Open Source Parenting at OSCON 2013?December 21, 2012 5:03 pm community, freesoftware
The OSCON 2013 Call for Participation just opened and the list of tracks this year is mostly the same as last year. I am a touch disappointed, because I suggested to some of the conference chairs that a track I’d love to see, and which I think would get lots of attention, would be on how we grown-up hackers ensure that we’re growing the next generation of open source hackers. In other words, as a parent, tips on sharing our passion for technology and the open source, free software, hacker ethos with our kids.
This generally fits into the “Geek lifestyle” theme, which is the most marginal of the tracks, but I bet that if there’s a critical mass of quality proposals on the topic, that we could have a separate open source parenting track at OSCON – and it would be standing room only all week.
Some things I would love to talk about or hear people talk about:
- Hackable living space – teaching kids they can control their environments
- Preschool engineering – toys and games that teach your child to hack before they can walk
- My First Electronics Kit – How my son and I learned how to make a solar powered car from scavenged parts
- Teaching kids to hack – coding literacy in K12
And anything else which gives me ideas for projects I can do with the kids and their friends, or that I can bring to the local school.
Wouldn’t that be the coolest track *ever*? All it needs to happen is to totally blind-side the conference chairs with a dozen high quality proposals that no-one could possibly refuse! Who’s with me? Won’t somebody please think of the children?!?