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Welcome to Flock
Welcome to Flock 2016 in Krakow! Now in its fourth year, Flock is a fun and productive event which brings the Fedora community together to discuss new ideas — and to put those ideas into practice in hackfests and workshops. As we continue to grow the Fedora operating system, our connections and relationships grow as well, and the in-person connections made at Flock help sustain our "Friends" foundation throughout the year as we interact through IRC, email, and other digital links.
At Flock, you can met and reconnect with other contributors from all parts of the project, from low-level kernel hacking to containers to documentation and design. Whether this is your first time here or whether you're an old hand, we're very glad to have you here and value your participation.
I want to extend a special welcome to $KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Next year, Flock will return to the USA; Bids are now open for 2017. For more information see https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Flock_bid_process
Take Flock Online
Please blog about Flock, and if you haven't already, add your blog to planet.fedoraproject.org. Learn how at ur1.ca/eo3zl. If you are new to Fedora, feel free to ask someone in IRC, and we'll be happy to help.
If you were subsidized to come to Flock, we ask that you add yourself to Fedora Planet and write at least one blog post about the event. We'll be asking for your links later.
Microblogging is a great way to promote Flock as well as Fedora. You'll also see updates that way and find out where interesting things are happening. Use the hashtag #flocktofedora and follow @fedora on identi.ca, Twitter, Facebook (facebook.com/TheFedoraProject), and Google+ (gplus.to/fedoraproject).
Our main IRC channel for the event is #fedora-flock. If you are taking notes for a session, please report the session name and channel to that channel. If you are using Gobby or Etherpad, note that in the main channel as well. Each conference room's channel is #fedora-flock-<roomnumber>, for example,
- fedora-flock-room1 for room 1.
There is also a Telegram group for Flock. You can add it at: http://bit.ly/flock2016tg
Social networks are a great way to promote Flock and Fedora. Consider following them so you can keep up with updates and find out where interesting things are happening. Use the hashtag #flocktofedora on all of your social networks when talking about Flock, and keep an eye on the official Fedora accounts: @fedora on Twitter, facebook.com/TheFedoraProject on Facebook, and gplus.to/fedoraproject on Google+.
Fedora Magazine & Community Blog
While many writers of both the Fedora Magazine and the Fedora Community Blog will be at Flock this year, you should consider writing too. If you see a talk or a discussion that would make a great article or blog post, email email@example.com and the team can help you get started!
Tuesday August 2 - Tour of Krakow or Game Night
Krakow, a historically significant city in Poland is on display tonight. Join us for a roughly 90 minute walking tour of the old city center and learn about our host city. The tour will begin with a bus from the hotel. The bus will depart at approximately 6:50 pm. The tour will end with either a bus back to the hotel or advice on nightlife options.
Additionally, board games and a retro gaming zone will be available for general socializing and fun in the hotel. The board games will take place in the Rembrandt and Monet rooms. The retro gaming zone will be set up in the Malczewski room.
If you wish to take your own transportation, the tour will depart from Matejki Square at 7:30 pm and end on Wawel hill at about 9 pm.
Wednesday August 2 - Cruise Krakow
Join us for a dinner and optional cruise on the beautiful Vistula River. A fantastic buffet dinner and drinks will be available for all to enjoy. There will be two cruise options during the dinner. Details on these thirty minute cruises will be provided at the dinner. Dinner starts at 7:30 pm. Buses will depart the hotel at approximately 6:30 pm and 7:20 pm. Buses will begin returning to the hotel at about 9:40 pm.
The specific pier being used for the cruise will be announced on Wednesday morning.
Thursday August 3 - Brewery Lubicz
A feast and beer tasting awaits us at Browar Lubicz, a recently restored brewery. The brewery dates from 1840 and has been brewing beer almost continuously, even during nationalization in the 1950s. Restored in September 2015, the brewery is a high point of a trip to Krakow. There will be non-beer options available. Dinner starts at 7:30 pm. Buses will depart the hotel at approximately 6:30 pm and 7:20 pm. Buses will begin returning to the hotel at about 9:40 pm.
If you wish to take your own transportation, dinner is located at:
Restauracja Browar Lubicz
ul. Lubicz 17 J
tel. (12) 353 99 44, (12) 353 98 84
Code of Conduct
Flock is a conference that brings together members of the Fedora community, new and old, professional and volunteer, from all over the world. Diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. Attendees are required to be considerate and respectful of each other. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Refraining from rude behavior
- Refraining from any sort of harassment or discrimination (based on ethnic background, religion, gender, sexuality, body shape, disability, geographic location, sports team, preferred operating system, or anything else for that matter)
- Obeying local laws
Attendees who are in violation of this policy may be subject to removal and banning from Flock (and future Fedora events). Whether an attendee is in violation is at the sole discretion of the conference staff. Anyone with a possible concern relating to the code of conduct is encouraged to either email the Flock conference staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) or talk directly to a Flock conference staff member. Flock staff members have a special "STAFF" identifier on their event badges.
In an emergency, call 112. This is the emergency services number in Poland (similar to 911 in the United States). If you can, also have someone contact an event organizer, but in case of a fire or health emergency or anything that could require emergency services please call 112 first.
Getting help from Flock staff
If you need help quickly, you can find Ruth Suehle (suehle), Tom Callaway (spot), Josh Boyer (jwb), or Joe Brockmeier (jzb) on irc.freenode.net in #flock-help. You can also text or call Ruth at +1 (567) 429-1701, Tom at +1 (617) 410 6545, Joe at +1 (941) 962-9174, Brian Exelbierd (bexelbie) at +420 606 055 877 and Rafał Lużyński at +48 660 083 743. Remember that you may need to dial '00' instead of a '+' on your phone. Rafał speaks Polish and can be of help with local language issues.
Hotel contact information
BEST WESTERN PREMIER KRAKOW HOTEL
ul. Opolska 14a
31-323 Kraków, Poland
tel. +48 12 376 37 00
tel. +48 801 08 02 60
N 50°05'27.2" E 19°54'52.2"
Keynote 1 - Tuesday, August 2 - 09:00
Matthew Miller - Fedora Project Leader
Keynote 2 - Wednesday, August 3 - 09:00
Radosław Krowiak - Co-owner, Akademia Programowania
Akademia Programowania is a Polish educational company that has been teaching programming to young people since 2013. Radek will introduce the reality of modern and open education, where programming skills are taught to participants as young as 5 years old. Akademia Programowania is training users and creators of technology for a future wherein technology plays one of the biggest roles in our everyday lives.
Radek will discuss coding not only as a way to create programs, but also an exercise of creativity and teaching problem solving approaches. He will talk about teaching programming as an alternative for traditional education based on schemes and “the right answers."