ICT Workshop at Autism Sisu Kshema Kendram, Trissur

A two day ICT Workshop  was conducted at Autism Sisu Kshema Kendram, Trissur on 28th and 29th of October, 2019.  About 15 Special Education Trainers from the Institute  Of Autism Sisu Kshema Kendram participated in the workshop. With technology becoming more important and useful every day, a variety of education software aimed at children with autism is now available. Many general educational software titles can also be tailored for autistic children. Such softwares were introduced  to Trainers on this two day event.

Malayalam Computing Workshop using NLP, TKM College of Engineering

IEEE THM’19 conducted Malayalam Computing Workshop using NLP on October 12th 2019, at TKM College of Engineering, Kollam.The workshop was handled by resource person from SPACE, Mr.Sachin Gracious. It focussed on providing a basic introduction to NLP,and Malayalam computing. About 20 members from different engineering colleges who are the IEEE members attended the workshop.

Onam celebration - 2k19

Onam Festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam. It is the biggest festival celebrated with joy and enthusiasm by people of all communities in Kerala. It commemorates the subsequent homecoming of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. Onam is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past and is the harvest festival of Kerala.

SPACE celebrated Onam on 7th September 2019. We had made all the arrangements for the awaited Onam celebration within our team.Firstly the inevitable item, the swing was tied prior to the special day.

The most important part of the Onam celebration was none other than the Athapookkalam. The team Selected the variety boat in the living space design for this year, which symbolizes a helping hand who raised to save the life of the many during the flood times of KERALA.  Pookalam drawing was done by JImmy, one of our team members. The flowers for the design were arranged by our Sachin and Yadu from our team. The program set off at 9 AM with setting up the flower and making it available for commencing the Athapookkalam. All the charming ladies together with the former SPACE staff started the activity of making Pookalam.



Workshop for ERP Development at KSEB

A workshop series for ERP development was conducted at KSEB Pattom in July 2019 and August 2019. About 16 KSEB staff participated in the workshop.

As per the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) guidelines, schemes for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and IT enablement of the distribution sector is envisaged to be covered as per the requirement of utility. lt was observed that most of the firms had implemented commercial ERP applications only and their exposure in FOSS based ERP implementation is limited. KSEBL has so far implemented almost all software applications in FOSS (Free and open-source Software) platform, which brings significant cost-benefit.

The workshop was conducted as two parts, where the first part was managed by Jithin Thankachan on Laravel and the second part was managed by Yadu P on Git handling, resource persons from SPACE.  

The first part covered the Laravel application development in 2 days. On the first day of the workshop, introduction to Laravel, routing in Laravel and MVC architecture were covered and on the second day, Database and Eloquent ORM, CRUD operations and form handling sections were covered. A sample application was done before the session ends.

The second part of the workshop was a hands-on session that covered Git handling. In this session, Git basics, workflow, installation, merging strategies and conflict resolving were covered. 


Debian-Buster release party

Debian 10 which is codenamed as ‘Buster’ was released on 6th July 2019. Debian release which is considered as one of the main events in the free software community celebrated all over the world by different local communities. (wiki page link ). In Kerala, release parties were organized in Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Thrissur & Kannur.

SPACE ( Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing & Employment) one of the early adopters and promoters of free software in Kerala conducted the release party for all the free software supporters.

The question of why Debian is released in such a way & why SPACE is doing the same needs to be addressed. We also hope that the relevance of such release parties & objectives it should meet need also be discussed in the context of this new Debian Release.

Debian & Free Software

Debian is one of the earliest operating systems based on the Linux kernel consisting entirely of free software. The Debian Stable branch is the most popular edition for personal computers and network servers and is used as the basis for many other Linux distributions. The project is coordinated over the Internet by a team of volunteers guided by the Debian Project Leader and three foundational documents: the Debian Social Contract, the Debian Constitution, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Debian has been developed openly and distributed freely according to the principles of the GNU Project. In short, Debian is the operating system developed by a community bounded by free software ideologies for the free software community.

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