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The Champions of Change of Open Government and Civic Hacking (White House Event)

Congrats to "MedLink," an app developed at SF State's Hackathon that was featured at a White House event. MedLink provides reliable information about the availability of medical supplies and services in developing nations. Special congrats to the SF State students who participated in the MedLink project: Suri Samson, Mikhail Selitrin and Daniel Aranibar. Daniel had registered to be on the hackathon, but Suri and Mikhail dropped by to help with registration and set up, but got pulled into the team! Talk about curiousity.

Virtualization and the Cloud

Our students get some exposure to the tools and techniques from the field, but they do not get enough. To that end, we are working with IMSA, our student organization in Information Systems to offer short workshops, so they can get more of what they need to be competitive in the job market.


Report of Openstack project on campus

We had two students (Brandon Lai and Pascal Schuele) who worked on exploring the cloud computing space in Fall 2012. They built a demo/prototype of a private cloud platform on campus and presented at the end of the semester.

Children and learning. The magic behind it all.

The OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2012 is all wrapped up! As usual, it was a hectic and energetic few days. We had sessions on social issues, educational approaches, technology platforms, and ongoing challenges and solutions.


Video interviews from the talk are starting to emerge at


Why? A common question.

Software Freedom Day 2012 was a success! A lot of fun and education for the campus community. We handed out over 100 CDs of Free and Open Source Software. If you missed out, you can head over to for software titles for Windows, or for MacOSX software.

All the software is free to use for any purpose you see fit - no limitations such as "Academic use only".

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