Education and participation: students + open source projects = win-win!

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Proposal
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Excerpt

In lots of lectures, students work on imaginary projects just for the sake of learning something. Or they can choose what they work on – mostly That Popular Proprietary Software™ which does not care about their contributions. We need to change that.

Description

We need to embrace the universities, collaborate with professors & lectures and mediate to further both learning and development:
Students can contribute, gather experience in real projects and communicate with developers. Free software projects on the other hand need contributors, especially designers, and have a flexible working environment.

This is based on learnings of a pilot project I currently do with Information Design students at Media University Stuttgart (Germany) and plan to expand.

Speaking experience

This was not given as a talk before as the project is fresh.

Previously I presented at the CCC Berlin lightning talks, of which the video is at http://unhosted.org (the "next" is mandatory), at RMLL Strasbourg, Students for Free Culture New York, International PHP Conference and loads of Barcamps and user groups in Europe and Israel.

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