‘Tis The Season

L-R: Beni, Lee-Jay, Danny, and Me.

The end of the winter semester and beginning of the summer semester always signal the start of something else – the conference/speaking engagement season. And wow, has conference season 2013 started with a bang. 

Several weeks ago, two of my students – Lee-Jay Cluskey-Belanger, and Beni Katznelson – presented back-to-back. Their first talk was part of DemoCampGuelph, hosted at the eBar in downtown Guelph. The event was packed, as they managed to pitch the Farm To Fork project in 5 minutes to a room full of fellow software developers. The following day they extended their 5 minute pitch into a 30 minute presentation for the faculty and students of the School of Computer Science, as well as interested community members, and the fine folks of the Guelph Wellington Food Round Table, and the Guelph Wellington Food Access Working Group. Beni and Lee-Jay were also featured in the online atGuelph magazine.

My first speaking engagement happened on the 17th of April. I was interviewed as part of CFRU’s Cornucopia program. For those interested, you can listen to the interview here. Simply select the April 17th show. The interview starts around 2:50.

On April 23rd I was fortunate to present with Danny Williamson at the inaugural IgniteGuelph event. The speakers were passionate, hilarious, moving, and inspiring – and all in 5 minutes or less. Danny and I were the last speakers of the night, and while I may have stumbled over a few words, I think we managed to aptly describe How To Save The Universe.

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference on campus. First as part of the Alternative Pedagogies: Learning through Community Engaged Research Partnerships panel. Second to present Community Engaged Scholarship: The Farm To Fork Project, or How a Third Year Computer Science Class Took On Food SecurityThis was the first time that I was invited to speak as part of a panel – and it was a lot of fun. I’m definitely looking forward to attending this particular conference again next year.

Of course, the season continues. I’ll be heading to the CUExpo in Cornerbrook with Lee-Jay, Danny, and Corey Alexander in June. We’ll also be attending the 30th Hillside; offering a workshop on effecting change one step at a time (and using Farm To Fork as an example).


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