CalConnect XLI - January 29 - February 2, 2018

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

CalConnect in Sunnyvale, California January 29 - February 2 2018 hosted by Oath
CalConnect in Sunnyvale, California January 29 - February 2 2018 hosted by Oath
Monday, January 29, 2018 to Friday, February 02, 2018
Recent Changes: 

15 November 2017 - Logistics information is provided and registration is open for CalConnect XLI.

16 November 2017 - Updated Lodging information with a note about economy motel chains also in the area. 

CalConnect XLI, 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 Sunnyvale, California on January 29 -February 2, 2018, hosted by Oath.

The Test Event/Developers Forum will take place all day Monday and Tuesday January 29-30, and Wednesday morning the 31st, ending before lunch.  The Conference will open following lunch on Wednesday the 31st, and will run through Thursday and Friday, ending mid-afternoon on February 2. 

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.

 

Hosted by Oath, Sunnyvale, California.

Conference information and logistics will be forthcoming as soon as possible after CalConnect XL. 

International Visitors 

International visitors who are not U.S. Citizens or hold a valid U.S. passport should acquaint themselves with any changes in U.S. travel and visitor policy since their last visit to the U.S. at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/. Attendees who require a Letter of Invitation to obtain a visa should contact Dave Thewlis, CalConnect Executive Director, at Dave.Thewlis@calconnect.org. Please be aware that you must have registered for the event before a Letter of Invitation can be issued.

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 (January 29-31) and the Conference (January 31-February 2) will be held at 700 First Avenue Building E, Sunnyvale, California.  We will be in CL 9/10 on the first floor, nearest to First Avenue.

The Wednesday Evening reception will probably be at the same location but details remain to be decided. 

Transportation 

Airport Information: The San Francisco Bay Area is served by three airports: San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), and San Jose Mineta Airport (SJC).

Sunnyvale is close to San Jose International Airport and your hotel may offer a shuttle service. Oakland International is on the east side of San Francisco Bay and much less convenient to the South Bay area.

SFO has the most flights and airlines serving it and is probably the only realistic option for international travelers, but you might be able to find less expensive fares via SJC or OAK.

Ground Transportation: Information on rental cars and shuttles is available on all three airport websites, as is taxi service.

Please note that the meeting venue is not walkable from the conference hotel or indeed any hotels; you will need a rental car, commercial transportation, or to make ride sharing arrangements with other attendees. 

Lodging 

Please be aware that there are no hotels within walking distance of the venue ((700 First Avenue, Sunnyvale), so you will need a rental car, use commercial transportation, or make arrangements to ride share with other attendees regardless of where you stay.  Hotels are also very expensive in this area, however we have managed to identify a conference hotel available at a reasonable rate (for this area and time).  Oath does not have a special rate available to non-employees, so you will need to make an open reservation, but you can use the senior discount, auto club discount, etc.  As of mid-November it was possible to book at $239 per night (plus tax) or about $267 inclusive. 

There are also some economy motel chains in the area, such as Comfort Inn which may offer more attractive rates. The Comfort Inn Sunnyvale is at 900 W Weddell Drive, Sunnyvale CA 94089, 408-734-3742.

 

The Conference Hotel is

The Plaza Suites Silicon Valley
3100 Lakeside Drive
Santa Clara, California
https://www.theplazasuites.com/
1-408-748-9800
1-800-345-1554 (Reservation Phone)
1-408-74-1476

The hotel offers free Wifi, free parking, and a free hot breakfast.

You can book online at the URL provided,or by calling 1-800-345-1554.

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 29 January
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
TBD

Tuesday 30 January
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 31 January
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 areast may include the following; also see Baseline Testing below.
  • 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 include at least:

 

Please see the Reading List for the event at https://www.calconnect.org/event-reading-list.  The list contains URLs to all standards, drafts and specifications to be discussed or tested.

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 XLI CONFERENCE

Wednesday 31 January
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 TBD
Thursday 01 February
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 02 February
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 XLI

 

The Wednesday lunch is for all participants in the Test Event and/or Conference
The Introduction to CalConnect is an optional informal Q&A session for new attendees (observers or new member representatives)
All Conference and Test Event participants are invited to the Wednesday evening reception
All Conference participants are invited to the group dinner on Thursday.


Lunch and morning and afternoon breaks will be served to all participants and are included in your registration fees.

 

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

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