FUDCon Tempe 2011

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FUDCon Tempe 2011

A FUDCon for North America will be held January 29-31, 2011, in Tempe AZ. A group of Seneca faculty and students will be attending.

What is a FUDCon?

FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference. These events are held on a regional basis around the world to enable Fedora developers, contributors, and users to meet face-to-face, to learn, to plan, and to hack.

FUDCons generally include three elements: a barcamp (unconference), hackfests, and a social night (FUDPub).


A barcamp is an "unconference" -- a type of conference planned dynamically, on the day of the event. Typically, the barcamp starts with a session where anyone who wishes to speak lines up and is given a short time (15 seconds) to "pitch" their talk. The names of the talks are written on sheets of paper which are then taped to a wall; after the pitches, attendees checkmark the sheets to indicate which talks they most want to attend. Talks with no (or very few) checkmarks may be cancelled, or talks with few checkmarks which are on related topics may be combined. The sheets are then arranged to create the schedule for the day, with time slots as rows and rooms as columns. The conference then proceeds according to the schedule.


Fedora developers and contributors rarely get to work face-to-face. The hackfest sessions provide an opportunity for members of the Fedora community to work together in person on code, tests, packaging, documentation, marketing, planning, and many other activities. Hackfests may take the form of consultations, or writing sessions (code or documentation), or tutorials.


FUDCon's social evening, known as FUDPub, is an opportunity for Fedora community members to let their hair down and enjoy some fun with friends. FUDPubs always include food, and may also include pool, bowling, karaoke, or other activities.

FUDCon Tempe 2011

FUDCon Tempe will be held at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ from January 29-31, 2011. Details of this event may be found on the Fedora wiki.

Seneca at FUDCon Tempe 2011

The Seneca School of Computer Studies (SCS) and Seneca Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) will be sending a group of faculty, students, and research staff to FUDCon Tempe.

Seneca Attendees

Trip Itinerary

Date Details
Friday, January 28, 2011 Depart Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Phoenix International Airport (PHX), travel to the Marriott Courtyard Tempe hotel.
Saturday, January 29, 2011 BarCamp
Sunday, January 30, 2011 Barcamp (morning) and Hackfest (Afternoon)
Monday, January 31, 2011 Hackfest. Leave in the early afternoon to return to Toronto (PHX-YYZ) (note: due to airport time allowances, there won't really be time to participate in the Hackfest on Monday)


At FUDCon we'll be talking about what Seneca's been doing with the Fedora project, including various SBR600 projects and the Fedora-ARM project. We'll also be hacking with other Fedora members on projects such as AutoQA, fedpkg, and Fedora-ARM.


For students, these costs are covered by grants:

  • Air fare from Toronto to Tempe and back
  • Double-occupancy hotel accommodation (the hotel will provide an airport shuttle to/from PHX)

For all FUDCon attendees, these costs are covered by Red Hat:

  • The conference

For FUDCon attendees who sign up early, these costs are covered by Red Hat:

  • A FUDCon shirt
  • Lunch during FUDCon
  • FUDPub

Students will be responsible for:

  • Meals
  • Passport and/or visas
  • Transportation to and from the airport (YYZ)
  • Transportation from the airport (PHX) to the hotel and back, if the hotel shuttle is unavailable
  • Any personal or incidental costs

Student Sign-Up

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Student List is Finalized
The FUDCon attendee list has been finalized and no further applications are being accepted.

To express your interest in attending FUDCon Tempe, please:

  1. Sign up on this wiki
  2. Print and complete the trip application forms (PDF) and bring them with you to class on January 11.
  3. Add yourself to the Fedora Wiki FUDCon Tempe 2011 page.

Videos from Previous FUDCon Events

Here are videos from two previous North American FUDCons:

FUDCon F11, January 2009:

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Download this video: Ogg Theora format

FUDCon F9, January 2008:

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Download this video: Ogg Theora format

Information for Seneca Student Attendees

This Section is Subject to Change
Instructions here will be updated as the trip date approaches.


Date From To Flight Departure Arrival Aircraft Toronto Terminal
Friday Jan 28 Toronto (YYZ) Phoenix (PHX) AC1289 7:55 pm 10:45 pm A319 Terminal 1
Monday Jan 31 Phoenix (PHX) Toronto (YYZ) AC590 1:00 pm 7:05 pm A319/A320 Terminal 1

Note: Your professor will not be accompanying you on the return trip - he will be returning late on February 1. Therefore, SBR600 is cancelled on Feb 1.


  • Pack only carry-on luggage - avoid checked baggage:
Category Quantity permitted Examples Maximum Size - Maximum Weight
Standard Article 1 Small suitcase 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm (9 in x 15.5 in x 21.5 in), wheels and handles included - 10 kg (22 lb)
Personal Article 1 Laptop computer, large purse, small backpack 16 cm x 33 cm x 43 cm (6 in x 13 in x 17 in) - 10 kg (22 lb)
Other Items - Coat, cell phone or MP3 player, small purse or wallet (no more than 25cm x 30cm x 14cm (10in x 12in x 5.5 in)), travel documents (passport/visa/ticket/boarding pass)
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring a laptop with Fedora installed.
    • Make sure your laptop is charged before the trip, in case you are asked to turn it on at the security checkpoint (to prove that the battery really is a battery).
    • Your charger, a USB key for transferring files, a compact extension cord or power bar, and an ethernet cable are recommended.
    • If you do not have a laptop, please contact your professor about borrowing one from CDOT/ORI.
    • Free WiFi is available at the Toronto and Phoenix airports. According to Air Canada, wifi will probably not be available on the flight.
  • All liquids/gels/creams such as shampoo, toothpaste, and lotion must be packed in containers of 100mL or less, and contained in a resealable clear plastic bag (zip-seal bag) of 1L capacity or less.
  • Medications must be in their original packaging. Prescription medications must include the prescription label.
  • Do not bring any sharp items (knives, screwdrivers).
  • You may want to consider bringing earphones or earbuds for the in-flight entertainment system.
  • Bring your passport and any applicable visas.
  • If you intend to call home during your trip, it is a good idea to bring a prepaid long-distance telephone card; be sure to purchase one that will work in the USA. Caution: roaming fees for using Canadian cell phones in the USA can be astronomically expensive.

Money Matters

  • You will be responsible for paying for your food on the trip; it is recommended that you bring a small amount of US cash, and either a bank card that works with the Plus or Cirrus network or a major credit card.
  • A shuttle to/from the Phoenix airport is expected to be provided by the hotel. If this is not available, you may need to pay for travel to/from the hotel.
  • During the flights, you will be able to purchase food using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). If you do not have a credit card, consider making arrangements with another student who does. Beverages and a very light snack (pretzels, peanuts, or chips) are usually provided.

Hotel Rooms

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Room list has been finalized.
Please do not edit the list below.

Rooms are double occupancy. In the table below, please indicate rooming preference by placing the same number in the Room column where both of you have agreed to room together. Please update this before the end of the day on Wednesday, January 19.

Attendee Sex Room
Adrian Pruteanu M 5
Andrew Parda M 3
Chantell Adassa McIntosh F 1
Chris Tyler M 4
Gergely Juhasz M 5
Houssam Haidar M 2
Matthew Tuori M 6
Michael John Corsame M 3
Paul Whalen M 4
Rocella Jimenez F 1
Tarin Choudhury M 2
Todd Westacott M 6


In accordance with the trip forms and Seneca regulations, alcohol must not be consumed on this trip.

Meeting at Pearson - Friday January 28

  • Meet at Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, in front of check-in area "H" (departures to the USA).
  • You must be at the airport no later than 4:30 pm.

Returning to Pearson - Monday January 31

  • The return flight to Pearson is expected to arrive at 7:05 pm.
  • If you are being met at the airport, your party should meet you at Terminal 1.
  • SBR600 class is cancelled on February 1.