CalConnect Implements New Website

We welcome you to the new CalConnect website at www.calconnect.org.  The new site is easier to navigate and is mobile device friendly.

We are in a transition period during which some pages and content from the old website will still be needed, so the old site has been retained at calconnect.org with suitable cautions and links to the new site.

Registration is open for CalConnect XXXV at AOL in Palo Alto, California, January 11-15, 2016

Registration is now open and hotel reservations may be made for CalConnect XXXV in Palo Alto, California, January 11-15, 2016, hosted by AOL.

The CalConnect XXXV web page is located at http://www.calconnect.org/calconnect35.shtml and contains hotel information and booking, airport and transfer information, meeting venue, international travel information, etc.

We have moved the event forward two weeks because the Superbowl will be in Santa Clara in early February, which means that hotel bookings are already getting difficult and rates are going up even for our new dates of 11-15 January. Therefore, if you are planning or considering coming to this event we strongly encourage you to book your hotel as soon as possible! And you are encouraged to register at the same time.

The conference hotel is Dinah’s Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. The hotel is offering an AOL rate of $240 per night, however that may depend on availability as the hotels in the area are already filling up and raising their rates. The conference hotel is about 1.5 miles from AOL’s headquarters at 395 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California 94306. The web page for the event also lists other hotels which may or may not offer an AOL rate during our target week.

We will be at AOL’s headquarters for the entire week, as noted above at 395 Page Mill Road, about 1.5 miles from the conference hotel.

Please note that, to obtain the AOL rate at the Conference Hotel, you cannot book online. The event web page offers telephone numbers for the hotel; please call the hotel to book, and say you want the AOL rate.

A preliminary schedule for the week ss posted on the event web page. The interoperability test event will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning; the Conference will be Wednesday afternoon through Friday. We will be using our new format for the conference; most conference sessions will be higher-level strategy and cross-TC, with some specific very detailed discussions held during the interoperability test event. We expect that the schedule and program will evolve over time, so check the web page periodically. The conference program has not been determined as yet so only an outline of meal and break times is available. We will announce immediately when the conference program has been finalized.

Registration is open for CalConnect XXXIV in Amsterdam 28 September – 2 October 2015

Registration is now open and hotel reservations may be made for CalConnect XXXIV in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sep 28 – Oct 2 2015, hosted by Gershon Janssen.

The CalConnect XXXIV web page is located at http://www.calconnect.org/calconnect34.shtml and contains hotel information and booking, airport and transfer information, meeting venue, international travel information, etc.

The conference hotel is The Motel One Amsterdam-RAI which is brand new (it opens in mid August) and doesn’t have a web page yet. Our host, Gershon Janssen, has arranged a special room rate of about €110 per night at the hotel (this is an average for a single room; prices Sunday-Tuesday are much higher than Wednesday-Friday). We have a room block of 20 rooms which will expire 1 September after which no guarantees of price or availability.

The hotel is about 800 meters from the venue, The Rosarium Amsterdam. We will be at the Rosarium for the entire week.

Please note that, to obtain the special CalConnect rate, you cannot book online; the event web page offers an e-mail address or a telephone number which you may contact to request a booking, referring to the “CalConnect” group code. The hotel will call back as needed or e-mail you to confirm particulars including a credit card if you wish to guarantee the booking.

If you wish to make alternative hotel arrangements, please be aware that due to a large medical convention in the same area of Amsterdam the same week. hotel rooms are pretty limited, and it would be wise to book as soon as possible.

A schedule and conference program is posted on the CalConnext XXXIV web page. The interoperability test event will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning, as usual; the Conference will be Wednesday afternoon through Friday. Our format will follow that of our last meeting: most Conference sessions will be higher-level strategy and cross-TC, with some specific very detailed discussions held during break-outs in the interoperability test event. We expect that the schedule and program will evolve over time, so check the web page periodically.

Hope to see you in Amsterdam for CalConnect XXXIV; please contact us with any questions.

CalConnect Welcomes Open-Xchange

CalConnect welcomes Open-Xchange to the Consortium. Open-Xchange, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, offers OX App Suite, a device independent, highly scalable middleware platform that integrates messaging, collaboration and third-party cloud-based applications into a single browser interface.

CalConnect Welcomes Spherical Cow Group

CalConnect welcomes Spherical Cow Group to the Consortium. Spherical Cow Group, based in New York, NY, is an IT consultancy particularly around calendaring and identity management.

CalConnect Welcomes Jorte

CalConnect welcomes Jorte to the Consortium. Jorte Inc, based in Tokyo Japan, is a software development company focused on the Jorte app and its affiliate services.

Highlighted Sessions at the CalConnect XXXIII Conference in Bucharest

CalConnect XXXIII consists of an Interoperability Test Event Monday through Wednesday noon May 18-20, and a CalConnect Conference Wednesday afternoon through Friday May 20-22. The schedule for the entire week may be seen at CalConnect XXXIII Conference Schedule.

We would like to draw your attention to a few highlighted conference sessions:

Wednesday May 20:

1445-1530 Embedding Calendar Data in Media (QRCODE, Data URI)
Using QRCODE and Data URIs to make calendar data available without networking

Thursday May 21:

0900-0945 Changes to the scheduling model
The current enterprise-meeting-oriented scheduling model does not address all scheduling needs, e.g. multiple organizers or no oganizer are common models that are not supported. This session will explore additional scheduling models that should be added to the existing standards.

1600-1630 Calendaring Systems in General (solar, luni-solar, etc.)
1630-1700 RSCALE: Non-Gregorian Recurrence Rules in iCalendar

These sessions will discuss how recurrences can be implemented for non-Gregorian calendaring systems using the RSCALE iCalendar extension, and will explore non-Gregorian calendaring systems from an historical perspective, in particular those involved in digital calendar today or in the near future.

Friday May 22:

1145-1230 Sending invitations through other means than e-mail
E-mail is often not the primary vehicle for messaging among people Instant messaging and other services should be considered as a way to deliver invitations and notifications. New mime types are a possible solution.

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