Hey Everyone, I've been working on putting this project together for a few weeks now and it is finally coming together. The "Workshop for Good" will take place Saturday and Sunday May 20th - 21st. The cost is $400 for most people, but a discounted price of $200 for current high-school or undergraduate students (limit 5). All proceeds will benefit the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School, a small public high school in downtown Washington, DC. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to improve access to and integration of technology throughout the curriculum. It will be led by Amy Hoy (http://www.slash7.com), Ezra Z. (http://www.brainspl.at), and me, Jeff C. (http://www.casimircreative.com). Between the three of us we have a good bit of experience and complementary specializations. Ezra has experience in the "enterprise" arena and extensive knowledge about deployment, servers, and all that techie stuff (in fact he's writing a book for the Pragmatic Programmers on the topic). Amy has a really different take on things coming from a designer perspective and has a uniquely quirky style that sugar-coats her real expertise (and is another PragProg author in the making). I, Jeff, am an experienced teacher first and an experienced Rails programmer second (though with no book deal!) and hope to help the three of us turn the expertise in our brains into a fun, interactive, and engaging educational experience. The content is still being tweaked, but you can rest assured that there will be a lot of learning going on. We're targeting the beginning and intermediate Rails users. I know many of you are above that level, but maybe you have friends or colleagues that would be interested. At this point, we need the following: 1) Attendees! One seat's taken, 24 to go. 2) Blog Pimpage! We're trying to get the word out, please help. 3) Sponsorships! Dave T. has graciously offered us copies of the Rails book which is totally awesome. We would love to find additional sponsors who might be interested in covering things like: a) speaker transportation/hotel costs (~$800), b) lunches for everyone (~$600), c) door prizes (software? hosting? swag? etc), d) t-shirts (~$350), e) attendee happy-hour/dinner, e) other ideas. In exchange I'll be adding "sponsor" links/icons to the website and will include them on any swag that we create. 4) Other contributions? If our idea is compelling and you've got something else to contribute please shoot me an email. More information and developing news is available at the project website: http://www.workshopforgood.org Thanks for your time & support, Jeff C.
on 2006-04-12 10:00