Last Day of Campus Party

Jon

Paw Prints: Writings of the maddog

Jan 24, 2009 GMT
Jon maddog Hall

It is the last day of Campus Party, Brazil but things are still going strong. Saturday means that a lot of people that could not get here during the week are coming out to see what Campus Party is all about. If you are living here in Sao Paulo, it is still not too late to experience it.

Participants are now going around taking pictures of the old friends they have seen and the new friends they have met.

My friend, Wagner Pinto, who has been sitting across from me the entire week fell asleep at his keyboard earlier today, earphones stuck in his ear. I captured a picture of this and stuck it on my under my name 'maddog a.k.a "Jon" Hall' on my Orkut page Wagner was a good sport about it.

I have been relatively busy the whole week, running my "maddog Challenge", doing some talks (some on short notice) and seeing what both the participants and the vendors are doing. Today we award the prizes for the Challenge.

While I did not have as many contestants as I would have liked, some of the goals of the competition have been met. People became more aware of the number and power of the free software tools for multimedia. A second goal was to purposely put the contestants under pressure to do something in a very short time, and with very loose constraints on what they could do and how they could do it. I think this last part may have hampered the contest, and drastically reduced the number of entries.

I think the basic premise of the contest was good, and I will probably be doing another "maddog multimedia challenge" for Columbia's Campus Party.

In any case, the results will be posted on YouTube with links to it from various places, including this blog when it is done.

Well done, Campus Party!

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