NSND 2012 Кирилица - Struga

Java and Python joined together
Nista se nece dogodite (NSND)  or roughly translated into English - Nothing will happen is a geek/hackers unconference  where people get together to share knowledge about pretty much anything, starting from programming and computer networks going to growing food on top of buildings and women's rights. The full list can be found on the flowing ether-pad http://piratepad.net/nsndstruga. This year the main event in Macedonia was in Struga and there were very cool talks. I missed some of them but  so here are few that I can take a note of:
  • Happy food production by Luca Pescatore(http://www.pescatoreluca.com)
    File:CDC South Aquaponics Raft Tank 1 2010-07-17.jpgHe talked about aquaponics, windows farming, deep water culture, compositing and basically how to do farming almost anywhere and not just that but also how to farm efficiency. His main idea was to encourage everyone to just try things out. One cool experiment that he did was creating a small farm on top of building.

  • Why python has special methods and why in the world would I use them anyway - Baze Petrushev(twitter)  
    He talk was mostly about the magic methods in python and how they can be used  http://www.rafekettler.com/magicmethods.html. Some considered this a good thing other bad but anyway it was an interesting way to see the operator over-overloading in Python used for good.
  • Wireless Mesh Networks with sensors, Internet Of Things, Open Network project Valent, Valentino, Jasna, Aleks (www.wlan-si.net, www.otvorenamreza.org)
    As the title states the talk was basically about running open networks and how one can setup various sensors and then use the data is gathered via the sensors.
  • ZeroMQ in python - Baze Petrushev and Damjan Gergievski (http://damjan.softver.org.mk/)
    Basically, they covered the idea behind ZeroMQ and they showed us a few small examples on how to get started:
  • I didn't get the chance to see: 
    • Rabsbery Pi by Glisha and Chombe(Chombium)
    • Non-Commercial potatoes by Andrea
    • Free Android by Ivo 
    • Hacklab collaboration disquisition  by Marcel 
      , but from what I heard they were all really inspirational and cool.
  • And last but not least was Women in IT + Open Eduction discussion that became very heat-et. We raised the question on:
  • IBM computers in 1957, 1:1 male female ratio  
    • Do male and female programmers  have equal opportunity?
    • Why is there so small percentage of girls in engineering?
    • Why their only a handful open-source project leaders that are female? 
    • Are program's like Google summer of Code and Gnome women outreach good for improving that percentage and is that artificial?
    • What do Hacker-spaces do right or wrong to have so small percentage of females?

      I cannot say that we had unanimous answers or a simple solution on any of these questions but most definitely the talks were interesting and led to various opinions on the subject.
Females in Engineering talks

Overall it was a great NSND where we had a lot of fun and I hope to see everyone on the next one. Until then:

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