[IAEP] EduJAM day 2.

David Farning dfarning at activitycentral.com
Sat May 7 18:28:58 EDT 2011

Another day of EduJAM is over. The Event coordinators from Ceibal Jam set an
impressively high bar for future conferences.

The morning centered around Status and Plans reports from deployments. Plan
Ceibal started the day with a session on the technical status and efficacy of
the project. Representatives of Nepal, Rwanda, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and
Argentina participated in a panel discussion about the status and plans for
their deployments.

The reports were mainly from people implementing technical aspects of the
project rather than official spokes people. As such, they were remarkably open
and constructive.

The third session was about Sugar on non-XO hardware. It is an open question
which several deployments are studying.

The afternoon was an unconference. There were three tracks in which speakers
gave a series of 30 minute talks.

The format worked well. Other Sugar and OLPC events have gotten a bit unruly as
people's passions overflowed.  This event had a lot of listening and learning
followed by conversations over dinner.  The unconference session gave a chance
for many people to give uninterrupted 30 minute talks of personal interest.
Participants were able to 'vote with their feet' about what they personally
found valuable.

Tomorrow kicks off the first day of the code sprint. Wish us luck.

Thanks to everyone that participated. I made a (significant to me) investment in
this event.  The Return on Investment for the community and Activity Central was
quite a bit above what I expected!


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