January 26, 2005

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Advocacy plans

I will be home in a month!

I am overflowing with ideas I want to share with people, and I'm planning to go to different places in the Philippines in order to do open source and computer science advocacy.

  • I want to show people that you can be passionate and enthusiastic about computing, and you can share what you know even if you're just talking about simple things.
  • I want to help start geek communities so that people know who's working on what. It's important for people to know whom they can ask for help.
  • I want to find out what issues teachers face in other schools and how teachers deal with those issues. I hope to share thoughts on teaching introductory computer science and making computer science fun and interesting for university students as well as elementary students.
  • I want teams from the provinces to perform better in national programming competitions.
  • I want to help show people that they can do funky computing stuff in the provinces so that they're not always envious of Metro Manila and its high concentration of geeks. ;) I want students to be able to consider their local colleges seriously. I want to encourage people to hold their own technical sessions and regular meetings.
  • I want to show people that computer science isn't just about money. It helps you learn how to think, and that makes it really useful.

I don't need to speak to large audiences, although I can do that if I'm part of a larger event. If I spoke in front of a large audience all day, I'd bore them—better to reserve that for smaller audiences so that I can adapt to people better. I don't need a grand event. I just need to be there, meeting people, asking questions, exchanging ideas...

I can start with a small thing. I can talk about computing on XTs if that's all they have. I can assume zero background on Linux or even computing if necessary. It's just that I'm mobile (aka unemployed) in a position to do something cool, and I can't let the opportunity pass.

Summertime would be best. That would mean I'd have to raise PHP 10k for airfare or so. There's a Cebu Pacific Air thing running until March 15, but I won't get to talk to teachers and students then, so it might be better to spend that time with my family, use all March to prepare really good presentations, and head off during April so that I can talk to lots of people.

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