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Create your own Open Source Dance Mat

Many people use dance mats for a variety of things, game controls, tabletops, footrest, wall art etc, but they all have one major flaw. They always break. One day we decided to make one that didn't.

In this presentation we show you how to safely dismantle your broken dance mat, track the source of your problems, and fix it - permanently. Bringing a model mat, we will talk you through how to use easily available materials - including the pros and cons of each material - to assemble a dance mat that can withstand a mosh pit.

This presentation is for all ages and levels of expertise but is more fun with others helping. Basic circuitry will be covered, but is explained in terms that even the most clueless beginner can understand.

Project: Reconstructing the modern Dance mat. 


Tamara Olliver

Tamara is a born and bred Linux kid. Learning how to point with a mouse before writing with a pencil she was brought up in the world of Tux the Penguin and Burmese cats. While not being particularly proficient in any sorts of programming she can muddle her way around a computer and wield gimp like a pro. Based in New Zealand (Auckland) she's still stuck in High School, working to qualify for University so that she can start learning to be a nutritionist. It would be a lot quicker if her cats didn't keep covering her homework in muddy pawprints though. Suz is a working Technical Specialist and a DBA. Based in the Waitakere Ranges with Husband Vik and two daughters Kate and Tamara she enjoys cooking, tramping (to work off the cooking) and her cats, all 6 of them. Kate is a University student working to a BAppSci majoring in Microbiology. While being knowledgable in the ways of programming and cooing over baby robots she still firmly denies being a geek, despite having a toy Tux. First learning about the weird world of linuxconf through her parents (Vik and Suz Olliver) visit to the 2005 Dunedin (NZ) based Conference, Tamara hitched a trip to the 2007 Linuxconf (Sydney) to be a spectator and moral support at Viks 'RepRap' presentation and experienced the wonder that is a Segway (Open Source of course). Assisted by Suz and Kate Olliver Tamara plans to present 'Create your own Open Source Dance Mat' at MEL8OURNE in 2008.

Tamara Olliver

Tamara is a born and bred Linux kid. Learning how to point with a mouse before writing with a pencil she was brought up in the world of Tux the Penguin and Burmese cats. While not being particularly proficient in any sorts of programming she can muddle her way around a computer and wield gimp like a pro. Based in New Zealand (Auckland) she's still stuck in High School, working to qualify for University so that she can start learning to be a nutritionist. It would be a lot quicker if her cats didn't keep covering her homework in muddy pawprints though. Suz is a working Technical Specialist and a DBA. Based in the Waitakere Ranges with Husband Vik and two daughters Kate and Tamara she enjoys cooking, tramping (to work off the cooking) and her cats, all 6 of them. Kate is a University student working to a BAppSci majoring in Microbiology. While being knowledgable in the ways of programming and cooing over baby robots she still firmly denies being a geek, despite having a toy Tux. First learning about the weird world of linuxconf through her parents (Vik and Suz Olliver) visit to the 2005 Dunedin (NZ) based Conference, Tamara hitched a trip to the 2007 Linuxconf (Sydney) to be a spectator and moral support at Viks 'RepRap' presentation and experienced the wonder that is a Segway (Open Source of course). Assisted by Suz and Kate Olliver Tamara plans to present 'Create your own Open Source Dance Mat' at MEL8OURNE in 2008.

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