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== Through the Looking Glass: Open Source from a Student's Perspective - Elizabeth Garbee ==
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== Sugarlabs: A word from the founder - Walter Bender ==
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A 17 year old and recent high school graduate from the US, Elizabeth developed an early interest in open source, installing her first Debian machine (with some help!) at age 9. Since then, her main computing interest has been graphics manipulation and digital art. Aside from computers, Elizabeth is a dedicated student who is passionate about music, enjoys reading comic books, and is looking forward to entering Oberlin College in the fall of 2010.
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Walter Bender is technologist and researcher who has made important contributions in the field of electronic publishing, media, and technology for learning. Bender is on leave as a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab which he led as executive director between 2000 and 2006. More recently, Bender served as president of One Laptop per Child for Software and Content where he coordinated the development of software and content including the Sugar interface for the XO-1 Children's Machine computer.
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In this look at a day in the life of a "geeky teen," Elizabeth will explain how free software fits into a teenage lifestyle. This includes why a teen should care about open source and the ways a young person can integrate free software into a life dominated by the Windows and Mac OS's. Common misconceptions about open source in the USA public education system will be exposed and explained, as well as subtle things a teenager can do to make free software less intimidating to their peers.
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Walter Bender took a leave of absence from the Media Lab to work at One Laptop per Child as president of that organisation for Software and Content. In this role, Bender oversaw and helped many of the most innovative aspects of OLPC's XO-1 including the Sugar graphical interface. After leaving OLPC in 2008, Bender founded Sugar Labs to continue development of Sugar.
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(Thanks wikipedia authors for the bio)

Revision as of 17:47, 12 January 2010

Sugarlabs: A word from the founder - Walter Bender

Walter Bender is technologist and researcher who has made important contributions in the field of electronic publishing, media, and technology for learning. Bender is on leave as a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab which he led as executive director between 2000 and 2006. More recently, Bender served as president of One Laptop per Child for Software and Content where he coordinated the development of software and content including the Sugar interface for the XO-1 Children's Machine computer.

Walter Bender took a leave of absence from the Media Lab to work at One Laptop per Child as president of that organisation for Software and Content. In this role, Bender oversaw and helped many of the most innovative aspects of OLPC's XO-1 including the Sugar graphical interface. After leaving OLPC in 2008, Bender founded Sugar Labs to continue development of Sugar.

(Thanks wikipedia authors for the bio)



This talk is scheduled for education miniconf: Tuesday 19 January 2010