By Jimgris-Oracle on Oct 27, 2007
Today we went to Nanjing University for a really cool time with over 400 university students. Lots of conversations about OpenSolaris technology, community-building, and Project Indiana. And a bunch of Chinese conversation that passed right over my head.
Special thanks to John Jiang for running this event today. John had quite a problem on his hands last night. He got a call over dinner alerting him that the event was over booked by 200 students! Nice problem to have, eh? Anyway, some quick -- and resourceful -- thinking and he found a second venue. Then he split up our team so we could cover two locations, so we ended up engaging more than 600 students in total today. Wild. The scale of the OpenSolaris operation here is impressive the say the very least.
A couple of things blew me away about today: the students really asked some advanced questions about OpenSolaris, which means they are starting to understand things in depth and that means the information is starting to resonate. Also, they were very animated and interactive as well. The language barriers are still there, but on this trip I've really started to see significant improvement. Also, many students stopped me in the hall after my talk and asked how they can participate and contribute. Their boldness and excitement is palpable, and it's very encouraging. Also cool to see is John's Java application enabling the audience to give live feedback using their cell phones with the data displayed on the screen, which, of course, generates a lot of active participation (and shouting and laughter, too).
Below are some images from the Nanjing event with presentations from Sin-Yaw Wang, John Jiang, Liang Ye, and me as well as the ACM/ICPC programming contest event earlier in the day.