Codefest 2012

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OpenBio Codefest 2012 will take place July 11th and 12th, 2012 (the two days before BOSC 2012) in Los Angeles, California at Loyola Marymount University. This is a great opportunity for open source bioinformatics developers to meet and work collaboratively. We hope to have developers from projects such as BioPerl, BioJava, Biopython, BioRuby, Galaxy and EMBOSS in attendance.

This is a follow-up to Codefest 2010 in Boston and Codefest 2011 in Vienna.

Contents

Goals

OpenBio projects are typically coordinated remotely, with users from all over the world contributing and organizing themselves through mailing lists and IRC chats. Additionally, contributors work on these projects in their spare time, coordinating improving the projects with their day jobs and life outside of the computer. The objective of the Codefest is to give these talented developers a chance to be fully focused on the projects for a few days, interacting in real time. Previous Hackathons have been immensely successful at producing new high quality code and innovative project developments.

The goals for the two days are determined entirely by developers. We welcome your input. Please add your thoughts to the shared Google document:

and discuss:

Location and Time

We are being hosted by the math department at LMU.

  • The Math Department at LMU is in University Hall Suite 2700. We will have several rooms and a lounge area to spread out and work in.
  • Kam will be there at 9:00 AM on Wednesday to make sure the rooms are open and to greet people.
  • Link to campus map.
  • Link to Mapquest.

Directions if you are driving

  • Use the address
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
in your favorite mapping program. This will give you directions to the main entrance to campus. University Hall is the first building on the right as you enter campus. There is underground parking underneath this building. Parking is free on the P2 and P3 levels. Take an elevator up to the second floor; Suite 2700 is on the West side of the building.

Directions if you are walking from the Custom Hotel

  • When you leave the hotel, head South on Lincoln Boulevard and cross over to the other side of the street at one of the stop lights. You will pass three stop lights at Manchester, 84th St., and 83rd St. Then you will go down a hill and see some fountains on the right side. This is the entrance to campus. University Hall is the large building immediately on your right as you enter campus. There is an entrance to the building on the side facing Lincoln, but it can be tricky to find. If you continue walking on the sidewalk next to the building, you will find another entrance at the other end of the building. Suite 2700 is on the second floor, closer to the Lincoln side of the building.

Directions from other hotels

  • Most likely a taxi driver will be familiar with finding the campus. Otherwise, use the driving directions above. The other hotels are probably not within easy walking distance.

Travel and Hotels

LMU is located a short cab ride from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Logistically, we hope attendees will fly into LAX, spend the Codefest time at a hotel near LMU, and then travel down to Long Beach on the night of the 12th for BOSC and ISMB.

We will work to arrange group transport from LMU to Long Beach on the night of the 12th.

There are several hotels nearby:

Food

  • A light breakfast (bagels and coffee) and lunch (pizza, salad, water) will be provided on the first day, Wednesday.
  • Wednesday night, we will be organizing a group dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Lincoln called Hacienda del Rey for those who want to come and pay their own way. The restaurant is reasonably priced and has good margaritas!
  • On Thursday, participants will be on their own for food. University Hall has a small coffee shop on the first floor (coffee, pastries, pre-packaged sandwiches and salads) or there are many restaurants on Lincoln that are within walking distance.

Attendees

You are very welcome to attend. Please add yourself if you are interested to this Google spreadsheet and sign up on the mailing list.

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