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Penguin Day DC - Agenda

The following is the current agenda for Penguin Day DC, taking place March 20, 2011.

Feel free to add additional sessions!

9:30am - Coffee, juice, pastries

10:00am - Introductions and Opening Circle

10:15am - Interactive Plenary

Using "Spectrograms", which are interactive group opinion polls, we'll encourage participation and opinions from everyone. Spectrogram topics will be revealed in the moment; come prepared to explain where you stand :^)

10:45am - Break

11:00am - Morning Break-Out Sessions

Facilitators for each workshop will briefly describe what they will be discussing in their session. Participants will be able to ask questions and choose which session to attend.

Sessions will run for 75 minutes each in parallel, with the large group re-convening for 15 minutes of report-backs at the end.

  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Software
    • Facilitated by Allen Gunn
      • This session will introduce the history, philosophy and practicalities of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Key terms and concepts will be discussed, including "source" and the differences between "free", "open" and "proprietary", and participant questions will drive the course of the dialog. The nature and role of software communities and user support will also be explored.
  • Introduction to Blogging
    • Facilitated by Matthew Garcia
      • There are many powerful open source blogging tools. This session will enumerate and differentiate the most popular, and discuss how to set up a basic blog and start publishing.

12:15pm - Lunch and Open Discussions

1:15pm - SpeedGeek Extravaganza!

Speedgeeking is a chance to see a lot of Free and Open Source tools and projects in a short amount of time! Small groups move in a circle from station to station in five minute intervals, learning rapid-fire about tools and projects. A complete explanation of Speedgeeking can be found at http://facilitation.aspirationtech.org/index.php/Facilitation:SpeedGeeking

Topics to be featured include Mozilla Drumbeat, and we encourage participants to let us know of projects they would like to present SpeedGeek-style!

2:15pm - Break

2:30pm - Breakout Workshops

Afternoon break-outs will follow the same format as morning sessions: sessions will be briefly introduced, participants will ask any questions they have, and we'll break into small groups.

  • Helping Techies and Non-Techies Communicate and Cooperate
    • Facilitated by Allen Gunn
      • Penguin Days exist to allow nonprofit "end users" to meet and share ideas with Free and Open Source Software developers. This is session will provide a forum for discussing the language and perspective differences that exist between those who identify as "Non-Techie" and "Techie", and offer suggestions on processes and succeshul models for productive collaboration and communication.
  • What My Foundation Thinks About FOSS
    • Facilitated by David Krumlauf
      • David works with the Pierce Family Foundation, help grantees make more effective use of open source tools. He'll share stories and reflections on the role that foundations can play in driving nonprofit FOSS adoption.

3:40pm - Closing Circle

Participants meet in final plenary to summarize the day, imagine next steps and prepare for post-event beveration and merriment.

Adjourn to nearby watering hole for further Penguin Antics

Additional Sessions Still To Be Scheduled

Let us know if you want to facilitate one or more of these!

  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Desktop Applications
    • Facilitated by TBD
      • From Firefox to Open Office to the Gaim instant messaging tool, there are plenty of Free and Open Source applications that rival or even exceed their proprietary counterparts. This session will offer a guided tour of those tools, while also leaving room for discussion of what's still missing and what's hard to install and use.
  • Healthy and Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities
    • Facilitated by TBD
      • "Community" in its many and varied manifestations is a dynamic that sets Free and Open Source software projects apart from proprietary ones. This session will discuss what makes for vibrant communities that sustain and enhance software projects.
  • Free Culture, Creative Commons And Open Content
    • Facilitated by TBD
      • While there is much discussion about the promise of "Open Source" software, there is much promise and potential in creation and utilization of "Open Content" for nonprofit needs. The building blocks for Open Content are the Creative Commons licenses. This session will use a training game that was created by remixing other similar content licensed by the Creative Commons license. The game will offer an opportunity for participants to discuss their open content ideas, questions and challenges. We will also take a look at other open content projects benefitting the nonprofit sector.
  • Working with Wikis
    • Facilitated by TBD
      • This session will explain what a wiki is, and how they can be used as powerful community collaboration tools. When is a wiki most effective? What is the difference between wikis and other tools? How do you grow a wiki and encourage participation? What are wiki gnomes, gardeners? Bring your questions!
  • Business Models for FOSS developers and providers
    • Facilitated by TBD
      • Many providers of FOSS implementation, support and development struggle to find the right business model in the absence of proprietary licensing and royalties. What are "competitors" in the FOSS market places? How can FOSS providers structure business models that support the larger FOSS ecology and serve their customers best? In this session, various FOSS providers will discuss their business models and ways to encourage the three "C"s (Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration).
  • Starting Open Source Projects
    • Facilitated by TBD
      • So, you want to open source your code? You want to start an open source project to do a nonprofit-focused function? How do you start? What do you need to think about, and what's important? How do you get people to use your software? How do you get other developers interested?
  • Content Management System (CMS) Sessions
    • Following from the morning CMS discussions, these workshops will offer overviews of several popular platforms, explaining core concepts and terminology, in part by demonstrating sites based on the respective techologies.
    • Advanced Joomla!
      • Facilitated by TBD
    • Advanced Drupal
      • Facilitated by TBD
    • Intermediate WordPress
      • Facilitated by TBD