Geek Choir - Fast!

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 5:45 – 6:30pm in B202/203


A hands-on session in which we show how to increase team identity, cohesion, and collaboration via singing.


People often refer to the connections between mathematics and music; there are also many similarities between open-source projects and volunteer community musical organizations. In this session, we will go over various team-building exercises using the human voice. We will discuss what open source tools are available to assist in creating music, go over the engineering involved in composing the exercises, and look over various online repositories of public-domain works that can be used for choral team-building. Mostly, we will sing.

Speaking experience

I have spoken at OSBridge twice before (giving this talk at each); I have also spoken at OSCON twice (giving this talk as a BOF, in addition to my talks [and hosting .EDU BOFs).


  • Brewer

    Michael Alan Brewer

    The University of Georgia


    Michael Brewer is a Web Developer Principal for the Franklin College Office of Information Technology at The University of Georgia. He designs database-backed web applications used by thousands of students and faculty and has served on several college and University-wide committees on Web development, best practices, and application security. In 2005, he won an Advising Technology Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association for an academic advising application he maintains; he also serves on the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association. He holds bachelor degrees in both Mathematics and Music from The University of Georgia, conducts Georgia’s oldest continuously-operating community band, is Director of Music at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Athens, GA), and is a member of ASCAP.