About the Talk
April 2, 2011 5:30 AM
Hilton Austin HotelHilton Austin Hotel
The HeliOS Project accepts broken or decommissioned computers and them distributes them to disadvantaged kids in the Central Texas area. These computers are powered by Linux. The focus of this talk isn't about The HeliOS Project per se but the kids that have received them. We have distributed over 1200 computers since 2005 and just through empirical evidence, we've noted that kids actually learn more via a Linux OS than Windows. The fact is, kids don't really care about what operating system they use...but overwhelmingly, those who are forced to use a Windows OS at school chronically complain about how difficult it is to use. We want to talk about how kids interact intuitively with the system software and how it encourages further computer learning as they progress in age and school.
Ken is the founding director of The HeliOS Project. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award presented at SXSW. Ken resides in Round Rock Texas and has been a Linux Advocate since 2002.