CalConnect XL - September 25-29, 2017

CalConnect Interoperability Test Event and Developers' Forum - Monday-Wednesday
CalConnect Conference - Wednesday-Friday

CalConnect XL in Cologne, Germany, September 25-29, 2017, hosted by Open-Xchange
CalConnect XL in Cologne, September 25-29, 2017, hosted by Open-Xchange
Monday, September 25, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017
Recent Changes: 

03 July 2017 - Expanded web page with locations, travel and hotel information, venue, etc.

CalConnect XL, consisting of a CalConnect Test Event and Developers Forum (Interoperability Testing and technical discussions of specifications and issues) and a CalConnect Conference (Members Meeting)  will be held in Cologne on September 25-29, 2017, hosted by Open-Xchange.

The Test Event/Developers Forum will take place all day Monday and Tuesday September 25-26, and Wednesday morning the 27th, ending before lunch.  The Conference will open following lunch on Wednesday, the 27th, and will run through Thursday and Friday.

Test Event and Developers Forum: Open to both members and non-members as participants or as observers; please see Test Event  for both basic  information about the event and for the schedule and agenda  (this will be developed gradually over the summer, so check back periodically).

Please Note: You do not need finished or polished code to participate in the IOP testing; in fact as soon as you have something working at all, testing against other participants can help debugging and code development, especially in identifying red herrings and wrong decisions.

Conference: The Conference will offer a variety of sessions on technical and higher-level topics, informal BOFs (Birds of a Feather sessions), plus additional sessions and committee meetings. All attending member representatives and observers are welcome.

The last session on Friday afternoon will be the full Plenary meeting of the Consortium, open to all participants. This session will include future directions for Technical Committees, and establishment of future goals and directions for the Consortium.

International Visitors 

In general most CalConnect participants will not require a Visa to visit Germany. However if you are unsure, please see German VISA Information.

Registration Information 

Registration is now open for CalConnect XL; please see https://www.calconnect.org/events/event-registration-payment to register for the developers forum/test event and/or the conference. Note that you must register separately for the forum/test event and for the conference, however you may request a single invoice and payment.

Location 

The Developers Forum/Test Event (September 25-27) and the Conference (September 27-29) will be held at Komed House, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Köln, a conference facility in the Cologne Media Park.  The meeting facility is only about 100 meters from the conference hotel, the Motel One Media Park, Am Kümpchenshof 2, 50670 Köln.

Transportation 

Airport Information:  Cologne is served by the Cologne-Bonn International Airport (CGN).  The airport is relatively small but offers connections through several other airports. Distance to the venue and conference hotel is approximately 15km, 40€ by taxi or 3€ by Train. 

For transport from the Cologne-Bonn International Airport to the Media Park by train, there are two lines of the "S-Bahn" that operate frequently:  S13 (towards Sindorf), and S19 (towards Dûren).  For either train, exit at station "Hansaring", then head south-west on the Hansaring (about 500 meters) and turn right into AmKümpchenshof. Motel One and the Media Park are straight ahead.

For intercontinental travelers, Frankfurt (FRA) or Düsseldorf (DUS) are likely to be more convenient, and both offer train service to Cologne on at least an hourly basis.  Price is well under 50€ if booked in advance; Frankfurt-Cologne might cost 100€ if booked at the train station.  If you have your flight scheduled you are welcome to contact our hosts to help find the best and least expensive connection. 

From the Cologne Bahnhof, you can take the "S-Bahn" to "Hansaring". Several lines serve this connection (S6, S11, S12, S13, S19), just one stop. Taxi might be more convenient with luggage, should just be a couple euros.

Train and Car:  Cologne is also served by extensive train and autobahn connections for those traveling by train or car. 

Inner City:  Cologne has extensive subway and tram networks.  Additionally, it is approximately a 20 minute walk from the Media Park to the center of the city. 

Please Note:  Credit cards are not necessarily accepted universally in Germany, in particular by taxis.  ATMs (cash tills) should be available at all airports, train stations, etc. and you should provide yourself with some cash if you haven't already.

 

 

Lodging 

Our conference hotel is the Motel One Media Park, Am Kümpchenshof 2, 50670 Köln, about 100m from the meeting venue.  We have a room block for meeting participants available between 23 September and 30 September at a rate of 69€ per night for a single room and 84€ per night for a double room.  Note that breakfast will be an extra 9.50€. Cancellation policy is 1800 on the day of arrival.

URGENT:  Please be aware that the room block will close on August 12 2017The entire city will be very much occupied during the time of our conference as it is the Expo High Season and it is very possible the only hotel rooms available wil be our blocked rooms in the MotelOne.  Our hosts adivse us that trying to find any other accommodation after our block period ends will be extremely difficult. 

The reservation code is "CalConnect"; please mention this when booking by telephone at +49 221 270 7510, or by e-mail at koeln-mediapark@motel-one.com

If you e-mail them be sure and provide your full name, address, nationality, and date and time of arrival and departure.  You will need to call them after receiving a confirmation of your booking to provide credit card information, if you anticipate a late arrival (after 1800).

(For those who attended the Autumn 2015 meeting in Amsterdam, the conference hotel in Amsterdam was a member of the same hotel chain.)

Another higher rated hotel is the Hotel NH Collection Köln, about 50m to the venue: https://www.nh-hotels.de/hotel/nh-collection-koeln-mediapark.  We do not have any room block or special rate with this hotel.  There are other hotels in the area as well; see https://www.google.de/maps/search/Hotel/@50.946918,6.9404958,16.57z/am=t?hl=de.

PLEASE NOTE:  Cologne will collect a 5% surcharge on your hotel bill unless you download and complete this form and give it to the hotel when you check in:

https://formular-server.de/Koeln_FS/findform?shortname=21-F32_KFAAbBeschEng&formtecid=2&areashortname=koeln_en

A form-enabled PDF of this document may be found at

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For more infomation on this please see http://www.stadt-koeln.de/politik-und-verwaltung/finanzen/kulturfoerderabgabe and http://www.stadt-koeln.de/politik-und-verwaltung/steuern-gebuehren/tax-promotion-and-advancement-culture-frequently-asked-questions#ziel_0_55.

 

Test Event Schedule 

The Developers Forum and Interoperability Test Event begins at 0800 Monday morning and runs all day Monday and Tuesday, plus Wednesday morning.

CALCONNECT DEVELOPERS' FORUM/TEST EVENT

Monday 25 September
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1030 Testing and Discussions
1030-1100 Break and Refreshments
1100-1230 Testing and Discussions
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1530 Testing and Discussions
1530-1600 Break and Refreshments
1600-1800 Testing and Discussions

1915-2100 Test Event Dinner (TBA)

Tuesday 26 September
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1030 Testing and Discussions
1030-1100 Break and Refreshments
1100-1230 Testing and Discussions
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1530 Testing and Discussions
1530-1600 Break and Refreshments
1600-1800 Testing and Discussions

Wednesday 27 September
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1030 Testing and Discussions
1030-1100 Break and Refreshments
1100-1200 Testing
1200-1230 Wrap-up
1230 End of Test Event and Forum


1230-1330 Lunch

 

Test Event Agenda 

Specific Areas for testing as identified by participants

 
Specific testing areas have not yet been identified for CalConnect XL, but may include
  • Sharing
  • CalDAV
  • CardDAV
  • iMIP
  • API <--> iCalendar
  • Calendar publication and subscription models

Technical Topics for Developers Forum Discussions

 
The developer discussions provide an opportunity for those who may not have been able to get on calls to engage other developers in detailed discussions.
These discussions can cover implementation approaches, protocol issues,  data models etc.  and may involve the entire group or small breakout sessions.
 
The schedule for these discussions will be decided on during the 2.5days and is very flexible.
 
Specific discussion areas for CalConnec XL have not yet been identified but may include at least:
  • vPoll
  • Syncing Collections
  • Subscription models and their relation to sharing
  • TC API work

Please see the Reading List for the Developer's Forum at https://www.calconnect.org/event-reading-list

Baseline Testing

Final determination of what will be tested will depend on what the participants in the test event wish to test; the current set of interests is noted above. Participants may also request to test things that are not mentioned in this list (the registration form offers a place to indicate areas you wish to test). In all cases at least two participating organizations must be interested in testing a particular area or scenario to form testing pairs.

Please note that you do not need finished or polished code to participate in the testing; in fact as soon as you have something working at all, testing against other participants can help debugging and code development, especially in identifying red herrings and wrong decisions.

Possible Testing areas

  • CalDAV testing:
    • Access (basic operations of CalDAV)
    • Scheduling
    • Sync report (depth: 1 on home collection)
    • Mobile
    • Sharing
    • Prefer Header
  • Managed Attachments
  • iSchedule:
    • Server discovery
    • DKIM security
  • Timezones:
    • Service Protocol
    • Timezones by Reference
  • Calendar Alarms:
    • Snooze
    • Default alarms
  • VPOLL support in clients and servers
  • VAVAILABILITY support in clients and servers
  • Autodiscovery protocol
  • Non-gregorian calendar recurrences via RRULE and RSCALE
  • iCalendar:
    • Rich text and other new properties (and hashing)
  • iMIP
  • iTIP
  • jCal, the JSON format for iCalendar - libraries and servers
  • xCal, the XML format for iCalendar
  • Enhanced VTODO support
  • CardDAV testing:
    • Generic
    • Sync report
    • Mobile
    • vCard 4

Who May Participate or Observe

Any vendor or organization wishing to test a calendaring and scheduling implementation, or a mobile calendaring server or client, is welcome to participate whether or not they are a CalConnect member. Note that CalConnect members receive a substantial discount on their Interoperability Test Event registration fee.

Any vendor or organization wishing to observe the Interoperability Test Event is welcome whether or not they are a CalConnect. Note that an organization, member or not, may only observe one Test Event. 

Registration

Please see CalConnect Interoperability Test Event Registration Fees for information about event registration fees. Please choose one of the following registration methods:

Interoperability Event Scenarios

If you are planning to participate, please contact us to let us know which interoperability event scenarios you wish to pursue or if you would like to propose a new scenario.

CalConnect will invite all registered participants to two or three conference calls prior to the event to discuss logistics, testing scenarios, etc. 

 

 

Conference Schedule 

Please note: the full conference schedule with session topics identified will be provided closer to the event.

CALCONNECT XL CONFERENCE

Wednesday 27 September
1100-1200 Introduction to CalConnect Q&A
An optional session for first-time attendees. The genesis of CalConnect, a brief history, and how CalConnect works, followed by questions.
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 Conference Opening
Welcome, Logistics, Introductions, Test Event Reports, Technical Committee activity since last CalConnect event, Conference Schedule Review
1430-1530 Sessions TBD
1530-1600 Break and Refreshments
1600-1800 Sessions TBD
1815-2000 Welcome Reception
At Open-Xchange Headquarters (15 minute walk) Hohenzollernring 72, 50672 Köln
Thursday 28 September
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1030 Sessions TBD
1030-1100 Break and refreshments
1100-1230 Sessions TBD
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1530 Sessions TBD
1530-1600 Break and refreshments
1600-1800 Sessions TBD
1915-2200 Conference Dinner
TBD
Friday 29 September
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1030 Sessions TBD
1030-1100 Break and refreshments
1100-1230 Sessions
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 BOF (Birds of a Feather) Discussions
TBD
1445-1500 Technical Committee Directions for period to CalConnect XLI
1500-1530 CalConnect Plenary Meeting
Administrative business, coming events, consensus agreements on decisions reached during the week, open floor.
1530 Close of CalConnect XL

 

Please see the Reading List for the Conference at https://www.calconnect.org/event-reading-list

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