I'm the current Point of Contact for the Ubuntu Irish Team (an approved LoCo). I've been using Linux and Ubuntu for a few years. I've been involved with Ubuntu-ie for a while. I've also helped spread Ubuntu around the world with Camara, by teaching basic IT and Linux in Africa.
I'm a coder and programmer at heart. I've been programming for years. Recently I've discovered the joy of teaching people how to use computers and how that can make all of us better.
Current Point of Contact for Ubuntu Ireland since October 2009 (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrishTeam/IRCMeetings/2009-10-14)
- Have been chairing monthly IRC meetings for Ubuntu-ie since March 2008.
- Global Bug Jam
Feb 2009 - IrishTeam/GlobalBugJam-February2009, ran some introductory lessons there.
- Oct 2009 - Took part in the bug jam in the Dublin Hackerspace
Co-organized the Ubuntu Drop In Centre in Dublin
- Organise monthly meet ups (Pint of the Day) and been to them regularly
- Helped organise and attented release parties in Dublin (Karmic, Jaunty, Intrepid, Hardy)
I've been involved with Camara (http://www.camara.ie), an Irish charity that sends 2nd hand computers loaded with Ubuntu to African schools, and have thought introductory and advanced linux and ubuntu to teachers in Africa.
I've been providing technical know-how to camara, including help make a custom installer (aka Camarabuntu) and sending software to africa (http://ubuntungo.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/what-would-you-put-on-a-harddrive-going-out-to-africa/)
- More Bug Jams! I love programming and teaching. I love getting more people to contribute. Previous Bug Jams have shown that there is demand for teaching programming skills and developement.
- Continue to improve ubuntu by writing blog posts, submitting bug reports.
- Continue to attend and help organise Ubuntu-ie events.
- Help and encorage Ubuntu-ie to grow in new directions, including more varied types of events and events outside Dublin, the capital city.
I'd love to help other LoCo develop more, I see some possible signs of life from Ubuntu Kenya ( http://logs.ubuntu-eu.org/free/2009/11/13/%23ubuntu-ke.html )
Testimonials for Membership Application
Rory is a great asset for the Irish LoCo Community. He is always on hand to help where he can. He's taken on the role of chairing our IRC meetings and makes sure we are all productive. I know if I'm stuck in an area, I can rely on Rory to help, he's helpful on IRC and encourages everyone to take part in their own way.He volunteers to help within the community and help promote Ubuntu here in Ireland. +1 czajkowski
with regard to the Ubuntu member application, i can confirm that Rory McCann has been a valued member of Camaras volunteer program and has contributed immensely to our committment to education in Africa through his extensive knowledge of the Ubuntu Linux OS. Rory started as a regular volunteer in our refurbishment centre helping other volunteers test and prep refurbished computers to be shipped to schools in Africa. After his first overseas placement in Ethiopia & Kenya in 2006, Rory recommended a customised version of Ubuntu that he built himslef and guided our charity in terms of service provision, documentation and delivery of this operating system (Camaraubuntu) which includes the educational software and office applications that meet the requirements of the schools curriculums and also a wide variety of applications and programs to aid knowledge generation and communication. Eoghan Crosby, Technical Director, Camara, email@example.com
I met Rory at the recent Ubuntu-ie Karmic Koala Ubuntu 9:10 release party. It was my first interaction with the Ubuntu-ie LoCo team. Rory was most welcoming and made me feel like I was amongst friends straight away. Rory took the time to ensure I was included in the conversations that were taking place and I left at the end of the evening delighted I had taken the step to attend. Since then I have seen how active Rory is in the Irish LoCo Community. Michael O'Donohue, Ubuntu end user.
Rory is a a really approachable guy and always available to have a chat. I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic loco point of contact for years to come. He is the definition of the kind of people we want to have representing our community. shanepatrickfagan
Rory has done a great job as Point of Contact of the Irish LoCo and a heart-warming work spreading technological development with Free software in Africa. He is a valuable member of the community, and trully deserves membership to continue his efforts. Rory is awesome, but don't tell him I've told you all this or he will invite me to a pint of Guinness in the next Ubuntu-ie meetup! LuisdeBethencourt