I had an amazing time at Flock 2014! This was my first international conference, my first week long conference and my very first Flock. Prague is a beautiful city, and I enjoyed every moment of art and history that I could. I am so grateful to the people who voted to see me talk at Flock and for all those who made it possible for me to be there, I know you put in many hours of hard work so thank you again!
The next two presentations I attended were my favorites. First I saw Marina speak about the Gnome Outreach Program for Women, in which I was a participant in their seventh session. It was very inspiring to hear her educating people about how and why the Outreach Program for Women works and what makes it so important. I am hopeful that the people who attended this talk will encourage the women in their lives to become involved in Fedora and tech in general. For those who did not have the chance to attend please watch and share Marina’s talk. As one of the few women who attended Flock I would like to eventually see a more balanced ratio of women to men… I know the right ladies are out there! We just need to find them.
Karen Tangs presentation on UX 101 was very informative. The room was packed tight with people standing just to listen. I was very impressed with her work on HyperKitty and I thoroughly enjoyed her explanation of user experience design, something that I am eager to learn more about. Even if it had not been as relevant, I would have still attended because Karen is also a fellow Outreach Program for Women Participant! Later on that evening I had the chance to sit down and talk with Karen about the steps I should take to get experience and confidence designing for UX.
The next day I spent a little time recovering from jet lag and the festivities of the evening before- and then headed in to the conference to work on Fedora Badges with Ralph Bean. During our badge mini hackfest we pushed four new badges to the Fedora Badges site. I also uploaded artwork and worked on another badge series that is in progress for the Fedora Cookbook. The first badge we made live is the Science Badge– earned for completing a run of the kernel regression test suite. The other three badges are part of a series and they are called Corporate Drone, Corporate Shill and Corporate Overlord and are awarded for submitting certain numbers of Bodhi updates for an EPEL branch.
During my entire trip I was proposed many ideas for new badges- and I gave everyone the same advice: file a ticket! If you are feeling more confident try to design the badge yourself too 🙂
On August 8th I once again spent the day designing badges, working on a logo design for Waartaa(a new IRC client) and learning and teaching with a new friend. A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of beginning correspondence with Sarup Banskota– a fellow designer and inkscape enthusiast- when we both found out we were attending Flock 2014. It was great to meet him in person! We had our own impromptu hackfest in which he shared many resources on designing UX and I gave him a demonstration of how to use nodes to achieve the shapes you want. Together we designed a glyph from scratch and tested out different iterations. Sarup had created a few possible logos for Waartaa so we tried out a few variations- and we were happy with the direction they were going in.
In between all the designing I attended the Fedora.Next joint session. This panel was slightly over my head- but I learned that their are many people working very hard on future distributions of Fedora and that they have new ideas they hope to employ. I also attended the talk Fast Deployment of OS images on bare metal with Anaconda given by Arun S A G. The impressive part of this talk was that it took only about two minutes to install an entire OS which Arun demonstrated- and the crowd timed! Although I probably will not have reason to use this tool, I can recognize its usefulness.