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Open Edge 2009: Open Education Forum

Submitted by donna on 7 October, 2009 - 13:07

Open Edge 2009: Open Education Forum - create - educate - participate - collaborateFor the past 6 months or so, I've been working with a small team of people to put together Open Edge 2009, a one day forum to explore open education issues for Australian schools.  We've got a phenomenal list of contributors involved and I'm really looking forward to it.

Software Freedom Day 2009

Submitted by donna on 26 September, 2009 - 08:44

Saturday September 19 2009 was software freedom day. Creative Contingencies took part again as part of our commitment to the free and open source software community.

It's a challenging day.  Most of the challenge revolves around promoting the event, and knowing who to target. Our own focus is largely in the education and small business sector, so naturally we see strong benefits in using Free and Open Source Software in schools and small companies.  We had a very mixed crowd this year - with lots of members of Melbourne PC and Apple Users Society of Melbourne taking part for the first time. This is really exciting as we extend the software freedom message to these passionate computer groups, who may not have appreciated that they too could enjoy Free Software.

Brianna Laugher did a phenomenal job of designing and delivering a comprehensive program of talks and workshops, and Melbourne PC's facilities provided ample space and resources to make it all happen.  Unfortunately we were unable to harness the resources and energy to video the talks but will certainly make more of an effort to do that next year. Ultimately, time and energy are limited commodities when it comes to an event such as Software Freedom Day and I'm very pleased with what we were able to achieve.

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