November 5th & 6th, 2021
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About

The Seattle GNU/Linux conference (SeaGL) is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free / libre / open source software and ​hardware.

Our goal for SeaGL is to produce an event which is as enjoyable and informative for those who spend their days maintaining hundreds of servers as it is for a student who has only just started exploring technology options.

SeaGL’s first year was 2013.

When & where

November 5th & 6th, 2021, online

Attend

SeaGL is free to attend, and you do not need to register—just show up!

You may attend SeaGL without identifying yourself, and you are encouraged to do so to protect your privacy.

SeaGL 2021: Year Nine!
March 29, 2021

Thank you so much for sticking with us through SeaGL 2020! We’ll be announcing more with videos and other content from last year soon, but the big announcement here is that we are gearing up for year NINE of SeaGL! SeaGL 2021 will be Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, 2021!

We are very close to decided on doing another fully virtual conference, which genuinely exceeded the highest of any of our expectations, but depending on how vaccinations go, there may be some kind of hybrid option. This is undecided, but we are working on setting a date to decide by, not later than by summer 2021.

Please reach out if you’d like to help with a well-defined, well-supported volunteer role as we ramp up to this year’s conference, at participate@seagl.org. Many of the volunteers have been helping with the conference for many years, so you’ll be joining an established team of people who care about free software and community in equal measure!

Thank you & stay tuned!


SeaGL 2020: DAY 2!
November 14, 2020

Today is our second and FINAL day of SeaGL 2020! Here is the full SeaGL 2020 program, and please read on for today’s schedule, for Friday, November 13, 2020. As a reminder, SeaGL 2020 is completely virtual. SeaGL is also completely free as in tea with no registration required, so everyone is welcome to attend.

You can attend if you go to attend.seagl.org. Live streams are also available at seagl.org/watch.

Normal talk blocks are 30m - 20m for the talk, 10m for optional Q&A as led by the Room Moderator. The Moderator will read questions from the text chat audience for the speaker to answer. There are 15 minute spaces between talks, which means that the talk blocks are listed as 45 minutes long. There is no Q&A during Keynotes.

Please note that as of 6:30pm PST Friday Nov 13, a few of these have changed. Last minute schedule changes - it’s a wild world out there this year, but we can accommodate :)

All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time, which is UTC -08:00

  • 9:20am Opening announcements by Wm Salt Hale, Nathan Handler, and Rachel Kelly
  • 9:35am Keynote by Kathy Giori

10:00am-10:45am block

  • Cameron Bielstein - Building Free CI/CD with GitHub Actions
  • Elizabeth K. Joseph - Open Source on the Mainframe in 1960, 1999, and Today
  • Aeva Black - Crossing the Gender Divide

10:45am-11:30am block

  • Molly deBlanc - Introduction to Ethics from an Ethicist-in-Training
  • Justin W. Flory and Bhagyashree (Bee) - Time for Action: How to Build D&I in your Project
  • Bri Hatch - 10 Vim Tricks

11:30am-12:15pm block

  • Ask Me Anything (AMA) about Kubernetes with Elana Hashman!
  • Kara Sowles - Alcohol and Inclusivity in Tech

12:15pm-1:15pm block - go eat some lunch, come back at 1:15pm PST :)

1:15pm-2:00pm block

  • Deb Nicholson - Move Slow and Try Not to Break Each Other
  • Ian Kelling - When does a Service Take Away your Freedom?
  • Wm Salt Hale - Contacts to Connections: CRM Funneling for Projects and People

2:00pm-2:45pm block

  • Amanda Sopkin - The United States’ History with Free Software and what we can do to improve the Future
  • Aaron Wolf - Software Freedom through Collective Action
  • Lisha Sterling - Building Alternative Networks for Fun and Resistance

2:45pm-3:30pm is TeaGL! Bring the tea your TeaGL buddy sent you, and come enjoy the company of tea lovers even if you didn’t sign up for the Tea Swap!

3:30pm-4:15pm block

  • Paris Buttfield-Addison and Tim Nugent - First Steps with Swift for TensorFlow
  • Ben Cotton - Scheduling your Open Source Project
  • Nočnica Fee - Data Liberation: Open Source Observability

4:30pm Closing Keynote by VM Brasseur

6:00pm Closing Virtual Party!

If you have any questions about any of these, please pop into attend.seagl.org and we’ll get you set right up!


SeaGL 2020: DAY 1!
November 13, 2020

Today is the day! Day 1 of SeaGL begins today! Here is the full SeaGL 2020 program, and please read on for today’s schedule, for Friday, November 13, 2020. As a reminder, SeaGL 2020 is completely virtual. SeaGL is also completely free as in tea with no registration required, so everyone is welcome to attend.

You can attend if you go to attend.seagl.org. Live streams are also available at seagl.org/watch.

Normal talk blocks are 30m - 20m for the talk, 10m for optional Q&A as led by the Room Moderator. The Moderator will read questions from the text chat audience for the speaker to answer. There are 15 minute spaces between talks, which means that the talk blocks are listed as 45 minutes long. There is no Q&A during Keynotes.

All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time, which is UTC -08:00

  • 9:00am Opening announcements by Wm Salt Hale
  • 9:10am Keynote by Máirín Duffy
  • 9:35am Keynote by Daniel Takamori

10:00am-10:45am block

  • Mariatta Wijaya - Oops! I Became an Open Source Maintainer!
  • Mariah Villarreal - Rise Up for Free Software in Schools!
  • Neil McGovern - Patently Obvious

10:45am-11:30am block

  • Ruth Ikegah - A Beginner-Inclusive Approach to Open Source
  • Stephen Wilson - The Open Digital Photography Workflow
  • Nočnica Fee - Data Liberation: Open Source Observability

11:30am-12:15pm block

  • der.hans - FLOSS and you
  • Suraj Kumar Mahto - Introducing FOSS Culture at Universities
  • Gareth Greenaway - Open Source Secrets Management

12:15pm-1:15pm block - go eat some lunch, come back at 1:15pm PST :)

1:15pm-2:00pm block

  • Megan Guiney - Democratizing Documentation
  • Josh Boykin - Gaming for Good: Using Passions and Technology for Social Change
  • Mike Hamrick - Features of a Modern Terminal Emulator

2:00pm-2:45pm block

  • Jill Rouleau - Demystifying Contributor Culture: IRC, Mailing Lists, and Netiquette for the 21st Century
  • Elijah C. Voigt - Let’s Make Games with Rust

2:45pm-3:30pm is TeaGL! Bring the tea your TeaGL buddy sent you, and come enjoy the company of tea lovers even if you didn’t sign up for the Tea Swap!

3:30pm-4:15pm block

  • Sumana Harihareswara - Stand-up comedy about FLOSS
  • Kaylea Champion - How to build a zombie detector: Identifying software quality problems
  • Rowin Andruscavage - Overclocking for your Mind and Body

4:30pm and on - Cocktails and Mocktails Evening Social, as presented by Benjamin Mako Hill

If you have any questions about any of these, please pop into attend.seagl.org and we’ll get you set right up!


How To Attend Virtual SeaGL 2020
November 12, 2020

We are SO excited for the conference which begins TOMORROW! Since we’re fully online this year, let’s talk about actually HOW to get online to watch talks and have a super social experience in your conference-going.

The tl;dr here is that you can go to attend.seagl.org and enter your name. You will be added to the broader SeaGL hallway chat and be sent instructions for how to join specific chat rooms. To view a talk, enter one of the three track channels and click on the watch button to open an embedded live stream.

Description of how talks will be delivered

The speaker will be delivering their talk in a private video conference. They will be alone in the “room” aside from the volunteer moderator. Our tech team will direct that feed to a publicly facing URL when the talk begins. Attendees can chat with each other and watch the video at attend.seagl.org. At the conclusion of the talk, if the speaker wants a Question and Answer period, the room moderator will read questions from the audience in that track’s attend.seagl.org chat room, which the speaker will be able to answer. There will also be a volunteer chat moderator for each talk to monitor the space for potential problems. Our Code of Conduct applies in all of these virtual conference spaces, throughout the duration of the conference, and in all of our IRC channels before and after the conference. You can read more details about our tech stack in the blog post: The SeaGL Experience, Virtually Speaking!

How to view a talk

First, go to attend.seagl.org. Enter a name and/or handle that you are comfortable with. No registration is required, because we believe that people should not have to opt-out to anything resembling tracking to attend SeaGL. If the name you select is not available, another name will be automatically assigned. For users who already have their own IRC setups, you can log onto #seagl on irc.freenode.net, however, you do not need to be familiar with IRC in the least to attend SeaGL!

HTA attend.seagl.org

You’ll begin in a chat room called #seagl-hallway, a space where you can read announcements about upcoming talks and interact with other attendees. You will see a number of other channels which you can join, such as #seagl-track-1, 2, and 3, #seagl-helpdesk, and others. It will look something like this!

HTA attend.seagl.org

In the Track rooms, e.g. #seagl-track-1, #seagl-track-2, and #seagl-track-3, there will be a feed available throughout both days, playing a live stream of the talks. You can pull up the embedded video by hitting the yellow “watch” button at the top right. You will not be joining the video conference room itself, but your interaction and participation encouraged in the track chat room.

At the end of the talk, if the speaker chooses to take questions (some will not, and that is ok!), please add your question to the queue in chat. The moderator will relay questions on the video feed to the speaker. Please remember to form your question in such a way that it requires a question mark at the end - in other words, we want genuine questions asked in good faith, and are hoping to avoid “story time”-style announcements from the audience. Stories and anecdotes are for the talks, and questions are for answering by the speaker! The moderators have been trained to facilitate this, and will be very excited to pass on your real questions!

Each talk is 20 minutes. The speaker optionally has an additional 10 minutes for Q&A. That makes 30 minutes total, and adding fifteen minutes between talks, each slot lasts 45 minutes. After 30 minutes, the talk is entirely over and we will be depending on our amazing tech team to move the feeds around to the next speaker - each speaker has their own “room.” Please be aware that this means that after the time is up, it is truly up, unlike a physical space where a little dallying is part of the talks!

We know this is a lot of information! Remember, you can go to attend.seagl.org, enter your name, and get started - we’ll help you when you arrive! We cannot WAIT to see you. And remember, you can view the whole schedule here: SeaGL 2020 Schedule


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Exhibitors

We will have a small hall available for exhibitors. Free tables will be available for free/libre/open-source software/hardware and non-profit organizations, and there are several sponsorship levels for everyone else. If your organization would like an exhibit table at SeaGL, please send an email to sponsor@seagl.org for our vendor prospectus.

Exhibitor space is limited, please contact us right away if you are interested in a table.

Sponsorship

We can't do what we need to do without the support of the community. If you would like to offer financial support but don't need an exhibit table, please send an email to sponsor@seagl.org.

Donate now

Our fiscal sponsor, Free Software Foundation, set up a donation page to support SeaGL. It accepts credit card or PayPal and provides instructions for donating via check or Bitcoin. Thank you for your support!

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