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Brad Chapman

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Hi all;
I'm one of the organizers of the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC: http://www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_2016). This is a yearly scientific conference devoted to open source community development in biology, and this summer it's in Orlando at Disneyworld.

I help organize a free two day working session, called Codefest, prior to the conference. We've done this for the past 6 years and it's a chance for anyone interested in biology and open source programming to get together and work. We're a fully open and inclusive community and here's the link to last year's page to give an idea of what we do:

http://www.open-bio.org/wiki/Codefest_2015

We're looking for a place to hold Codefest this year and I came across the awesome FamiLAB community and wanted to ask if y'all would have interest in hosting. Practically we're low maintenance and hopefully would not require a ton of effort of your part. We'd need a room or rooms for ~30-40 people with power and internet on Wednesday, July 6th and Thursday, July 7th. Beyond that, I'll take care of figuring out logistics for people attending and try to coordinate having coffee and food ordered in. I'll try to do whatever I can remotely since I live in cold and rainy Boston and not beautiful and sunny Orlando. We'd love to have local FamiLAB members interested in this kind of open source work join us.

Is this something you would have interest and ability to host? If so, what should we do next? Thanks so much,
Brad

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Re: Hosting an open source biology programming Codefest/Hackathon July 6-7
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2016, 12:23:40 PM »
Looks like you got connected on Slack! The board of directors and the #diybio people are in the know. Personally, I'm excited and truly hope we can make this work. :D

Brad Chapman

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Re: Hosting an open source biology programming Codefest/Hackathon July 6-7
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2016, 07:46:44 PM »
Thanks so much. It's great meeting everyone virtually via the wonders of Slack -- you have a wonderful community. I appreciate that you're considering this and happy to help with more details or other information from us.

Lance Hudson

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Re: Hosting an open source biology programming Codefest/Hackathon July 6-7
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 11:56:19 AM »
Brad, Dave Casey (@davecasey on slack, @da3v here) has volunteered to be the liaison for this. Our initial feeling is yes. I would like for you and Dave to make sure that the lab can meet your needs. Also, we will put this on our next meeting (Mar 15th) to see if there are any objections. Will that work for you?

Thanks
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Brad Chapman

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Lance and Dave;
Thanks so much. That alll sounds great. Dave, definitely happy to talk about specifics and be sure everything will work practically. Here, on Slack or via e-mail (https://github.com/chapmanb) all work: whatever is best for you. Making a decision after your general meeting on the 15th would be perfect. I put up an initial page with Codefest details describing everything as tentative but did not yet list FamiLAB as a venue (https://www.open-bio.org/wiki/Codefest_2016). Folks aren't booking things yet but I wanted to let everyone know we hope to have it in Orlando so they can start planning their calendars. I appreciate all your support and help and am looking forward to this.