Want to shape the future of Symbian? Join Symbian DevCo!
Today marks the launch of a very interesting initiative, the Symbian Developer Cooperative, or Symbian DevCo.
It is a non-profit association, independent from the Symbian Foundation, that aims to raise the profile of individuals in the Symbian community and give them a voice in the governance of the Symbian platform.
Symbian DevCo has joined the Symbian Foundation today. Anyone can sign up, and registration is free.
What this means is that you can join Symbian DevCo, and leveraging their Symbian Foundation membership, have a say in everything related to Symbian’s governance.
Symbian, as you know, is the world’s most used mobile operating system. And it is now open source. As such, the members of the Symbian Foundation are the ones who set the goals for the future of the platform.
And now, with Symbian DevCo’s help, interested individuals everywhere can actively participate in the decision-making process as well.
Participants in Symbian DevCo can enjoy the same rights and benefits as employees of other member companies, such as becoming Package Owners or standing for election to the Symbian Councils.
People from all areas of the mobile sector are sure to join, and through the mechanism of internal voting, associates (what Symbian DevCo calls its members) will be able to raise the issues they deem most important to the wider Symbian community.
Some aspects, such as owning a package, are still probably best served by people who are developers by day, but there’s nothing stopping anyone, with as little programming knowledge as possible, from joining.
Symbian is making many small steps towards becoming the most open mobile operating system. And this is another one of them. This is, as far as I know, an unprecedented move for any mobile platform. Nowhere else can the average person exercise this level of influence over the development of the OS.
What remains to be seen, though, is how or if these efforts will help it regain the momentum it has lost with the media and public perception.