In the coming weeks, Sourcefabric continues to span the globe with events and projects everywhere from Guatemala to Georgia, San Salvador to San Francisco. Uniting them all is the announcement of our first worldwide contest, in which we're asking developers and designers everywhere to design a Newscoop theme in order to win a trip to Prague.
You heard it here first. Very shortly we'll be announcing the Newscoop Theme Contest - a chance for you to redesign news on the web by developing a new theme for Sourcefabric's open CMS for professional journalists & online newspapers.
The winning theme (as judged by our panel of journalists, designers and web experts) will win its designer a chance to join us in Prague in October 2011 for our annual Sourcecamp, with their travel and accommodation paid for. Watch this space for details on how to enter in the coming weeks!
Next week, Sourcefabric's Latin American team, ably led by Claudia Cruz (@ccruz), will host two days of workshops, talks and presentations at INTECAP in Guatemala City, Guatemala, with a keynote by our Director of Clients and Services, Douglas Arellanes (@dougiegyro).
They'll also be visiting San Salvador to talk to journalists, and Doug will also be stopping off in San Francisco on the way. If you want to meet up at any of these locations, grab them on Twitter or drop us a mail.
Our community manager Jakub Górnicki recently visited Tbilisi in Georgia to hold meetings and workshops with local independent media outlets, NGOs and journalism students. Sourcefabric has long been involved in Georgia with newspapers such as netgazeti.ge and later this year we'll be organising an event there bringing together journalists and developers. Our Georgian forum is also now online and we're looking forward to welcoming the Georgian community, led by Mirian Jugheli, to Sourcefabric!
We've a new section on our site, where we'll be highlighting radio stations that are using Airtime and part of our growing open source community. Adding your station to the page is easy. Just visit Who's Using Airtime and fill in the form!
Ozan Ozbek is one of the newest Newscoop developers. Ozan was born in 1981 in Turkey and studied business administration while working as a freelance programmer. Luckily for us, he made the right choice and started programming full-time and loved it. Luckily for us again, he then moved to Prague and loved that too! Now he's settled into the Sourcefabric team, we're enjoying his attention to detail almost as much as his jokes about SQL queries and tables.
Great, lively discussions are going on over in the Airtime forums right now. The community there is really buzzing at the moment with lots of great ideas for the software.
Anyone can file a feature request for our software at dev.sourcefabric.org and, of course, we're an open source, not-for-profit organisation so the best way to get your feature made is to contribute code or finances to the cause!
Airtime 1.9 Beta3 arrived this morning - the next release on the path to radio software greatness. Beta means its still for testing purposes only, but every day we get closer to the stable release.
Newscoop 3.6 is still deep in development - recent meetings in Prague started to lay out a roadmap for development beyond the end of the year, with some pretty exciting features on the way. Newscoop's manual is now available in Russian too!