Fundación Argentina de Smalltalk We are SMALLTALKERS and we LOVE IT
When & where

Smalltalks 2017 - November 8th, 9th & 10th, 2017
Facultad de Informática - Universidad Nacional de La Plata Ciudad de La Plata, Argentina.

MiniPLoP MiniPLoP Argentina 2017

Software developers have long observed that certain patterns recur and endure across different applications and systems. The growing interest in Design Patterns, Architectural Patterns, Analysis Patterns, Pedagogical Patterns, and so on, represents an effort to catalog and better communicate knowledge, providing handbooks of proven solutions to common problems.

MiniPLoP brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners whose interests span a remarkably broad range of topics and who share an interest in exploring the power of the pattern form. MiniPLoP invites you to add your expertise to the growing corpus of patterns. MiniPLoP focuses on improving the expression of patterns. You will also be able to discuss applications of patterns in industry and academia.

x About the foundation

FAST is a non profit Foundation legally established in Argentina under the IGJ number 1.810.279. The foundation develops its activities across the country and seeks to promote the use of the Smalltalk programming language and technology in all fields including education (primary, secondary, and tertiary), scientific information technology research, and software industry. To that effect, the foundation organizes three annual activities that engage international specialists in each of the three areas. These activities consist in the SqueakFest education conference, Pre-Smalltalks workshops, and the Smalltalks conference. The three events are completely free and provide a unique opportunity for showing advances and new projects of the global Smalltalk community. Furthermore, these activities allow young developers to acquire experience in presenting their work in English before an international audience.

Our mision

Promote the use of Smalltalk in all areas regarding education, scientific research and professional development, connecting Argentina and the region with the international Smalltalk community.

About the foundation

FAST is a non profit Foundation legally established in Argentina under the IGJ number 1.810.279. The foundation develops its activities across the country and seeks to promote the use of the Smalltalk programming language and technology in all fields including education (primary, secondary, and tertiary), scientific information technology research, and software industry.

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Scholarships Scholarships

In the vision of the foundation, an important issue is to support people interested in participating in Smalltalk-related conferences, such as Smalltalks, ESUG, Squeakfest, to generate a stronger community that can continue our work in the future. Thus, with the fundings we get every year from private companies and public institutions, we offer two kinds of scholarships:

Financial help for Smalltalks conference

We support mainly University students and professors to come to Smalltalks. Our main goal is to generate contact between different University groups that can teach object oriented paradigm using Smalltalk dialects. This contact can generate concrete actions, such as exchanging experiences or even books or written exercises of the different lectures.

Financial support for argentinian students to practice in European conferences/stays

Under special conditions, we support Argentinian students who wish to participate in ESUG conferences or are interested in spending three/six months in a research laboratory where they can work with Smalltalk dialects on a research project.

Host of conference? Do you want to be host of conference?

Every year, FAST partners with a local organizer to host the conference at their institution (usually, a University). The Foundation evaluates each opportunity taking into account the geographic location and the facilities available. With the Foundation’s mentoring, the local organizer acquires the know-how required to guarantee a successful event. In addition, local organizers can then build on the conference to develop their own sustainable resource network to enhance their participation in future community events.

Sponsors and donations Sponsors and donations

FAST is funded by private and public sponsors, non profit organizations, and individual donations. Thanks to these contributions, the Foundation organizes its international events free of charge for everyone. The principal donors include the European Smalltalk User Group (ESUG), Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva de la Nación Argentina and numerous companies such as GemTalk Systems, Instantiations, Caesar Systems, 10 Pines, Smallworks, Mercap, and InfOil. Conferences are held at venues belonging to institutions such as University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Universidad Abierta Interamericana, and Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, among others.