SOFTWARE FREEDOM WEEK 2010
About BVB IEEE
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers(IEEE) is the world's largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe. BVB-IEEE student Branch was started in the 2003 under the mentorship of Prof. B L Desai, Vice Principal, BV Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli. Dr. R M Banakar, present HOD, E & C department, took over the activities of the branch as the Branch Counselor. BVB-IEEE student branch is affiliated to IEEE Bangalore Section.
Software Freedom Day
Software Freedom Day is a global celebration and education of why transparent and sustainable technologies are now more important than ever. With over 200 teams in 60 countries participating, it is a fantastic event to get the schools and communities involved in. It is a great opportunity to go along to the local event or start our own event and meet a wide range of people, all working together to help ensure our freedoms are maintained by the technologies of tomorrow. Some software gives the access to the source code, such as Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which ensures that one can know (or get checked) what exactly a piece of software will do. It avoids nasty surprises, spyware, result rigging and all kinds of issues that we can’t be absolutely sure to avoid in closed software. Proprietary software keeps the source code locked away from public scrutiny which means that there is no way to know exactly what the software actually does, and no way to trust it to safeguard ones human rights. Transparent technologies are about ensuring one can trust the results and operation of our technology. Sustainable technologies are also important, and the best example of the issue is proprietary data formats. With many applications using proprietary data formats, we can't access the information in other programs or even future versions of the same program. When data is stored in data formats based on open standards, there is the ability for people everywhere to easily use and implement the standard and have our data accessible by more applications well into the future. Sustainable technologies are about ensuring access to knowledge forever. As more and more of the worlds population starts using technology, getting online, and developing the next major life changing event of the future (such as the internet was for many of us), ensuring open, transparent and sustainable approaches are considered best practice is important. Important to a future where technology empowers everyone equally, where knowledge is forever, and where our basic human freedoms are strengthened by technology, not hampered.
Software Freedom Week at BVB
Software Freedom Week is one of the prime events organized by BVB-IEEE Student chapter. BVB-IEEE team has been organizing this mega event under Software Freedom International form past 5 years now. Software Freedom Week was first celebrated at BVB in 2006. From then on BVB-IEEE team has been celebrating Software Freedom week annually as a week long event to promote Open Source. BVB-IEEE teams have reached about more than 20000 people over these 5 years from more than 60 organizations, 10schools, 20 colleges. It has been broadcasted in over 11 TV channels and news papers. It has registered more than 6000 web site views across 46 conutries.
''Achievements of BVB at SFW''
- In 2007, BVB-IEEE team was listed in top 10 teams around the world.
Events of Software Freedom Week 2010
- Web designing using Quanta Plus
- Robotics open source softwares
Blue board as Open Hardware
- Java FX
- Cloud computing and Virtualizationby Mr. Sachin Kinagi, IBM, Bengaluru.
- "Unleashing Open Source" by Mr. Alok Pugalia, Sankalp Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd, Hubli
- Open Challenge
- Open Imagination
- Open Talent
- Open Night Coding
- Open Online treasure hunt
- Promotional events:
- Gaming events
- Open Rock Show