[Edu-sig] Edu Summit at PyCon ?
vceder at canterburyschool.org
Thu Nov 5 17:19:12 CET 2009
Trevor Toenjes wrote:
> Who is also part of pycon-organizers and can jump start some activity?
Of course, Trevor and I are on pycon-organizers, but we both are in the
coordinating business already, Trevor with sponsorship and me with the
poster session. I can help some, but I'm reluctant to take the lead.
> Vern Ceder wrote:
>> Actually, we've probably been more active than most - every year
>> members of edu-sig have gone out to dinner and spent an open space
>> evening together. Naturally more publicity and support would always be
> If this is satisfactory to everyone, then that is that. (the thread
> seemed to die quickly)
> But if there is a desire to accomplish more ... then it requires some
> organization and effort.
> My offer is open ended to do publicity if the group decides to organize
> the beginning of something more formal like an Education Summit. I am
> glad to help find additional space if need and do press releases, etc.
> Who can work on this?
Yeah, the real question is whether we want to move to something more
formal. We've usually had something like 20-25 show up for part or all
of the open space, so we could probably expect to have enough mass for a
more formal summit.
The other summits have met during a tutorial day, which might be a
problem for some of us in getting more time away from classes, an extra
night of hotel, etc. OTOH, if we have a summit during PyCon we either
have to take an evening or miss a chunk of talks.
The past couple of years Andy Harrington and I have done the following:
* setup a page on the PyCon wiki to collect attendees, topics and dinner
* publicized our meeting on this list (Vern)
* researched a restaurant and made reservations (this is something that
someone local is best equipped to do) (Andy)
* reserved an open space room for our evening conversations (Andy)
Other than the barest get-things-started nudge, we haven't had much need
for a moderator or the like - we've just let the conversation flow.
I can certainly set up the wiki page again, and will back Trevor up (if
needed) in asking pycon-organizers for the space. With Trevor's offer to
do publicity, a coordinator's role would mainly (I think) be:
* manage outreach to potential attendees/invitees and the ed community
(esp. those in the Atlanta area)
* work out a format and agenda, etc
* pitch the idea to the pycon-organizers, with Trevor and me (at least)
* coordinate with Trevor on overall location and publicity needs.
>> I would also appreciate it if someone had the academic contacts and
>> the time to pursue them. However, I doubt that we can tinker with the
>> tutorials much at this point. OTOH, posters, lightning talks, and open
>> space are all very well suited for both educators and students, so it
>> would be good to get the word out. Anyone?
> Who will volunteer to start the grass-roots advocacy and call academics
> around Atlanta and invite them and their students to PyCon and to meet
> with the edu group?
This time for sure!
-Bullwinkle J. Moose
Vern Ceder, Director of Technology
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