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Month: August, 2013

Even if you think it’s not making it, help us by pledging.

So, I’m quite sure you’ve read and know what all this ‘Ubuntu Edge’ thing is. In the case you don’t, you can go here and check what the project is all about.

Now that you really know about it, let’s get to the blog post.

During the last couple days we have had many news about the Edge. Dropping prices, silicon partners, Bloomberg buying an enterprise bundle, amongst others. At the moment of publishing this blog post US$9,742,035 had been raised, and there are 9 days left for this campaign to be successful. Yes, it is a fixed funding campaign, and we need 32 million US dollars. Quite a challenge, huh? It means to have approximately 2.75 million pledged per day, or around 3928571 Edges sold per day. I would totally love to see that happening, of course! I know it’s a bit hard, but one should never lose hopes.

There are many webpages who have been writing about the Edge. Many news going around, many people with different points of view. Some telling that it will make it, some telling that it will not. I like to stick to the idea that, even if we don’t make it to the US$32 million, we will still make it. Just as ZDNet said, but with a slight difference: Canonical is not the one that will end up winning, but instead, the community will.

Now, some of you may be asking yourselves “What is this kiddo trying to say? I don’t get his point!”. My point is that, as I said, it is a Fixed Funding Campaign. There are many people thinking that this is a project that will not succeed. OMG! Ubuntu! recently posted a poll online. According to those results, there is a 69.57% of almost 8500 people who think it will not succeed. And why is that? Maybe the time limit, maybe they lost their hopes, I don’t know. But I wanted to make a call to that 69.57% who said that it wouldn’t succeed to pledge on the campaign. That’s right, even if you think it will not succeed. And here, let me explain why:

The Ubuntu Edge campaign on Indiegogo is a Fixed Funding Campaign, as I previously said. That means that if we do not get to the $32M, everyone, that’s right, everyone will be getting their money back, doesn’t matter if they pledged $1 or $80,000. If you are not believing that the campaign is making it, then I invite you to pledge for it. What we want to achieve here is to demonstrate that we are a big community, and that even if we don’t get to successfully fund the campaign, we can get as closer as we really believe we can. I invite you to pledge $10, or maybe $20. Even more if you want. If you really do not think it’ll succeed, you’ll get your money back. But instead of just looking how it fails, you’ll make the number on that Indiegogo page bigger. Pledging that little amount will not make your life or mine worse, but will help demonstrate that our community is really into the project. As I said, you’ll get your money back, it’ll be like you never did something.

tl;dr: Even if you think the Indiegogo campaign will not make it, pledge. If you think it will not make it, it will be like nothing had been done from your side, and if it does make it then you’ll be able to say you helped the Ubuntu community.

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a little while. As I said, we should never lose hopes on if this will make it or not, but instead set our goal to demonstrate that if we’re together, we can make something big happen. News are going all over about the project, but I’d like to see more of that in the next few days, maybe some of them saying ‘Ubuntu Community breaks crowdfunding record!‘ or ‘They pass the $11 millions!‘. And well, that’s all for now, folks. Hope you pledge!

 

Click here to go to the Indiegogo page and contribute!

 

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Model UN Weekend!

During the last weekend I have participated in a Model United Nations conference. For those who don’t know what that is, let me quote:

“A MUN (Model United Nations) is a debate competition which looks to replicate the work done in a United Nations assembly.”

Since last year, AENU Perú has been organizing the Lima Model United Nations. I have participated twice (this is my second year), and I totally love it. This conference was for high-schoolers only, so I went with a 24-people delegation from my school. We were assigned to be delegates from the People’s Republic of China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of Chad. I was China, on a committee with the topic ‘The Syrian Refugees and Internally Displaced People crisis’, where we debated solutions to help refugees and IDPs. There were also another 4 committees with topics ‘Primary Education Development’, ‘Access to Medicines’, ‘Climate Change and Conflict’ and ‘Human Trafficking’.

One of the funniest things about this conferences is that you can send roses to another delegate. I had 5 roses delivered in total, and when the people in charge of that came into my committee room to give them to me they danced randomly, sang songs or did weird things. You couldn’t imagine how embarrassed I was when they came in and sang ‘I just called to say I love you’ in front of everyone, to later give me a rose.

At the end of the three-day conference, we were super excited about the awards ceremony. The 24 delegates from my school (including myself) have been through a super hard preparation time, which included simulations, paper writing, lots of reading a research. After waiting for a long ~30 minutes, the ceremony started, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. We had two honourable mentions, two outstanding delegates (I was one of them), and one best delegate. From 5 committees and around 200 people, we got five awards! And even after that, our school got the Outstanding Delegation award! I couldn’t be more happier and proud of all the work my delegation has been doing during the last weeks.

As I said, participating in MUNs is something I really love, and for those young people out there I’d suggest to check if there’s one conference around you and participate. Let me assure you, once you go through it you’ll be someone different, as it helps lots to develop skills such as leadership, paper drafting, public speaking, agreement making, and others. More than a conference, it is an experience, a great moment to start discovering some abilities you may not know you had.

So, I think you now know that apart from being in such a great community, I am into MUNs. As I said, I would like to invite you all to go ahead and give it a try, maybe you’ll like it too! Ah, and I should not forget to give a shout out to the people from AENU Perú, who made the conference I have just been to possible. They’ve been running around the conference facilities to get everything in place, and as a result they (and we) had a successful event. Thanks again!