Self-Introduction: Mel Chua

Mel Chua mechua at
Fri May 29 17:17:35 UTC 2009

I'm Mel Chua*, and I'll be a Max-and-Greg CommArch minion[0] for a few 
months. I'm usually in Boston but will also be in Raleigh and San 
Fransisco at various points this summer. Among other things, I'm an 
open-source-in-education geek with an electrical & computer engineering 
background and quite a bit of history in the OLPC[1] and Sugar Labs[2] 
projects, which some of you here might know me from.

Fedorawise, I'm still watching and learning and haven't yet jumped on 
particular projects, but one of my constant interests is learning how to 
spark up the open-source mentality in academia through working on stuff 
like Fedora is a great 
example of a learning ecosystem that's done way better than academic 
institutions at creating folks who can Make Real Stuff For Real people, 
so figuring out how that happens and how to spread the word of it is the 
first thing I'll be hurtling towards. Not sure exactly what that means 
yet, but I'll listen for a while and let you know. ;)

Potentially useful skills - feel free to grab me on IRC (mchua) to do 
things in the impending release rush:

* mediawiki ninja. I keep/make pages good-lookin', spam-free, 
well-linked, content-o-riffic, and push stuff that should be on the 
wiki, to the wiki.
* documentation nerd. teach me something and I'll write it up so well 
you'll never have to teach it to anyone else again.
* hackathon/event wrangling. I've run unconferences, hackathons, 
workshops, and most kinds of grassroots events you can think of, and can 
do it well enough to teach others.
* breaking things. I used to be in QA, and my specialty is breaking 
things (technology and content) like a very creative newbie might. Point 
me towards something and I will get confused and tell you exactly why.


*only my parents call me Mallory. I also go by mchua on IRC.

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