Last week, I was at CUE 2009 conference in Palm Springs, California. That was a lot of fun !
Steve Hargadon and I, as part of K12OpenSource.com, did a great setup of thin clients that were used both for email stations, filling up the survey and also as a lab for presentations for the conference. All of this was called the "Open Source Pavilion". We also had the help of Judith Beaudoin as a volunteer to help us do the setup (and the much appreciated remote help from Stéphane Graber).
You can see on this picture people filling up the survey for the conference. CUE had this great idea of giving a t-shirt to people who fill up the survey, this is a great incentive to do so and a trick to keep for other conferences.
I also gave two talks in the Open Source Pavilion
- 10 Common pitfalls on the road to Open Source
- Large scale Open Source infrastructure and thin clients.
Here is a picture of the pavilion, with people looking at Ubuntu and various applications available on our thin clients using LTSP-Cluster, between 2 presentations.
Following these talks time I spent at the Open Source, I had the chance to meet a lot of teachers and IT people from various areas of California and United States. A lot of people almost jumped on us to have our list of "Top 10 Open Source software in Education". By popular demand, you can download it right here. If I have had a thousand copies of it, I'm sure I would have gave them all !
I'm sure that this was just a first time and that we will be back at CUE next year.