I was curious if there was anything like this for Blender? I think it would be something that would be good to try and start if there wasn’t. Because I personally don’t think that there is enough representation of open-source software at some schools[speaking for the 3 in my district.], and there is so much to do with those programs, as opposed to the ones used at school.
Seems like he wants to do his part. Rather than opposition, perhaps you can help the young lad with some advice.
My advice to you, to help spread blender is to make a portfolio of your work, and to sell yourself to architects and engineers . After you are successful return here and give advice and / or tutorials.
Take as much as you can from the forums here, but don’t forget to give back. If you receive something of value, do not forget to give back something of equal or greater value.
I noticed most dutch architecture studies support Maya. If you contact the universities and ask them to use Blender instead of Maya (don’t forget to tell them it’s free :D), they may confront new students with our lovely 3D tool
Do what you can. Most recently, I gave a 3 hour class on using Blender with Python at the PyArk Unconference. It was the biggest class in the whole event.
How do you show your stuff to Architects and Engineers? First make up some stuff that looks as good or better as they could get professionally, then open the phone book and get their numbers. Cold call them, or find out when the next trade association meetings are and go there.