[Linux-aus] [Grant Application] Kids Tracks at BuzzConf

Ben Dechrai ben at dechrai.com
Tue Oct 17 12:39:27 AEDT 2017

Hi LA council and members,

Many thanks! I'll send an invoice through shortly :)


On 17/10/17 12:22, Linux Australia President wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> This Grant Application was considered at Council meeting 12th October,
> and has been approved to the value of $AUD 1500
> BuzzConf grant submission for review 2017-10-12:
> http://lists.linux.org.au/pipermail/linux-aus/2017-September/023195.html
> MOTION by Kathy Reid that Linux Aus provide a grant to BuzzConf of
> $1500 noting that this will specifically be used to encourage children
> to use Open Source Hardware. Seconded by Russell Stuart. Passed
> unanimously.
> ACTION Kathy to communicate the outcome of this grant.
> Council noted that the grant request is specifically for open source
> hardware, which will be used to increase engagement of children with
> technology. We noted the strong community feedback around this
> request, and the distinction between the overall BuzzConf focus, and
> this particular element of the event.
> NEXT ACTION: Ben, could you please raise an Invoice to Linux Australia
> for this amount and we'll get it paid ASAP,
> Kind regards,
> Kathy
> On 18/09/17 20:19, Ben Dechrai via linux-aus wrote:
>> Dear LA council and members,
>> You may have heard about BuzzConf <https://buzzconf.io/>. It's an
>> annual technology festival that's about to see its third event run
>> from Dec 1st to 3rd. Take liberal portions of tech conference, mix in
>> a family friendly atmosphere, a strong focus on diversity, and the
>> party atmosphere of a music festival, and you're on the right track.
>> This year, we've had a fantastic number of submissions to the kids
>> track <https://buzzconf.io/kids-track/>, and have enough to run two
>> tracks for them! Some of them require the supply of hardware, in
>> particular:
>>> *Nightmare Light*
>>> In this workshop we will help you design, build and program a
>>> nightmare-light. We’ll have sensors available for those who want to
>>> detect ambient light for an extra challenge. The workshop is geared
>>> towards children but those young-at-heart are welcome to join too!
>>> Younger children can participate too if they have an overseeing
>>> parent to help them.
>>> Participation is $30 per person to cover hardware costs. Each person
>>> will get a kit with:
>>> 1 x Arduino (will need a USB cable for programming)
>>> 1 x Photo resistor
>>> 1 x LED light pack
>>> 1 x Battery
>>> 1 x Set of wires (for electrical connection)
>> Children attend BuzzConf for free and get their own educational
>> track, because we want to make events like these as accessible as
>> possible to families, especially single-parent families, who often
>> can't get to conferences.
>> In this spirit, we'd love to cover all workshop costs for children
>> too. We currently have 37 child tickets sold, with 13 more available.
>> With an anticipated 20-30 children making a nightmare light, the
>> workshop organiser will be supplying $600 - $900 worth of hardware.
>> CoderDojo Carlton are also running a number of workshops and, while
>> they will be bringing hardware from their pool, they anticipate
>> incurring costs of around $65 for the components that kids will be
>> taking away (conductive tape, and LEDs).
>> We are seeking funding to cover the cost to the organisers of running
>> the children's workshops, estimated at no more than $1,000. Would LA
>> be amenable to covering this cost? After the event, we would provide
>> a detailed itinerary and costs of hardware that was given to the kids
>> (we wouldn't expect workshop organisers to be reimbursed for hardware
>> that they don't give away), so that LA's contribution is only for
>> those costs. It may, in this scenario, be easier for this request to
>> be that the organisers are paid directly by LA, and that we are
>> seeking funding on their behalf.
>> In acknowledgement of this support, we would including LA's logo on
>> our website as a Festival Sponsor (a $1,000 value in our sponsor doc).
>> On the off-chance that LA would consider a larger investment, in
>> order to run the two tracks for children, we are needing to secure
>> additional facilities, such as tables, tents, power, and projection
>> facilities. If LA were to consider a $5,000 investment and become a
>> Festival Partner, we would prioritise these funds to ensure the
>> children's workshop cost outlined above are covered first and
>> foremost. The remainder would help us with the increased costs of
>> additional facilities. The Festival Partner support level also
>> includes two festival tickets, which LA could use as they wish. (You
>> might want to send some representatives of LA, or give them away to
>> the community. We could help promote any activity around making these
>> available to others.)
>> Many thanks in advance for your consideration. I welcome any
>> questions for clarification.
>> Ben Dechrai
>> Co-founder, BuzzConf Technology Festival
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