[LCA2015-Chat] RFC Parenting Miniconf at lca2016

Fraser Tweedale frase at frase.id.au
Sun Jan 18 11:11:26 AEDT 2015

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 08:44:41AM +1000, Jared Ring wrote:
> 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?
> -- 
> Cheers
> Jared

+1 This would be a great miniconf topic!


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