11 Jul 2012 ralsina   » (Master)

The Event I Wish Existed

I spent a long weeked at PyCamp. It was awesome. How could spending 4 days with 50 geeks hacking things and programming python not be awesome. But I was alone, because really, my wife (a lawyer) and son (too young to code yet) would have been bored to tears.

And I know something similar happened to a bunch of others there. Let's face it, we geeks are getting older. While there is still an influx of young people, we old ones are refusing to go away, and we are now married, and have kids, and leaving for days is unfair to our families.

So, I wish there was an event where I could go and do this, while my wife could go as well, and my son too, and there would be something for everyone. Maybe we would not hack all day long, but just half a day. Maybe we wuold hack more games and then beta test them on the kids.

One good thing about kids is that once you cross a certain threshold, in a controlled environment, the need for adult monitoring decreases. In m experience, 1 kid needs 1 adult, 2 kids need 1.5, and 5 kids need .5 adults.

The board games at night would be inclusive (my wife likes role games, for example), the juggling classes could include kids, people could work on artwork... I don't know, do things that are not exclusively hacking. I love hacking but it's a smaller part of my life than it was in the past.

So, anyone has any good ideas? Know of such a place or event?


Syndicated 2012-07-11 10:49:00 from Lateral Opinion

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