All the work is done for fun and for learning. It is a nice surprise to see to which extent the university lectures are really useful in the real work, but also how much additional work is needed to apply the learnt theory to practice.
New volunteers are always welcome, especially because students (sooner or later) graduate and slowly decrease their involvement in this project!
This virus hit hard the entire country; all students were sent home, the University set up on-premise video conferencing services in a few days, and traditional classes were moved into remote lectures.
However, there was no answer for labs, in particular computing labs. How can students practice with their coding labs, simulations, cloud, networking?
The CrownLabs project was set up to answer to this question: a group of volunteering students decided to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.
It was a wonderful ride: creating the team, leveraging the knowledge of different people, defining the objectives, assigning the tasks, a lot of collaboration, a lot of day and night work.
The result was a nice playground for everybody: we demonstrated that with the proper knowledge, team spirit, and a great extent of sacrifice, we can achieve great results in, really, a few weeks. In fact, the first lab was delivered three weeks after the beginning of this project: students of the Local Area Networks subject were the first to play with CrownLabs, practicing with (virtualized) network switches running in the GNS3 network emulator.
And, more important, we gave birth to this project, which may be useful also outside our University.
In Italian, Corona means Crown. The name CrownLabs is the logical consequence: a project born under the pressure of the (nasty) Coronavirus!
|Aldo Lacuku||Alex Palesandro||Andrea Cossio||Francesco Borgogni|
|Fulvio Risso||Gabriele Filaferro||Giuseppe Ognibene||Hamza Rhaouati|
|Marco Iorio||Michele Greco||Mattia Lavacca||Serena Flocco|
|Simone Magnani||Stefano Galantino|
Given the way this project was born, it is worth remembering all the people who spend their nights on the first few weeks of the project!