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Open Source Academy

The Academy is a Catalyst initiative designed to provide training and work experience for young New Zealand technologists. The next Academy will is 6th to 17th of January 2014.  Applications have now closed for 2014.

What they are saying...


"The Academy can be summarised by two words: impressive and astounding." 

"The Academy has vastly changed my opinion of open source. Now that I understand it further I no longer see open source as a way to get free software without piracy. Instead, I feel that it is a relevant and powerful philosophy and strategy that will be increasingly important in our copyright ridden world." 
"The project work was fantastic...and made me see a little more of what it is like to be working on a real project with a deadline."
"All the mentors and instructors were extremely friendly and helpful."
14 year old participant
"[My student] was so excited about her work at the Catalyst Open Source Academy over the holidays...you've opened her eyes to new possibilities."
Wellington IT teacher

The Catalyst Open Source Academy gives secondary school students a taste of real open source development through a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on project work. The aim is to get Academy students quickly to the point where they can usefully contribute to a real open source project. For example, previous Academy participants wrote unit tests for the Koha project, contributing to the overall quality of the popular open source library management system.

The Open Source Academy has been running annually since 2011. The January 2014 Open Source Academy will 6th to 17th of January.

By organising and funding the Academy, Catalyst hopes to show young technologists how to participate in open source communities and to fully explore their passion for IT through freely available open source tools. We also hope to attract more talented New Zealanders into the IT profession generally, and particularly to meet the growing demand for open source technology across the public and private sectors, both here in New Zealand and internationally.

Applications for 2014 have now closed.  To receive more information and to express interest in participating in future events, please send an email to academy@catalyst.net.nz.


Media statement announcing launch of the Academy, December 2010 [PDF 82 KB]

"School's in for open source advocates", Computerworld, 10 January 2011

Catalyst Open Source Academy in full swing

New software contributors through the Catalyst Open Source Academy

The Catalyst Open Source Academy was discussed in "New technology with Sarah Putt" in Nine to Noon Radio NZ on 26 January 2012 (at minute 14:20)

"Forget the beach, let's learn about coding", Interface Magazine, Issue 37, February 2012

"School's in for summer", Interface Magazine, Issue 45, February 2013