CalConnect – The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium – is returning to Europe this spring
Our previous European conferences, in 2011, 2013 and 2014, were very successful. In the past we’ve come to Europe in the autumn, but we’re coming early. CalConnect XXXIII will take place in Bucharest, Romania, on May 18-22, 2015, hosted by 1and1.
We encourage our European colleagues and others interested in Calendaring and Scheduling to join us. We’re working to make this event as attractive as possible to organizations that are not currently members but have thought about exploring CalConnect, and a European event is a chance for people to participate in a CalConnect event without having to incur the travel costs and time of coming to North America.
CalConnect is a collaboration between calendaring and scheduling vendors and users. It was established to further interoperability between calendaring and scheduling implementations, and works towards this purpose by driving the evolution of calendaring and scheduling standards through technical committee work, holding regular interoperability testing events, and hosting regular conferences, workshops and symposia focused on calendaring and scheduling.
European companies were among CalConnect’s earliest members, and as standards and interoperability are both central to CalConnect’s mission and are strong core values of European Information Technology, we have long recognized the importance of increasing European involvement in CalConnect. To that end we held special events in Europe in 2007 and 2008 in preparation for our first regular CalConnect conference in Europe in 2011. This spring’s event in Bucharest is one which we hope will continue with even greater European participation in CalConnect’s interoperable calendaring and scheduling efforts, and we applaud the increased involvement by Europeans in our technical activities over the last few years.
Our venue will be 1and1’s Romanian headquarters in The Skytower, 246C Floreasca Street, District 1, 014476 Bucharest, Romania. The conference hotel is The Caro Golf Hotel, only 500 meters from the Skytower. All events of the CalConnect week, except for the Monday Test Event dinner and the Thursday Conference dinner will take place at the Skytower. Full information about the conference may be found at CalConnect XXXIII including the week’s preliminary schedules registration, and logistics information, including transfers from the airport, Henri Coandă Airport Bucharest – Otopeni to the hotel.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning, September 29 – October 1, will be our Interoperability Test Event, ending with lunch on Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon (beginning with lunch), Thursday, and Friday, October 1-3, will be the Calconnect Conference which will include both technical and topical discussions, briefings on what the CalConnect technical committees are doing, and discussions of problems, alternatives, and participation in the work of the Technical Committees.
Registration and Fees
You must register separately for the Interoperability Test Event and the CalConnect Conference. Please see Registration and Fees for more information and registration forms.
Special Registration Fee for This Event: $600 USD per person for first-time non-members to cover both the Interoperability Test Event and the CalConnect Conference.
We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Upon registration you will be invoiced for the amount due. However, you may choose to pay later, including at the event, if it is more convenient.
The conference hotel is The Caro Golf Hotel, and we are offered a special rate of €65 for a single and €75 for a double or twin, inclusive of breakfast, free wifi, and use of the hotel spa. In order to receive the special rate you must book using a form which is downloadable from the CalConnect XXXIII web page. You may also book online directly from the hotel, but you will not receive the special rate.
Who and What is CalConnect?
We are a collaboration between calendaring and scheduling vendors and users, established to further interoperability between calendaring and scheduling implementations, and work towards this purpose by driving the evolution of calendaring and scheduling standards through technical committee work, holding regular interoperability testing events, and hosting regular conferences, workshops and symposia focused on calendaring and scheduling. See our current member list at CalConnect Members. Learn more about CalConnect at our website and our blog. Find out about our previous meetings from our Event Reports and from posts on our blog. You can find out more about membership in CalConnect at CalConnect Membership.
What is CalConnect currently focused on?
You may find brief descriptions of the current work items of our Technical Committees at Current Work.
Questions and Feedback:
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or feedback.
In particular, if you are interested in the Interoperability Test event and would like to suggest specific areas of testing, or potential participants, we want to know. If you have specific areas of interest or topics which you would like to see addressed in the workshops and symposia, please let us know about that as well! Also, feel free to send this e-mail on to others who you feel might be interested, or contact us and ask us to invite them as well.
Please join us in Bucharest!
More information about the test event, the technical conference, and the workshops may be found below. The schedule for the week may be viewed at CalConnect XXXIII Schedule (at this early date the schedule is an outline; we have not yet assigned time slots to specific sessions. This should happen in the next few weeks.) The entire set of logistics information, including travel, hotel booking, schedule, and as we get closer to the event, topical agendas and final topics for the workshops and symposia, may be viewed at CalConnect XXXIII.
The Interoperability Testing will take place Monday and Tuesday, September 29-30, plus Wednesday morning October 1st. Our interoperability test events offer those with calendaring implementations a chance to test against others one-on-one; the event is structured to allow “testing pairs” where you will get a chance to test with everyone in the course of event.
The exact testing scenarios will be decided based on who is coming and what (and with whom) they want to test. Specific new testing areas include:
VTODO extensions for Tasks
EVENT encoding on web page (QRCODE)
Server Information Document
Please see CalConnect XXXIII Interoperability Test Event for more information and a list of baseline testing areas (if at least two participants are interested in any of these areas we will do testing of that area).
The CalConnect Conference offers a variety of sessions including topical and strategic discussions, technical discussions, a report on the Interoperability Testing, and a summary of the work done in each TC and identification of the work to be done in the next few months. The actual conference program is still being worked on and is not yet available; when it is, it will be posted on the CalConnect XXXIII schedule.
The conference will conclude no later than 18:00 on Friday, May 22.
There will be a dinner for all Interoperability Test Event participants on Monday Evening, a Reception on Wednesday evening for all participants in either the Test Event and/or the Conference, and a dinner for all Conference participants on Thursday evening. The social events are included in your registration fee.
Your registration to the Interoperability Test Event or the Conference includes lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments for the period of the event, plus the reception Wednesday evening. In addition, registration to the test event includes the Monday evening Test Event dinner, and registration to the technical conference includes the Thursday evening Conference dinner. Please note that breakfast is not included as it is generally included with your hotel package.