You might not be aware of this, but Sun had started last year Sun Campus Ambassador Program, and they targeted university students all over the world, to select 500 of them :) for training them on cutting-edge technologies, who in turn would train their fellow university students on those technologies!
Last year, JIIT University, where I am pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering (currently, in final year). It was an honor for our college to be considered as a part of their program and select a possible Sun CA.
So, our univ. shortlisted 3 candidates from pre-final year, CSE and IT students. They were interviewed and then, Angad Singh became the first CA from our campus.
JIIT Sun Club
This club was formed to drive Open Source movement in our university. Its formation was an idea initiated by Angad and supported by myself and Saurabh Dhupar. Together we conducted various events, Saurabh and I were coordinators, whereas Angad was CA.
JIIT Sun Club had workshops for Code For Freedom, NetBeans Plugin Development, Java and Solaris. Then, tech talks on NetBeans 6.0 and NetBeans Community Docs Program. Finally, ending the season with Virtual Install Fest.
This year as well, Sun started looking for new CA’s, not necessarily, as some of them are continuing their term this year as well ;) Some got promoted and are now called Student Coordinator and Tech Leads.
Still, majority of CA’s are new one’s this year, and while I talk about India. Sun India, hosted an Induction Program in July (this year) at IEC, Bangalore. Some of CA’s were invited there, and some came to Amity University, Noida (this month) for their induction.
September 05-07, Noida: Amity University hosted the Campus Ambassador Delhi Induction Program for 40 new CA’s of North India region, in collaboration with Sun India, and Ganesh Hiregoudar, Program Manager (APAC), Campus Ambassador Program was representing Sun India, along with Anuradha Sen, Student Coordinator (East India), Campus Ambassador Program.
Why am I telling this?
I was invited to conduct the workshop on NetBeans Plugin Development for the new CA’s. Also, I was ex-Sun Club coordinator, so it was great opportunity to meet the people in reality :)
It was a 3-day program, out of which I attended the first two. The follow-up blog entries would discuss the happenings on those days ;)