In less than one week the 4th annual Plone Conference will start in Seattle and I will go there (yay!) :-) I am very much looking forward to it as there will be over 300 people from the community there and it’s always fun to meet and discuss with them (and listen to the talks and tutorials of course). More information about the conference here. One highlight of the conference will be definitely the keynote of Eben Moglen who is among other things working right now on the GPL v3, an important Open Source license. What is not so known is the fact that he was also involved in founding the Plone Foundation.
So what is Plone? Plone is an open source Content Management System written in Python. It tries to be user-friendly and flexible at once. I am personally using it for my company as we do Plone consulting and additionally we take part in the development process via sprints etc.
And now we are trying to bring this conference to Second Life (at least partly as I cannot stream every of the 4 rooms). We checked the bandwidth and I happen to have some free server bandwidth around. So a location was build on my new plot in Theta (photos below). And now it’s hopefully all ready to go.
if you want to join, feel free to do so from in the time of Oct 25-27 approx. 10am to 6pm SLT and check out the complete agenda here (I hope to get all keynotes streamed and I will choose one of the rooms in the meantime). We will also try to get a back channel for questions working. Dues to the lack of time we don’t have SL projected on the wall though.
About the location
The conference location will probably convert to some information/educational place in the future. Already on there are 4 video booths which play videos about how to use Plone and an interview between me and one of the Zope developers (on which Plone is based) back from the EuroPython conference in Geneva. So in the future I want to add more such videos and video blogs and more information material on the open source projects Plone, Python and Zope.
I am very excited about my trip to the US and the conference in SL and RL and if you are interested in it I hope to see you there!
PS: After Seattle I will fly down to San Francisco. So if you are either in Seattle or SF, please contact me so we eventually can meetup :-)