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Reminder: Tech meetup during The Gathering

03 Apr 2017, by from Tech:Net

The Tech-crew meetup planned during The Gathering 2017 is starting to take shape.

A brief summary of what it is: a social event for people who do tech-related work at computer parties. See the original invite for details.

So far this is what I know:

Time: Friday, 18:00, location disclosed to those who are invited (which is anyone who drop me an e-mail).

I’ve gotten 9 signups, totaling 16+ people, not counting myself or whoever from Tech:Net at TG is available. All together more than 10 different parties are represented, spanning all sizes.

And there’s still room for lots and lots more. So if you volunteer at a computer party or similar event in a technical capacity and want to hangout, drop me an e-mail at kly@gathering.org and I’ll add you to the list (Please let me know what party(or parties) and roughly size, and if it’s just you or if you bring a friend (or friends)).

The agenda is pretty hazy. I figure this is what we do:

  1. I say hello I suppose.

  2. Go around the room, everyone presents them self and tell us a little bit about what party (or parties) they volunteer for. Nice things to include is size, where you get your stuff from (rent? borrow? steal? “bring your own device”?), what you do for internet, special considerations, or really whatever comes to mind.

  3. ????

  4. ????

What I want to avoid is that this becomes a “Tech:Net at The Gathering tells you how to do stuff”-thing. We’re represented, and we’ll obviously talk about whatever, but we’re all there as equal participants. Many of the challenges we have with 5000 participants is irrelevant to most of you, yet smaller parties have challenges and opportunities that are just as interesting to discuss.

If you want to do a small presentation, or want to talk about a specific topic, then let me know and we’ll make room for it.

Topics I might suggest to get things started:

(X) Do you do end-user support? How much/little?

(X) How do you get a deal with an ISP? Do you have someone you can call if the uplink goes down at 2AM?

(X) Do you use subnetting at all? If so: What was the breaking point where it became necessary?

(X) Where do you get equipment from?

(X) Firewalling? Either voluntary or involuntary (e.g.: getting internet through filtered school network)

(X) Public addresses or NAT?

(X) Do you provide IPv6? Do you care? Do you want to?

(X) ?????

We have the room until we’re done basically. and there’ll be some type of food. If there aren’t too many of us, there might be time for a unique guided tour too, but I’m not making any promises (remember: I’m lazy).

Update: We’re now up to 23 “confirmed” signups representing at least 13 different events. And we’ve secured food, courtesy of KANDU.

Invitation: Tech meetup at The Gathering 2017!

21 Mar 2017, by from Tech:Net

Do you do Tech-stuff at a computer party? Any computer party? Then this is for you.

We are looking to put together an informal “Tech-meetup” during The Gathering 2017. The exact program is yet to be decided, the only thing we know is who we want there: Anyone who are part of a tech crew at a computer part or similar event.

This is the result of seeing just how many great people there are out there. And to be more open about what we do at The Gathering, or any other computer party.

The idea is simple: We meet up during the event. Most likely some time during Friday (daytime), but that’s subject to change. We perhaps do a small presentation of TG tech crew with a twist of some sort, Q&A, and then open the floor to discussion about whatever. There’s no super-hard agenda. We can talk about TCP checksum mechanics, DHCP lease times, cable termination, how to best store switches, what candy makes for the best NOC-candy, pros and cons of renting equipment versus buying it. Or just exchange “war stories”.

Does this sound interesting? Then drop me a mail at kly@gathering.org and let me know. This isn’t an application, just a “I want in! I’ve been setting up the network at this local party with 40 participants for the last few years and this would be fun!” thing.

I’m sure we should’ve put together a better sign-up process, but we’re lazy.

Well, I’m lazy anyway. If my mail-box explodes due to this, we might have to rethink this.

From “our” side you can expect me and whoever I manage to kidnap. I know several people in the NOC have expressed an interest. We’ll also obviously provide some sort of room.

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