Show Off Your Projects

This month we will have a focused sort of open mic night. We will be featuring a sort of show and tell for projects. If you have been working on something in your spare time then we can find time for you to tell us about it. Bring hardware, pictures or slides, whatever you need to let us know the cool things you are doing. After getting our dinner orders in we will informally invite people to share.

Open Source in Education and One Laptop Per Child "2.0"

Caryl Bigenho presents: Adventures in OSSIE-land with olpc 2.0

Now that MIT has closed the OLPC Foundation office and the OLPC Association in Miami has slowed production of the XO laptops, what lies in store for folks interested in Open Source Software In Education?

Adventure! Come find out how you can get involved, traveling to exotic places, meeting interesting people, and/or developing and testing hardware and software to continue to grow the OSSIE movement. Deployments large and small around the globe would love to have your help. Come find out what is happening and how you can get involved in your own OSSIE-land adventure!

Unleashing Kids and Teachers in Haiti

Curt Thompson and James Murdza, both recently back from trips to Haiti, will talk about the evolution of the One Laptop per Child Project into Unleash Kids, their successes and failures working with schools, establishing a lasting infrastructure, and the technology behind it all.

Some of the projects they will talk about are a mission school using OLPC laptops and a school server providing internet caching/filtering servers, a remote off-the-grid school using only solar power to charge ten laptops, an orphanage with twenty computers and miniature solar panels, and several schools using Internet-in-a-Box, an offline source of Wikipedia, Khan Academy, and Open Street Map.

Lightning Talks

We will cover group business at the beginning then go through a series of quick talks. These talks will be 2-5 minute long.

  • Richard will report status on social media effort

  • James will demonstrate how to update the SGVLUG website using Pelican and Github.

  • Jess will talk about GStreamer

  • John K. will present the history of open source

Reorganizing Meeting

NOTE: We are no longer meeting at Caltech. Please check each meeting notice to see where we will be meeting.

This month we are meeting at Burger Continental, not just for dinner but for the whole meeting. We will be in the back room that is on your left just as you walk in from the back parking lot. The meeting will be focused on organizing future meetings and group business. The topics for discussion are:

  • Meeting room options
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Ways to promote:, Facebook, Twitter, etc
  • SCaLE

Github Enterprise for JPL

GitHub Enterprise for JPL is a new collaboration center that aims to improve the state of software development by promoting collaboration between software developers. Come hear the story behind how this new service came into being and how state-of-the-art software development tools are being promoted on the grounds of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


David Mittman is Deputy Manager for Planning and Execution Systems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he leads the development of the Section’s portfolio of software for planning and monitoring the execution of activities on JPL’s robotic spacecraft. David has developed software and operated space flight missions for over 25 years and has recently started concentrating on modernizing the state of software development at JPL.

Brett George is a Software Engineer in the Data Services group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Brett got his start writing instrument control and data acquisition software for neutron spectrometers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Since coming to JPL, he has been part of a core group of engineers leading the research and development of cloud technology to empower missions across the lab and beyond.

Robert Witoff is the IT Data Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Y Combinator startup founder. His background includes development lead for interplanetary data visualization software and space station systems lead for the experimental OPALS laser communication satellite. Rob is NASA’s first IT Data Scientist and his data science team is incubating solutions to Big Data problems for spacebound explorers, earthborn assets and the people that make them possible.

Speaker: David Mittman, Bret George, Robert Witoff
Date: Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 7pm
Location: Caltech - Downs 107.
The Downs building is across from the tennis courts on California at Arden