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Oct 26, 2011, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Recently SCALE announced that the 2012 event, January 20-22 in Los Angeles, will include a SCALE Kids Conference. Gareth Greenaway, who is helping organize the new track, says that SCALE has always been a family-friendly environment. Greenaway says one of his favorite memories from a past SCALE was watching a small girl talk to a vendor who was exhibiting OLPC laptops. When the exhibitor started to tell her about it, she interrupted him and told him she already had the laptop at home and knew all about it.

"Greenaway says that in the past, some children have presented at the SCALE mini-conferences, which are held the Friday of the event weekend, and these talks tend to be some of the most popular. "A few years ago, one of the mini-conferences that we hosted was dedicated to showcasing the contributions that women have and continue to make in the free and open source community," Greenaway says. 'One of my favorite sessions from this particular mini-conference was done by Mirano Cafiero, Malakai Wade, and Saskia Wade. They gave a presentation on their favorite FOSS software and what they wished it could do that it didn't currently.'

"I actually attended that talk and agree with Greenaway when he says that the session was inspiring to watch because the girls were telling a room full of adults the directions that FOSS software should take. 'The most amazing part was that the adults were listening,' he says."

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