Linked by David Adams on Thu 16th May 2013 04:23 UTC
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2013-05-19

My first exposure to Opensource software was in 2003 when a friend lent me a Debian live CD (around 3.0 release, I think). Since then I've slowly drifted from being just a user into greater aspirations of contributory coding. I'm currently a CS student in PDX, but have had the privilege of apprenticing under someone utilizing Opensource technologies such as Python and CouchDB to implement a Geo based web app (satellite-layer map tiles integration). Around the same time I began the internship, I bought an expo pass for OScon2012 and received some of the greatest inspiration I've ever had. Being a relatively poor student, I was no financial shape to buy a full conference pass then, and though I only got a taste through hearsay in the expo hall and descriptions on the mobile app, I know that the talks themselves are priceless and among some of the best places to be for networking in the whole of this field. I am still in no financial shape to buy a pass, but can only hope that I might get picked at random to attend what I know would be fuel for some of the greatest ambitions of my career. Thanks for the chance!

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