The day get started when Yunus, Sherven and I met with Ish at Inter-mart, Ebene. We all had lunch before moving to Ebene Accelerator for the MSCC meetup. We had a good talk about interviews at Orange Business Services and LinkByNet. Ish shared some experience and told us what he presented for the Orange Code Challenge and his team won the second prize.
In the meantime Jesher joined us and at 13h00 we all moved to Ebene Accelerator conference room. As expected, today's meetup was full and met with new peeps. That's great the group is growing even bigger.
So as usual, when new people join in, we all introduce ourselves, what we do in life, work, passion. For some it can go on for 5 minutes and some it takes only 2 seconds. Then the objectives and aim of MSCC was described for newcomers and Jochen urged them to subscribe on the meetup website for MSCC.
Getting started Ish talked about the LinuxFestival 2013 and how the LUGM team managed at the infotech. He also thanked the UOM Computer Club guys for their help, who in fact are now part of the LUGM and MSCC team. The National Computer Board said they will finance the future events about Open Source.
Few words were said about Boston Python User Group and Ish introduced a woman experienced in Python Development, Jessica Mckellar, who inspired girls into Python programming. She did a presentation at the PyCon US 2013. Ish managed to asked her for a video conference in one of the meetups where she can try to inspire the girls in Mauritius as well.
Among the ideas for next year's events, Jochen proposed to organise a Developers Conference here in Mauritius. Currently, it has been held in various countries like San Francisco and others. As Computer Club part, we proposed to merge it with the IT Fair we are intending to do in mid-March 2014.
Talking about recruitment and the opportunity we as students can get in joining these groups, Jochen suddenly said, "I'll have to hire employees in January myself"... without thinking, Ish and I just raised our hand. Jochen laughed and replied : "Yeah, send your CVs, it will be most welcome".
A question also cropped up from Ajay about patents and licenses. Then Ajay and Irfaan Coonjah got a nice discussion about those. Talking about companies which uses cracked softwares and buy Windows licenses ones and uses it for lots of PCs. If customers ask for cracked versions, who is to be blamed? The customer or the provider?
At the end of the meetup, we had some quizzes to win prizes which Jochen brought such as a few PluralSight coupons and 1 year MS Office 365 subscriptions. Guess what I won a prize hehe. I won 1 year of Subscription for PluralSight developer Training. yuhuuuuuuuu :) And for the MS Office 365, a Python code was written to draw out a winner.
A special thought to Jochen's kids, who are very cute and nice. But I don't remember their names :(