[Sugar-devel] Sugar talk and Hackfest at IIT-M,India
Vamsi Krishna Davuluri
vamsi.davuluri at gmail.com
Thu Aug 13 13:46:57 EDT 2009
I was invited by the organizers of Shaastra
to conduct a Sugar Hackfest. And have been given roughly
a day for the entire event.
The number of participants, statistically, has been overwhelming
in any event conducted at Shaastra.
But on a percentile of 100, our estimation is 40 will be python newbies
who don't know a thing about GTK or other APIs.
30 will be familiar with APIs and should be good enough with Python.
20 should be good enough with even GTK, and should be able to do
a lot. And 10 should be exceptional people.
But of course, there should be at least 1000 students there for this. ;)
Taking into account this scenario:
1) Provide some training material on their site.
2) Provide a hacking exercise on the site.
< More suggestions from you guys>
Moving on to the program:
In the morning there will be a talk, which I will give:
I intend to give it roughly regarding these:
1) Sugar's motivation
2) Sugar's users
3) Future ( I will need some info regarding this)
The technical part:
1) How sugar works. (the technologies used)
2) A walk on where what happens. (where to hack, and what to hack)
3) How to build a simple activity
And for the actual Hack Fest:
Get a list of suggested bugs from the Sugar Community.
Divide them into levels.
Get them to build a simple Game Activity. ( thanks to tomeu for the
< More suggestions welcome>
And lastly, there are a few questions which I was never able to answer
"Kids in the world are dying because of the lack of food and disease, how
are a bunch of
laptops and a Desktop going to save them? "
I personally answered it like this: "We are trying to do what we can in the
and by being open and free about it, we are also inviting everyone
interested in the cause to
join us. "
"We already have desktops, how is sugar special"
My answer: "Sugar is aimed at a very younger audience, and a very light
machine. And besides,
we are very young; soon there will be a boom"
Is there a better answer to these?
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