The Singularity Festival of Learning

Sometimes I think about Jaaga Study as if it were a festival. Our theme and vibe is one of futuristic nomadism. We use all available technology to live lightly and fabulously on the ground. We have a strong culture of learning and sharing and enjoyment. There are many activities at the festival. There are screenings, and lightening talks, and study groups, and workshops, and competitions, and hackathons, and gaming sessions, and large interactive art works. The culture of the festival…

Students of Jaaga Study

This quarter I’m making some changes to how I run the study part of the study program. I’ve decided to give ‘scholarships’ to cover people’s living expenses during their first quarter. This means people can live here free for 3 months as they learn about software and work on projects. Along with this though I’m going to push students to participate pretty heavily in Jaaga Study activities. This includes an hour of Yoga in the mornings Monday – Friday, 30…

Study Residencies

Jaaga Study Residencies for Fall Quarter (October 3 – December 17) 2016. Apply ChatBots for The CodeForIndia Learning X-Prize entryThis is really just another name for the CodeForIndia Fellowship. I’m trying to gather a group of people together to push the learning x-prize app forward. Our entry is based on chat bots which help kids develop their math, language & life skills. I feel it is a super important category of applications for us to develop and should also be…

Code For India Learning XPrize Fellowship

The CodeForIndia Fellowship will take place in Bangalore from October 3 – December 17 2016. Fellows will focus on developing bots that can help young people learn math, language and life skills. This will tie in to the CodeForIndia Learning X-Prize submission in November, and also the work CodeForIndia Bangalore does with children in rural areas around Bangalore. This is a residential fellowship for people willing and able to stay with us on an organic farm just outside Bangalore. Accommodation…

CyberScouts

I’m really happy with our school outreach program. Dolly and Ravi have been doing tablet sessions with 6 different schools and after-school programs each week here in Rakkar, Dharamshala. All the locations are unicycle distance away and it really looks like a vision from the future to watch them wheel up to a school with a backpack full of tablets. Up here in Dharamshala we’ve branched out to include tablet based art sessions with the kids in addition to math….

Bot Camp

This Monday I’ll start a short course on bot development with some of the people here at the Himachal Code Camp. In this course I’d like to explore some of the different types of conversational agents, brainstorm how different types of applications might make use of this technology, and get some experience building chat agents. At HillHacks following CodeCamp I’d like to conduct something of a conversational agent hackathon specifically oriented around bots to help young people develop math and…

Unicycle Roadmap

David Huang came over yesterday and helped us trouble shoot some problems we’re having with the current unicycles. It’s been nice having someone with some experience around. It gives us the confidence to open up the unicycles, and open up the batteries to see whats going on. In talking with him I was able to articulate my near term (1 – 2 year) goals around this. 1. Service: We need to get comfortable servicing the existing batch of unicycles. So…

CodeCamp Getting Started

pics We’ve started the CodeCamp and I’m absolutely thrilled. Ayush is a great partner to work with. Ghoomakad is a wonderful space. There is plenty of camping available as well as built up area. The scenery is amazing with a river running down the back of the property and the mountains jutting up behind us. With all the water scarcity in Bangalore, its refreshing having so much water around us all the time. Ghoomakad is literally bounded by streams with…