Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

And We are back again! With Education, Open Source, Tech Days and Joe!

Hello!! Its been more than 6 months since I made my last blog entry... Sorry for that as I was busy working with loads of stuff in Sun Clusters, OpenSolaris Marketing and in Campus Ambassador Program.. But now I am back with some interesting stuff...

Sun Tech Days happened at Hyderabad from 18th Feb to 20th Feb which was attended by many many people! Many legends including James Gosling were there for the show! Joe Hartley was there for the event on 20th Feb and I took this opportunity to catch up with him about developments on education, open source and technologies to look for! Joe gave us some insights on what the future of education might be in light of growing adoption of social networking services like OSUM and penetration of the network. With help from Vasudha who is our campus ambassador at Manipal University, we recorded this pool side talk :-) Here is the video:

It was very interesting to talk to Joe after an year of WWERC 2008 held at San Francisco where I got a chance to interview him on similar lines. Watch that video here!

Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

This advice you gotta take!! - Joe Hartley to new age students and teachers!

One thing which came out very clearly during the panel discussion held during the Worldwide Education and Research Conference 2008 is that the learning methodologies and principals are changing everywhere in the world. Education is getting more and more into collaborative learning and sharing of knowledge and resources. So to sum it up, I did a quick interview of Joe Hartley (for those who don't know,  he is the Vice President -Government, Education and Healthcare for Sun Microsystems). Even though being hard pressed with his busy schedule took out time for two quick questions at the end of the day. Thanks to my fellow ambassador Sergay, we recorded the interview. And here is what he would advice to the students and teachers of today who would have to take up the burden of transition from the classic style "leacture based, half duplex learning" to "full duplex, community based collaborative learning." Watch the video:

Friday Feb 22, 2008

What it Feels Like Being a Sun Campus Ambassador!

Today I complete full FIVE MONTHS as a Campus Ambassador for Sun Microsystems! Ask me how it feels to be a CA??? I can say only one thing... "Man.. You got the be a CA to know how it feels to be one!". I always believe that examples are the best, in fact the only way, to get your point across in a conversation. But unfortunately nothing I have ever come across matches the excitement which have been experiencing while working as a CA at Sun. Thats why.. no examples or comparisons. I might say that being the President of United States of America could be as exciting as being a CA, but then I'm waiting till I become the President so that I can give a fair judgement... :-D

 Joke's apart, Campus Ambassador is a really unique internship program, where you get to place yourself on the bleeding edge of technology while you still take in the formal (read boring :-P) education in classrooms! And it doesn't end there... you enjoy the luxury of taking all your friends and classmates along with you! You act as the bridge between the formality of regular education and the world technology which is changing at supersonic speeds! If you are passionate about technology, and have such a strong conviction about open source and importance of participation that you can radiate it to your fellow students then you have it what it takes to be a Campus Ambassador.

There are thousand things I like about the Campus Ambassador program... but what makes to the top of the list is the  \*\*Truly INTERNATIONAL Exposure\*\* which you get while you work as a CA. Wondering why INTERNATIONAL is so emphasized?? Imagine yourself working hand in hand and seamlessly collaborating with more than 500 students just like you, but coming from 500 different colleges and culture, all around the World!! Isn't that INTERNATIONAL enough?? :) Trust me, when I realize that I have so many friends around the world.. I get on top of it.. ( read it On top of the World :) !!)

 My feelings about being a CA has suffered serious "Transmission Loss" by the time it came to this blog :-P. So just take the picture you would have formed in your mind about being a Campus Ambassador with Sun and scale it up by some 10,000 times.. then might be you will kinda come close to what it feels like being a  \*\*Proud\*\* "Sun Campus Ambassador" :)



I am Abhishek and I work for Sun/Oracle! In this blog, I share my interest in systems, solaris, linux and other technologies :-)


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