“So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.” – Malcolm X
One could say this week began with SLIIT’s Play with FOSS, which marked the resurgence of something truly welcome: SLIIT’s FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) event. It’s sad to see that, in our post-Android, post-Mac world, the words FOSS and Linux barely mean anything anymore. There was a time when SLIIT’s FOSS events were jam-packed and organizers would fling installation CDs into the crowd like food for sharks. This was a time when to cut a custom Linux Live CD was the epitome of being a Gen 2.0 geek: now, sadly, that status goes to the guy with the oversize spectacles and the Macbook Air.
Which is rather sad, since Linux is now one of the most widely used operating systems in the world – Android, I’m looking at you here. The world, it seems, has moved on: Sri Lanka has moved a few steps in the other direction. Regardless, there still is a strong push to rectify this, as you’ll see.
Proving that the species has not died out….yet.
And the king of Sri Lankan e-commerce had some amazing lessons to share with us.
On diversity, gender equality and inclusiveness in the workplace, with some surprising lessons
And for once, we liked it
A sizeable step towards establishing the world’s most played game in the Lankan eSports scene.
Pointing out some very valid lessons- especially given how expensive software is on a Sri Lankan scale
We’re certainly looking forward to what might very well be the most global hackathon of this year.
Proving that marketing departments really need to use Google before they write something
After hours of crunching, crunching Pizza and pitching, Orion City saw some cool entrants and perhaps the next generation of Sri Lankan tech startups. We’ll see what emerges!