it, you start to love it.
Split Knowledge was conducted to the Students where they will share their ideas.
The next topic, Web Development: MVC + PHP, was discussed by a duo, Ms. Eli Marie Natividad and Ms. Jenica Capati. PHP was first discussed. Its history, what it does, how it works, and its advantages. MVC was next discussed. MVC stands for Model-View-Controller. Each of the three components were discussed. The benefits and drawbacks of MVC was also mentioned.
After four topics, an intermission number and raffle draw was presented and sponsored by the MSC Community and 8Layer Technologies Inc.
That concludes the morning session.
The second session started at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.
The session started with a video presentation by 8Layer Technologies Inc.
The first topic for the afternoon session is Cryptocurrency delivered by Mr. Meric Mara, CEO of 8Layer Technologies Inc. Bitcoin is an open source software-based online payment system described by Satoshi Nakamoto and introduced as open-source software in 2009. Payments are recorded in a public ledger using its own unit of account.
The next topic was Internet of Things discussed by Mr. Lawerence Libo-on. He discussed how billion of online objects are making the web wiser. He mention that the IoT is growing at a very fast pace — from 2 billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion by 2020. Sources: IDC, Intel, United Nations. Intel 4th Generation Processor was also discussed by Mr. Lawrence Libo-on. He discussed the architecture of the new processor and what to expect from it in performance, portability, and price. He discussed where these things are and what are they used for. He also discussed scope of these objects from tiny stuff (smart dust) to enormous stuff (an entire city), the old stuff (ATMS, the web, smart meters) and the new stuff (digital locks, smart buildings), and the stuff that is yet to come (man-machine mind meld, we, robots, a facebook for things).
Mr. Gabriel Angelo Gonzales updates the crowd on Gigabyte Technology. There are 3 points that he emphasized in his presentation. First, is your desktop PC still alive? How is you PC doing? He points out the essentials of the PC. Second, list of quality things you should look for a hardware. I here he mentioned qualities and specs that will make a PC a good or beyond good PC. Third, he introduced the Gigabyte Software and Hardware Features. He cited the two competitive edge of Gigabyte which are the App Center and its Ultra Durable Features.
Mr. Rom Christer Abes, shared his experience as a student advocate focusing on the topic Be More, Be Useful, Be of Service. He also talked about E-Waste Advocacy in Relationship with FOSS. He said that Linux and open source keep older computers in service as long as their hardware still works and they support useful work. He also discussed the impact of e-waste to the environment and human health.
Like the morning session, there was also an intemission number and raffle draw presented and sponsored by the MSC Community and 8Layer Technologies Inc.
Continuing the series of discussion, the next topic was Web Development: API talked by Jade Bautista. API (Application Programming Interface) is the interface implemented by an application which allows other application to communicate with it. He discussed the two sides of the API, the server side and the client side. He showed how the two sides work and how is it connected. He said that APIs offer less flexibility than open source code but more flexibility than completely closed application.
Raspberry Pi + Notty which’re discussed by Joemel Ferrer and Noel Umandap. The Raspberry Pi was first introduced. Raspberry Pi is a credit card size single board computer or a programmable PC. It can be used in electronic projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does. Next, the Notty was introduced. Notty is an SMS gateway that allows a computer to send or receive Short Message Service (SMS) transmissions to or from a telecommunications network. Kannel is used as a part of the Notty. Kannel is an open source WAP gateway. They also discussed how the notty works.
The last topic for the afternoon session was Mobile Development delivered by Mr. Nick Delos Santos and Melchor Abecede. Focused on Android mobile development. They discussed the history of Android, the people behind its development, its handset alliance, its versions, and its ever growing variety of gadgets. They also stated the core reason for preferring Android over other platform with just one word: CHOICES. They also cited android development tools and plugins. They listed steps on how to develop android apps and gave tips on designing and development of the app.
A surprise program was given to Geekineers: Tubong/Putong Ceremony of Marinduque, Philippines – A Wonderful Culture “The tubong or putong, is a ceremony indigenous to the island of Marinduque, Philippines. Literally, the word “putong” means to crown, is a song of thanksgiving, hope and prayer for a long, blessed life.”
Awarding of certificate to Marinduque as school partner was given to Engr. Jerold Lantoria, the Dean of MSC SICS.
Gigabyte donated a Z97M-D3H Ultra Durable Motherboard to MSC.
Awarding of Tokens and Certificates was also given to the 8layer Technologies Team.
It was a fun FOSS Event plus Picture taking at the Photo Booth!
8layer Technologies Inc, 8layer Academy, Kahel OS , Zenzic, Local Government of Marinduque, Rotary Club of Marinduque, Marinduque State College, MSC School of Information and Computing Sciences
Co Host Intel, Virtual Campus
Event Partner WD
Sponsor Gigabyte, Comworks, Hyundai
Brought to you by Epson, Unilever, Comfence Security, MSI-ECS, feedback.ph, Iontech
Community Partner Kabisig ng Kalahi, Knorr- Makulay ang Bahay ng Batang Pinoy, DSWD, POSNET, Ubuntu PH, Mozilla PH, Drupal, Sourcescript, PUP QC FBTO, PUP Manila ACCESS, FEU – ACM
Media Partner ANC, UNTV, Vigattin Radio, DWDD, Newsbytes, Manila Bulletin, Inteventv, DZUP
Photos From MSC Student Organizers
Written by: Clarissa Geron