Ben Laurie blathering


After a bit of a hiatus, Google is hosting the third Open Source Jam at our offices in Victoria. Anyone with an interest in open source, particularly those wanting to hack, or wanting assistance on their PotM (Project of the Month) should turn up. Here’s the official invite:

Everyone is invited to Google London Open Source Jam 2, which is
actually the third event because we’re zero-based.

This time, we’re going to focus on a specific theme – Linux. Because
we live, love and breathe it.

Linux topics that we’re interested in hearing about include:

* One Laptop Per Child (
* Linux TV (e.g. MythTV, Freevo, DemocracyTV)
* Virtualization (e.g. Xen, KVM)
* Wibbly Window Managers (e.g. XGL, AIGLX, Compiz, Beryl)
* Linux Telephony (e.g. Asterisk)


———————* What is it?In a nutshell, it’s a pretty informal evening, we ask developers who
have ideas or are already working on them to come and engage others to
collaborate and code for your open source project. In a way, it will
be like what goes on in the corridors, between sessions at a
conference, except without the sessions. So you get to tell others
about your idea and get new interested folks to work on your projects.

* Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to work on a fun project. You may have an idea and
need more help or are already working on an open source project and
want to work with others, or you’d like to get involved in a new open
source project and meet like minded developers. Or perhaps you’ve got
nothing better to be doing on a Thursday night than hanging around
with a flock of opensourcerers and hack.

* What will be there?

Other interesting people to code with. A space to hang around in.
Computers and wifi. Oh, and lots of delicious pizza.

* What will happen?

Some people may choose to present a 5 minute lightning talk on what
they’re doing. Then little groups will form and people will work
together on code! We’ll encourage contributing good things back to
open source projects, or maybe the launch of new projects.

* What shall I bring?

The only thing you really need to bring is yourself. If you have a
laptop you like to develop on, please bring that too.

* Why is it in the evening?

It’s intentionally on a school-night as that allows many people to
attend who would struggle during the day because of their job

* What kind of talk should I give?

Five mins lightning talk. If you want to bring slides or a demo, please
do, but don’t feel you need to – talking and/or whiteboards is just as
good. Remember your audience are techy open source geeks. If you
feel like giving a talk (and we’d love you if you did), please let us know.


Important details :

* If you want to come, please RSVP by signing up on the Wiki at:

* We have a LIMITED number of spaces available. We’ll be closing reservations as
soon as we hit that limit – sign up now!

* Please let us know if you’ve signed up but can no longer attend as
this will free up your space for someone else.

* If you know of someone else you think we should be inviting in the
London area, please email us at

When : Thursday 15th March 2007. 6pm – 9:30pm.
Where: Google, Belgrave House 76, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, London SW1W 9TQ

See you then!

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