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Welcome Get-Together and Conference Orientation

Saturday, October 31, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Dover A, B, & C

Whether this is your first time at LISA or your twentieth, stop by the Welcome Get-Together and Conference Orientation to learn how to get the most out of the conference. The orientation includes an overview of Baltimore, an introduction to LISA, and an opportunity to meet your peers. Refreshments and snacks provided.

Board Game Night

Sunday, November 1, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Essex C

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!

Vendor Exhibition

Wednesday, November 4, noon–7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salons VI–X

Looking for the latest and greatest? Visit the Vendor Exhibition to find new technologies, products, and services. We encourage our exhibitors to bring their technical staff so that you can learn about products and innovative services from knowledgeable vendors. Get in-depth answers to serious questions.

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Sponsored by BigFix

Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salons VI–X

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 iPod Touch Raffle

Don't miss the vendor passport in your attendee bags! Get it stamped during the Exhibition and enter to win an iPod Touch! The raffle drawing will take place on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom Salons VI–X. You must be present to win.

Poster Sessions

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 5, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon Foyer (outside VI–X)

Don't miss the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary research on display at the Poster Sessions. Take advantage of a perfect opportunity to mingle with colleagues who may be interested in the same area. Check out the list of accepted posters.

Conference Reception: Halloween II

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salons VI–X

Halloween might be over, but we're keeping the spirit alive for a few more days. Don your favorite costume—if you dare (insert evil laugh here)—and enjoy dinner and drinks while mingling with your peers. Be creative! Use your imagination! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. (Costumes are optional.)

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Monday–Thursday evenings, November 2–5

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 at the registration desk or in advance by sending email to Click here to view the current schedule and for scheduling instructions.

Want to demonstrate a new product or discuss your company's latest technologies with LISA attendees? Host a Vendor BoF! Email for more information.

Vendor Birds-of-a-Feather Evening Sessions

Share a drink, network with industry experts, and learn more about new products and the latest technologies. Beer, wine, and more provided. The schedule includes presentations by the following:

  • Sun Microsystems: OpenSolaris and Storage in the Cloud, OpenSolaris Security, Solarist.Next Customer Input BoF, and ZFS in the Trenches
    Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom I–IV
  • Cambridge Computer Services: Beer and Ice Cream Social
    Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Essex
  • BigFix: SysAdmin of the Year Award Party
    Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m., Harborside Ballroom D & E
  • SpringSource: Hyperic HQ and tc Server Vendor BoF
    Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Dover A & B
  • Trusted Computer Solutions: Automated OS Lockdown
    Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Kent
  • Zenoss: Open Source for Large Enterprise Problems
    Thursday, November 5, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Laurel A & B
  • Google: The Dessert BoF!
    Thursday, November 5, 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Essex

New! LISA '09 Scavenger Hunt

We're mixing things up and summoning your inner detectives this year with the new LISA Scavenger Hunt. Inside your registration packet you'll find a LISA '09 Scavenger Hunt Card with characteristics of folks who either helped to organize or are participating in LISA '09. Use your finest sleuthing skills to locate people who fit the bill, 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 your 10, drop by the USENIX Membership Booth to spin the Prize Wheel. Prizes range from T-shirts through key chains to free conference passes and more. Don't miss out on the fun: Join in the LISA '09 Scavenger Hunt and spin to win!

Optional Field Trip to the National Cryptologic Museum

Saturday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Try your hand at encrypting messages and deciphering code on their Enigma cipher machine! Buses will depart the Marriott at 10:00 a.m. and return at 2:00 p.m. This trip is free; however, we recommend that you bring something for lunch as there is no cafe at the museum. Space is limited! Be sure to check the box on the registration form that you would like to attend and tickets will be distributed on-site. Click here for more information about the National Cryptologic Museum.

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