CalConnect XXXII - January 26-30, 2015

CalConnect Interoperability Test Event - Monday-Wednesday
CalConnect 10th Anniversary Celebration - Wednesday
CalConnect Conference - Thursday-Friday

San Jose, California
Monday, January 26, 2015 to Friday, January 30, 2015
Recent Changes: 

Information is current to January 14, 2015
Finish time on Thursday and time of conference dinner updated

CalConnect XXXII, consisting of a CalConnect Interoperability Test Event and a CalConnect Conference (Members Meeting), will be held in San Jose, California, on January 26-30, 2015, hosted by Kerio Technologies.

The Interoperability Test Event will take place all day Monday and Tuesday January 26-27, and Wednesday morning January 28, ending at noon. The Conference will begin with lunch at 12:00 on Wednesday January 28, and last through mid-afternoon Friday January 30.

An informal Introductory Q & A about CalConnect, intended for first-time attendees, will be scheduled at 11:00 on Wednesday the 28th for first-time attendees.

This event will be CalConnect's 10th Anniversary Meeting, and Wednesday afternoon and evening will be devoted to Anniversary events. The regular Conference will happen Thursday and Friday. For more about the Tenth Anniversary Celebration, which will be open to non-members without a fee, see Tenth Anniversary Celebration.

CalConnect Interoperability Test Event:

The Interoperabilty Test Events are open to both members and non-members as participants or as observers; please see Next CalConnect Interoperability Test Event for current information. Check back often as this will be updated as more information becomes available.

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.

CalConnect 10th Anniversary: See Tenth Anniversary Celebration for more information about the Anniversary and how to attend. If you are registered for the CalConnect Conference you are automatically registered for the Tenth Anniversary Celebration, however it is possible to register only for the celebration at Tenth Anniversary Registration.

CalConnect Conference: The CalConnect Conference will offer Technical Committee sessions, to which all members and observers are welcome, informal BOFs (Birds of a Feather sessions), plus additional sessions and committee meetings.

Friday afternoon will be the full Plenary meeting of the Consortium, open to all participants. This session will include report-outs from all Technical Committees, and establishment of future goals and directions for the Consortium.

See this link for a map of the area: CalConnect XXXII.

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 Attendees who require a Letter of Invitation to obtain a visa should contact Dave Thewlis, CalConnect Executive Director, at Please be aware that you must have registered for the event before a Letter of Invitation can be issued.

As noted above, San Francisco is the most practical airport for international arrivals and departures although the other two offer some international service.

Registration Information 

Please see Registration and Payment Options to choose your registration type and payment option for the CalConnect Conference and/or the CalConnect Interoperability Test Event. Note that you must register separately for the Conference and for the Test Event, but you may request a combined invoice. You may register at any time for the next event.


Monday and Tuesday of the Interoperability Test Event will take place at Kerio Technologies' Santa Jose Headquarters, 111 North Market Street, 6th Floor, San Jose, California 95113. Kerio is within walking distance of the Conference hotel (see below). There is a large parking garage about a block south of the Kerio buildling at 43-51 North Market Street with a maximum rate of about $20 per day, and an open air public parking lot across the street from Kerio that charges $10 per day (at the corner of West St James and North San Pedro Streets).

Wednesday through Friday, comprising the last part of the test event, all 10th Anniversary activities, and the CalConnect Conference, will take place in the De Anza Room of the Conference Hotel, Hotel De Anza, 233 West Santa Clara Street, Downtown San Jose, CA 95113.


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).

San Jose Mineta International Airport is the closest to Kerio Technologies and to the Hotel De Anza (which is about 3 miles from the airport). Unfortunately the hotel does not offer a shuttle service and recommends taking a taxi from the San Jose airport. San Francisco International has the most flights and airlines serving it and is probably the only realistic option for international travelers but is further from San Jose; you will need to drive or use a shuttle service. Oakland International is on the east side of San Francisco Bay and much less convenient to the South Bay area but might offer attractive fares.

Ground Transportation: Information on rental cars and shuttles is available on all three airport websites. Using public transportation is not straightforward from any of the airports to the conference hotel, although it is possible with time and ingenuity.


Our conference hotel for this event is the Hotel De Anza in San Jose, also the location of the event Wednesday through Friday. Unfortunately space in the De Anza and other hotels in the area has become expensive and scarce, due to other activities in San Jose that week. Hotels within a few miles seem to be possible and we will try and help arrange carpooling if we can; options such as AirBnB are also possible. The De Anza is within walking distance of Kerio Technologies, where the test event will be held on Monday and Tuesday; the rest of the week will be at the hotel. The Hotel De Anza does offer valeted parking at $20 per day; their website also offers links to other parking facilities nearby.

  The Hotel De Anza
233 West Santa Clara Street
Downtown San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: +1 408 286 1000

To book by telephone, call +1 408 285 1000 or tollfree +1-800-843-3700.
To book online, go to and click on "Reservations".


Test Event Schedule 

The Interoperability Test Event begins at 0800 Monday morning and runs all day Monday and Tuesday at Kerio HQ. It will continue Wednesday morning at the De Anza hotel. The Conference begins with lunch on Wednesday and runs through Friday afternoon. Our 10th Anniversary celebration will occupy most of Wednesday.

Please note that the schedules and programs below are tentative and will be updated as we have more information.

Monday 26 January
Kerio Technologies, 111 N. Market Street
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1000 Testing
1000-1030 Break and Refreshments
1030-1230 Testing
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 BOF or Testing
1430-1530 Testing
1530-1600 Break and Refreshments
1600-1800 Testing

1915-2130 Interoperability Test Event Dinner
The Britannia Arms
173 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Tuesday 27 January
Kerio Technologies, 111 N. Market Street
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1000 Testing
1000-1030 Break and Refreshments
1030-1230 Testing
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 BOF or Testing
1330-1530 Testing
1530-1600 Break and Refreshments
1600-1800 Testing


Conference Schedule 

The Conference begins with lunch on Wednesday and runs through Friday afternoon. Our 10th Anniversary celebration will occupy most of Wednesday.

Please note that the schedules and programs below are tentative and will be updated as we have more information.

CALCONNECT XXXIIDe Anza Room, Hotel De Anza, 233 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Wednesday 28 January – CalConnect 10th Anniversary Celebration
1100-1200   Introduction to CalConnect2
1200-1300   Lunch
1300-1330   Welcome
1330-1400   History of CalConnect
1400-1430   The Freebusy Challenge
1430-1500   Calendaring as a Platform: smart power grid, travel, logistics and package delivery, scheduling
1500-1530   Break and Refreshments
1530-1615   Invited Speakers
    Timezones: Steve Allen, Unversity of California Lick Observatory
    CalDAV: Lisa Dusseault, Klutch
1615-1745   Panel Discussion: The Future of Calendaring
    Lucia Fedorova, Google
    Gershon Janssen, Secretary, OASIS Board of Directors
    Scott Mace, CalendarSwamp blog, CalConnect Director
    Pete Resnick, Qualcomm, IETF Area Director
    Scott Schreiman, CEO, Kerio Technologies
    Nick Sonnenberg, CEO, Calvin
1745-1800   What CalConnect Means to Us
1800-2030   Welcome Reception3
Thursday 29 January – CalConnect Conference
0800-0830   Coffee & Rolls
0830-0900   Opening session
Logistics, introductions, format of Conference
0900-0930   First time attendees
New member presentations, special guests
0930-1030   Technical Committee Summary
A summary of what each Technical Committee (TC) has worked on and the interoperability testing that has taken place. Will also cover new and changed draft specifications, and a description of new "stable" specifications that implementors should begin working on (e.g RSCALE, relationships, etc.)
1030-1100   Break and refreshments
1100-1230   The task model - how to align the iCalendar data model with project management and process workflow?
We will discuss some of the reasoning behind the work and how it is relevant to work going on elsewhere such as the OASIS LegalXML TC and the Smart Power Grid. We will also present the new relationships models.
1230-1330   Lunch
1330-1400   VPOLL (Consensus Scheduling)
A demonstration of current work incorporation JCAL (JSON format for iCalendar), iSchedule (synchronous inter-server scheduling), and VPOLL (a new iCalendar component which allows for consensus scheduling, that is voting on a number of alternative meeting or task alternatives).
1400-1530   Making standards-based calendaring relevant to the enterprise
Most calendar standards are based on REST, however many large industries live in the SOAP world. Which opportunuties for better integration of both worlds exist? While these industries are not ignorant of the existance and value of other protocols - and are interested in the use of REST and JSON representations - they have large infrastructures based on SOAP. Additionally SOAP provides a different perspective on managing data - the converse of what RFC 5545 (iCalendar) states in that it is part of the framework that any unrecognized data elements are dropped during parsing. This requires that there be some form of patch/update/diff mechanism to allow updating of calendars. The work done on CalWS, which already has such a mechanism, can inform the work done by TCs such as TC-API and TC-CALDAV in trying to develop such mechanisms for those protocols. We hope to discuss how this provides opportunuties for all as we strive for better integration of the SOAP/DAV and REST worlds. Experience with CalWS has indicated that we need to do a better job of describing the data model. Work taking place in TC-API will hopefully address this.
1530-1600   Break and refreshments
1600-1700   Non-member presentation/problem/discussion
A more in-depth presentation of new problems to be solved.
1815-2115   Conference Dinner4
The Farmers Union (John P. Room upstairs)
151 W. Santa Clara Street San Jose
Friday 30 January – CalConnect Conference
0800-0830   Coffee & Rolls
0830-0930   The "identity crisis"
Using email addresses from outside your domain as identifiers leads to problems. Many services did so and some are now backing out. How does this affect protocols and services such as iSchedule?
0930-1130   Sharing calendars and resources - Sharing of calendar information has become an important part of many services. How do new standards work in a federated and/or distributed environment?
Work is underway to standardize this feature in DAV based services. We discuss the implications of the new standards and how they will work in a federated and/or distributed environment. The identity crisis topic is relevant to this discussion. In addition we may touch on other sharing mechanisms - such as subscription - which may use the same invitation process.
1000-1030   Flexible break and refreshments
1130-1230   CalDAV topics - What features have progressed in the last few months and what are possible new featurees?
Partitioning data - iSchedule - Managed Attachments - etc. The work of TC-API will also be discussed.
1230-1330   Lunch
1330-1430   The future - What features and capabilities are we lacking?
Some possibilities include regenerating components, making any resource schedulable, an update model, promoting the standards, "eat our own" - use JCAL, use/extend the APIs
1430-1500   Break and refreshments
1500-1600   Technical Committee Directions - goals for the next Conference in May
1600-1700   CalConnect Plenary Meeting
Administrative business, coming events, consensus agreements on decisions reached during the week, open floor.
1700   Close of meeting.

1The Wednesday lunch is for all participants in the Test Event and/or Conference
2The Introduction to CalConnect is an optional informal Q&A session for new attendees (observers or new member representatives)
3All Conference and Test Event participants are invited to the Wednesday evening reception
4All 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.