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openSIM 2017

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Engineering I Exhibition Space

University of Pretoria

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Pretoria, GP 0002

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FROM SPARK TO FIRE

Over the past three years we have seen exciting developments in our community. Most of us were wide-eyed newcomers in the beginning, I know I was. The focus was on what open source tools we were using and can use. Since then, however, we have seen serious adoption of open source tools in several organisations, we are seeing more people contribute to open source projects (some have even become prominent in those projects), and one or two new open source projects have even started from our little open source community.

We have grown from users, to contributors, to developers. That is really exciting! Is this the full extent of our growth then? Have we arrived, and are we achieving what we should be? I commend everyone for the excellent work that they are doing. Most of this I am only barely aware of, and there is probably so much more. However, I don't think we are done just yet.

openSim has been a wonderful spark. It got us into action, it got us together, it got us talking and doing stuff. Good stuff. I don't believe what we have is sustainable yet, and we need to think about what to do to prevent our beautiful little spark from being snuffed out. How do we turn it into a fire, one that will keep on burning long after we are gone?

Please give this some thought, and bring all of your creative juices with you on 1 December. Let's get this thing burning!

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