[LCA2015-Chat] RFC Parenting Miniconf at lca2016

Tabitha Roder tabitha at tabitha.net.nz
Sat Jan 17 17:15:38 AEDT 2015

Yes! Totally interested in supporting this idea for a miniconf. Putting
thinking cap on.
 Calling all parents, educators and other interested parties!

If a group of free and open technology enthusiasts went to playgroup, what
would they talk about? What would the kids be playing with and doing?

I'd like to put forward the idea of doing a "Geek Parenting" Mininconf at
next year's LCA. I'm putting the concept to the community at large to help
define the scope and ideals of the day in preparation for putting in a
submission when the CFP opens.

I'm interested in ways to encourage an interest in technology for my
children as they grow up. I'm looking for other like minded people to share
ideas on what they do with their kids, what works and what doesnt.

Like Bdale (I think) said in Friday's keynote, in the 80s there were books
in the library you could borrow that contained BASIC code to be typed into
your C64 for fun. Hands up how many people got the bug that way? Well, what
is the 21st century equivalent.

I have been thinking about this idea for awhile and comments Bdale made
along with Thomas Sprinkmeier's talk on training your minions yesterday
gave me the extra enthusiasm to get the ball rolling.

As an aside, how awesome would it be that at a future LCA, one of the
tracks in the open hardware miniconf was aimed at kids? And our kids went
to that as part of the partners program for that day?



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