There’s nothing ready-made that I know of. It’s possible that the LoCo project has something available, or at least one of the LoCos in it. I would suggest contacting the loco-contacts list and also the nearest LoCo to you. It’s possible that if there is one they could provide additional help, suggestions, and resources for you, including possibly peoplepower.
Barring that (and perhaps regardless of that), I think maybe something like this would be interesting:
- Provide a questionnaire asking them about their opinions and experience with free software, like:
- how hard is it to install software?
- how much “normal” software is supported?
- can you do what you want?
- how secure is it?
- Run them through installing and using software (obviously, you’ll need to have them bring their machines; you can show them but nothing beats doing).
- Maybe make some focus groups on particular concerns such as graphic design, word processing, programming, gaming, etc.
- Provide another questionnaire asking them the same questions and watch how much they’ve changed.
Most importantly: give them the software! Download all the images off of the website and have them ready to burn onto a USB or DVD or you could ask Canonical to set you up with some Ubnutu USBs. A “free Ubuntu USB drive containing several gigabytes of open source software to all ‘graduates’ of the program” might be a nice enticement to get them to come. The ones that are changed by the experience will use it to install software. I especially suggest this because usually getting the software (downloading the ISO, verifying the hash, burning it to appropriate media, verifying the media, and then installing it, esp. re: partitioning) is the hardest part for most newbies.
p.s. just want to tag @kyrofa, @carla-sella, @nhaines, @gsilvapt, @kenvandine, @svij as they are all members of the LoCo Council which oversees the LoCo project. They might be able to help, too.
p.p.s. especially since I’m calling out the council, an idea: let’s make a LoCo category here where LoCos can share their successes. I think a lot of good ideas happen within the LoCo but don’t necessarily get distributed well across the project as a whole.