User Help Hackfest

Toronto, Canada; March 17-22, 2011

Primary contact: Shaun McCance <shaunm@gnome.org>
Local contact: Ryan Lortie <desrt@desrt.ca>

Relevant GNOME team

Documentation team

Description

Members of the GNOME documentation team will meet up to do as much as they can to finish the user help for Gnome 3.0. Developer documentation may be included.

Agenda, goals

  • Complete the new desktop help for Gnome 3.0
  • Complete or review help for core Gnome applications
  • Time permitting, add more content to the new Style Guide

If there are people working on developer documentation:

  • Finish the new Platform Overview.
  • Write more tutorials for the new developer demos.
  • (and Gnome3PortingGuide?)

  • Time permitting, review and improve gtk-doc reference (low priority).

Attendants

This is a tentative list of people:

Name

Arrive date/time (flight)

Departure date

Confirmed

Need room?

RyanLortie

(local)

Y

N

TiffanyAntopolski

(local)

Y

N

Shaun McCance

16, 14:45 (US3560)

23

N

Y

Phil Bull

17, 16:05 (AC857)

23

Y

Y

Jim Campbell

16, 21:20 (AC512)

23

Y

Y

Natalia Ruz

17, 06:10 (AC93)

23

Y

Y

Johannes Schmid

16, 17:35 (LH470)

23

Y

Y

Germán Póo-Caamaño

16, 18:55 (AC180) - Terminal 1

23

N

Y

Remote Participation

We welcome remote participants. You can connect with us two ways:

Schedule

We have a loose schedule, which we will update throughout the conference. All times are EST (UTC -0500)

  • Thu 17th, 09:30-13:00: topic brainstorming for gnome-help
  • Thu 17th, 14:00-evening: dish out gnome-help topics to people
  • Fri 18th, 12:00-13:00: Seneca lunchtime talk, room TEL 1009.

Extra user help tasks:

  • Update Empathy help for post-freeze changes
  • Update Epiphany manual for post-freeze changes

Venue

The venue is at the Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) at Seneca College, York University campus. http://cdot.senecac.on.ca/ (map)

The campus is physically located just within the northern boundary of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Our hosts are being particularly kind by providing us with evenings and weekend access to the venue.

Current sponsors

How to get there

Please arrive on the 16th so that we can start working on the morning of the 17th.

Lester B. Pearson International (YYZ) is Toronto's primary airport and is nearby. The airport is extremely well-connected. Because there are not many people, we will pick you up as you arrive and deliver you to either the hackfest location or hotel, as appropriate. Please call Ryan (+1 905 929 0197) with information about any irregularities that may impact your pickup.

Accommodation and food

We're staying at the Super 8 in Vaughan. It is just outside Toronto and is a short bus ride from the university campus. The hotel features free breakfast and wifi. We are welcome to use the breakfast area for some 'after hours' hacking (and wifi works there). The rooms will be twinned accommodation with two beds. There is also a pool with a water slide. :)

The rooms have been booked as follows:

Name

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Room 1: 16 to 23 (7 nights), booking 105168

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Room 2: 17 to 23 (6 nights), booking 105169

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Room 3: 17 to 23 (6 nights), booking 105170

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A total of 26 nights have been booked at a cost of CA$92.88 per night (special rate), plus 13% sales tax for a total accommodation cost of CA$2728.80. This was the final accommodation cost of this hackfest.

The hotel is adjacent to some cheap (if not awesome) choices for food:

  • McDonalds

  • Tim Horton's (primarily a coffee and donuts place, but also sandwiches, soup, etc.)
  • Quiznos (good quality 'sub' style sandwiches)
  • Made in Japan Teriyaki Experience (noodles and rice)
  • a couple of non-chain restaurants: an Italian one and a Mediterranean one

We can probably go into the city on a night or two.

The building in which CDOT is located contains a cafeteria with some reasonable choices:

  • Tim Horton's
  • Pita Pit (good wraps with cooked-to-order meat and lots of fresh veggies)
  • Grill Works (burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, etc)
  • Pizza Pizza (very popular Canadian pizza chain; this location has 'personal' sized pizzas and slices)
  • an Asian-style stir fry type place
  • some others...

All in all, we can probably eat there each weekday without getting bored. On the weekends only the Tim Horton's is open, and this particular location doesn't serve sandwiches and soups, so we may have to figure something else out for those days.

Previous discussions, organization threads, drafts, relevant links, etc

(!) <list of any resource like mailing lists, forums, wiki pages, etc where this has been discussed so far>

Hackfests/UserHelp2011 (last edited 2011-03-23 15:12:50 by AllisonRyanLortie)