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Speaking at OSCON in July

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Discount os09fos provides 20% off. There is a lot in the works for OSCON this year. John Mark and I had our panel proposal for “Hacking the Open Government” accepted. Participants will include John Mark Walker (Geek-PAC), Silona Bonewald (League Of Technical Voters), Kevin Marks (Google), and myself (Geek-PAC), with John Mark  moderating.

Hacking the Open Government
There is currently a renaissance in available data and content from the federal government as well as some state governments. Everyday it seems that some new web site or service makes publicly available over the internet what previously was only accessible on paper or other non-digital format. What does this mean for the hacker, the agitator, the political scientist, and the average internet user?

Additionally, Linux Fund‘s 10 year anniversary will coincide with OSCON. We have therefore decided to celebrate by holding a benefit, with all funds going towards our projects. The party will be held on Wednesday night, just down the street from the convention center. Details to be provided soon.

If you are considering attending, the OSCON team has provided us with the 20% off code “os09fos”.

SCALE Call For Volunteers

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

SCALE 7x is coming up next month and we are looking for volunteers to help with setup/tear down and various other event related preparations.

If you are interested in helping out please drop us a note. We will be on site and in need of assistance on 2/19 – 2/22.

SCALE  will be open 2/20-2/22 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel.

SCaLE 7x is Open for Registration

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

SCaLE 7x the 2009 Southern California Linux Expo of is open for registration. SCaLE will be held February 20-22, 2009 at the LAX Westin in Los Angeles, CA. Other events at SCaLE will include: Demonstrating Open Health Care Solutions (DOHCS), Women in Open Source (WIOS), Open Source Software in Education (OSSIE), and more.

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Executive Recruitment

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Found this via  Doc Searls, and it gave me a good laugh.

SCaLE 7x Call For Papers Nearly Complete

Monday, December 22nd, 2008
SCALE 7x - Feb 20 - 22, 2009

If you submitted a proposal for SCaLE this year, keep an eye on your e-mail inbox!

Last night the SCaLE 7x team met on IRC and went over the final selections for the Call For Papers.  I think everyone will be impressed by this year’s line up.   Sometimes it amazes me how much the quality of the submissions has improved over the years.   Despite all of this we still managed to wrap up at a reasonable hour.

After several rounds of review and discussion on IRC, we managed to narrow down the list of over 150 presentations proposals down to about 50 we will accept.  As usual there was a lot of debate over many of the presentations, and despite having added an additional track this year we still could not fit all the presentations we wanted into the schedule.

Before you ask me for the list of final speakers or if you have been acceptedl I’ll give you fair warning, that there are still a few final details and administrativa to sort out before we announce the selections.  We are however significantly closer now, and if you submitted a proposal this year you should at least be hearing from the CFP team this week with a status update.

One thing I hope we can work on for next year’s event is automate the call for papers submission process with submition forms on the website, rather than using e-mail and our internal wiki.  We did an amazing job with re-writing and improving our registration system last year.  This year we focused on converting the website to drupal, so that maitenance could be more easily spread across the team via workflows.  Next year, I’d really like to see us work on an automated system for proposals similar to what LFNW, OSCON, and ApacheCon have done in recent years.  I’m going to try and blog some notes on features I’d want to see for that webapp in the coming weeks while the ideas are still fresh in my mind.

Anyways, so far SCaLE is looking like it will be extremely exciting this year.  I hope to see you all there.

Please note that the follow areas are still open for submissions and close on December 31, 2008:

We also still have a sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities avaialble.  If your organization would like to exhibit at or support this year’s event please drop me a line (sponsorship [at]