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Penguin Day San Francisco - 2009 Agenda

The following was the agenda for Penguin Day San Francisco, which took place April 25, 2009.

9:30am - Coffee, juice, pastries

10:00am - Introductions and Opening Circle

10:15am - Spectrograms!

Spectrograms are interactive group opinion polls, intended to encourage participation by 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 Leslie Hawthorn
      • 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 Free and Open Source Desktop Applications
    • Facilitated by Zac Mutrux
      • 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.
  • Publishing on the Web: Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
    • Facilitated by Michelle Murrain
      • Selecting the right platform for web publishing is a ubiquitous and vexing challenge that many nonprofits face. This session will provide an overview of several "Content Management Systems" (CMS) and offer perspectives on how they differ and how to compare them for nonprofit web publishing needs.
  • Introduction to Blogging
    • Facilitated by Allen Gunn
      • 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.

12:30pm - Lunch and Open Discussions

1:30pm - 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

2:30pm - Break

3:00pm - 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.

  • Working Wikily
    • Facilitated by Beth Kanter
      • What lessons can we learn from the open source community? Beth will invite the non-techies who want to use wikis to collaborate to learn from open source communities who have been doing it for years. across different platforms. What are the best principles for working in this way? What can the rest of nonprofit tech field learn from FOSS collaboration?
  • Learnings from Summers of Code
    • Facilitated by Leslie Hawthorn
      • Leslie will share stories and learnings from 3 years of overseeing Google's Summer of Code program. Participants will hear about the range of ways in which Summer of Code has worked with FLOSS projects around the globe, with a focus on best and worst practices. Leslie will also explain how nonprofit open source projects can benefit from the SoC program.
  • Helping Techies and Non-Techies Communicate and Cooperate
    • Facilitated by John Kenyon
      • 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 successful models for productive collaboration and communication.
  • Free And Open Source Online Advocacy: Tools And Best Practices
    • Facilitated by David Taylor
      • The range of platform available to support online advocacy is rich to a point of overwhelming. This session will start by characterizing the different types of available tools for different advocacy and campaigning models, and address best practices for getting started and sustaining online advocacy efforts.
  • 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!
    • Advanced Drupal
    • Drupal API and System integration
      • Facilitated by Jason Salter
        • How to get your Drupal site to talk to and with other systems - examples will include iPhone and Bar code readers talking with Drupal's services module as well as custom API's
  • CiviCRM 2.2 - Advanced Topics
    • Facilitated by Dave Greenberg
      • Dave will cover cool Techniques for Integrating CiviCRM with Content Management Systems (including Views, CCK, Hooks and more), including benefits and examples.
  • Creative Commons And Open Content
    • Facilitated by Allen Gunn
      • 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 Nelson Ko
      • 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?

4:40pm - Closing Circle

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

Adjourn to nearby watering hole for further Penguin Antics