Friday, March 6, 2015

Prairie Dev Con 15–Post Event Attendee Email

Hello Attendees!

Thank you very much for coming out to Prairie Dev Con! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did putting it on and the speakers did presenting their talks! I wanted to touch base on a few items:

Session Materials

One of the speakers, Joe Kuemerle, has put up a Github repository where you can find materials from the various sessions. We’re in the process of collecting them so check back over the next week for new additions!

Event Survey

We have a short survey to collect your feedback on the conference. It’s really short and the feedback will help make Prairie Dev Con Winnipeg 2016 a fantastic event! The link to the survey is below.

“What Is Computer Science” – Help a High School Computer Science Teacher Out!

Larry Wachs, the Computer Science teacher at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, is looking for some help from those of us in the industry. He’s looking for people to record a short video clip giving a glimpse into what Computer Science is like in the real world. For more information on this initiative please visit our blog:

Thanks again, and we’ll see you next year!

D’Arcy Lussier

Prairie Dev Con

“What Is Computer Science”–Help a High School Teacher Out!

Larry Wachs, the computer science teacher at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate here in Winnipeg, is looking for some help from those of us in the industry. Here’s his ask:

“What is Computer Science?

As a high school Computer Science teacher, this is a question I have to answer ALL THE TIME from students, parents, and others. I try my best to answer, but if you’re willing I could use your help!

You can help by filming a short (approximately 5 second) video response on your smart phone, camera, etc. and say “This is Computer Science”.

The key to this is that you do it in your place of work, or some other cool background for the video. For example: in front of all your employees saying it in unison, with some of your development of cool projects going on in the background, the cool office settings you have, or in front of the view outside your office windows. The idea for this is that it will show the diverse nature of Computer Science and the potential it has for the future. These responses will be put together with others to make a short video for teachers to promote Computer Science education.

Please send your video responses or links to video responses to:

Thank you for your time!”

This is a fantastic endeavour to help promote Computer Science within Manitoba high schools so please consider doing a short video and helping Larry out!