Ganesh Katrapati

To, Every Swecha Volunteer. The Free Software Movement challenged a Goliath that is the non-free proprietary software and largely, it won that battle. Increasingly, "Open Source" is the paradigm being adopted by makers of software all around the world. Not only that, wherever there are proprietary alternatives, more often than not, there are free (as in freedom of course) ones. But, is the fight over ?. No, it has moved to another level. This reminds me of how encryption works : AES, RSA, DES are all publicly available algorithms. Everybody knows the code; What is the missing puzzle piece ? : The keys. In…

"Swecha Techdays" is an event conducted every Sunday normally, for four weeks. It has been a huge success since its inception. "Techdays 4.0" comes with a welcome addition : BalaSwecha. BalaSwecha is a community program for Schools. It provides simulation-apps for academic experiments in a realistic environment. It is a socio-technical programme aimed at computer-aided-education for school children. In the course of the Techdays, participants will build an app with in the BalaSwecha development environment. Later, participants will visit a local school where they can show & explain these apps to the school students. Techdays will happen in four zones…