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To enhance your LISA conference experience, attendee events are held throughout the week. Attend the very popular Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs). Mingle with your peers and with technological luminaries during the receptions. Please check back here for the latest additions to the activities schedule.

Welcome Get-Together and Conference Orientation

Saturday, December 3, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Back Bay 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 Boston, an introduction to LISA, and an opportunity to meet your peers. Refreshments and snacks provided.

Board Game Night

Sunday, December 4, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Hampton
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, December 7, noon–7:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom
Thursday, December 8, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom

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 Oracle

Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom
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 iPad Raffle

Win an iPad 2! Look for your vendor passport in your attendee bag. Visit the booths on your passport and get all your squares stamped to be eligible for the iPad 2 raffle. The raffle drawing will take place on Thursday at 1:20 p.m. in the exhibit hall. You must be present to win. Good luck!

Poster Sessions

Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Ballroom Foyer
Thursday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Republic Foyer

Check out the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary work on display at the Poster Sessions. Take advantage of an opportunity to mingle with colleagues who may be interested in the same area. The list of accepted posters is available here.

Reception for the 25th LISA

Thursday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom

Jump in the time machine and take stroll through LISAs past while enjoying dinner and drinks. From photos to awards to stories, we'll give you a fun look back. Since it all began in the '80s, we hope you'll join us by wearing your favorite '80s attire. There will be a prize for best costume (extra points if you're sporting '80s LISA gear). Don't miss the chance to see how LISA became the event it is today. You never know what surprises we'll have in store!

The LISA Game Show—It's Baaaack!

Thursday, December 8, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Constitution Ballroom
In honor of the 25th LISA, we're bringing back the very popular LISA Game Show. Join us Thursday night after the reception as we once again pit attendees against each other in a test of technical knowledge and cultural trivia. Host Rob Kolstad and sidekick Dan Klein will provide the questions and color commentary for this always memorable event.

Want to participate? Qualification quizzes are available at the Membership Booth. They must be turned in by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8. The names of the players selected will be announced at 5 p.m. Thursday evening. Don't miss the opportunity to show the LISA crowd what you've got!

LISA '11 Scavenger Hunt

In keeping with the time travel theme at this year's LISA, we've brought back the LISA scavenger hunt. Inside your registration packet you'll find a LISA '11 Scavenger Hunt Card. The 2011 questions contain not only characteristics of folks who help to organize or are participating in LISA, but also questions about your favorite time travel and adventure 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 your 10, drop by the USENIX Membership Booth to spin the Prize Wheel. Prizes range from T-shirts to free conference passes and more. Don't miss out on the fun: Join the LISA '11 Scavenger Hunt and spin to win!

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Monday–Thursday evenings, December 5–8

It's not too late to schedule a BoF! Stop by the USENIX Registration Desk to reserve a space for a BoF session. Rooms are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. Check the BoF Boards in the registration area for the latest schedule and room locations. The schedule is also available here.

Vendor Birds-of-a-Feather Evening Sessions

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

  • Opscode Vendor BoF
    Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Fairfax A
  • Oracle Vendor BoF: Zero Downtime Updates for Oracle Linux with Ksplice
    Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Republic A
  • Cambridge Computer Storage Vendor BoF
    Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Republic B
  • CFEngine Vendor BoF
    Tuesday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Fairfax A
  • ScaleXtreme Vendor BoF: Managing Compute Systems from the Cloud
    Tuesday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Berkeley
  • VMware Vendor BoF
    Tuesday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Republic A
  • Puppet Labs Vendor BoF
    Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Fairfax A
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Engineering Panel Vendor BoF
    Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Back Bay A
  • Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group Vendor BoF
    Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Back Bay C
  • Skybot Software Vendor BoF: Stump Industry Experts at This Automation Challenge!
    Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Fairfax A
  • Isilon Vendor BoF: Design and Administration of Extremely Large Data Clusters
    Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Berkeley
  • OTN-OU Vendor BoF: Oracle Resources for System Administrators
    Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Back Bay A
  • Oracle Solaris 11—Cloud Management Vendor BoF
    Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Back Bay A
  • Dropbox Vendor BoF
    Thursday, December 8, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Commonwealth
  • Zenoss Vendor BoF: An Introduction to the Core 4 Architecture
    Thursday, December 8, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Fairfax A
  • Google Vendor BoF
    Thursday, December 8, 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Commonwealth

Work-in-Progress Reports

Friday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Gardner

Short, pithy, and fun, Work-in-Progress reports introduce interesting new or ongoing work. If you have work you would like to share or a cool idea that's not quite ready for publication, post a one- or two-paragraph summary to the Sign Up Form by 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 8. We are particularly interested in presenting students' work. The speakers will be notified in advance. This year's presentations:

  • "The Reverse Ticket System," presented by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Google NYC
  • "Ganglia Graphite Integration," presented by David Josephsen,
  • " An Open Source Secure Notes Store for your Mobile Device," presented by Tobias Oetiker, OETIKER+PARTNER AG

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