[PyAR2] OLPC at PyArkansas

Greg Lindstrom gslindstrom at gmail.com
Fri Aug 8 22:27:06 CEST 2008

I am pleased to announce that Chad Files has agreed to present a talk on the
"One Laptop per Child" (OLPC) program at pyArkansas.  Chad is a honch-level
programmer at Novasys Health where he handles all of the web duties.  He was
one of the first people to get his hands on a OLPC computer and it's always
fun when he brings it to work to show us the latest.  OLPC is heavily into
Python and, even if it weren't, it's a fascinating project that needs to get
more press.

More press....I'll contact my friends at the Log Cabin Democrat (Conway's
local paper) to see if we can get some ink.  I wonder if the DemGaz would be

Anyone else want to commit to a class/talk.  We are setting up 50-minute
blocks, so the actual talk should last about 40 minutes to allow for
questions.  I think we have Jeff Rush for a 3-hour "Python 101" class (9-12,
with breaks) and then something "more advanced" in the afternoon.  We have a
UCA faculty member (Bernard) volunteering to teach a class; I hope he will
do a talk on the Standard Library and another on Packages and Modules.

Chad Cooper is presenting on Text/File processing (1 or 2 sessions, Chad?)

Is anyone up on Django?  I've used it for 6 months but do not feel ready to
get in front of people.  How about pyGame?  TurboGears? Is there interest in
object-oriented programming?  Chad (Cooper) has done some cool stuff with
GIS. GUI programming? Database programming?

Marsee (from OReilly) asked if we would be interesed in them sending a
speaker.  I replied we are very interested and asked for a list of speakers
and topics.

It looks like we will have three "tracks"; one for beginners and the other
two for intermediate/advanced topics.  There's the start of a schedule
scratched out on the wiki.

It's time to put your name on a class!  If you don't want to present, what
do you want to see?

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