Last year the FVCP hosted an all day learning session on Drupal held at Fermilab, in Batavia. From 8am till around 4pm 20 people sat at laptops and did built, step by step, their own Drupal sites in a Redhat Openshift server. This was the first summer workshop we attempted and we believe it was a success. But as with the saying in sales, that was last year. What are you going to do for me this year?
Some of the sticking points is the requirement of charging participants. Last year we had the opportunity to offer it for free and Fermilab was kind enough to lend us a conference room. Moving forward we are unsure on maintaining a free workshop as several of the ideas require up-front costs, such as hardware and specialized presenters.
We have been tossing ideas about, but none seem to be sticking to the wall. Like spagetti, it just needs a bit more cooking. Here are some ideas and I would love to hear yours, or a vote for any of the following.
- An all-day hack-a-thon. Pick a language/framework to build an app or website for a social cause that could use the help.
- Social media / SEM / SEO workshop.
- Step-by-step programming language school: Ruby, Python or PHP.
- Build your own Kano computer.