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Attendee events are planned throughout the week. Take part in the always popular Poster and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs). Mingle with your peers and technological luminaries during the reception and exhibit hall happy hour. Laugh and learn during the Lightning Talks.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to network with colleagues working in multiple disciplines. Check back here for the latest additions to the activities schedule.
Welcome Reception and Conference Orientation
Saturday, November 2, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Wilson AB Room
Whether this is your first time at LISA or your 27th, stop by the Welcome Reception and Conference Orientation to learn how to get the most out of the conference. The orientation includes an overview of Washington, D.C., an introduction to LISA, and an opportunity to meet your peers. Refreshments and snacks provided.
Board Game Night
Sunday, November 3, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Johnson Room
Join us on Sunday night for some good old-fashioned board games. Take a step back into the past and test your knowledge playing the Totally 80s edition of Trivial Pursuit. Challenge your fellow attendees to a game of Scrabble or Pictionary. Bring your own games, too!
LISA Lab Hack Space
Tuesday through Thursday, November 5-7, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., Coolidge Room
New this year! Please drop by the LISA Lab. The Lab is an informal hack space where LISA attendees can engage with invited talks speakers, gurus, and refereed paper authors for live demos and in depth discussions. The Lab will be open all day Tuesday through Thursday during conference hours, and as a Super BoF after hours.
Meet the USENIX Board and Staff
Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Jackson Room
Meet the USENIX Association Board of Directors and staff. Get an update on USENIX activities and events. Tell us how we’re doing and give us feedback on the conference.
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Wilson ABC Room
Lightning talks are fast-paced and high-energy. These are back-to-back 5-minute presentations on just about anything. Talk about a recent success, energize people about a pressing issue, ask a question, start a conversation! Lightning talks are an opportunity to get up and talk about what’s on your mind. You can give several lightning talks if you have more than one topic. To submit a Lightning Talk, please fill out the Web form.
Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Ballroom Foyer
Check out the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary work on display in the posters. Take advantage of an opportunity to mingle with colleagues who may be interested in the same area. Go to the Posters page for full poster descriptions.
Exhibit Hall C
Wednesday, November 6, Noon–7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Looking for the latest and greatest? Visit the Vendor Exhibition page to find new technologies, products, and services. We encourage our exhibitors to bring their technical staff so that you can learn about products and innovations from knowledgeable vendors. Get in-depth answers to serious questions, let vendors know how you use their products and what you want to see next!
Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall C
Join us at the Vendor Exhibition for refreshments and take the opportunity to learn about the latest products and technologies. Don't forget to get your vendor passport stamped!
Vendor Passports and Raffle
Vendor Passport Drawing: Thursday, November 7, 1:20 p.m., Exhibit Hall C
Win a Pebble watch, iPad mini or a Chromecast! Look for your vendor passport in your attendee bag. Visit the booths on your passport, take a moment to chat with the exhibitor, and get all your squares stamped to be eligible for the raffle. The raffle drawing will take place on Thursday at 1:20 p.m. sharp in the exhibit hall. You must be present to win. Good luck!
Thursday, November 7, 1:00–1:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall C
The following authors will be signing complimentary copies of their books. Please visit the exhibit hall to pick up your copy! Note: limited quantities available.
Mark Burgess: In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
Thomas A. Limoncelli: Time Management for System Administrators
Diego Zamboni: Learning CFEngine 3
LISA '13 Conference Reception
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall C
Don your finest and most comfortable bowling alley attire (Dudes and Dudettes welcome), and head on over to Exhibit Hall C for dinner, drinks, “bowling,” and conversation with your colleagues and fellow attendees. Trust us: it’ll be a ball.
USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) Birds-of-a-Feather Session
Thursday, November 7, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thurgood Marshall North/West Ballroom
We encourage both women and men who are interested in advancing women in system administration to attend. We would love to hear about the current state of women in the sysadmin profession and how to combat any issues we may currently face.
Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. BoFs may be scheduled during the conference via the BoF board in the registration area. Looking for the latest schedule and room locations? Click here to view the current schedule.
Vendor Birds-of-a-Feather Evening Sessions
Want to demonstrate a new product or discuss your company's latest technologies with LISA attendees? Host a Vendor BoF! Let USENIX bring the beer and wine, you bring your best technicians. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LISA ’13 Scavenger Hunt
Inside your registration packet you’ll find a LISA ’13 Scavenger Hunt Card. The 2013 questions contain characteristics of folks who help organize or participate in LISA, as well as questions about your favorite bowling-themed movies and TV shows. Use your finest sleuthing skills to locate people who fit the bill or know the answers to the trivia questions. Take a moment to chat with them, and ask them politely for their signatures. All you need to win are 10 signatures. Once you’ve got them, drop by the USENIX Membership Booth to spin the Prize Wheel. Prizes range from T-shirts to free conference passes and more.
Optional Field Trip to the International Spy Museum
Channel your inner (double) agent and enter the world of espionage with your ticket to the International Spy Museum! Your Spy Museum ticket is your all-access pass to everything covert, top secret and all around spy-like. Tickets are being offered at a discounted price of $16.00 each with VIP status, which means you get to skip any lines that may occur outside, and you'll receive 15% off your purchase when you show your ticket in the museum retail store. Museum visits are self-guided and tickets can be redeemed through end of November. Be sure to check the box on the LISA '13 Registration form. For more information, including museum hours, go the International Spy Museum Web site.
Show Your Badge program
USENIX has arranged for additional discounts for conference attendees. To participate, visit any of the restaurants, attractions, and performances profiled on the Show Your Badge Web site, and simply show your badge. Note that reservations may be required at certain locations.
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