The Ubuntu Global Jam begins in three days (Friday September 2nd 2011.)
I thought I'd take a peek at some Jam event highlights that are planned for our first day.
The Australian community is planning to jam online. (Proof that one can enjoy jam in a chat room :) They'll proof-read, restore outdated and obsolete documentation and create new materials for Ubuntu's official help site. They'll add tips for Australian Ubuntu users, including how to get 3G wireless access working flawlessly, and other interesting things. Thanks Benny!
The Egyptian community is planning to Jam in Cairo. They're not telling us exactly what they plan to do, but it looks like they're assembling quite a large crew to do it. I expect they'll be doing something fun as Cairo is known "party central." Actually, I have no idea if that's true, but I'm expecting surprises! Thanks Ahmed!
The Vancouver community will be jamming in Vancouver (where else?) bringing their wacky brand of Ubuntu fun to Canada's Ubuntu city. My spies tell me that they'll be adding some TLC (tender loving care) to their newest Ubuntu guide: "Unity. Simplify Your Life", sprucing it up just in time for 11.10. They'll also be eating jam on motorcycles. Lots and lots of sticky jam. A clean-up crew has been hired. Thanks Kim!
The Florida community will be enjoying their jam in Lakeland and hacking on community website projects. Looking at the guest list, some of the heavy hitters in the Ubuntu community are going to be there and I'm betting Jorge Castro will set a record for the most wiki pages deleted in one jam event. Go Jorge! This is an event not to miss, so if you are within 1000 miles of Lakeland, start driving now. Thanks Chris!
The Wisconsin community will have jam in Milwaukee at a special installment of "Ubuntu Hour". That's your chance to meet other Milwaukee Ubuntu enthusiasts and contributors at all skill levels. New Ubuntu folks are welcome too. In my humble opinion, if you're looking for a great way to meet an energize an Ubuntu community in your town, this is the way to do it. Thanks Ian!
The Tunisian community will have a Jam in Hammam Sousse. They'll be doing all the great things that Jams are famous for: writing documentation, finding, sorting and fixing bugs and testing the next version Ubuntu. They'll also have Ubuntu presentations to help others understand our wonderful system, project, platform, and ethos. Thanks Ahmed!
When you connect with local Ubuntu people, your town becomes a more human place. When you attend an Ubuntu Global Jam event you experience the magic of the world's most collaborative project first hand.
Find your Jam event, or register a new one on the awesome Ubuntu Loco Directory.
Nothing there for you? Head over to http://ur1.ca/4yfh9 and create something brand new. Surprise the world.
It's time for action. Make a difference. Add your jar to the collection.
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The Ubuntu Global Jam begins Friday September 2nd 2011. That's in four days.
Have you ever been to an Ubuntu Global Jam Event? In short, they're a great way to connect with the community of Ubuntu contributors and enthusiasts that live near you.
When you connect with local Ubuntu people, your town becomes more interesting. Suddenly the software that you stare at all day comes alive with personality. Those questions that you spend hours searching for answers on the forums or that "Large Number Company in Mountain View" suddenly get answered. Your wifi works. Your video drivers too. Wow!
I hope you'll head on over to the awesome Ubuntu Loco Directory and find your Jam event, or register a new one.
No team near you? Can't find anything on the directory? You can still register an Ubuntu Global Jam Event. Go to http://ur1.ca/4yfh9 and answer a few basic questions. Here's an idea: Maybe your Jam event can be to start a team in your town or city. How cool would that be?
It's time for action. The planet will soon be covered in Jam :)
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The Ubuntu Global Jam is happening on Sept. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2011.
A Jam event is simply a place to gather and meet Ubuntu users and people just like you.
No Ubuntu Local Community near you?
No Ubuntu event listed for your town?
No Ubuntu friends?
Here's the simplest way to create and register an Ubuntu Global Jam Event. Go to http://ur1.ca/4yfh9 and simply answer a few basic questions.
We'll create and list the event for you. Consider us your Ubuntu Concierge! It's automagic, fun and friendly. It takes less than 5 minutes to register an event
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Would you like to meet other Ubuntu users and contributors in your village/town/city? Can't find an Ubuntu LoCo in your neighbourhood? No problem!
In the next few days I'll be rolling out instructions on how to set up a Jam in your neighbourhood the simple way. So, start thinking about a place to meet. It can be your local coffee shop, your library, a community room, even your living room.
The Ubuntu Global Jam is September 2, 3, 4, 2011.
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It looks a bit like this:
It's happening all over the world: September 2, 3, 4, 2011.
Add your jar to the shelf. Be part of something historic.
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It's been a while since we checked on the Jam-O-Meter. Let's take a look:
Not bad. We're inching upward, and almost double the number since last time. We're still in the "red" though.
As mentioned earlier, we're aiming to set a new record for this Jam season. This is going to require every one of you (yes, that's you!) to head on over to http://loco.ubuntu.com and register a Global Jam event.
It's fun. It's easy. It's the best way to move the needle.
And, if you have any questions at all, please let me know.
Yes, it's time for more Jam.
I don't know about you, but all this talk of jam and photos of jam sure are making me hungry.
In just a few weeks, it will be time for the Ubuntu Global Jam. Have you planned your event yet? Have you posted it to the Ubuntu LoCo directory? Read how to do it here.
Not planning to jam this year? You can still participate by posting your favourite jam photos. Help spread the meme. Let's put jam all over the planet.
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If I had a dollar for every person who I've heard say it, I'd be a rich man. Well maybe not quite as rich as a famous benevolent dictator, but close ;)
If you haven't read Charlene's post please check it out for good background on why we're going with this in Vancouver, at least for now.
Now, try it out. Walk up to a stranger and ask: "Ubuntu. What is it?" Let's get everyone in the world asking this question. Let's jolt them into thinking about something new.
It's recursive. It's fun. It's mysterious.
It's Wednesday. What could that mean? Jam!
I know what you're thinking. "Randall, you're nuts." Well, bear with me. There's some logic in this.
Every Wednesday, Jono Bacon, (our resident rock star and Community Manager) hosts his flashy "At Home With Jono Bacon" videocast. It's performed live at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 6pm UTC in front of an audience (that's you).
Jono loves jam. Please tune in, and please bring lots of jam, and 'jammy' questions. Overwhelm him with jam. Ask him to jam on his guitar, with jam. Tell him I sent you ;)
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Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more jam!
Ubuntu friends and supporters: You are needed! The Ubuntu Global Jam is happening very soon.
You can help bring Free Software to the everyone you care about. How you ask? Organize an Ubuntu Global Jam event.
Anyone can do it, you don’t have to be a developer or technical. You don't have to be a member of an Ubuntu LoCo. Just think up an event and provide a place for Ubuntu fans in your area to get together.
Simple jam recipe:
1. Pick a venue (can be a pub, bar, community centre, library, restaurant, or coffee shop) near you.
2. Pick a day between 2nd – 4th September 2011.
3. Add your event to the LoCo Team Portal. (If you are not part of a LoCo team, or can't find one in your area, please contact me in the comments!)
4. Tell your local area about it, blog about it, tweet it, and spread the word!
Let's start making Jam :)
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