The Free Software / Open Source Software Company (GFOSS) in collaboration with the team are organizing a workshop on Sunday, July 21st at the Pantelopoulos Cultural Center of Sarantaporo village on “ Wireless Community Networks - Modern citizen-to-citizen infrastructure”.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform how a wireless internet access network is designed, implemented and operates based on the experience of the team that implemented the wireless networking of 15 villages in the greater Sarantaporo area as part of the GFOSS Open WiFi action.

The team’s proposal for further development of the wireless networks in the area will also be presented and an effort will be made to mobilize the local community to set up support groups in each village, where a wireless network is installed. These technical support teams will have the opportunity to be trained and in collaboration with the team will have the responsibility of maintaining and developing their village’s network. At the same time, ways of working with local stakeholders will be explored in order to "embrace" this effort and support it for its further development.

In detail, the agenda of the conference as it has been formed so far:

10:00 - 11:00: Attendance, coffee and social networking
11:00 - 11:30: Welcome, workshop presentation, greetings
11:30 - 12:00: Presentation: “ Wireless Community Networks. A state-of-the-art technology infrastructure by citizens for citizens”, How it started, at what stage it is now, plans for the future.”, the team
12:00 - 12:30: Presentation: “The Contribution of Open Source to the Development of Community Wireless Networks”, Karounos Theodoros, President of GFOSS
12:30 - 13:00: Presentation: "Expansion - Integration of Elassona Municipality Wireless Networks", Grigas Ioannis, Azorοs Wireless Network
13:00 - 13:30: Presentation: “Wireless Technologies at University of Larissa”, Vassilis Vlachos, University of Larissa
13:30 - 14:00: Presentation: "Local Wireless Access and E-Learning Services in Schools", Maria Koutsifeli, Pan-Hellenic School Network Technician / University of Thessaly
14:00 - 15:00: Break
15:00 - 15:30: Presentation: “Moving to Open Source for Businesses and Public Entities: Motivations, Benefits, Perspectives.” Vasilis Chrysos, FOSS Office
15:30 - 16:00: Presentation: “A Multidimensional Romance: Introduction to 3D Printing”, Thanassis Deligiannis, Head of GFOSS Working Group
16:00 - 17:00: Discussion and conclusions - proposals for expanding local networks in collaboration with local stakeholders
17:00 - 17:30: Setting up technical support teams for each village and workshop on blasting openmesh with the latest firmware

The workshop is open to all stakeholders (network users, representatives of local organizations and associations, academic community representatives, other wireless network communities) and is an opportunity to get acquainted and exchange views and experiences of all those involved in implementing the wireless network in the framework of Open WiFi action.

Listen to the interview of the Team at the ERA of Thessaly about the conference by clicking here.

See our study / proposal for the integration of our wireless networks in the following link:

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