OpenSQLCamp Boston in Detail

In short:

Register / see who’s coming

Schedule (will be filled in with presentations before Saturday noon)

Session ideas (45-minute sessions)

Friday, October 15th – 6-10 pm, WorkBar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston, in the basement.  Socializing, swag, raffles, dinner, beer and soft drinks.  Take public transit (South Station on the Red Line subway or Silver Line bus if coming from the airport) or a cab; parking can be quite expensive in that area.

Saturday, October 16th – 8:30 am – 5 pm, MIT Stata Center 1st floor, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge.  Breakfast, lunch, tech presentations.  A short walk from the Kendall Square subway stop on the Red Line, or drive an park in any MIT lot — even if it says parking permit only, that does not apply on the weekends.   

Sunday, October 17th – same as Saturday


The longer form:

As many of you know, OpenSQLCamp Boston kicks off tomorrow night with a social event at WorkBar Boston from 6-10 pm, and will include a buffet dinner from the Pulse Cafe.  Even though WorkBar Boston is more “work” than “bar” – it is a coworking space – there will be beer as well (special thanks to IOUG for sponsoring this event in particular).  Whether or not you are drinking, I strongly recommend taking public transit or a taxi — the location is across the street from South Station, a major bus and train hub.  South Station is on the Red Line of the subway, and there is also a Silver Line bus directly from the airport terminals. The subway and Silver Line fare is $2.00.

Make sure to get sleep because Saturday starts at 8:30 am at the MIT Stata center, 32 Vassar Street.  We start with breakfast, and then after a few introductory remarks we start making the schedule at 9:30 am.  Then there are 3 45-minute sessions, with lunch at 1 pm, a panel on indexing from 2-3 pm, and from 3-5 is open time to ask questions, work on projects that were discussed during the day, and otherwise hack during the hackathon.

OpenSQLCamp does not provide dinner, but usually at the end of the day people figure out where they want to go next, and we all go over to a bar or restaurant (or go to a few different ones depending on people’s preferences and tastes). 

Sunday is the same schedule as Saturday, except there is an extra session slot because we do not need opening remarks and the planning session. 

Here’s the detail of food, for those who are wondering:

Friday night catered by Pulse Cafe

Vegan and vegetarian appetizers, wraps (incl. vegan), salad, vegetarian lasagna.  Beer, soda, water, iced tea.

Saturday and Sunday breakfast catered by Panera bread

Fruit, bagels, pastries, hot egg & cheese and ham, egg & cheese sandwiches, coffee, tea.

Saturday lunch catered by Greek Corner

Hummus, grape leaves, Pastitso, Falafel, Gyros, Greek Salad (feta on the side)

Sunday lunch catered by Pita Pit

Assorted pitas including meat, vegetarian and vegan options.

I am very excited, and can’t wait to see you there!

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