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One Final Office Hours Session
July 14, 2016

Office hours – they’re both fun and good for you!

SeaGL is committed to supporting new and local voices. This means we very much want to help you turn your draft or idea into a polished submission by giving you feedback and suggestions in realtime on IRC. Last year we hosted two online proposal help sessions and this year we’ve had five sessions over the last three weeks. The number of submissions has been increasing each week, often during the actual office hours. Go early birds!

But, we know that some of you are procrastinators. (Some of us are too, although we try to keep each other in check…) Anyway, we’ve scheduled one final, four-hour, marathon proposal help session on the day before our CFP closes. If that’s when you’ll be writing your proposal, then swing by #seagl on freenode and get help from our charismatic and knowledgeable volunteers.

  • July 31st, 5-9pm (PDT)

If you aren’t already an IRC user, you can still join our office hours. Go to freenode via any web browser. You’ll choose a nickname, type #seagl into the channel box, confirm that you aren’t a robot and then connect.

Or submit your presentation now.

The CFP deadline is midnight PDT, August 1, 2016.

Our talk format is generally 50 minutes of speaking followed by 10 minutes of questions, so one hour total.

Right now, since we’re a relatively new community organized and non-profit event, we’re unable to provide travel funding for speakers.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing participate@seagl.org or visting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

Current state of our CFP, by popular request!
July 11, 2016

So… how is the CFP going?

Considering submitting a proposal or two to the SeaGL CFP, but perhaps you aren’t certain what kinds of talks we could really use? Well, that’s the point of this post, to give you a sense of what we feel we could use more of in our CFP responses.

  • We are a local Seattle conference dedicated to supporting newer local speakers. In the Pacific Northwest and want to get started with conference speaking? We’d love to hear from you.
  • Currently only around 20% of our proposals are from women, we would very much like to see more proposals from women.
  • Intro topics are pretty sparse. SeaGL is attended by lots of students and younger folks who love intro topics.
  • Web frameworks and web tools; got Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, or other web dev know-how? We’d love to see a talk from you!
  • Tips and tricks from folks who live in language land; tell us how you’re currently using Python, Perl, Java, Rust, Javascript, Ruby, etc.
  • We also have lots of experienced free software users who attend SeaGL and want to hear what’s happening with BSD or GNU as well as nerd out on the latest automation tweaks.
  • Privacy and policy topics are welcome and unifying topics at SeaGL. Please share your tips & tricks (or concerns & fears) about vulnerabilities, proposed legislation, terrible court cases, etc.

Submit your presentation now.

The CFP deadline is midnight PDT, August 1, 2016.

If you’d like CFP support, join our team for one of our CFP office hours. They want to help you come up with talk ideas and polish your proposals.

Our talk format is generally 50 minutes of speaking followed by 10 minutes of questions, so an hour total.

Right now, since we’re a relatively new community organized and non-profit event, we’re unable to provide travel funding for speakers.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing participate@seagl.org or visting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

Office Hours Announced
June 24, 2016

Get Help with Your SeaGL Proposal!

SeaGL is committed to promoting new voices and helping newer speakers get in front of our friendly audience. So whether you want help with your first proposal or guidance tailoring a talk to SeaGL’s audience, we invite you to join us for Office Hours. You can either use an IRC channel to find us at #seagl on freenode.net or visit https://webchat.freenode.net/ via any web browser. You’ll choose a nickname, type #seagl into the channel box, confirm that you aren’t a robot and then connect.

  • Monday, June 27th, 2-4pm (PDT)

  • Thursday, July 7th, 6-8pm (PDT)

  • Friday, July 8th, 5-7pm (PDT)

  • Monday, July 11th, 4-6pm (PDT)

  • Wednesday, July 13th, 6-8pm (PDT)

We have a great roster of volunteers who will be happy to help you turn your ideas into a proposal. You can find more information about our call for presentations here.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing participate@seagl.org or visiting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

2016 CFP is now open!
May 13, 2016

Calling all speakers! Our 2016 Call for Participation is open!

We are a local Seattle conference dedicated to supporting newer local speakers! SeaGL welcomes speakers of various backgrounds and levels of experience – Even if you’ve never spoken at a technical conference. If you’re excited about GNU/Linux technologies, or free and open source software and communities, then we want to hear your ideas.

Submit your presentation now.

The CFP deadline is midnight PDT, August 1, 2016.

Our talk format is generally 50 minutes of speaking followed by 10 minutes of questions. Here are some topic ideas:

  • How to get involved in free and open source software
  • Dev/Ops
  • Career tips and strategies
  • Web development tools
  • Policy and licensing affecting free and open source software development
  • Hardware, Embedded Linux, or the Internet of Things
  • Scaling and optimizing GNU/Linux
  • The “cloud” and other distributed services
  • Building free and open source communities
  • Using free software at home, work, or school
  • Security and privacy online
  • Anything else that you think would be interesting to new or seasoned GNU/Linux enthusiasts!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing participate@seagl.org or visting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

2015 keynote videos now posted
May 12, 2016

Videos of our 2015 keynote addresses are now posted on our YouTube channel:

Shauna Gordon-McKeon, “Beneath the Code, the Heart”

Richard M. Stallman, “Free Software and Your Freedom”

Announcing SeaGL 2016 Dates!
April 20, 2016

We’re excited to announce the dates for this year’s Seattle GNU/Linux Conference: Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2016.

We’re also happy that Seattle Central College will once again host us this year.

Michael Dexter Wins The First Annual Cascadia Community Builder Award
October 26, 2015

The Cascadia Community Builder Award recognizes a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the free software movement in the Cascadia region. The 2015 inaugural winner is Michael Dexter.

The award was given for the first time on Saturday, October 24th at the Seattle GNU/Linux conference and is expected to remain a feature of the local event. Michael was chosen because his work with the Portland Linux/Unix Group and the BSD community exemplified the type of unsung community-building work that is so critical to the growth of the free software movement.

Michael has used BSD Unix systems since January of 1991 and provides BSD and ZFS support at Gainframe. He has supported BSD Unix with download mirrors, events, and projects for over a decade and is best known for his virtualization work. His advice for free software community activists is, “Trust your instincts, ask lots of questions, and ignore the discouragement that will come from every side.”

Michael was nominated by someone who got to know him through his tireless work with the Portland Linux User Group. The nomination reads, “Michael has organized over one hundred speakers for our two monthly meetings, including Linus Torvalds, Bradley Kuhn, and Ward Cunningham.”

Michael received an engraved multi-tool, made by the Oregon-based Leatherman company, that includes both a bottle opener and a wire stripper – critical tools for every free software community organizer. He will also be invited to participate in choosing the recipient of future Cascadia Community Builder awards.

Nominations for the 2016 honoree will open next summer.

Thanks For a Great Year Three!
October 25, 2015

As we wrap up our third annual conference, we thank all of our speakers, sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, and attendees! Each year we see greater community participation and record attendance numbers.

We’re also grateful to everyone who either invited friends to SeaGL or spread the word through social media. Word of mouth is absolutely critical to the success of our conference.

Special thanks goes to the staff at 500 East, who hosted our keynote speeches and after-party.

Join our mailing list to get announcements about the 2016 conference.

We’d love your feedback! Tell us what you liked and what you’d like to see next year:

See you in 2016!

Information for Speakers: Streaming talks
October 23, 2015

Speakers:

If Google Hangouts works on your laptop and you want to livestream talks to the SeaGL YouTube channel (they’ll also be automatically recorded by this process), here are the directions!

1) Go to plus.google.com and log in with the account credentials provided by an organizer.

2) Click the round avatar in the upper right, and select SeaGL from the list.

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3) Click the “google+ page” link. You’re now on the SeaGL Google+ page.

4) In the upper left, click the “google+ page” button then select “hangouts” from the menu which drops down.

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5) On the hangouts page, click “hangouts on air” (the middle link in the bar at the top). Then click the big yellow “create a hangout on air” button.

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6) Put in your talk title, paste in your abstract if you have time, and click the big green “share” button.

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7) Click the big blue “Start” button.

8) When it tells you to invite guests, click “skip”.

9) Point your webcam at yourself and click the big green “start broadcast” button at the bottom. Optionally, before you start the broadcast, use the icons on the left of the hangout to share your screen.

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Talk recordings are available at https://www.youtube.com/seaglorg

Important announcement about our keynote speeches
October 21, 2015

Due to some logistical issues, we’ve had to move this year’s keynote speeches off-site from Seattle Central College.

The keynotes will take place at 500 East, “a social house” just a short walk from the school. Here’s the address:

500 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

Here’s the Saturday afternoon schedule:

Time Event
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Last batch of talks at the school
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Everyone moves to 500 East
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Shauna Gordon-McKeon’s talk and the Cascadia Builder Award presentation
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Richard M. Stallman’s talk
6:00 p.m. Bar opens and attendees can mingle

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