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Flock Day 1.

Here’s a summary of today’s activity where I participated or attended:

  • Up at 5:45am so Matthew and I could meet up with Josh Boyer, Tom Callaway, Ruth Suehle, and Joe Brockmeier for breakfast. Then we arrived at the Flock venue early.
  • Helped set up rooms with wifi information for attendees. Discovered the rooms feature electronically controlled windows. Once opened, these made the venue much more comfortable.
  • Missed keynotes myself while ushing people around to them. 🙂
  • Worked on my slides for Saturday’s talk, in the great Fedora tradition of iterating until the last minute.
  • Sat in on Tim Flink‘s Taskotron talk, and took notes for a Fedora Magazine article.
  • Went to a lunch meeting with Ludek Smid, Jaroslav Reznik, Joe Brockmeier, and Matthew Miller. We discussed some project management assistance for our Atomic/OStree work in Fedora. Very productive and we also had a good time.
  • Sat in on Christian Schaller’s Fedora Workstation talk. It was very well attended, so I think the idea that the Linux desktop is dead might be a tad premature. 😉
  • Sat in on Marina Zhurakhinskaya’s talk on the Outreach Program for Women. I’m happy to say Fedora is an active player in this space. I look forward to our doing even more.
  • Sat in on a talk on Waartaa by Ratnadeep Debnath and Sayan Chowdhury. This is an interesting take on a Web IRC client as a basis for other collaboration tools.
  • Sat in on Chris Roberts’ and Marie ‘riecatnor’ Nordin’s talk on Fedora Badges and badge design. (If you’re looking for the resources shown in the talk, look here.)
  • Headed back to the hotel to finish a Fedora Magazine article. Then I met up with friends to head over to our event at The Pub.

We love stinkin’ badges.

For a few years now our FUDCons have always included attendee name badges. Often people coming to FUDCon are meeting face to face for the first time with people they know from online interactions. Name badges make it easy to put a face to a name or IRC nick.

At FUDCon Tempe, though, we’ve added a little twist. Name badges this time around will feature a QR Code that includes a little bit of contact information for each attendee. This code can be scanned by certain smartphone apps, so if you meet someone and you’d like to keep in contact later, you can scan each other’s badges to make it easier to do so. The excellent suggestion for using a QR Code came from contributor Juan Rodriguez (nushio), and all-around superstar Ian Weller provided the script to create the badges.

Here’s how the QR Code works:

  • If you included your Fedora Account System (FAS) username in your signup, either with a wiki link or as a comment, we’ve used that to construct the contact information in the QR Code (your @fedoraproject.org email, and your User:Username page on the Fedora wiki).
  • If you didn’t include that information, your QR Code will only indicate the name shown on your badge. It’s still minimally useful, in that you can let someone scan the code to get the spelling of your name correct.

The information on the badge is based on what you made public in the wiki, since we don’t want to just start throwing people’s email addresses around if they haven’t given us one. (If you want to give anyone details beyond your Fedora email or wiki page, you can do that manually.

The badges were printed this weekend using the template Ian set up, and here’s a demo. Hint: if you have a barcode scanning app on your phone, you can probably test my badge directly from your computer screen!

Example QR Code on a FUDCon Tempe badge

We even left a line on the badge for informative or funny comments. Unfortunately in a couple cases these comments were much longer than we could include on the badge. If your comment fell into this category, you may find it truncated or missing on the badge. You can feel free to write it in by hand once you get your badge, but I recommend you avoid writing over the QR Code, so it stays useful. As I mentioned earlier, we were careful not to put any information on the badge you didn’t already provide publicly through the Fedora wiki. But if for some reason you don’t like the idea of this QR Code, you’re welcome to mark it out with a dark marker or pen to render it useless. (That’s a pretty effective opt-out measure.)

We look forward to seeing you at FUDCon, start gearing up your blogs!