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1== Chicken UK 2012
2
3[[image:http://love.warhead.org.uk/~alaric/chicken-uk-smaller.png|Chicken UK 2012 banner]]
4
5(Banner by Sarah Snell-Pym)
6
7=== When and Where
8
9Friday 2012-09-28 until Monday 2012-10-01.
10
11[[/users/alaric-blagrave-snellpym|My (Alaric Snell-Pym)]] home, Gloucester, England.
12
13=== How to get there
14
15Ask me for my address on IRC or by email. I'm alaricsp in #chicken, and my email address can be found by looking in the chicken-users archives.
16
17Get the train to Gloucester, or organise on chicken-users with people who will be driving up from London if you're interested in car-sharing.
18
19Foreign folks may find it easy to fly into Bristol airport and get the train up from there rather than coming in from London.
20
21If you have trouble figuring out the best way to get here, nab me on IRC or chicken-users.
22
23=== Accommodation
24
25People are welcome to stay in our house, and there's hotels and stuff
26nearby for people who don't want to queue for the bathroom in the
27morning! We have four guest beds, and loads of space to stretch out
28sleeping bags. You're also welcome to come earlier and/or leave later
29than the above period, we just won't be organising much stuff outside
30of those days. If we are oversubscribed for sleeping space, I'll give preference
31to people who beg harder for free sleeping space - tell me how poor your are!
32
33If you'd rather stay in a hotel, there's [[http://maps.google.com/maps?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=hotel+near+gl4+4nu&oe=utf-8&gl=uk&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl|a few near us]].
34
35=== Food
36
37We'll provide breakfast and lunch in the house for all who want it (we're vegetarians, so edit the table below if you're a vegan or beyond, or have allergies)
38
39=== Booking
40
41You're welcome to come even if you didn't fill in the Doodle - the
42Doodle existed to find a widespreadly agreeable date, not as a ticketing
43system! I've certainly got enough space for everyone who signed up to
44the Doodle, and we can fit a few more people, so just add yourself to the table below if you
45didn't join the Doodle and would like to come.
46
47=== Programme
48
49I plan to organise technical and social events on those four days, but
50people are welcome to stay over before and after that, be it if you want
51to travel up at convenient times and be refreshed and settled before the
52activities begin, or just for the heck of it.
53
54Please suggest items for the programme in the following table, which we can flesh out into a schedule once we've got some ideas.
55
56<table border="1">
57  <tr><th>Event</th><th>Type</th><th>Speaker</th><th>When</th></tr>
58
59  <tr>
60     <th>Opening Dinner for the Early Arrivers</th>
61     <td>Social</td>
62     <td>Alaric</td>
63     <td>Thursday evening, at home: keep us posted on your arrival times and we'll try to arrange for pizza to be available</td>
64  </tr>
65
66  <tr>
67     <th>Ugarit</th>
68     <td>Show and Tell</td>
69     <td>Alaric</td>
70     <td>Friday morning</td>
71  </tr>
72
73  <tr>
74     <th>Buffet Lunch</th>
75     <td>Social</td>
76     <td>Snell-Pym Family</td>
77     <td>Friday lunchtime</td>
78  </tr>
79
80  <tr>
81     <th>Friday Hacking</th>
82     <td>Hacking Sprint</td>
83     <td>All</td>
84     <td>Friday afternoon</td>
85  </tr>
86
87  <tr>
88     <th>Dinner+Pub Outing</th>
89     <td>Social</td>
90     <td>-</td>
91     <td>Friday evening<td>
92  </tr>
93
94  <tr>
95     <th>A walk and a picnic lunch</th>
96     <td>Social</td>
97     <td>Alaric</td>
98     <td>Saturday morning and lunchtime</td>
99  </tr>
100
101  <tr>
102     <th>Saturday Hacking</th>
103     <td>Hacking Sprint</td>
104     <td>-</td>
105     <td>Saturday afternoon<td>
106  </tr>
107
108  <tr>
109     <th>Dinner+Pub Outing</th>
110     <td>Social</td>
111     <td>-</td>
112     <td>Saturday evening<td>
113  </tr>
114
115  <tr>
116     <th></th>
117     <td></td>
118     <td></td>
119     <td>Sunday morning<td>
120  </tr>
121
122  <tr>
123     <th>Buffet Lunch</th>
124     <td>Social</td>
125     <td>Snell-Pym Family</td>
126     <td>Sunday lunchtime</td>
127  </tr>
128
129  <tr>
130     <th>Sunday Hacking</th>
131     <td>Hacking Sprint</td>
132     <td>-</td>
133     <td>Sunday afternoon<td>
134  </tr>
135
136  <tr>
137     <th>Dinner+Pub Outing</th>
138     <td>Social</td>
139     <td>-</td>
140     <td>Saturday evening<td>
141  </tr>
142
143  <tr>
144     <th></th>
145     <td></td>
146     <td></td>
147     <td>Monday morning<td>
148  </tr>
149
150  <tr>
151     <th>Buffet Lunch</th>
152     <td>Social</td>
153     <td>Snell-Pym Family</td>
154     <td>Monday lunchtime</td>
155  </tr>
156
157  <tr>
158     <th>Monday Hacking</th>
159     <td>Hacking Sprint</td>
160     <td>-</td>
161     <td>Monday afternoon<td>
162  </tr>
163
164  <tr>
165     <th>Dinner+Pub Outing</th>
166     <td>Social</td>
167     <td>-</td>
168     <td>Monday evening<td>
169  </tr>
170
171</table>
172
173Stuck for ideas? I propose the following kinds of sessions;
174
175==== Hacking Sprints
176
177There are where interested parties choose a project and hack
178on it, alone or in groups. I'll have places to sit at laptops, with
179Wifi, Ethernet, and UK and Euro power sockets. Totally unstructured, really just quiet time for us to get on with stuff, having been FUELLED with ENTHUSIASM by the other activities. If you don't have a project to hack on (or don't feel like hacking on your project), then join somebody else, ask them to get you started, and do some of the low-hanging-fruit tasks they never get around to. If you're a Scheme beginner, then a volunteer (Alaric if nobody else fancies it) will run a tutorial group.
180
181==== Talks/Presentations
182
183Does anybody want to stand up and tell us about
184anything? I can try and borrow a projector, and we've already got a
185whiteboard!
186
187In particular, I think it'd be great to have a Show and Tell of scheme projects we've been working on. Don't panic that your project is boring, or early-stage, or terrible code. The worse your code is, the more everyone can help you make it better ;-)
188
189I'd suggest 30-minute slots for those, 10-15 minutes of you showing off your project and how it's implemented, then the rest as discussion.
190
191So to get the ball rolling, I've suggested one on Ugarit.
192
193==== Social events
194
195For a start, I propose that
196we go out for evening meals to save me the cooking and washing-up effort, and as
197a pleasant outing.
198
199But if there's interest, we could also take an
200afternoon or two out for an outing. Feel free to research Cheltenham,
201Stroud and Gloucester on the Internet and see if there's anything that
202appeals to you. I have three suggestions:
203
204* We could go for a walk around
205the beautiful grounds of Gloucester Cathedral and the Docks.
206
207* If we go
208to Cheltenham we can drop into The Cheeseworks to look at bizarre
209cheeses
210
211* A walk in the countryside around the village I lived in
212until recently.
213
214Oh, and if it's nasty and rainy outside, we have heaps
215of board games, including the legendary Robo Rally
216(http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/prod/roborally). What do you
217all think? Please add suggestions to this page.
218
219Also, I'm building up a list of round table discussion topics to enliven our social events:
220
221* Chicken Documentation / Web presences: Are we approachable to new users of different levels? Are we meeting the needs of experienced hackers?
222
223* R7RS: Is it going in the right direction? What are our wishlists for WG2?
224
225* What's next for chicken core? Is the scrutinizer and specialisation done and dusted, and if so, what shall we do next?
226
227* Salmonella: Moritz and Alaric previously spoke about working towards an infrastructure for running lots of Salmonellas (different platforms, different Chicken versions, etc) and merging the results into an "egg stability index" of some kind. Is this still worthwhile?
228
229* Chicken Eggs. What's our wishlist for future eggs? How is the egg-writing community looking? It's a bit dominated by the Usual Suspects - is there more we should be doing to be more inclusive?
230
231* What's the state of Scheme as a whole? Is it doomed to remain largely a hobby language? I know there's some commercial users of Chicken and other Schemes, but what's the long-term trend? Is there more we can do to make Chicken and the eggs more "industry friendly"?
232
233* Do we want Scheme, and Chicken in particular, to be picked up as a first language by complete newbies, or is it better to focus on being a sharp tool for experts?
234
235* The Vaporbook
236
237=== Who's Coming?
238
239<table border="1">
240<tr><th>Name</th><th>Accommodation Needs</th><th>Food Needs</th><th>Notes</th></tr>
241
242<tr>
243  <th>andyjpb</th>
244  <td>Sleeping bag</td>
245  <td></td>
246  <td></td>
247</tr>
248
249<tr>
250  <th>Christian Kellermann</th>
251  <td>Sleeping bag</td>
252  <td></td>
253  <td></td>
254</tr>
255
256<tr>
257  <th>Peter</th>
258  <td>Sleeping bag</td>
259  <td></td>
260  <td></td>
261</tr>
262
263<tr>
264  <th>Kristian Lein-Mathisen</th>
265  <td>Sleeping bag</td>
266  <td>dairy intolerant</td>
267  <td></td>
268</tr>
269
270<tr>
271  <th>Affan Salman</th>
272  <td>Self hosting</td>
273  <td>No alcohol, vegetarian food is great. :-)</td>
274  <td>I'd be able to attend on Saturday and Sunday only.  Looking forward to it!</td>
275</tr>
276
277<tr>
278  <th>Ivan Raikov</th>
279  <td>Will not be able to come ;-( </td>
280  <td>Taco Bell and Mountain Dew :-D</td>
281  <td> </td>
282</tr>
283
284<tr>
285  <th>Shawn Rutledge (ecloud)</th>
286  <td>we'll see</td>
287  <td>not picky, vegetarian is great</td>
288  <td>not sure yet, sounds like fun though</td>
289</tr>
290
291<tr>
292  <th>Moritz</th>
293  <td></td>
294  <td></td>
295  <td></td>
296</tr>
297
298<tr>
299  <th>mattw</th>
300  <td></td>
301  <td></td>
302  <td>May not actually be coming, as was the only person not free on these dates :-(</td>
303</tr>
304
305<tr>
306  <th>Zaniyah</th>
307  <td>Self hosting</td>
308  <td></td>
309  <td>Probably Sat+Sun only</td>
310</tr>
311
312<tr>
313  <th>Mario Goulart</th>
314  <td>Not coming</td>
315  <td></td>
316  <td>Attending via IRC</td>
317</tr>
318
319<tr>
320  <th>Felix</th>
321  <td>Not coming</td>
322  <td></td>
323  <td>Can't come; maybe via IRC.</td>
324</tr>
325
326</table>
327
328=== And Finally
329
330And remember: This isn't some big formal conference. It's us inviting
331the Chicken community over to our new house for a nerdy housewarming :-)
332So if there's something you'd like to suggest or ask, just say! Don't be
333shy!
334
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