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SMOFcon 28 — Building Bridges
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SMOFcon 28 - December 3-5, 2010 - San Jose, California


SMOFCon 29 Site Selection

December 11th, 2010 · Fannish Inquisition

The members of SMOFCon 28 voted to select the site of SMOFCon 29 after hearing presentations from the bidders during the “Fannish Inquisition” on the evening of Saturday, December 4, 2010. This video includes the presentations from the two bids and the results of the balloting.

SMOFCon 29 Site Selection from Kevin Standlee on Vimeo.

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Feedback Session Video Online

December 10th, 2010 · Feedback

SMOFCon 28’s Feedback Session was on Sunday afternoon of SMOFCon. The most-discussed topic was our experiment with Open Space Programming.

SMOFCon 28 Feedback Session from Kevin Standlee on Vimeo.

Representatives from SMOFCon 29 were in attendance and taking notes.

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In the Spirit

December 7th, 2010 · Tourism

We’ve created a Flickr Group to which we encourage people who took photographs during SMOFCon to add their contributions. The first entry is the photo below, provided by Lisa Deutsch Harrigan, of the St. George’s Spirits distillery tour group on the day before the convention.
In The Spirit

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On the Other Hand…

December 7th, 2010 · Feedback

Former Worldcon chair Deb Geisler has some trenchant criticism of SMOFCon 28’s experiment with Open Space Programming.

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Reviews Coming In

December 6th, 2010 · Feedback

Andy Trembley writes about his SMOFCon experience from the pre-Con Distillery Tour through the official Feedback Session on Sunday afternoon.

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SMOFCon Attendance Figures

December 5th, 2010 · General, Registration

SMOFCon 28 Registrar Cindy Scott reports that SMOFCon 28 had 147 members, with 139 actually attending. 27 of these memberships were sold at the door. Thank you all for coming!

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It’s Amsterdam in 2011

December 5th, 2010 · General

Amsterdam, The Netherlands will host SMOFCon 29 in Amsterdam, 2-4 December 2011 at the Park Place Victoria Hotel. Memberships are initially €40, US$50, CA$50, AU$50, and £35. Online registration is available on their web site. Other forms of payment should be made payable to “SMOFCon 29” and mailed along with member’s name, address, e-mail and other contact information to one of these addresses:

UK cheques: £35

56 Jackmans Place
Letchworth G.C.
Herts, SG6 1RH UK

Euro bank transfers: €40

Plantsoen 14
3755 HJ Eemnes
The Netherlands

US checks: $50

Make payments payable to “London in 2014,” SMOFCon 29’s temporary US agent
London in 2014
530 Showers Dr Ste 7 #110
Mountain View CA 94040-1495 USA

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Detailed Saturday & Sunday Program

December 4th, 2010 · Program

The Open Space Programming Mixer/Function on Friday night produced the detailed program schedule for the rest of SMOFCon 28. Paper copies of the schedule are also available at the convention.

By popular demand, programming will start at 10 AM, not an hour earlier as previously announced. Programming will be in the Ballroom (ground floor), Sainte Claire Room (second floor), and Santa Vesta Room (second floor). The Boardroom (second floor) is available for small breakout or overflow sessions.

Morning programming runs 10 – Noon on both Saturday and Sunday, 2 – 5 PM Saturday, and 2 – 4 PM Sunday, with a final feedback/wrap-up panel (with a look ahead to SMOFCon 29) at 4 PM Sunday. There is a two-hour lunch break at Noon both days; however, the Convention Center Tour on Saturday starts at 12:55 during the lunch break.

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Convention Center Tour Saturday

December 3rd, 2010 · Program

The San José Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering to take any interested members of SMOFCon on a tour of the McEnery Convention Center on Saturday afternoon. If you’d like to join the tour, meet in the hotel lobby at 12:55 PM.

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Additional Function Room Available

December 2nd, 2010 · Program

In addition to the Ballroom and Sainte Claire Rooms for daytime panel-type programming and the Boardroom for small meetings, we will also have the Santa Vesta Room available for “round-table” type programming. The room will be set with several round tables and chairs and can be included in the Open Source Programming mix. This room will also be used for the Probability & Statistics Seminar taking place after the “Fannish Inquisition” on Saturday night. (See the sign-up sheet being distributed around the convention for the S&T Seminar; note that there is a $10 lab fee for this particular item and a limit of 30 people.)

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