Following up last week’s announcement that Katie Cunningham would be one of PyCon 2014’s plenary speakers was always going to be hard. We love a challenge!
So it is with equally great excitement that we announce the second of our keynote speakers: Dr James R. Curran, Associate Professor and ARC Australian Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.
There’s a lot of people in the Australian Python community who got their start in Python through James’ activities: He has taught Python to thousands of school students and teachers since version 1.5.1 (1999), and for over 10 years he has been involved in a wide range of high school outreach activities, primarily through the National Computer Science School.
In his talk, “Python for every child in Australia”, Dr Curran casts his eyes over an important opportunity to bring Python into classrooms all over Australia. The once in a generation “Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies” curriculum presents an opportunity to teach computer science and programming to Australian school children from Year 3 to Year 10.