The K-12 Open Minds Conference has been scheduled for September 26 & 27, 2008, at the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.
This is great news for a couple of reasons. First, last year the conference was the sleeper home run for Free and Open Source Software in K-12 schools, with over 300 participants to the surprise and amazement of vendors and sponsors. This year, with good advance notice, we expect 400 - 500, and maybe even a waiting list.
Second, having the dates before the end of September will have a direct impact on funds that certain schools can use to attend. That having been said, this conference will be, like last year, an incredibly inexpensive event. The costs for the Marriott are likely to be a little higher than were incurred last year (and well worth it, since anyone flying in won't have to rent a car this time!), but the yet-to-be-determined price will almost certainly be below $200, with an early-bird registration cost closer to $160.
Look for more news and information at www.k12openminds.com, where you can also find a treasure trove of material from last year.
Anybody want to be in charge of the "Be Like Mike" t-shirts this year? :)