I think Sage gained a lot of publicity this year both by being at

the booth but also having an MAA panel discussion and an AMS session.

The panel discussion was good to be able to meet others in the

teaching community. I think this is related to Sage development because

projects like the educational open source software webworks has a

funding model which seems to be successful. I think Karl Crisman said he

would try to follow up on that.

A few people I met at the booth said they were interested in Sage development

but more stopped by saying that either they or their students could not afford

Maple or Mma and was looking into a cheaper quality alternative. The collaroration

possibilities of the Sage server was a strong “selling point” for smaller schools

which could load sage on a webserver.

There were some really good talks at the Sage session. For example,

Marshall’s talk had amazing graphics and Robert Miller’s talk was very well attended

(with maybe twice as many people in the audience as some of the others).

I thought the quality overall was great, but I’m very partial to such topics of course.

The general message I got from many was that more written material

on Sage in use would be welcomed, especially books. I was touched by one guy

who explained to me that his students were very poor (waitresses, for example)

who cannot afford calculus texts and commercial math programs. The point

he was implicitly making was that by offering software and documentation for

free we are actually improving the quality of such peoples’ lives in a real way.

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Will these talks be made available for download, or for online viewing? I for one would very much like to see them, if possible.

There are some at http://wiki.sagemath.org/ams-sage and some at http://wiki.sagemath.org/maa-sage. Others will be published in the Comm Comp Alg soon I hope.