About the foundation
FAST (Fundación Argentina de Smalltalk) 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 annual activities that engage international specialists in each of these areas. These activities consist in the SqueakFest education conference, Pre-Smalltalks workshops, and the Smalltalks conference. The 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.
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.
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.