This year, the Fest will be held on April 28th & 29th in 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. People often arrive early to chat over coffee or to help with Fest set-up. And they stay while there is still anything to talk about. There's an after-Fest party on Saturday. Stay informed by subscribing to the Fest mailing list.
LinuxFest Northwest is an annual event produced by the Bellingham Linux Users Group, and volunteers from other northwest U.S. open source users groups. It is held on the campus of Bellingham Technical College (directions at the BTC website under ABOUT BTC). The Fest features Linux and open source experts and aficionados sharing their experience and enthusiasm with a wide variety of free and open source technologies.
This generally means that there will be a lot of smart people who come with something to share and a desire to learn. This is a low cost/high value event that's held on a weekend, so there are also folks who don't usually go to commercial conferences. All in all, it's a lot of fun with fresh faces on eager people.
Since this is a free event and produced entirely by volunteers, we appreciate active participation from everyone when it comes to making the conference work. This can be as simple as picking up after yourself, fixing something if you see that it's broken, or jumping in to help. Please feel welcome to take an active role in making this a great event. The organizers help set the stage, but we all make the Fest happen!
Sessions and Topics
As in previous years, there are plenty of tracks and sessions. In addition to the scheduled sessions, extra rooms are available for community gatherings (BoFs). Large rooms hold around 100 people, while small rooms hold about 25 people with laptops.
Please help make decisions on the schedule. Presenters propose sessions and post them to the site. You indicate your interest in sessions. That information will help the Fest organizers create the schedule and assign rooms.
The final schedule will be created about two weeks before the Fest. Once this is published, please update your personal schedule. There's a live iCal feed so that you won't miss anything. YOUR schedule will be always up-to-date on your mobile phone or laptop. It's all built on F/OSS technology with open community participation.
Linuxfest Northwest Organizing Committee
Linuxfest Northwest is a Washington state non-profit and Federal 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. We have a lively organization committee and are always looking for new members. Please contact us if you're interested in donating to the fest, or becoming part of the organizing committee.