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Mathilde Rigabert Lemée
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Nouveau nom - SoFizz , nouveau site - http://www.sofizz.com - et lancement de l'alpha .... Quelle semaine !

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Here's some feedback I gave for future Hackergarten events at JavaOne and other conferences.

For many people, myself included, the Hackergarten at JavaOne was the highlight of the event. As I said on Twitter, it's a developer conference, so it just makes sense that there's a place to develop with peers.

It's important to keep in mind that, while commits are good because they are tangible and measurable, some of the most valuable work done at the Hackergarten is in the form of teaching, architectural design or brainstorming. Many of us spend late nights, early mornings and weekends writing and publishing code...because we can do that at any time. Very rarely do we get to stand next to someone in the project and discuss, review or demonstrate ideas...or just get to know each other. It's an incredibly high fidelity medium and nearly impossible to replicate elsewhere. That's why these things are so important, especially to open source.

I'd like to make a few suggestion that I think could help make the Hackergarten at JavaOne even more awesome.

== Table sign holders

Instead of writing the event and project name on the table in dry erase marker, I think it would be more effective to have sign holders on the table like you might have on a table at a wedding.

http://www.thelibrarystore.com/product/85-01709/sign_holders

Using these signs would make the information visible from a distance and the information wouldn't get covered or rubbed off by hands, arms and laptops.

== Cubby storage

Attendees are going to show up with backpacks and other stuff. They need to have a place to put this stuff so that it doesn't get in the way. If you look at some of the pictures, you can see that stuff was starting to take over and giving people less usable room.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/By0XZLuCMAEP-Ov.jpg:large

One idea I have is to put cubby storage either next to the tables or underneath (yes, like in Kindergarten). That way, they have a place to put stuff, they are comfortable that it's reasonable secure and it doesn't make the place look too messy.

http://www.cubbystorage.org/wp-content/gallery/school-cubby-storage/Shoe-Cubbies-full-3_0.png

== Longer tables

I'm a big fan of the straight tables. I think straight tables are part of what makes Hackergarten work. You need to be able to be either next to or across from someone to work with them. Round tables mess this up, so I'm super glad that we had straight tables and that they were narrow. It worked.

My only recommendation here is to make them a bit longer. As people start to line-up side-by-side, you quickly hit the end of the table. Longer tables gives more room to make people feel connected but still have enough room to join together.

No one has yet done hacker tables like at Devoxx...and I think for that reason people still consider Devoxx the best event for hacking.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sujV_r8qzrE/UKk8t9TRDFI/AAAAAAAAAYs/ETpRuOMjfXE/s1600/IMG_8307.JPG

(Ironically, Hackergarten at Devoxx is all wrong. It's round tables and it kills the spirit of the event. Straight tables are essential!)

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L'association Duchess France est nominée pour le Trophée Excellencia 2014, qui récompense des initiatives dans le numérique :D

Plus d'infos par là :
http://www.latribune.fr/loisirs/la-tribune-now/20140903trib000847197/le-numerique-recompense-les-femmes.html
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