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How your sponsorship can help many
September 03, 2016

There’s a lot that goes into crafting a great conference experience, and an essential part of that is sponsorship. Sponsorship helps cover a lot of necessities, like venue and equipment costs - but it also allows the conference committee to do some truly extraordinary things for those who may not be able to attend without a helping hand. Without sponsorship, we would be unable to fund assistance like;

  • Help with the travel costs for less privileged speakers and attendees
  • Providing lunch to local student attendees
  • Making SeaGL a free conference for all attendees

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring SeaGL, please contact us at sponsor@seagl.org to discuss the sponsorship packages available or check out our prospectus here.

Nominations are Open!
August 03, 2016

DEADLINE is August 16th: Take a Minute to Nominate Someone Amazing!

The second Cascadia Community Builder Award will be given this fall to a local person who has made an outstanding contribution to the free software movement. We are looking for someone who contributes – either at work, as a volunteer or both – to the adoption or creation of free and open source software. We are especially interested in hearing about work that brings FOSS to new communities and/or under-represented groups.

To nominate someone, send an email to award@seagl.org – with the nominee’s name in the subject line. Great nominations will include some links to the person’s work and/or two or three sentences about why you find them inspiring. Thanks in advance for helping us honor a local community builder!

If you want to speak with us in real-time, come visit us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

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

2016 CFP is now open!
July 31, 2016

2016 Call for Participation closes on August 1st!

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.

Allison Randal and Corey Quinn to Keynote SeaGL 2016!
July 26, 2016

We are very pleased to announce our 2016 Seattle GNU/Linux conference keynotes: Allison Randal, President of the Open Source Initiative and board member at the Perl Foundation, and Corey Quinn, Director of DevOps at a fintech company and longtime open source contributor.

Allison is also a software developer and open source strategist and a co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders. She previously served as president of the Perl Foundation, chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine and chairman of the Board at the Parrot Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, Open Source Evangelist and OSCON Conference Chair at O’Reilly Media, and Technical Architect of Ubuntu and Open Source Advisor at Canonical. She collaborates in the Debian, Python, and OpenStack projects, and currently works on open source strategy at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She’s also been doing a lot of thinking about the future of open source, so we are really excited to hear from her at SeaGL this year!

Corey has a long and storied history as a consultant – long, in that every year he did it felt like three years, and storied, in that he’s got a few. Prior to his current role, he spent most of the past few years at a Bay Area consulting firm, where he served as a systems architect, ad-hoc recruiter, advocate for driving transformational change throughout organizations, and (due to a misunderstanding around what a “standup meeting” really was) an improvisational comic. One of the early developers behind Saltstack, Corey also has a rich history of contributing to various open source projects. Corey is a seasoned speaker with opinions about nearly all things DevOps He isn’t afraid to express these opinions in public, and we expect nothing less from his inaugural keynote at SeaGL.

Both of our keynotes are previous, very much appreciated, regular session SeaGL speakers. If you were wondering, “How would I get to keynote SeaGL someday?” then a fantastic place to start is by submitting a talk to our call for presentations this year!

Nominations are Open for the Cascadia Community Builder Award
July 15, 2016

Nominations are open until August 16th for the second Cascadia Community Builder Award!

This is an award for a local person who has made an outstanding contribution to the free software movement. We will consider the following criteria:

  • Someone whose free software work is based in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia or Idaho
  • Someone who has applied deep commitment and creativity to growing and broadening the free software community.
  • We recognize work in software projects, non-profit organizations, outreach and education, hacker-spaces and/or user groups
  • We are also open to any other activity that promotes the adoption and appreciation of free software to more people
  • The committee is very interested in individuals who have successfully reached out to traditionally under-represented groups

To nominate someone, please send us an email award@seagl.org with the nominee’s name in the subject line. Great nominations will include what project(s) the nominee is primarily associated with, how long they’ve been active, and links to any posts or stories about their impact on the growth and reach of the free software movement. The more information you can provide, the better. Thanks in advance for helping us honor a great community builder!

If you want to speak with us in real-time, come visit us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

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.

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”


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