Mahara Hui, the first New Zealand conference dedicated to the open source ePortfolio system Mahara, will take place in Wellington, New Zealand, from 19 to 20 March 2014. It will be followed by a 1-day Hackfest on 21 March 2014.
Users of Mahara in the Southern Hemisphere have longingly looked to the annual Mahara UK conference and in recent years also initiatives in France, Germany and the U.S. where Mahara users can get together and exchange ideas about ePortfolios and Mahara as well as showcase the great work they are doing.
In 2014, the wait will be over and Mahara Hui will give everyone in Australasia the chance to get together. But also users from other parts of the world are invited to experience Kiwi hospitality and explore the birthplace of Mahara.
The Mahara Hui team welcomes presentation proposals from anyone interested in sharing their knowledge, learning and experience with Mahara, no matter whether they are a school student, university graduate, school teacher, university lecturer, learning and technology support in an organization, a developer or otherwise community member.
The call for proposals is open until 24 January 2014. However, it's worthwhile sending in proposals early as we will start allocating schedule slots for excellent proposals before that date.
The 2-day conference on 19 and 20 March 2014 will take place at the iconic Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, in Wellington. It will be followed by an optional 1-day Hackfest at Catalyst IT.
The Hackfest is a chance for developers, developers-to-be and Mahara enthusiasts to get together to:
- work on new features
- brainstorm feature enhancements
- learn how to test new features in Mahara
- get started with translating Mahara into other languages
- and others
The Hackfest is a informal gathering to learn more about the software development, make contributions to future enhancements and getting more involved in the Mahara community. Participants of the Hackfest do not have to have programming skills. There are many other ways of contributing to the software that can be explored.
Mahara Hui is organized by Catalyst IT, the Mahara project maintainer and lead development company.