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I'm thinking of organising a FPGA Workshop.
Just enough to get people started - installing software, building a first design, a little bit of HDL and so on.
I'm thinking of eight two-hour sessions.
It will be in Christchurch, most likely held at a community facility. The Christchurch South Learning Centre is a possible venue, and a meeting room costs $15 per hour.
Between six and ten people.
- Can add in binary (using pen and paper)
- Know what the AND, OR, NOT, XOR, NAND and NOT boolean operators
- Can program in one language
- Simple electronics knowledge - enough to connect a LED to a battery
- Can bring along a current low-end laptop (2GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 50GB of free disk space)
So I'm thinking the following costs:
|$60 for students, borrowing one of my development boards|
|$80 for non-students, borrowing one of my development boards|
|$165 for students, including development board, USB stick and book.|
|$185 for non-students, including development board, USB stick and book.|
|Room||$15 per hour|
|Dev boards||US$80 = $NZ95 per person + $10 duties||Gadget Factory Papilio One + LogicStart|
|USB keys||$8 per person||8GB|
|Book||$15.50 per per person||65 double-sided pages at @ 0.18 per page, plus $3.79 for binding|
|Attendees||My direct costs to hold workshop|
Will it be worth the risk (finacially)?
The room costs are only about 20% of the cost of the workshop, so options are to reduce per-student cost.
- No hardcopy of the book (save $15 per attendee)
- Seeing if I can get a quantity discount at Gadget Factory (save maybe 10%/$10 per attendee, but only if they purchase the development board).