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The Catalyst Open Source Academy is an initiative designed to provide training and work experience for young New Zealand technologists.
The pilot programme was held for two weeks in January 2011. It gave 17 Secondary School students a taste of real open source development through a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on project work.
The aim was to get the students to the point where they could usefully contribute to a real (open source) project.
By organising and funding the Academy, Catalyst hoped to show young technologists how to participate in open source communities and to fully explore their passion for IT through freely available open source tools.
In this presentation Catalyst's Ian Beardslee will outline how they put the initiative together, what worked and what didn't, and lessons learnt from the project.
16th–20th January 2012