Software Freedom Day 2009 report

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) celebrated Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2009 with a series of activities in September, including scheduled presentations with giveaways and demonstrations of various aspects of Free and Open Source Software. Admission was FREE and CDs/DVDs of Free and Open Source Software were give to all attendees.  The activities involved outreach meetings involving booth displays at malls in Trinidad and Tobago as well as information sessions geared towards beginners, intermediates and software developers.

Booth Displays were done on

  • Saturday September 5th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Gulf City, Lowlands Mall, Tobago
  • Saturday September 12th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Long Circular Mall, Trinidad
Information Sessions were done on
  • Saturday September 19th, 2009 – “Open Minds, Open Source: For Beginners” at St Mary’s College, Port of Spain
  • Saturday September 26th, 2009 – “Exploring Open Source Possibilities: For Intermediates” session at St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain
  • Saturday October 3rd, 2009 – “Building with FLOS: Open Source for Developers” session geared for OSS developers

A great deal of planning sessions were done in 2009 and this planning work was documented on the wiki

Promotional Material

Promotional material was generated for the events including a number of flyers and a press release. Newspaper ads (2″ x 8″) were also done for the three daily newspapers.

Booth Displays/Outreach meetings

Venue for Tobago  : Gulf City, Lowlands Mall, Tobago on Sept 5th)
Venue for Trinidad : Long Circular Mall (available Sept 12th)

The booth displays involved three booths:
  • One table geared towards providing information about the TTCS and filling out membership forms online.
  • One tabled geared towards demonstrations of the OSSWIN Open Source CD
  • One table for the demonstration of Ubuntu and Netbooks

Members of the TTCS were able to distribute approximately 140 Ubuntu Cds, 140 OSSWin Cds, 250 Flyers and added 120 new members to our mailing list (see photos and videos section below).

Photos and Videos from SFD 2009 Events

Saturday September 5th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Gulf City, Lowlands Mall, Tobago

There was a good turnout ; we had 50 TTCS OSSWIN CDs & 50 Ubuntu CDs and towards the end, we had to burn 10 additional CDs and 5 additional Ubuntu CDs to give out. 220 flyers were given out and it was estimated that up to 200 patrons visited the TTCS booth at Gulf City, Lowlands Mall.

Pictures from TTCS SFD booth in Tobago Sept 5, 2009 are on Flickr at http://bit.ly/4DVAsi and on our TTCS Facebook Fan Page at http://bit.ly/2y6ja1

The hard-working TTCS group who made the Tobago booth happen http://www.flickr.com/photos/ttcs/3891335104/in/set-72157622259068670/

Saturday September 12th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Long Circular Mall, Trinidad

At Long Circular Mall, distributed about 140 Ubuntu CDs, 140 TTCS OSSWin CDs and 250 Flyers.

Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/knowprose/3916752900/in/photostream/

Photos Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=109053&id=69526139067

 

Saturday September 19th, 2009 – “Open Minds, Open Source: For Beginners

Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=111336&id=69526139067

Saturday September 26th, 2009 – “Exploring Open Source Possibilities: For Intermediates

Photos on Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=111819&id=69526139067

Saturday October 3rd, 2009 – “Building with FLOS: Open Source for Developers

http://www.flickr.com/photos/knowprose/tags/ttcs/