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Fun, fun, fun at OSC11

August 22nd, 2011 by

The Zentrifuge, our conference location this year, is build in an old factory that was used for the production of washing machines (centrifuge, get it?). The bridging between technology and art is an important concern for them and thus our conference, as a technology conference, tries to cross that bridge too. Of course we also follow our motto Have a lot of fun… in this endeavor and throw a little party into the mix as well. So here is our blend of social events at OSC11.

Future’s Past with Winfried Appelt

(C) by Wilfried Appelt, used by permission

To lay the foundation for the bridge Wilfrid Appelt, a collector of old calculating machines will present on Sunday at 17:00 in the main hall some of these apparatuses of the past century that scientists, engineers and merchants used – and which prepared the ground for the electronic achievements of our time. He will show us that aesthetics and technology are not mutually exclusive.

Wilfried, born 1945, studied physics and mathematics at the Technische Hochschule München. The fascination of a machine there, PERM (Programmierbare Elektronische Rechenanlage München) influenced his later wider interests. In 1972 he became high school teacher and involved with the introduction of computers at German schools. As collector, he cooperates with the International Forum for the Historical Office World (IFHBW) and is the founder of the “Zimmermuseum” in Hersbruck, housing part of his extensive private collection.

Speedy Geeko

Speedy Geeko 2011 LogoImmediately following Winfried on Sunday at 19:00, we’ll be kicking off our first ever SpeedyGeeko. It’s lightning talks with a twist. Here’s how it works:

  • Each Presenter gets 5 minutes to present their topic
  • Each Presenter will present with 20 slides
  • The slides progress every 15 seconds whether the Presenter is ready or not
  • The topic can’t be related to openSUSE

You can already begin to see how crazy things will get as presenters try to keep up with their own slides! And what kind of topics will be presented? Literally anything you want except openSUSE. Presenters can talk about their favorite open source project, do a dance routine, talk about a funny story that happened to them, or even just do a 5 minute slideshow of their baby pictures. If you’re interested in one of the 10 slots leave a comment below this post and tell us about your topic!

The Geek – Saloon & Dance Hall (special guest: Shimmy Yaw)

The Geek - Saloon and Dance HallOn Monday 18:00 the Zentrifuge will transform into The Geek – Saloon and Dance Hall. You will find plenty of poker tables to ace each other out, one of the meanest bulls this side of the Colorado River to ride, ice cold “Old Toad” and loads of Whiskey! The dance part will be handled by another group of artists we cooperate with at OSC11 – Fat Orange. Fat Orange is a network of people in Nürnberg and it’s neighboring town Fürth that spans from concert technicians over musicians to graphical designers that involve themselves in every aspect of creating music, be it live or recorded. Fat Orange will send their own Shimmy Yaw to entertain the crowd with his indietronik, singer/songwirter sounds.



8 bit music with IRQ7

IRQ7 - Girls 'n' GameboysAnother Fat Orange artist will make guest performances on Tuesday, this time with a DIY (Do It Yourself) twist. Starting from 17:15 in the main hall the 8bit musician Hannes Fertala alias IRQ7 will teach you how to do make awesome music only with your gameboy! All you have to bring is the time to listen and the will to learn, Hannes will bring the hardware and even let you walk away with the needed ROM/software afterward. Following the workshop IRQ7 will perform songs out of his newly released EP “Girls ‘n’ Gameboys” live on stage. And who knows, maybe you join him and kick off your 8bit musician career then and there!

Even more…

On Monday the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) will hold exams at the conference. The LPI offers all of its available examinations at special prices for attendees!

We will also organize a key signing party, an event at which people present their GPG/PGP keys to each other in person, and who, if they are confident the key actually belongs to the person who claims it, digitally sign the certificate building a web of trust. To participate in it follow these instructions.

For his talk about open hardware and hackerspaces, openSUSE Booster, Pavol Rusnak will bring a 3D printer (The Ford Model T of 3D Printers!) to the conference and attendees can experiment with it.

Henne, another Booster, will teach you in Slide-Kung-Fu every morning before the program in the main hall. Learn some basic skills in producing meaningful and well received talks and workshops.

Continuing the long tradition of openSUSE conference talks that aren’t always about technical things, Greg KH gives a talk on Wednesday about his recent efforts in building a wooden kayak that hopefully should float.

Of course there is tons of stuff happening in Nürnberg in general. On Saturday a spectacular mountain bike freeride event and the heyday of the second largest Volksfest after the Oktoberfest in Bavaria.Sunday you can visit Germany’s largest collection of computer games or how about you visit the Old Toad brewery?Or go see the subterranean Nürnberg, the new Courtroom 600 where the Nuremberg Trials happened, the Zoo, the…….

Fun, fun, fun at OSC11. See you there! And don’t forget to register!

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