The Catalyst Open Source Academy is an initiative designed to provide training and work experience for young New Zealand technologists.
The pilot programme was held for two weeks in January 2011. It gave 17 Secondary School students a taste of real open source development through a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on project work.
The aim was to get the students to the point where they could usefully contribute to a real (open source) project.
By organising and funding the Academy, Catalyst hoped 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.
In this presentation Catalyst's Ian Beardslee will outline how they put the initiative together, what worked and what didn't, and lessons learnt from the project.
by Thomas Sprinkmeier
The thrilling adventures of a geek volunteering at his kids' schools to promote geek-dom.
For the last 3 terms I've been running a weekly session in all things geek, from Guido van Robot programming to Lego Mindstorm, circuit-glue to cyber-safety, rocketry to metallurgy.
My motivation is to inspire curiosity, the burning desire to know how things work (and how to make them work better), in short: geek-dom.
My talk is about how to do this in a minimal budget using not much more than remastered Linux DVDs, salt and LEDs.
The title is my challenge to the community: find yourself a classroom and spread the word!
16th–20th January 2012