Just getting things started here so I can post my thoughts during this conference. I'll likely create child streams for the Sprints and different talks that I attend.
While I can't attend PyTennessee 2014 myself, I'm thrilled that Eldarion is a sponsor and helping run the sprints.
Looking forward to picking up Michael Trier and having a pre-sprint dinner before meeting up with folks at Emma.
Very active sprints for the initial night! Lots of Pinax activity.
Wow. That was a fantastic conference. Very proud that this was in my city. I was too buys chatting with the attendees to spend time live "ThoughtStreaming".
The final talk/keynote of the the conference, I thought was fantastic and completed a nice theme in this conference which was the involvement of children who want to learn to code.
Jessica McKellar's final keynote:
As well as Katie Cunningham teaching a young coders class ALL DAY, made for what I hope to see more off at programming conferences.
I have thought for years now that schools should be teaching programming as young as elementary the way my generation learned typing. It was a standard thing.
Even if kids are not going to be programmers, understanding the basics of development will serve them well.
The combination of Jessica's talk and Katie's light-talk report, provided lots of concrete ideas for taking action.
Katie had mentioned a link in her lighting-talk to a Github repo with the curriculum for running a class. But I don't remember nor am unable to find it right now. However, I think that would be a very doable thing to do at my kid's school one Saturday.
Had a great time at PyTennessee 2014. Participating in the Sprints was great. Being able to help programmers new to Django or new to contributing to open source was very rewarding.