June 9-11, 2017
Sheraton Charlotte Airport
Charlotte, NC

Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel

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SELF 2017 Registration, Schedule, Hotel Rooms, Parties, Carpools, and Room Shares

We are pleased to announce registration is NOW OPEN for the 2017 SouthEast LinuxFest. Accordingly, we have also released our DRAFT SCHEDULE for the event. Note that some special registration types require a password to even be able to view the registration options. So if you are in one of those special groups and don’t have the magic password in your email inbox by 5/17, please email info@southeastlinuxfest.org

We have been a bit quiet with things because of a pretty aggressive push on our hotel room block this year. This is the first year where we had our hotel room block available the very next day after the previous year’s SELF ended. As a result, our room block was mostly exhausted by January. So we’ve been quietly pushing speakers/sponsors into our block while we still could. If you haven’t gotten a room in our block yet, you need to do so *immediately* as we have already hugely blown through our block, nearly doubling its original size. So you’re already depending upon general availability at the Sheraton to get a room right now. I expect hotel rooms to be unavailable at the Sheraton within a few hours of this post going live on social media. If you cannot book at the Sheraton any more, please email info@southeastlinuxfest.org … we can work to provide an alternate room block at a nearby hotel and arrange for shuttle transportation to/from your alternate hotel.

In addition, we encourage you to check out the following items of interest:
Party Bottle Share Doc … If you want to bring some craft wine/liquor/beer from your neck of the woods to share with everybody, you can get into the parties an hour earlier! SELF will consider paying you for the goods if you’re bringing stuff we cannot easily obtain. Email us at info@southeastlinuxfest.org to discuss if you’re interested and have access to less well known stuff outside the Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg area.

Carpools/Room Shares … We already have one room share request, and we expect several room share/carpool requests to come in over the next few days as we publicize registration and the schedule.

Job Board … We encourage you to submit jobs to our job board if you’re looking for FOSS experts to hire!

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SELF 2017 Bootstrapped

Call For Sponsors OPEN
We are pleased to announce that call for sponsors is now open, the 2017 sponsor prospectus is now available.

Call For Speakers OPEN
Our call for speakers is now open with a deadline to submit of 4/14, 11:59 PM ET.

Hotel Rooms Going Fast
SELF opened its room block for SELF 2017 on the last day of SELF 2016. That room block is already 1/3 gone, so don’t delay and book your room now.

Now Accepting Job Board / Room Share / Carpooling Submissions
If you are interested in organizing a room share or carpool, or posting a job for some of the most serious geeks in the region to see, feel free to submit those to us and we’ll get them up ASAP.

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SELF 2016 EOF, SELF 2017 dates set

Another SouthEast LinuxFest is in the books.  We have all the videos recorded, and they only need to be trimmed and uploaded. So look for them very soon on YouTube.  In the interim, I encourage you to join SELF-Announce. All important announcements related to the event (Dates, Venue, RFP, Call For Sponsors, Schedule) will be pushed to that list.  It will be low traffic and should be roughly 6-7 emails a year, so don’t worry about a spam filled inbox.

We will be sending surveys to sponsors/speakers/attendees soon. They are totally anonymous and don’t even collect identifying information, but of tremendous help to us. Please fill them out when they arrive.

Didn’t get that sweet FOSS job you wanted while you were at SELF? You still have a shot! Look through our job board to see what is available.

While we’re all just now recovering from this year’s event, we are pleased to announce that the 2017 SouthEast LinuxFest will be June 9-11, 2017 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel. Our room block, which always sells out, is now open. Book now!

Now that SELF 2016 is in the books, we’d like to take the time to thank those who went above and beyond to help make this year’s event possible:

 

All Speakers

All Sponsors

Lead Masochist
Jeremy Sands

SELF Community Managers
Chuck Payne (Atlanta, GA)
Eugene Mah (Charleston, SC)
Graham Moss (Charlotte, NC)
Jeff Propes (Dallas, TX)
Keith Myers (Miami, FL)
Mike Major (Anderson, SC)
Mykel Alvis (Birmingham, AL)
Robby Workman (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Shay Walters (Columbia, SC)
Tim Leogrande (Asheville, NC)

Level 99 Volunteers
Brian McCullough
Chuck Payne
Doug Freed
Eugene Mah
Graham Moss
Mike Major
Robby Workman
Shay Walters
Stan Carter

Volunteers
Joel Solomon
Rock Pereira
Ross Chandler
Sean Moriarty

Graphic Design
Richard Querin
Stan Carter

Photography
Eugene Mah

Special Events
Ben Williams, Fedora Amateur Radio SIG (Ham Radio Testing)
Carrie Stokes, Cathy Williams, Nicole Tobias (Fiber Track)
Dave Stokes, MySQL, Oracle (Zero To DBA)
Nick Bebout (GPG Signing)

ZOMG LOCAL BEER/WINE/LIQUOR
Google (Pre-Party Sponsor)
Linode (Party Sponsor)
Robby Workman
Benjamin Shpurker

Internet Streaming Coverage
JT Pennington
Noah Chelliah

Superior Conference Network Deployment and Bandwidth Acquisition
Altispeed
Noah Chelliah
Zach Underwood

 

We heartily encourage you to consider the following events to keep you tied over until SELF 2017:

Community Run
BarCampCHS (Charleston, SC)
FOSSCON (Philadelphia, PA)
FOSSETCON (Orlando, FL)
Linuxfest Northwest (Bellingham, WA)
Ohio Linuxfest (Columbus, OH)
PyData Carolinas (Research Triangle Park, NC)
Texas Linuxfest (Austin, TX)
Southern California Linux Expo (Los Angeles, CA)
SeaGL (Seattle, WA)

The SouthEast LinuxFest is a labor of love put on by Galt’s Gulch Industries, LLC.

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The 2016 SouthEast LinuxFest Is Almost Upon Us!

Some quick links to help you out:
Full Schedule
– Mobile Schedule (under development, check back later today for link)
Craft Beer Bottle Share (Sponsored by Google Friday night. Sponsored by Linode Saturday night.)
Register To Attend (FREE!)
– Can’t make it? Talks will be put on YouTube. At the moment we are planning to put them up on YouTube in near real time (only an hour or two behind the talk finishing). However, we’re working to see if we can’t stream them direct to YouTube in real time as well.

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Alternative Lodging Arrangements for #self2016

UPDATE: 5/16/16, 4:00 PM ET … Details of official secondary room block added.

The event hotel is out of standard rooms. If you want a deluxe/suite room, they are still available but without any discount.

We have an official secondary block at the Hampton Inn by Hilton. Call them at 704-394-6455 and provide group code SLG (applicable to June 8-13). The Sheraton will shuttle people over who stay in this block. Mention you’d like to be shuttled to the Sheraton at check-in.

Alternatively, the following hotels are across Billy Graham Parkway from the Sheraton. While I wouldn’t describe the walk across Billy Graham as “pleasant” (it is a four lane highway at an interstate), these hotels are truly walking distance from the hotel.

Comfort Suites
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Baymont Inn and Suites

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#self2016 Update: Schedule released, registration open, and rooms nearly gone!

Our rooms at the hotel are nearly completely booked out. We have already had to add rooms twice. So if you haven’t already, book immediately! If it says no availability, please contact us immediately and we’ll work to get more rooms added. Even if we cannot, we can get you a discounted rate at a nearby hotel that will shuttle you to the event hotel for free.

We are proud to release our schedule for this year’s event. We set a record for submissions this year, and it was harder than ever to fill out the schedule.

Accordingly with the schedule being released, registration is now open for #self2016. Please DO NOT register if you are a speaker, sponsor, volunteer, or staff. You’ll be sent specific instructions on how to register. But for everybody else click here to register to attend.

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Announcing SELF 2016 Hotel, Dates, Call For Speakers, Call For Sponsors, Room Blocks, and Propaganda

UPDATE: Additional information added below on 3/10/16. See #4 and #5

We are all set for #SELF2016. We will once again be returning to the Sheraton Charlotte Airport on the second weekend in June from the 10th through the 12th. Our room block at the hotel is open, and the rate is $102/ni including free wifi, free shuttle to/from Charlotte-Douglas International, and free onsite parking. Our call for speakers and sponsors is open, and our propaganda has been updated so you can help spread the word!

Some changes for this year’s SELF:
1) The craft beer bottle share has become very successful and popular. As a result, we will no longer have an official party in the hotel bar unless a sponsor picks up the pre-party. Instead, the conference party will be the craft beer bottle share. But we’ll be having more than just beer now. We’ll include a selection of wines and liquor made in the deep south as well. You can still get in for free if you’re a speaker, a sponsor, a volunteer, or your brought some to share. But if a sponsor picks up the party, it will become open to the public, and the people in the previous special groups will get in before the general public.

2) The Geeks With Guns event was very successful and popular. As a result, we will roll the event into registration (including paying the cost of your range time at registration). You’ll still be on your own for ammo and firearm rental if you do not bring your own, though several people shared their firearms with others, particularly those who flew in and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of checking firearms when flying.

3) For the first time in several years, BSidesCLT will not be part of SELF. The BSides organizers have decided to go their own way, and we wish them the best of luck in having many more successful events.

4) On Thursday evening before SELF there will be a photography crawl featuring nice photogenic locations near the hotel. Exact details are TBD, but expect to visit places like the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Charlotte-Douglas Int’l Airport Overlook Park, Romare Bearden Park, and Freedom Park. Special thanks to JT Pennington for assisting with this event.

5) There will be on Friday and Saturday a “fiber” track at SELF. The ad-hoc knitting groups in the hallway were surprisingly popular, and so we’ll have dedicated space for those interested this year. Special thanks to Carrie Stokes, Nicole Tobias, and Cathy Williams for helping with this event. A quick summary for those curious:

“Does your need for down time away from the computer lead you to the thrill of fiber arts? Do you want to learn to knit, read a knitting pattern, learn knitting lace and blocking techniques?  If so then SELF has a new track for your open source fiber needs!  Come share with us and learn some new techniques.  Drive with us Friday to the beautiful art town of Ashville NC for a yarn crawl. Don’t miss this chance to make new friends and replenish your stash!  On Saturday and Sunday join us for two fun days of learning new skills and sharing fiber experience. Class kits for two of the projects will be for sale on site.  The kits and supplies will be made available by Charlotte Yarns, a local yarn store.”

Stay tuned for more news and updates (the best way is to join our low traffic announce only mailing list if you haven’t already). Quick relevant links:

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SELF 2015 EOF

Another SouthEast LinuxFest is in the books.  We’ll be updating the site and remastering the YouTube videos (adding pre-roll bumpers, removing dead air, etc) in the coming days and weeks.  In the interim, I encourage you to join SELF-Announce. This mailing list will be converted to a MailChimp list soon to aid in not being flagged spam so much (running your own mail server in a popular hosting block is getting harder and harder!) All important announcements related to the event (Dates, Venue, RFP, Call For Sponsors, Schedule) will be pushed to that list.  It will be low traffic and should be roughly 6-7 emails a year, so don’t worry about a spam filled inbox.

We will be sending surveys to sponsors/speakers/attendees soon. They are totally anonymous and don’t even collect identifying information, but of tremendous help to us. Please fill them out when they arrive.

Now that SELF 2015 is in the books, we’d like to take the time to thank those who went above and beyond to help make this year’s event possible:

 

All Speakers

All Sponsors

Lead Masochist
Jeremy Sands

SELF Ambassadors
Chuck Payne (Atlanta, GA)
Eugene Mah (Charleston, SC)
Jeff Propes (Dallas, TX)
Mike Major (Anderson, SC)
Mykel Alvis (Birmingham, AL)
Robby Workman (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Shay Walters (Columbia, SC)

Uber-Volunteers
Brian McCullough
Charles Williams
Hung Pham

Graphic Design
Stan Carter

Photography
Stan Carter

Special Events
Ben Williams, Fedora Amateur Radio SIG (Ham Radio Testing)
Chris Teodorski, Jon Molesa (BSidesCLT)
Dave Stokes, MySQL, Oracle (Zero To DBA)
Mary Thengvall, Chef (Chef Training)
Michael Hall, Canonical (UbuCon)
Nick Bebout (GPG/CaCert Signing)

ZOMG LOCAL BEER
GTswagger
MajObviousman
baronalex
kevin
NaCl
teKuru
ossfm
wonderwoman23
mpdavis73
Greybeard
q5sys

Internet Streaming Coverage
Jupiter Broadcasting

Superior Conference Network Deployment and Bandwidth Acquisition
Zach Underwood, Globalvision

 

We heartily encourage you to consider the following events to keep you tied over until SELF 2016:

Community Run
BarCampCHS (Charleston, SC)
FOSSCON (Philadelphia, PA)
FOSSETCON (Orlando, FL)
Linuxfest Northwest (Bellingham, WA)
Ohio Linuxfest (Columbus, OH)
Texas Linuxfest (San Marcos, TX)
Southern California Linux Expo (Los Angeles, CA)
SeaGL (Seattle, WA)

Superior Training/Education
LISA 2015 (Washington, DC)

The SouthEast LinuxFest is a labor of love put on by Galt’s Gulch Industries, LLC.

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LIVE COVERAGE OF SELF 2015

Front Porch mode is under construction (our staff and volunteers have been VERY busy!!), but here’s some direct links to get your fix of SELF if you can’t make it:

YouTube live feeds … refresh to get latest talks!

Jupiter Broadcasting is awaiting equipment arrival, we’ll put up their link if they go live before we finish the proper front porch page.

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Final Schedule Published: Updated with BSidesCLT, UbuCon Content

Get it while it’s hot! Click here.

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