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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] GNU Radio Conference

From: Tom Rondeau
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] GNU Radio Conference
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:45:12 -0500

On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM, Ben Hilburn <address@hidden> wrote:
> A GNU Radio conference is an awesome idea, in my opinion, and I think
> the September time-frame is a good one.
> I like points 1-5 a lot, and I'll second your idea of some sort of
> hacking session. I've heard of companies/communities holding
> 'hack-a-thons', where a large group of developers marathons for 6-8
> hours to close as many tickets as possible / add new features / etc.
> If there are sponsors of any type, you could hold occasional drawings,
> provide caffeine, food, etc., to keep the devs going.
> If we are going to have that many developers in one place, it might be
> a fun way to make a lot of progress on GNU Radio very quickly.  Just a
> thought =)
> Cheers,
> Ben

Thanks, Ben. Yes, we will try to make sure there is room and time set
aside for people to hack. I too have known various businesses who have
had very good luck (in terms of product output and improved morale)
with hack-a-thons. I don't think this is going to be the focus of the
conference, though. Then again, depending on space availability, we
might try to keep a room for an extra day for people to stick around
and work on some projects together. I'll keep that in mind.


> On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Tom Rondeau <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM, Scott Johnston
>> <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Tom,
>>> Can you give a brief sample agenda for the conference? I just want to know
>>> if this is intended to be a forum where all the contributers talk about GNU
>>> Radio or is it going to be tutorials and demos? If it is the latter I would
>>> be interested in attending.
>>> Thanks
>>> Scott
>> Excellent question, thanks! Nothing certain right now, but I imagine
>> there is going to be a bit of a mix of both. I imagine these will be a
>> few of the tracks that we will have:
>> 1. Introduction and Tutorial to GNU Radio
>> 2. Applications - paper session on how people are using GNU Radio
>> 3. Hardware for SDR - come show your wares.
>> 4. An open spaces session - open discussions about what people want
>> from GNU Radio and what projects people might want to purseu
>> 5. Advanced GNU Radio - discussion and showing some advanced features
>> Anything that I might call a "paper session" is just the standard
>> wording from other conferences; I don't expect people to submit papers
>> and we will definitely not have a proceedings or anything (for this
>> one, at least). These are just presentations, and hands-on / live
>> demos should be encouraged.
>> We might also try to set aside some room and time for hacking. Maybe
>> get some like-minded people together to start a new project or
>> application while we're all there.
>> Any suggestions?
>> Tom
>>> Tom Rondeau wrote:
>>>> I want to have a separate thread for discussing the GNU Radio
>>>> conference details. Here is what we have so far:
>>>> When: Sometime in September, 2011
>>>> Where: Philadelphia, PA, USA – probably on the University of Pennsylvania
>>>> campus
>>>> How long: 2.5 – 3 days
>>>> The first thing I would like to do is nail down the exact dates. There
>>>> are two ways we can go with this, and I'm polling the community here
>>>> to try to figure it out. We can either hold the conference during the
>>>> week or over a weekend. The weekend would look like (probably): Friday
>>>> afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday. If we held it during the week,
>>>> I was thinking something like: all day Wednesday and Thursday and
>>>> Friday morning.
>>>> There are certain people who will find either time better than the
>>>> other depending on your work/life situations. So we want to make sure
>>>> that this happens during the most convenient time for the most amount
>>>> of people. Once we figure this out, I will work on securing a location
>>>> to host the event. A show of hands for how many people think they can
>>>> attend would also help me determine what size we need to account for.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Tom
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