After Akkana’s Gimp talk I met Pia Waugh at the Pavilions to help with setting up for Open Day. It was fun helping set up. I like to be useful and help out.
Open Day itself was awesome!!! I took heaps of photos which are all at Flickr. There were approximately 1200 people present, that’s conference attendees and visitors. I went through the Pavilions where all the stalls were set up about three times and I still didn’t get to see everything. 🙂 There were 40 stalls and 15 talks. Sometimes it was too crowded to get near enough to stalls or to hear talks. What a great problem to have! It’s hard to tell what the most popular stalls were but I think they were (not in order) – Ubuntu, RepRap, Open Source Gaming, One Laptop Per Child, Homemade Rockets and Satellites, Virtual Reality, Digital Audio, Robot Dogs. These were nearly all interactive stalls.
On Friday I started thinking about all the expo’s etc that I go to for Teen Challenge. It would be good to have some form of interactivity for our stall. I’m wondering if there are any blood alcohol level tester programs or similar which could run from a laptop (open source of course). This might be a bit expensive to do with lots of disposable bits for blowing into. It’s something also these lines that I’m after. Something interactive which can be quickly and easily set up at a school or expo. I’ve done demo’s of the materials we teach and how we use open source software at Software Freedom Day and similar events but I want something which more specifically deals with Teen Challenge and what we’re about. I wonder if there’s a quiz on drug knowledge? I could probably create one in Hot Potatoes. I haven’t looked at the Linux version of their software. Maybe even Jessica could do this as a school project – make a quiz on legal and illegal drugs for her age group (early high school). A “Myth Busters” type of thing, multiple choice or true and false. Hot Potatoes quizzes work in a web browser, they can be online or local.