In describing the roles, I had listed the role that I shall initially fill as the “technologist”, but in reality that isn’t the role. A technologist may actually be a poor choice for that role, as technologists are not necessarily any good at teaching technology. They may be good at using technology, but teaching technology is a completely different skill set.
The most important characteristic for someone in this role is patience and empathy. You need to make the workshop participants feel comfortable learning and give them permission to play – more specifically they need to feel OK to try and it needs to be OK for them not to succeed the first time.
So, I’ve change the title of this role.