What preconceptions and assumptions brought about such a response. Coming from a non-technical background, for me, jams were only for the tech savvy. A day of bug squishing or other techy type events that would leave my head spinning. When asked to not only participate but lead an event at this years’ Vancouver Jam, I immediately said, ” This isn’t an event for me. You have many tech savvy people who would be amazing event leads. I don’t have anything to contribute to the event.”
Then things started to go sideways. How is that even possible?
Well, first I was told there is a theme – Jam (stuff you put on bread) and Jammies (aka pajamas)? What kind of tech event is this? But that’s not all. Let’s make it day event with a variety of different activities for all levels of participation.
Let’s take a look at Jam Day:
Start with a Cup of Ubuntu (Ubuntu chat over cup of coffee/tea)
Followed by Ubuntu Friendly (Testing your computer to help build the list Ubuntu Friendly computers)
Then light weight, Q&A Talks on: I’ve Installed Ubuntu. Now What?, Unity, Ubuntu Software Center and Audacity.
I was asked to do a talk/demo/Q&A about Unity and Ubuntu Software Center. It was a great way for the participants (and myself) to share information and learn some tips and tricks. We had a great event which included Ubuntu users of all levels and backgrounds and it completely changed my opinion of ‘Jam’.
Did anything happen with the theme you ask? – Jam and Jammies – well….. I think I should leave these tales and photos for Randall and Joe to tell….
Raise a scone, slap some jam on it and I’ll see you at the next one.