It’s that time again.  Time to pack up the kids and join us at SqueakFest 2013.  Don’t forget to bring your XO computer!

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From Rita:

There will be a Squeakfest again in Uruguay at June, 7th – 9th, this time in Atlantida. Etoys will cover the major part of the event, but there will also be workshops in Python, turtle art and robotics. After all, Uruguay is the country with XO-laptops in every elementary school and teachers are using the software which comes with Sugar.


From our education team, Randall Caton and myself are going to present Etoys workshops. This year, I’ll introduce Kedama. I’m looking forward to an inspiring event!

If you want to help or know someone who would like to, I created a crowdfunding page to collect money to help to cover our travel cost. Please share as you like!




Rita Freudenberg has announced that “The official Squeakfest website is now live and ready for you to propose a presentation, workshop, or panel.”

Squeakfest is an annual conference where developers and users of the Etoys media-rich authoring and experimentation environment (based on Squeak) get together to share ideas, experiences, and their enthusiasms with colleagues from around the world.

This year’s conference will be held at University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the USA from 26th—28th July, and the theme for will be “Etoys in the STEM classroom.”

The conference will offer an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the NSF-funded project “Using Squeak to Infuse Technology (USeIT)” which is now reaching its 3rd year.

The team are keen to hear from individuals and groups with experience teaching with Etoys, as well as non-classroom Etoys use, particularly as it relates to OLPC pilots or homeschooling. More information will be added to the website as it becomes available, but the organisers ask presenters to get presentation information to them by completing and submitting the online form no later than 11th June, 2010.

To get a flavour of what to expect at the conference, have a look at our report from last year’s Squeakfest.


The US Squeakfest finished last week, following on from the previous Brazilian event, and it was a great success. Perhaps the best way to give a flavour of the excitement of the events and the enthusiasm of the attendees is to quote Timothy Falconer’s report:

As I write this, I’m flying home from Squeakfest USA.  Sitting here, staring at my laptop, I’m completely unable to find appropriate words to describe the magic and friendship of the last few weeks.  So many passionate talks, so many stirring examples, so many last minute details and surprises.

I’m tired.  That much is clear.  Blame it on three conferences in four weeks and roughly fifteen thousand miles of travel in between.  Were it not for my many Squeaker traveling companions, I’d have curled up to hibernate long ago.  Truly the best part of the last month has been the company I’ve kept: Rita, Yoshiki, Marta, Kim, Scott, Alex, Bert, Ted, Bill, Randy, both Kathleens, Avigail, and Milan. Sharing the adventure with people of such talent and humor has truly been an embarrassment of riches.

As for the presentations, workshops, and hallway talks, there’s just too much to say.  With dozens of sessions between the two Squeakfests, my mind’s a blur with memories of enthusiasm and insight, along with strengthened motivation to support and expand our vibrant Etoys community.

Rather than summarize my recollections, I’ll instead point you to the video on the Squeakland website http://squeakland.org/resources/audioVisual/#cat865 (scroll down to Squeakfest Brasil and Squeakfest USA).

We managed to capture nearly all of Squeakfest USA on our live webcast feed, though we lost the first half of the presentation from South Korea.  Also, the final roundtable wasn’t posted at the request of one of the participants. My apologies for the audio problems on the first morning.  If you start at the beginning, know that the sound does get better.  Also, if the video screen is at times too hard to read, the blame rests with the web stream, which reduced quality to improve bandwidth.  We will be posting better video from both events in the future, particularly of the children’s workshop, so stay tuned.

I’d like to give a special thanks to Rita Freudenberg, our education director, who earned the “most traveled” award for her trips from Germany to both Brazil and Los Angeles.  When you total her air distance, she flew more than 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles), which means she effectively circled the globe for Squeakland in the last month.  Her insight, passion, and hard work in the last eight months were instrumental in both Squeakfests.  As with her husband Bert, her continuing efforts on behalf of the Etoys community are unparalleled.  Also a big thanks to Marta, Bruno, Kim, and Kathryn for tending to the many details of both conferences.  Your hard work really showed.   Most of all, I’d like to thank everyone at Viewpoints Research Institute for their time and talent in the last year.  Your guidance has greatly helped Squeakland Foundation as we take and carry the Etoys torch into the future.
Wow! What more is there to say? Let’s hope that ESUG 2009 proves to be as inspiring!