This is great!! Wanted to chime in here, a little over a year ago I presented a session “Adding Open Source Tools to Your Farming Tool Belt” at the WA Tilth Conference. More details and link to slides are in this farmOS forum post… https://farmos.discourse.group/t/tilth-conference-follow-up/122
To give a bit of context, this was right after OpenTEAM had kicked off. My plan was to give a quick who/what/why/where/how on open source, do an overview + demo on farmOS, and highlight OFN + OpenTEAM partners with quick descriptions of each. Overall it went quite well but I ran out of time! And my laptop couldn’t connect to the projector (I brought all the adapters too, ugh) and was stuck with internet explorer in a crappy resolution (grr) which caused some difficulties.
Still, it was engaging enough that we had a few side conversations about open source (analogies to seeds, existing software/tools they use) and facilitate some questions about farmOS once it started “clicking” for people. During this particular conference there were two other sessions about using spreadsheets, one highlighting some methods developed by Josh Volk, which helped attract some like minded people I think.
Fielding these side conversations was valuable, but also attributed to running out of time (60 minutes) in the session I rushed through the OpenTEAM + OFN stuff in the last 5 minutes probably. But I didn’t have expertise to go in-depth on each project anyways, so it was fine since my goal was to introduce the projects more generally.
I will say I gave out a “resources sheet” (linked in the forum post) which had links to everything I mentioned - this was greatly appreciated by everyone, and something I kept distributing throughout the rest of the conference as my oss propaganda
Here’s my two cents: narrow the topic area down & focus on actionable items the audience (presumably farmers?) might be interested in. Most people are paying to attend and are hoping to get something out of it. I could have cut out some of the free form OSS talk and let more time for the practical software/tools and it would have been just as valuable.
To focus more on the “open pollinated / why you should care” aspect of things, here’s an idea: focus on actionable ways folks can get involved in our different communities & why this is valuable to them. The 3 presenters could share examples of this from their respective projects & highlight what value it has given the farmers.
I’ll try and join you all June 3rd