[Linux-aus] BuzzConf report

Linux Australia President president at linux.org.au
Mon Dec 18 10:08:42 AEDT 2017

Thanks so much for the report Ben - appreciate it.

Sounds like a number of kiddos did a lot of technical levelling up over
the weekend!

Best, Kathy

On 18/12/17 09:15, Ben Dechrai via linux-aus wrote:
> Dear Linux Australia,
> Many thanks, again, for supporting aspects of BuzzConf through the
> grants program.
> As outlined in the original request, we sought support to cover the cost
> of open hardware and components for projects that children at the event
> would build and take home, as well as increased costs in infrastructure
> to host the sessions. We had great feedback from the session leaders for
> the "Nightmare Lights" and "Coder Dojo" workshops that provided these
> resources to the children.
> Coder Dojo ran four workshops throughout the weekend, and almost all
> children went along to at least one of them. Kids had great fun with all
> the activities, and took part in a test to see how many people it would
> take to break a Makey Makey electric circuit. They created a chain of
> children, and got to 27 bodies while still maintaining connectivity :)
> The Nightmare Light workshop saw kids work in groups to create over a
> dozen lights, crafted from broken toys, op-shop bargains, arduinos,
> LEDs, and more. Some of the digital art that came out was fantastic, and
> all the children involved had so much fun creating the most nightmare
> inducing objects they could imagine.
> Despite severe weather warnings for Victoria that weekend, the venue in
> Ballan was both well equipped for any bad weather, and also avoided the
> worst of the weather-front. Despite some participants choosing not to
> attend, we were happy to discover almost all families attended, with 48
> of the 50 registered children checking in to the festival.
> The additional funding, beyond the hard costs for the workshops, allowed
> us to secure a more suitable marquee for the children's track, which
> kept them lovely and dry even during spells of moderate rain on the
> Saturday.
> I'd like to personally thank the committee, and the members, for
> approving the funding request, and also to pass on sincere appreciation
> from the whole BuzzConf team, and the children's track session leaders.
> Regards,
> Ben Dechrai
> P.S. Apologies to council who received this twice, due to me sending the
> email from the wrong account and it entering moderation on the Linux-Aus
> list.
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Kathy Reid
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