Art, nature and technology converged at the Museum Bandstand in Thiruvananthapuram when members of SPACE, Beginow, and FSUG-TVM gathered to celebrate Hardware Freedom Day 20 April 2013. Musical notes sprang from plantains at the touch of fingers, robots darted across the floor in hot pursuit of its spectators and a 3 D printer coughed up physical replicas of three dimensional images fed to it creating quite a stir among those gathered at there.
Nikhil Nambiar of SPACE addressed a seminar on the topic, "Free Software: Birth, Evolution and Why We Exist" at Insight -2013, a national level IT Fest organised jointly by the Department of Computer Science, University of Calicut and Centre for Computer Science & Information Technology on 20 March 2013, at Calicut University Campus.
SPACE made a presentation at the one day Malayalam Computing workshop jointly organised by Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University and Kerala State IT Mission on February 8 2013, at Padmam Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram. Mr Rijoy V from SPACE spoke about the need for a concerted but interdisciplinary research initiative for making Malayalam more web compliant.
Training was organised for the teachers of the Vazhuthacaud based Rotary Institute for Children in Need of Special Care at Insight centre, Murinjapalam on 18 January 2013. The trainees were Mrs. Renuka V.S., Mrs. Jino P.Jose and Mrs. Rani. Five sessions were were held as part of the training. In the first session, Mrs. Lethi gave an introduction to free software used at the centre and explained all the activities in GCompris. The second session was handled by Mrs. Kavitha and she covered Childsplay and PysyCache. Mrs. Sulekha dealt with KLettres, Tux typing and Tux Math. Mrs. Shilpa demonstrated the activities in starfall.com and Jacobs lesson.
In the second phase of the training for students at the Community Agrobiodiversity Centre, Kalpetta, held on 12- 13 January 2013, document creation, malayalam typing, image capturing etc., were explained. After this programme, the students are expected to conduct study on the bio-diversity, rituals and traditions of their native land and later record them using ICTs.