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Self-Introduction: Mel Chua



I'm Mel Chua*, and I'll be a Max-and-Greg CommArch minion[0] for a few months. I'm usually in Boston but will also be in Raleigh and San Fransisco at various points this summer. Among other things, I'm an open-source-in-education geek with an electrical & computer engineering background and quite a bit of history in the OLPC[1] and Sugar Labs[2] projects, which some of you here might know me from.

Fedorawise, I'm still watching and learning and haven't yet jumped on particular projects, but one of my constant interests is learning how to spark up the open-source mentality in academia through working on stuff like http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/POSSE. Fedora is a great example of a learning ecosystem that's done way better than academic institutions at creating folks who can Make Real Stuff For Real people, so figuring out how that happens and how to spread the word of it is the first thing I'll be hurtling towards. Not sure exactly what that means yet, but I'll listen for a while and let you know. ;)

Potentially useful skills - feel free to grab me on IRC (mchua) to do things in the impending release rush:

* mediawiki ninja. I keep/make pages good-lookin', spam-free, well-linked, content-o-riffic, and push stuff that should be on the wiki, to the wiki. * documentation nerd. teach me something and I'll write it up so well you'll never have to teach it to anyone else again. * hackathon/event wrangling. I've run unconferences, hackathons, workshops, and most kinds of grassroots events you can think of, and can do it well enough to teach others. * breaking things. I used to be in QA, and my specialty is breaking things (technology and content) like a very creative newbie might. Point me towards something and I will get confused and tell you exactly why.

[0] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Mchua
[1] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/User:Mchua
[2] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/User:Mchua

*only my parents call me Mallory. I also go by mchua on IRC.


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