SFD 2014!

Written by Beth van As

sfd1I am a great information sharer and believe wholeheartedly in the distribution of ideas, quick fixes, free software, give aways, connecting and network building and doing good in one’s community. This is one of the reasons why I love the House4Hack. Not only do the members of the House4Hack make time available to listen to your noble ideas of how to use the current components in a quad copter to make a flying wash line so you don’t need to use an electric dryer to dry your clothes; and not only do they help you take that idea and pull it, push it, stretch it, scrunch it and smooth it out so you have a workable solution, they also take their personal time to give back to communities.

Software Freedom Day is an event with hundreds of teams from all around the world running local events to help their communities understand Software Freedom. The idea of SFD is for everyone without a vested interest in proprietary software to unite and educate the world about the ideals of Software Freedom and the practical benefits of Free Software. August 28th, 2004, was the first ever Software Freedom Day. This year SFD is taking place on the 20th September 2014 and House4Hack are involved!

Members from House4Hack, including Schalk Heunis, Guy van den Berg and Richard van As will be visiting the African School for Excellence, a Non-Profit Organisation whose mission is to provide education that is affordable, scalable, and world class to transform the lives of it’s scholars and those in their communities.

“We want to expose the learners at ASE to empowering technologies like 3D printing, Arduino, programming, open-source software, giving them an opportunity to learn those at their own pace. The way we plan to do this is by leaving behind electronic kits, Arduino, books, PC’s, software, video tutorials, and more.” Says Schalk, a founding member of H4H.

They have a jam packed line up for the high school students, which intends to be fun as well as educational. If you would like to join the House4Hack you can contact them through their website at http://www.house4hack.co.za/. If you would like to make a donation or contribution to the ASE you can visit their website at http://www.ase.org.za/.