Welcome to Flock
Can you believe this is our third Flock conference? We're glad you've joined us, whether as a returning Flock veteran or as a new attendee. This year's schedule is packed full of excellent presentations, workshops, and events.
Flock is intended to be a fun and productive event where Fedora contributors can come together, discuss new ideas, bring them to reality, and continue to promote the core values of the Fedora community: Freedom, Friends, Features, and First.
Fedora and the people who participate in the project (that's you!) encompass so much more than just an interest in Linux. Flock is where you'll meet other members of the community who share whatever your interest is, whether it’s the kernel or the cloud, hardware or UX design.
We are proud to have two fantastic keynote speakers this year: Major Hayden from Rackspace, talking about overcoming imposter syndrome and Jon Schull from e-Nable, showing how open source prosthetics are improving lives all over the world.
Next year, Flock will return to Europe! Bids are now open for 2016, for more information see: http://ur1.ca/naf3r
Take Flock Online
Please blog about Flock, and if you haven't already, add your blog to planet.fedoraproject.org. Learn how at ur1.ca/eo3zl. If you are new to Fedora, feel free to ask someone in IRC, and we'll be happy to help. If you were subsidized to come to Flock, we ask that you add yourself to Fedora Planet and write at least one blog post about the event. We'll be asking for your links later.
Microblogging is a great way to promote Flock as well as Fedora. You'll also see updates that way and find out where interesting things are happening. Use the hashtag #flocktofedora and follow @fedora on identi.ca, Twitter, Facebook (facebook.com/TheFedoraProject), and Google+ (gplus.to/fedoraproject).
Our main IRC channel for the event is #fedora-flock. If you are taking notes for a session, please report the session name and channel to that channel. If you are using Gobby or Etherpad, note that in the main channel as well. Each conference room's channel is #fedora-flock-<roomnumber>, for example,
- fedora-flock-room1 for room 1.
Thursday August 13 - The Strong National Museum of Play
If you've never had the pleasure, The Strong is a really amazing museum devoted to the history of play and games. Among other things, it houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
We will be holding our evening reception in the Boardwalk Arcade and eGamesRevolutuion areas. You can play Giant Tetris, the only machine of this game in North America; Guitar Hero; LED dodgeball; classic pinball games, including The Incredible Hulk and Hercules; and 4 dozen historic arcade machines, including Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. We'll give everyone a start on tokens, but you can buy all you want (5 tokens for $1, most games are one token, a few are free). Cash/credit vending machines are available in the exhibit.
Friday August 14 - George Eastman House
On Friday, we'll hold a reception in the George Eastman House, originally the estate of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak, with 10.5 acres of working farm and gardens and a 35,000 square-foot Colonial Revival mansion.
Now it is one of the world's oldest film archives and museums dedicated to photography. Its collections include many of Ansel Adams' early works and one of the largest collections of daguerreotypes in the world. The gift shop will be open during our event as well.
Code of Conduct
Flock is a conference that brings together members of the Fedora community, new and old, professional and volunteer, from all over the world. Diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. Attendees are required to be considerate and respectful of each other. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Refraining from rude behavior
- Refraining from any sort of harassment or discrimination (based on ethnic background, religion, gender,
sexuality, body shape, disability, geographic location, sports team, preferred operating system, or anything else for that matter)
- Obeying local laws
Attendees who are in violation of this policy may be subject to removal and banning from Flock (and future Fedora events). Whether an attendee is in violation is at the sole discretion of the conference staff. Anyone with a possible concern relating to the code of conduct is encouraged to either email the Flock conference staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) or talk directly to a Flock conference staff member. Flock staff members have a special "STAFF" identifier on their event badges.
In an emergency, CALL 911. If you can, also have someone contact an event organizer.
getting help from Flock staff
If you need help quickly, you can find Ruth Suehle (suehle), Tom Callaway (spot), or Josh Boyer (jwb) on irc.freenode.net in #flock-help. You can also text or call Ruth at (567) 429-1701 or Tom at (617) 410 6545
Keynote 1 - date and time
Keynote 2 - date and time