Digital Odyssey 2014 Conference Registration is now open! Make sure you sign up early to get a spot in the workshops.
Friday June 6th, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oakham House*, Ryerson University
55 Gould St Toronto, ON M5B 1E9
2014’s Conference theme is “Code, the Most Important Language in the World.” The focus is on improving programming language literacy and becoming active in code and our communities.
Code is the common language between us and computers, the instructions we give our devices to get them to do what we want. Code is an integral part of human communication today and the more you can empower yourself with code, the better off you will be. Technology permeates all area of our lives and work, and whether you know it or not, someone somewhere wrote code that determines what you what you can and cannot do with every device and platform you interact with.
As librarians, we encounter technologies in all aspects of our work and we help our patrons navigate this technical world. To thrive in your interactions with technology it is important know what code is and the general concepts behind writing it. If you are ready to embrace code and bend computers to your will, even better. Improving our collective code literacy will help empower us in our daily work and let us better help our patrons learn this important skill.
Want to learn more about coding? Sign up for the “Learning Through Games” workshop where you will learn programming concepts and logic through gameplay with Scratch, an introductory programming language designed to help teach basic programming logic and techniques.
Interested in setting up a workshop to help your patrons learn to code? Sign up for the “Train the trainer” workshop and earn how to run and modify a Scratch workshop by doing it. Together, Kids Learning Code, Maker Kids, TIFF and Toronto Public Library, have developed comprehensive, maker curriculum for educators who work in formal and informal learning environments with the objective of increasing Toronto youth access and engagement with advanced technology and digital tools! These workshops and activities allow youth to create something with purpose, driven by their own vision and also empower teachers to be makers.
Twitter hashtag #DO14
Registration Rate: Members: $160 Non Members: $190
|8:45 – 9:30
||Breakfast & Registration
|9:30 – 9:40
|9:40 – 10:45
||Keynote – Chrys WuDeveloper Advocate for The New York Times
|10:45 – 11:00
|11:00 – 12:00
||Session One – Open Source software projects and communities(Panel Speakers: Randy Metcalfe, Kirsta Stapelfeldt, Graham Stewart)
||Workshop One – Learning Through Games (leader CoderDojoTO)
|12:00 – 1:00
||Session Two – Using and developing APIs(Panel Speakers: David Fiander, Vanessa Sabino, Nathan Vexler)
|1:30 – 2:30
|2:30 – 3:30
||Session Three – What is #LODLAM?! : Understanding Linked Data in Libraries, Archives [and Museums](Alison Hitchens)
|Workshop Two – Train the trainer – Scratch (leader MakerKids)
|3:30 – 3:45
|3:45 – 4:45
||Closing Keynote – Sean YoInformation architect, web expert and community builder, Hive Waterloo
Over the course of her intrepid career, Chrys Wu a.k.a. @MacDiva has been a strategist, journalist, coder and cook. She is currently Developer Advocate for The New York Times, where she leads internal and public-facing initiatives of New York Times Developers. Prior to joining The Times, she worked with organizations like The Gates Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR and its affiliates to deepen connection to people through community-systems architecture, user-centric design and code.
Chrys has been an invited speaker at The White House, has been called a “trusted consigliere” in New York tech, and is a trustee emeritus of the Awesome Foundation, a global network of chapters that grant $1,000 monthly to bring something awesome to the world. She is a global and local organizer of Hacks/Hackers, a rapidly expanding international group that brings journalists, technologists and designers together to reinvent news and civic information; and she leads NYC Ruby Women and Write/Speak/Code, two local initiatives to empower women who code.
Sean builds websites and communities, often at the same time. He spent more than a decade in Higher Education Enterprise IT, co-founded Resonant Studios, a web development company in 2005 and most recently was Chief Architect at InGamer, a technology startup building a second-screen companion fantasy game for live broadcast Sports. Sean is a leader in the tech community of Waterloo and Guelph, including running the Guelph Web Makers Meetup and Accessibility Camp Guelph. Sean’s most recent ventures are Hackademy, a non-profit focused on digital literacy and coding skills for kids and Hive Waterloo, a network for technology communities modelled on Hive NYC. A frequent technical presenter, Sean has spoken at local, provincial and national technology conferences both in Canada and the US. You can connect with Sean at seanyo.ca
David Fiander is the Web Services Librarian at Western University in London Ontario. His research interests include the retail ebook market, how ebooks are used in the academic setting, and building systems that support librarians’ work. He has a long history with open source, and was a software developer specializing in network protocols and standards-based software development before becoming a librarian.
Alison Hitchens is a Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library and a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University teaching classification and indexing. She is the chair of the Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) Primo Product Working Group and member of the joint ELUNA/IGeLU Linked Open Data Special Interest Working Group.
Randy Metcalfe is a former head of OSS Watch, the UK national advisory service on free and open source software for further and higher education. Subsequently he was the initial program manager of eIFL-FOSS, which advocates free and open source software use in libraries in developing and transition countries. He has experience as a communications manager for a national charity in the UK and for projects based at the University of Oxford. He continues to work as a communications consultant whilst pursuing an alternate career as an author.
Vanessa Sabino loves analysing data. She started her career as a developer in 2000, and now she uses her skills in IT, mathematics, and business working as a data analyst for Shopify, helping shape the commerce in Canada and around the world.
Kirsta Stapelfeldt holds MLIS and MA degrees from Dalhousie University. She comes to the library from the University of Prince Edward Island and the Islandora project, where she managed the development of the Islandora Digital Asset Stewardship platform and worked with UPEI’s Virtual Research Environment service. She has also worked as a consultant in the private sector for organizations developing and migrating large digital collections, and creating online research workflows, as well as in communications and undergraduate instruction.
Graham Stewart has been working in libraries since 1976. He is currently the Network and Storage Services Manager for Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries. His interests include: planning large scale, automated computing systems; maximizing reliability and availability for online services; the open source world; improving the culture of IT; improving users’ experiences of technology.
Nathan Vexler is a Computing Consultant at the University of Waterloo specializing in the delivery of the University’s Open Data service ( http://api.uwaterloo.ca ). Nathan first advocated for Open Data as a student. 4 years later he is the point person for the service he lobbied for. Outside of campus, Nathan works with Open Data Waterloo Region—an organization which spearheaded the first ever Go Open Data conference (this year held in Toronto: http://2014.go-opendata.ca/). He is also the Partner Manager at the digital literacy network Hive Waterloo—an organization he co-founded with fellow speaker @seanyo and others. Connect with him on twitter @cartoon_nate
CoderDojoTO: CoderDojo is a global movement about providing free and open learning to youth, with an emphasis on computer programming. The Toronto chapter was founded to bring this movement to the GTA, inspire other chapters, and partner with other organizations to better introduce kids to coding.
MakerKids is one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world. It’s a non-profit workshop space where kids can learn about and do things like 3D printing, electronics, and woodworking. We offer workshops, camps, afterschool programs and more at our location in Roncesvalles in Toronto, and participate in external events in the GTA and beyond. We enable kids to build their ideas with real tools and materials; our goal is to inspire and empower kids to think, design, experiment and create. Our Board of Advisors includes Dale Dougherty (CEO of Maker Media, MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire) and Massimo Banzi (CEO of Arduino). You can learn more about us through this recent Wired article. Sign up for our mailing list to keep up to date with what we’re up to.
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* Please note that due to the fact that Oakham house is an older building, their wiring is not able to handle more than 10 plugged in laptops. Please bring fully charged laptops or risk being disappointed.
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