wiki/ news/ 2003-07-09 - PSAS exhibit at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland

O'Reilly and Associates 5th annual Open Source Convention was here in Portland July 7-11, 2003. For those who don't know, O'Reilly is the book publisher that publishes all of "animal" books - the books on software, including Linux, Unixes, open source software, etc, that have black and white etches of animals on them. You've probably seen them around.

We asked the OSCon folks if they were interested in having us as an exhibit, and they were nice enough to arrange a free booth for us.

Brian, Markus, and Andrew set up what was essentially the USENIX display - launch tower, both rockets, and the working avionics system complete with ATV transmitter and receiver. Ian, Katharine, Paul and James came through the next two days to lend a hand talking with people.

We probably talked with several hundred people, although it was hard to tell: for two solid days from 10:00am - 4:30pm we talked with people. I'd say there was only about an hour plus of downtime the entire two days... it seemed to be a very well attended conference. Some of the highlights of the conference were meeting several new potential team members and also a fellow from "Nautamatic Marine Systems", which does kalman-filtered autopilot systems for fishing boats - very, very impressive stuff.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped out, and thanks again to O'Reilly and Associates for giving letting us exhibit for free, and handling all the logistics and financial details that followed.



Here's the coordination information from the conference for posterity and potentially next year.

Link:

http://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/

Location:

Portland Marriot


1401 SW Naito Parkway


Portland, OR 97201


We'll be exhibiting the rocket with the following schedule:

Setup:

Date Time Who
Wed 07/09/03 08:00 - 09:00 Andrew, Markus, Brian
Wed 07/09/03 09:00 - 10:00 Andrew, Markus, Brian

Wednesday Exhibit:

Date Time Who
Wed 07/09/03 10:00 - 11:00 Andrew
Wed 07/09/03 11:00 - 12:00 Andrew
Wed 07/09/03 12:00 - 13:00 Brian
Wed 07/09/03 13:00 - 14:00 Brian
Wed 07/09/03 14:00 - 15:00
Wed 07/09/03 15:00 - 16:00 Katharine

Wednesday Exhibit Showcase:

Date Time Who
Wed 07/09/03 18:00 - 19:00 Andrew, Paul, Brian
Wed 07/09/03 19:00 - 19:30 Andrew, Paul, Brian

Thursday Exhibit:

Date Time Who
Thu 07/10/03 10:00 - 11:00 Ian
Thu 07/10/03 11:00 - 12:00 Ian
Thu 07/10/03 12:00 - 13:00 James
Thu 07/10/03 13:00 - 14:00 James
Thu 07/10/03 14:00 - 15:00 Andrew
Thu 07/10/03 15:00 - 16:00 Andrew

Tear down

Date Time Who
Thu 07/10/03 16:00 - 17:00 Andrew, Brian, Katharine
Thu 07/10/03 17:00 - 18:00 Andrew, Paul, Brian, Katharine

Things to Bring


The Floor Plan as of 6/18/2003

102-108 Powell's Bookstore
110-112 Developer's Library
114 O'Reilly Network
116 Safari Online Books
207 Apple Developer Connection
301 Hewlett Packard
307 Sun Microsystems
401-405 ActiveState
407 Stonehenge Consulting
411 MySql
413-415 Pogo Linux
500-502 RealNetworks
504 Software Association of Oregon
506 Mac Spotlight
510 GeekCorps
512 Electronic Frontier Foundation
514 Free Software Foundation
601 GNOME Foundation
603 Linux Journal
605 Amazon.com
607 Red Hat
707-709 Jabber
711-713 Portland State Aerospace Society
715 The Perl Foundation
717 Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
719 Portland Linux Users Group

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