- 4 main conferences with an average of:
- 8 tracks
- 100 tech talks
- 40% international speakers (10% women)
- more than 7000 attendees across Europe
- more than 100 tech-communities
- more than 350 speakers
- a network of +30.000 developers
Not more than 2 weeks ago, I have been around @ CISCO Live event in Milan, the industry’s premier education and training workshop.
Lazy walking around, I had a very interesting coffee with Giuseppe Paternò (aka Gippa): he was there on the behalf of Canonical (he was in charge to talk about OpenStack), but really our chat turn immediately on security matter.
Security is probably one of the most important issue of these times, – among others, 2013 GNOME FoG campaign has been focused on security – and I think protection of (personal and corporate) data is “the” challenge of next ones.
As user, protection of my digital life is something I really worry about, but if I was a company… OH MY GOSH! Social networks, weak passwords, multiple devices, spyware, malware, negligence or simply oversight (geniuses are known to be differently focused… 🙂 ) how many doors would you like to open? How many temptations for a a blackhat?
What I really like in Giuseppe words has been the effort to make available for everyone his long lasting experience in FLOSS environment to provide a simple solution, called SecurePass.
SecurePass is a SaaS identity and access management backed by strong authentication and Single Sign On. Giuseppe explained me that the idea behind is that each web app and Linux system in the cloud has its own user base, therefore there is no central point of user management and no single way to enforce security policies. SecurePass targets Cloud apps and networks devices, and is currently using open protocols such as RADIUS, CAS, LDAP.
But Giuseppe wanted even more in the new release: he said he wanted it to be easy for developers to integrate it into their core framework, hence the implementation of new APIs and the group management.
Next release is codenamed Dreamliner, and that makes sense , because of Gippa’s great passion for flight: he has a private pilot licence… and he promised me a tour on a Diamond Aircraft DA40NG if I spread the word!!!
Just kidding of course, but this is my way to help the project – and, definitely, a friend.
The beta is there to help Giuseppe in driving SecurePass to something that is useful to both developers and users. New libraries are released as Open Source on GitHub and he’s looking for feedback and patches. Many heads are better then one, so please consider to join the free beta testing: for more info take a look at https://beta.secure-pass.net
My technical knowledge is too poor to allow me to assess a value, but if one of you will leave an opinion, I’ll be happy to read and share!
Curtains down on FOSSDEM and a new show is already ready to go!
After almost an year far from home, it has been a good opportunity to meet some old good friends, among others Paola “wonderpaolastra” Santoro, from GGD-Rome, to whom we talked about Women in tech.
Born from the experience of Javaday, Codemotion is the event open to all (open) languages and technologies. The Italian stage of international tour will be held in Rome, from 9 to 12 April… If you’ll be around it could be interesting come and say “Hello!”. I attended a couple of editions, and I had a talk about Ubuntu some times ago, but I think nowadays Mara Marzocchi and Chiara Russo, the founders couple, gave to the event a more business oriented perspective.
Networking, Gaming and Hackhaton for a conference sponsored by Google, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, with the participation of international speakers and a huge space for Communities.
C4P is still open till 9 Febrary, and I’m wondering to submit. And you?
Really great expectations for the Silicon Milk Roundabout in London. I will attend on Saturday (but I will be around also on Sunday), Product day, looking for some interesting position in Communication & Marketing.
I have been very – and positively – surprised opening my e-mail today and reading that I’ve been picked as a Gold Top candidate, due my high relevant skills. Awesome!
I do really thanks both Ubuntu and GNOME communities to gave me the opportunity, in time, to improve my skills, and to face day-by-day an international environment which so much gives a boost to my competence.
Startup is the world of future: it’s quite easy to understand that the most exciting ideas of next 5 years will be developed in a startup and have the opportunity to meet them all under the same roof means to glance between future’s pages..
Which startup would you bet on?
And if you would bet on me, here you are 5 good reason to do it!
See you on Saturday!
5 GOOD ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION “IS SHE GOOD FOR US?”
I’m curious – About things, world, food
I can’t stop being fascinated by the wonder of life and human thought. Two days ago I was speaking with an old friend, comparing Euler’s identity and the Dirac equation to decide which of two was richer in beauty.
I’m an avid reader. The saddest day in my life was when I realized I would never be able to read all the books I could love in my entire life. The second saddest day was when I realized world is too small.
This pushed me to choice. This led me to focus on details, appreciate little things, start living.
You need to give a direction to your projects, and gather tips from the road around: every single detail matters, every experience is worth living, it is the ray of light that make our life shine.
I took a flight from home and I found my place here, 2000 miles away, just because it was what I considered right for me. 2000 miles away. Far but not too far: I’m brave, not insane.
I’m a writer – And taught creative writing
I write. Writing is like jazz: 99% application, 1% inspiration. Inspiration is the light dragonfly twirling on a solid stone: you have to nourish the first, letting the world sows you emotions, but there will be a solid rock to support your inspiration. Theory of writing (starting from Milan Kundera and Italo Calvino essays), metric, rhytm, rethoric, style: this is my background, which I taught in my creative writing courses. During my lessons, I also introduced elements of lateral thinking applied to creativity (following samples from Edward De Bono theories), use of juxtaposition of casual elements or playing with words associations in order to providing suggestions, and inspire creativity.
I have published about ten books: my poems (you can have a taste on my blog) and my short novels hide a strong work on words, to reduce to essential: a word is a sign of the soul.
I’m open minded – But focused on Communication
I chose the world of publishing because it gave me the opportunity to do what I love to do: write. I write everyday, and almost every day I have to write a review or an introduction to a book, an article, some personal writings.
But starting from some years ago, I felt something was missing: the broadband helped me to be connected with other people worldwide. I met FLOSS, I joined the Ubuntu community and most recently GNOME. I am a communicator in a world of coders, and instigated interviews with the Ubuntu community on National radio and television many times, and in major daily national newspapers.
Finally, the coming of social media anted up, and I needed to call: among other, I’ve been asked to maintain GNOME group LinkedIn profile.
What will be the next challenge?
I am Italian – Naturally disposed to art and design.
I come from Rome, which means to have a Caravaggio in every church and Bernini at every corner.
But Rome means also Renzo Piano’s Auditorium, Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI – National museum of 21st century art – Richard Meier’s Jubilee Church, and I don’t talk about fashion…
I’ve not only grown in beauty, I deeply study history of art, and especially XX Century art, pop art, action painting, Neo-expressionism and trans-avantgard, and later, street art & graffiti culture.
I supported the study of art and design with Gestalt principles, applying them to discover tricks and grids of visual communication related to advertising.
I’m quite clever in finding harmony, and use anomalies to put in evidence concepts or keywords.
Genius breaks rules, but knows them well.
I have a positive attitude to life – But I ask and give respect.
Act like an adult think like a child. I always protected my inner part preserving my capability to be moved.
Life is hard, working is hard, but maybe it could be better if we face them dressed in our best frock: a shining smile (with a touch of M.A.C. Russian Red, of course!).
I’m happy when I have found an inusitate solution (I love puzzle adventure video games, of course), when my work or my acts increase the general level of happiness of people I’m dealing with, I love brainstorming and exchange of ideas, because every word could be a trigger for great things.
I love finding new point of views, I love experiment and challenge myself: it is when you are supposed to lose that you usually win.
If my words tickle your fancy, please knock at my door: I’m always curious to see what lies behind 🙂
Only some hours last before I take my flight to Prague to reach my first GUADEC and I’m very very excited!!!
My luggage is very far to be ready, my presentation is on its way (BTW, timetable has change, my talk about Outreaches will be on Thursday, August 1st, at 2:00 pm!!!) but meanwhile…
If you don’t know how spend your waiting time till Conference starts, and you didn’t already be aware of them, you can read what our great keynote speakers answered to my questions!!!
Thank you very much to all marketing team to help me delivering these interviews at my best!
It’s always very exciting have the opportunity to meet face to face people you’re used to deal with on IRC or via mail.
I knocked on GNOME’s door in autumn and I need to say that this choice changed my life: I met some very valuable persons which let me step-in GNOME circle of trust. And that’s great!
And now… GUADEC is coming, and I’ll attend for my very first time!
I do thanks Travel Committee to have accepted my request of sponsorship and GUADEC papers committee to have accepted my talk in which I’ll present my work about outreaches.
And, of course all the friends who supported me during last months!
But much stuff is cooking… Don’t miss incoming news!
Can’t wait to meet you all in Brno!
I’ve been very impressed during last days from the PRISM affair, but what really touched me, has been the totally mental reaction people had and newspaper spread about this fact.
Far to chime-in Mr Orwell, it is absolutely normal to me that when an authority has the tool and the power to control, it will do.
I was 12 when, for the very first time I realised that not everything of my life could be share on the public square. And internet is, definitely a public square. Social networking implies to be very careful about what could be share there and what has to be private. And private is unwired. There is a world out from internet, the perfect place to share emotions, passions and love.
There is nothing unexpected in the fact NSA checks our lives through internet, but it is in people astonishing about this and shares contents they have shame of.
But this opens of course a huge issue: if internet, and cloud, are so vulnerably to the Big Brother’s eye, privacy becomes a very relevant matter.
I totally agree the effort Open source (and GNOME) are spending for privacy, but is it enough?
When a so massive menace is incumbent over our digital life, could be Open source an answer?
Recently a company I know has chosen as a new leader of one of his most important project a very arrogant person.
I had the opportunity to work with him some times ago, and all the people that met him agree with me about his arrogance.
This man has indubitably a great know-how, he’s brilliant and talented for his work (but maybe less than others) but he is very able to increase his self-branding.
He built in times an image of solid professional, built not on his 20 years experience but on his bad temperament, on his arrogance, his language often remarkable when not openly rude.
The question is: he’s been chosen because or despite his bad temperament?
Some times ago I read an interesting story: a leader of a great company asked to a marketing guru if the fact his company wasn’t as big as Apple depended on he was an humble leader.
The answer was that Apple was a big company in spite of Jobs’ bad temperament.
In the highly controversial Good to Great book, the author, James C. Collins examines the performance over 40 years of 11 companies that became great.
The first of seven characteristics of companies that went “from good to great” is to have an inspired but humble leader.
Although many companies and many project have a strong leader, in my mind the my way or the highway approach is located just a step away from Godfather’s style.
I believe that a leader ought to be flexible, to be a good listener and not only a screaming monkey, he should be ready to learn from his mistakes, he should be aware to be not perfect, but perfectible.
In a nutshell, a good leader is charismatic and inspiring but refuses to be bossy.
A good example of charismatic humble leader is without doubt Mr. Barack Obama, a bossy leader is – unfortunately – Mr Silvio Berlusconi.
To be driven to do what’s best for the company, to be enthusiastic and crowd enchanter is quite different from state own authority with arrogance: in my humble opinion, a bad temperament often could hide skills and talents or – worse – cover a lack of them.
In reverse, an overweening attitude, very often shows an inner weakness and a intimate need to be reassured that immediately ceases when that leader lost his/her power.
That said, if mostly researches demonstrate that good-to-great leaders, it turns out, are humble, why so many bully leader there around?
Be inspiring. Don’t be overwhelming. Be a leader.
I’m very excited to share with you all this great change in my life!
I’m moving to Edinburgh! Yes, sometime life knocks at our doors, and we need to open 🙂
Moving to UK was a buzz in my mind since a very long time, and finally I have had the opportunity to achieve it, and next Friday, April 19th, I’ll be there!!!
I’m very happy, of course, but it’s a huge challenge, which probably I would not have been able to face without my OPW experience: everyday job in English, that is not my native language, gave me the self-confidence I need to make this choice.
In Edinburgh I hope to find a stimulating environment for my life and my writing, some new friends, and, why not? A good job.
I’ve spent my OPW in GNOME Marketing team and I’ll be really delighted to exploring new employment opportunities, maybe (but not only, of course) in FOSS (if you know of any that might be a good fit, don’t be ashamed to contact me :P!!!)
And, last BUT not least, I hope (and I’m pretty sure) people from GNOME and Ubuntu living in Edinburgh which are reading this post, will be so welcoming as Ubuntu and GNOME communities have been with me.
See you in UK!
It seems hard to believe but this last OPW months flew like the wind.
My first thought is a HUGE THANKS to all the women which work behind this project, first of all Karen and Marina.
I have been lucky, and I have had the opportunity to work with Karen, who mentored me (and Sriram too, of course!) and this has been an excellent chance to prove myself in an very international environment with people of great competency, and everybody knows competency is the first quality of an outstanding ledership.
This round of OPW is closed, but another one is approaching: another opportunity for new lady rock stars to full try out their competences, in coding, marketing, design and so on
Next round will be held in june/september 2013 and submission deadline is on May 1st: complete details of next round are available here: OutreachProgramForWomen.
This program is an unique opportunity to work with awesome women in every part of the world… why don’t you take a look and have your try?
My only regret in these three months has been that I haven’t met any women coming from Ubuntu.
Participating organizations come from very different FOSS projects, from KDE and from GNOME, from Debian, Mozilla, Wikimedia, just to remember the more famous, but it’s very sad to me to realize that Ubuntu isn’t involved at all, as project and as people.
As a Ubuntu Women co-leader I really hope that my experience will serve. I found a great effort from everybody to make me feel comfortable albeit I’m not an English native speaker and I was really much more tied to Ubuntu than Fedora or GNOME communities.
I’ll be enlightened if this could encourage the build of bridges between Ubuntu Women and OPW, and, why not, be the first step to consider GNOME people as a counterpart again.
I believe every woman in FOSS really rocks, and I really hope all women will find a way to walk together again 🙂