Monday Nov 17, 2008

Fuzhou Software Park, China

Shaoting and I spent the day at the Fuzhou Software Park today. Great day. We hope to get a new OpenSolaris User Group started at this facility. The Fuzhou Software Park is one of approximately 50 such parks in China. This one is home to Fuzhou University, 300 software and IT companies, and tens of thousands of students and developers. It's big.

Fuzhou Software Park, China Fuzhou Software Park, China

Fuzhou Software Park, China Fuzhou Software Park, China

Fuzhou Software Park, China Fuzhou Software Park, China

Fuzhou Software Park, China Fuzhou Software Park, China

Fuzhou Software Park, China Fuzhou Software Park, China

Sunday Nov 16, 2008

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest: Hefei, China

Yesterday I attended the ACM/ICPC Programming Competition in Hefei with Shao-Ting, Chengzu Zhou (Ricky), and Edgar Liu. Very impressive event. There were hundreds of Chinese students working in teams solving problem sets written in English while programming using NetBeans running on OpenSolaris. Absolutely outrageous. I had a ball. Loved every minute of it. Here are some shots:

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest ACM/ICPC Programming Contest

Sun China is the technical sponsor for the regional China ACM events, which includes five live contests as well as a series of online pre-qualification sessions. In total, more than 15,000 Chinese students participate and touch OpenSolaris and NetBeans. That's very cool.

Saturday Nov 15, 2008

Hefei University of Technology

Yesterday Shao-Ting and I stopped by Hefei University of Technology to meet with some professors and students about starting an OpenSolaris User Group. We also met with Wei Liu, Sun's Campus Ambassador at at the university. Really great day hanging out with these guys. Shaoting and Wei talked about the OpenSolaris distribution, and I talked about some ideas to start a user group.

Hefei University of Technology Hefei University of Technology

Hefei University of Technology Hefei University of Technology

Hefei University of Technology Hefei University of Technology

Hefei University of Technology Hefei University of Technology

Hefei University of Technology Hefei University of Technology

More images from Shaoting here.

Friday Nov 14, 2008

University of Science & Technology of China

A couple of days ago Chengzu Zhou (Ricky), Edgar Liu, and I presented OpenSolaris to a group of graduate and undergrad students at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, which is not too far from Shanghai. I understand that USTC is in the top 10 of Chinese universities, so it was a quite pleasure to speak there. We covered the new features in the OpenSolaris distribution, the OpenSolaris Web Stack, and the OpenSolaris community. It was great fun for three hours. The questions from the students were excellent and their enthusiasm was infectious. I'm continually impressed with how much Chinese students are interested in connecting with the West.

University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei

University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei

University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei

University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei

University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei

University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei IMG_2406

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Friday Nov 07, 2008

China Universities in November

OpenSolaris at University of Science & Technology of China I'll be in China next week for OpenSolaris activities in Hefei and Fuzhou -- user group meetings, gatherings with students and professors, and the ACM/ICPC coding contest at the University of Science & Technology. I have to remember to bring a jacket. The contest will be a bit on the formal side. Other than that, it should be pretty casual. I'm thrilled to be going back to see Chinese university students. Should be very cool. It's becoming my favorite activity on OpenSolaris. I'm also looking forward to seeing Shaoting, Chengzu Zhou, Edgar Liu, and Fang Li. These guys -- and many others -- are doing a great job building community in China. 

Also in China: there will be new OpenSolaris User Groups soon. Shaoting recently sent a proposal to advocacy-discuss to connect two existing OSUGs in China to the main community on opensolaris.org. Today I set up those projects and updated the OSUG leaders grid. We are now at 78. Get infrastructure for your OSUG here.

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