Ubuntu Open Week is an event organized by Canonical in which the community gets some insights on the development process of Ubuntu in the hope of getting new contributors.
According to Canonical, Ubuntu Open Week is a week of IRC and On Air! tuition and Q+A sessions, which takes place on #ubuntu-classroom on irc.freenode.net (#ubuntu-classroom-chat for questions) for IRC, and www.ubuntuonair.com for On Air!.
The event is organized at the beginning of each cycle and this time it will begin on October 24 and finish on October 26. Each session will be held between 13 to 18 UTC.
The highlight of Ubuntu OpenWeek will be on Thursday, at 10 UTC, when there is a special Ask Mark! Session.
“During the “Ask Mark” session, community members are invited to ask Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) questions about the Ubuntu project. You will ask your questions in #ubuntu-classroom-chat with the prefix QUESTION: and JoseeAntonioR or philipballew will be selecting specific questions to pass along to Mark in the main #ubuntu-classroom channel,” states the official announcement.
In case you were wondering what's that acronym after Mark Shuttleworth's name, we'll reveal it here: Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life.
Between October 24 and October 26, from 13:00 through 18:00 UTC, Canonical will be hosting several sessions from different teams, including the Development, News, Flavors (including Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Ubuntu Studio), Translations, QA, LoCo, Women, Accomplishments, IRC, App Development, Desktop, Manual and MOTU teams.
The new Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal operating system is the 17th release of the Ubuntu and it will be supported for two years. Alongside, Canonical is also promoting a few other operating systems based on Ubuntu: Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu GNOME Remix, and of course, Ubuntu Server.
To check out the full schedule and learn more about the event, visit the Ubuntu Open Week page on the official Ubuntu wiki.