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
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 of experiences or even books or written exercises of the different lectures.
Financial support for Argentinian students to participate in European conferences/stays
Under special conditions, we support Argentinian students to participate in ESUG Conferences or if they are interesting in spending three/six months in a research laboratory, where they can work with Smalltalks dialects in a research project.
Do you want to be host of conference?
Every year, FAST partners with local organizer who creates their own team to host the conference in 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
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.