Akkana Peck: Presentations and Tutorials

Technical presentations on open source topics: these range from 45 minutes to several hours.

Science presentations for general audiences:

I love talking about science, particularly astronomy and geology. Most of these talks are suitable for anyone but can be beefed up for more technical audiences.

With my husband David North, I sometimes give planetarium presentations at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos's nature center.

I have some short talks ready to go on topics such as "Walking the San Andreas fault", "Observing the moon" and "Moon rocks", "How do airplanes fly?", "Cosmology and dark matter", "Fibonacci numbers".

Plus Longer tutorials on "Programming in Javascript", "Planetary Observing", "Astronomical Sketching", "Observing the Moon".

Short talks (e.g. for Toastmasters meetings or Ignite):

A wide range of topics with titles like "Bellwether", "The Glower Hour", "Drive Like a Racer!", "Stone Soup for the Milennium", or "The Genesis Rock".

If you'd like to see a presentation on one of these topics (or a related subjects), please mail me!

Speaker Bio: Akkana Peck is a software engineer and author based in San Jose, CA, specializing in free open source software such as Linux and the GIMP. She has contributed to numerous open source projects, is active in educational groups such as LinuxChix, and is the author of the book Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional.

Akkana is an active member of Toastmasters (AC-G, CL) and enjoys giving presentations on a variety of topics, including computers, math, science and nature.

She has presented tutorials and technical talks on computer topics such as image editing and programming at numerous conferences, including LinuxConf Australia, Libre Graphics Meeting (Brussels), OSCON and Southern California Linux Expo, as well as at user group meetings around California.

She also designs and presents tutorials on science and computing for educational groups such as GetSET (a summer technology camp for high school girls) and the AAUW's science outreach for middle school girls, and for clubs such as the San Jose Astronomical Association and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society.

You can read her listings on Chix Who Speak (which she also helps maintain) and GeekSpeakr, two excellent lists of women technical presenters.

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