will be the two weeks of January 7th to 18th and will be accepting Applications / Expressions of Interest from now.
The Academy, is open to senior secondary students and involves two weeks of working with Open Source technologies and projects.
They aim is to get students excited by what they can do, and what they can contribute to the various community driven Open Source projects that exist.
The first week consists of tutorial sessions covering the various open source tools that will be used as part of the second week of the Academy when we have them working on an Open Source project.
Topics include Ubuntu, My First Server, How the Web Works, The Four Freedoms, PostgreSQL Databases, Graphics with The GIMP and Inkscape, PHP, Event Driven Programming, Java for Android.
The ultimate goal is to teach the students enough to be able to guide them through the process of making a public contribution to an Open Source project, something they can point to and say 'this is what I did'.
Previous projects students have contributed to have been Koha, Mahara, Drupal, DAViCAl, ACal, Map of CPAN. Probably the biggest success has been
Koha, with a couple of the 2012 students continuing with some regular contributions.
There is no charge for the two weeks and a grant of $300 will be paid at the end of the two-week programme.
Catalyst is NZ's largest Open Source company, head to http://catalyst.net.nz/academy and download the Brochure for the 2013 Academy and for further details.
Download the Brochure for the 2013 Academy
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Or contact Ian Beardslee firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.