Flock

Dresden

2018

What is Flock?

Flock is the Fedora Project's annual contributor-focused conference. It alternates between European and North American locations. The conference provides a venue for face to face meetings and conversations. It is also a place to celebrate our community.

What will we do at Flock?

  • Communicate the Fedora Strategy. Everyone in Fedora should understand and feel well-aligned with the project's goals, both long-term and tactical. We should all understand the messaging we're using to attract new users and contributors.m
  • Plan the Next Strategy. This strategy doesn't come from the top down, or from thin air, and it's not dictated by our sponsors. It comes from the community. Because we're so big and distributed, Flock can't be the only place where we get new ideas, but it is a summit where we present, learn about, and discuss them.
  • Build Community Connections and Engagement. We do amazing work as a global project, but there's no substitute for direct human interaction. Flock helps tie us together. In-person discussion, collaboration, and fun social events help us function better on IRC and mailing lists throughout the year.

Who comes to Flock?

While Flock is open to anyone, the majority of talks at Flock are focused on existing contributors and those looking to increase their involvement. There is almost no solely user-focused content.

Event Dates

Flock will begin the morning of Wednesday, August 8. Sessions will continue each day until Saturday, August 11. You should plan to arrive on Tuesday, August 7 and to depart no sooner than Saturday afternoon for the best experience.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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Aug 6 Aug 7 Aug 8 Aug 9 Aug 10 Aug 11 Aug 12

Tentative Schedule

  • Day 1, morning: Kickoff. We'll start with a joint session about the state of Fedora in 2018, priorities for the next year, and messaging the Fedora Council would like emphasized. Then, we will have a series of 20-minute presentations from each of the Fedora Editions, as well as from the current Fedora Objectives — IoT, CI, and Modularity.

  • Day 1, afternoon: New Ideas Talks. These sessions will be preselected presentations. Additionally, presenters should tell us who they need to be in the room to discuss / convince / get involved.

  • Day 2, morning: We'll start with a keynote of general interest to the Fedora community, and then continue with break-out talks.

  • Day 2, afternoon: Subproject and SIG round tables. We’ll have round tables filling the room so that teams can break out and discuss but also easily find other teams. Those who do work in more than one subproject can float from table to table ensuring that we keep talking to ourselves and planning well.

  • Day 3, all day: Hackfests and Topic-Focused Discussion. SIG and Team meetings. There may also be more break-out talks.

  • Day 4, morning: Hackfests continue.

  • Day 4, afternoon: Wrap Up / Readout session. Leadership panel followed by five-minute summaries from the various breakouts.

Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit proposals for talks (60 minutes) or workshops( 2 hours), or hackfests/FADs (half or full day) on topics of importance to the contributor community.

Topic ideas include:

  • Pitch an idea! Have the next Fedora Rings, or Fedora Editions plan, or rpm-ostree, or something entirely new? Have something that bugs you and a plan to fix it? Think we should grow our userbase in a particular area by doing something we aren't? Pitch it!
  • Team planning for the next year. Mini-strategic-hackfests for various groups; for example, regional planning.
  • Focused hackfest for a team or topic.
  • Training for existing contributors on new processes (i.e. packaging updates or Zanata updates).
  • Onboarding/Join meetings for contributors
  • Your idea here!

We are accepting proposals as issues in the Flock repository on Pagure. We are doing this so that you can solicit feedback on your proposal, look for collaborators, and figure out who you need in the room and who will be there. Specific instructions are in the Pagure repo.

Proposals are evaluated in three rounds and must be submitted by the beginning of the final round. This allows us to confirm talks for speakers sooner than making everyone wait until then end. This also incentivizes you to submit early :D. Unselected proposals carry forward to the next round.

  1. Round 1 selection starts on: 15 June 2018

  2. Round 2 selection starts on: 2 July 2018

  3. Final selection starts on: 15 July 2018 (absolute last day for CFP submission)

Registration Information

Registration for Flock is open.

This year we are handling registration via EventBrite. You can find the Flock 2018 event online now. If you need a visa letter to attend Flock, please complete the Visa Letter Request Form.

Flock 2018 will, again, feature a small optional registration fee to help offset the costs of swag and lunch. This fee is scaled by country using the Big Mac Index and is based on a $25 Fee in the United States.

If you need travel funding for Flock, you may apply using the funding request form. You can (and should) wait to register until you have received your funding decision. Funding decisions begin being made on 25 June, 2018 and will be made on a continuously rolling basis from then.

Attendees who registered and paid the registration fee by July 2, 2017 are included in the count for items that have to be confirmed in advance. This includes lunch, swag, etc. If you registered and/or paid after this date, you may not receive all of the benefits of registration.

If you did not register, you are still welcome to attend the conference and events. However, you will not receive benefits such as lunch and a shirt.

Social

Mailing List

The Flock attendees mailing list is the primary means of communication for attendees of Flock. You should subscribe to this list if you plan to attend.

IRC

Our main IRC channel for the event is #fedora-flock on irc.freenode.net.

Telegram

Telegram is used as a quicker way to communicate during the conference with mobile devices and/or laptops. We have an official group you can join to participate in the conference at @flocktofedora. You can join by clicking this link.

Venue and Hotel

The Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul, Germany is both the conference venue as well as the conference hotel.

  • Flock Conference room rates of 100 EUR/night per double occupancy room and 75 EUR/night per single occupancy room have been arranged. Rooms include breakfast
  • To obtain the Flock rate, please email events@parkhotel-radebeul.com with your name, contact details, date of arrival and departure and mention the "Flock Fedora Conference." You will receive a confirmation and reservation number back by email.

Please Note: If you receive financial assistance to attend Flock, the organizers will book your travel arrangements (flight, hotel, bus) for you.

The Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul, Germany

Nizzastrasse 55
Radebeul D-01445 Dresden Germany
+49 351 8321-035
events@parkhotel-radebeul.com

Radebuel is a suburb of Dresden featuring easy direct access to the city center via tram and bus.

Sponsors


Sponsorship opportunities are still open. For information, contact flockinfo@fedoraproject.org.


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