SELF 2021 Virtual Event Details

We’re proud to announce our schedule for a virtual SELF to be held Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  This a relaxed affair with modest expectations that is totally free for anybody to attend.  We had tons of submissions for only a tiny number slots.  To compensate and gauge interest in frequently requested lightning talks, we are turning Sunday into a block of 15-minute lightning talks.  We are opening submissions for those lightning talks …. NOW.  We strongly encourage regular folks who haven’t spoken much before to step up and give a lightning talk a shot.  We’re low pressure, there’s no audience this year to give you stage fright, and we pride ourselves on always giving a chance for the local new speakers to have a shot to speak shoulder to shoulder with some of the big people in FOSS.  We’ll accept lightning talks on the same broad “FOSS centric but anything geeky goes” topics.   More details about lightning talk submissions (including our streaming platform for the event) can be found on the lightning talk submission page. 

This year’s schedule is hightighted by another Opinion Dominion old hardware ragchew back by popular demand, Ask Noah Live, Interviews, One Hour Talks, 15-min lightning talks, virtual ham radio exams, virtual ham radio test crams, and a ham radio special event station.  Our full schedule at a glance:

Saturday, June 12
1-Hour Talk Sessions: 11:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET: Matthew Yonkovit (Head of Open Source Strategy, Percona) – The Business of Open Source
12:15 PM-1:15 PM ET: der.hans (CDE, Object Rocket) – Personal Online Security, Privacy, and Password Management
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET: Susan Sons (President, OFML) – Security On A Shoestring
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM ET: Peter Zaitsev (CEO, Percona) – MySQL 8 Observability
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET: Zach Underwood (Network Engineer, WiFi MSP) – Intro To IPv6

Ask Noah Show Live (War Stories): 5:00 PM ET – 6:00 PM ET
Sunday Lightning Talks Announced: 6:00 PM ET – 6:10 PM ET
Opinion Dominion Retro Linux Ragchew: 6:15 PM ET – Until We Stop

Sunday, June 13
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET: Ham Exam Cram (Contact proctor for info.)
Live Interview Guest: Steve Ovens, Red Hat:  Noon ET – 1:00 PM ET
15-Minute Lightning Talks: 1:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET. 

Sun: 12:00 AM – 12:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 12:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 

Virtual (REMOTE!!) Ham Radio Exams: 4:00 PM ET.  Yes, you read that right.   We’ll get you licensed to be a ham REMOTELY.   Details/Register here.
Live Interview Guest: Matthew Hodgson,  4:15 PM – 5:15 PM ET.
Sign Off/SELF 2022: 5:30 PM ET.

Ham Radio special event station W4L will be operating live from various locations and operators in the greater eastern seaboard area from Virginia to the Carolinas to Indiana.   We will be sending QSL cards for succesful contacts.  We’ll be operating on 20, 40, 80, dmr, and 2m throughout the event.  Checkout our live event page (linked below) during the event for exactly what frequency we’re on at a given time.

Before we get to all the relevant links a special thanks to those who helped make this streaming event possible:
– Speakers from originally planned 2021 speaker pool
– Regular attendees and fans like you who submit lightning talks
– Ask Noah Show @asknoahshow
– Opinion Dominion
– SELF Staff
– SELF Ham Radio Team

Without further ado:  SELF 2021 Virtual Event Page

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