CalConnect Interoperability Test Event and Developers Forum - Monday-Wednesday
Public Workshop Introduction to Calendaring and to Scheduling - Wednesday afternoon
CalConnect Conference - Wednesday-Friday
2017-02-21 Dates of event changed to June 12-16 2017
2017-03-31 Logistics information about venue, hotels, travel, etc. added along with preliminary agendas and schedules.
2017-05-04 Developers Forum/Test Event topics and testing areas added
2017-05-04 Conference Schedule and sessions added.
2017-05-11 Information about the public workshop on Introduction to Calendaring and to Scheduling added
2017-05-26 Session on IETF processes review and CalConnect added Thursday afternoon
2017-06-05 CalConnect Schedule available for subscription
2017-06-13 Subscription link to CalConnect week calendar corrected
Hosted by Tandem, Seattle, Washington
CalConnect XXXIX, consisting of a CalConnect Interoperability Test Event and Developers Forum, and a CalConnect Conference, will be held in Seattle, Washington, California, on June 12-16 13-17, 2017, hosted by Tandem.
Developers' Forum and Interoperability Test Event: The Developers' Forums and Test Events are open to both members and non-members as participants or as observers; please see Test Event for basic information about the event and for the schedule and agenda (this will be developed gradually, so check back periodically).
Please Note: 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.
Public Workshop: A public workshop, Introduction to Calendaring and to Scheduling, Wednesday afternoon 14 June from 14:00 to 18:00.
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 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.
Morning coffee and continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon breaks will be served to all participants in the Developers' Forum and Conference and are included in your registration fees. The Monday and Thursday group dinners are hosted by CalConnect. The Wednesday Reception is hosted by Tandem, our hosts for CalConnect XXXIX.
Dress at all CalConnect events is casual to business casual.
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 and Developers Forum. 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.
CalConnect XXXIX will be held at Galvanize Pioneer Square, 111 S. Jackson Street at First Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104, in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle. We will be in the main conference room on the fiifth floor, next to the elevator.
The closest Light Rail Station is International/Chinatown Bay C, a short walk down S. Jackson Street to the venue. Here is a map of the immediate area of the venue showing the light rail station. The venue is about 8 blocks from the Conference Hotel, the Kimpton Alexis Seattle, at 1007 First Avenue at Madison.
Seattle is served by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, generally called SeaTac. SeaTac is about 20 miles south of Seattle, and offers both public transportation and rental cars. (We do not recommend a rental car unless you must, due to the high cost of parking in downtown Seattle.)
The easiest way to get from SeaTac to downtown Seattle is the Seattle Light Rail system. As noted under Location, the nearest Light Rail station to the venue is International District/Chinatown Bay C. The nearest Light Rail station to the conference hotel is the Pioneer Square Station or University Street Station, the next two stations north. The journey takes about 40 minutes and the cost is less than $4 U.S. Trains run every 6-15 minutes depending on time of day, and are available from 5 a.m. until midnight or later.
Lodging costs in Seattle for the period of the event, June 12-16, are quite high, probably because of the tourist season. We have managed to identify a conference hotel; however the CalConnect rate will depend on availability. We encourage you to book your room as soon as possible.
The conference hotel is the Kimpton Alexis Seattle, at 1007 First Avenue at Madison, about half a mile from the venue. The nearest Light Rail stations to the hotel are the Pioneer Square station and the University Street station, one and two stops north of the International District/Chinatown Bay C station.
The Kimpton has offered us a group rate of $275 per night for those willing to commit to their stay to us, such that CalConnect will guarantee the room costs. In order to secure this offer we had to commit at the beginning of April following a quick notification to possible attendees. The Kimpton has offered to make this rate available to other CalConnect attendees as long as availability permits.
The least expensive hotel in the area of the venue appears to be the Best Western Plus Pioneer Square, which is quoting a best rate of $289 per night for the days of our event (slightly less for AAA/CAA or Senior).
AirBnB is certainly an alternative especially in the Capitol Hill Light Rail station area, a few stops north of Pioneer Square. Additionally, lower rates may be available very close to CalConnect week if hotels still have vacancies, but have backup plans.
The Developers Forum and Interoperability Test Event begins at 0800 Monday morning and runs all day Monday and Tuesday, plus Wednesday morning.
CALCONNECT INTEROPERABILITY TEST EVENT AND DEVELOPERS FORUM
Monday 12 June
|Tuesday 13 June
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
1030-1100 Break and Refreshments
1530-1600 Break and Refreshments
Wednesday 14 June
Forum Program for Seattle
- Ensure TC-API work covers all current specs and drafts
- Possible ical4j discussions
- Further work on tester
- Subscription upgrade
- Review testing resources on website and clean out junk or supply current links
Specific Areas for testing as identified by participants
- Server returning VPATCH
- DAV PUSH
- Calendar publication and subscription models
- TESTER (extended CalDAV Tester)
- DAV server discovery
Please see the Reading List for the Developer's Forum at https://www.calconnect.org/event-reading-list
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)
- Sync report (depth: 1 on home collection)
- Prefer Header
- Managed Attachments
- Server discovery
- DKIM security
- Service Protocol
- Timezones by Reference
- Calendar Alarms:
- Default alarms
- VPOLL support in clients and servers
- VAVAILABILITY support in clients and servers
- Autodiscovery protocol
- Non-gregorian calendar recurrences via RRULE and RSCALE
- Rich text and other new properties (and hashing)
- jCal, the JSON format for iCalendar - libraries and servers
- xCal, the XML format for iCalendar
- Enhanced VTODO support
- CardDAV testing:
- Sync report
- 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 non-members pay a 25% surchange on the 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.
Please see CalConnect Interoperability Test Event Registration Fees for information about event registration fees. Please choose one of the following registration methods:
- CalConnect Interoperability Test Event Participant Registration: Register one to six people as participants for the CalConnect Interoperability Test Event, with a choice of payment options.
- CalConnect Interoperability Test Event Observer Registration: Register one to six people as observers for the CalConnect Interoperability Test Event.
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.
CALCONNECT XXXIX CONFERENCE
|Wednesday 14 June|
|1100-1200||Introduction to CalConnect Q&A
An optional session for first-time attendees. The genesis of CalConnect, a brief history, how CalConnect works, followed by questions.
|1330-1400||Opening and Introductions
Welcome, Logistics, Introductions
|1400-1530||Public Workshop - Introduction to Calendaring and to Scheduling
Please see Public Workshop at CalConnect XXXIX for details.
|1530-1600||Break and Refreshments|
|1600-1800||Public Workshop (continued)|
|Thursday 15 June|
|0800-0830||Coffee & Rolls|
|0830-0915||CalConnect Conference Opening
Welcome, logistics, test event report, Liaison reports, review of conference schedule, introductions.
|0915-1000||Host Presentation (Tandem)|
|1000-1030||Enhanced Synchronization and Update
Mechanisms to pass smaller packets of data using new iCalendar constructs
|1030-1100||Break and refreshments|
Review and progress on alarm acknowledgement/snoozing, proximity-based alarms, new alarm action(s), defaut alarms
|1130-1200||DAV PUSH Overview and Status
Standardized notification and push mechanism for DAV
|1200-1230||Calendar Subscription Upgrades
Provisions to allow a server to advertise more efficient forms of subscription, and enhancements to HTTP GET for simple synchronization.
|1330-1430||New JSON Representation for Calendar Data
TC API status and issues; support for VCARD, VTODO, categories.
|1430-1500||Calendar Developers Guide (DEVGUIDE)
Implementation and additions to the Developers Guide, discussion of future additions.
|1500-1530||IETF and CalConnect
Review of IETF processes and how CalConnect relates to them.
|1530-1600||Break and refreshments|
|1600-1700||VCARD, TC 211 and ISO 19160
Representing non-western address formats in VCARDs, collaboration with ISO TC 211, synchronization with ISO 19160.
|1700-1730||Security concerns for calendar and contact data
Safely validating source of events and VCARDs in QRCODEs, etc.
Proposed future developments for iCal4J, direction towards a common CalConnect implementation.
|Friday 16 June|
|0800-0830||Coffee & Rolls|
|0830-0930||Categorization and event types
Being able to categorize events in a standardized manner will help in aggregation and allow applications to discover events of interest.
|0930-1030||Calendaring extensions for improved grouping of properties
PARTICIPANT and ATTENDEE in event publication and scheduling.
|1030-1100||Break and refreshments|
|1100-1130||Calendar Spam Update and M3AAWG|
|1130-1200||Status of issues from CalConnect XXXVIII
Status and discussion
|1200-1230||Future Areas of Engagement for CalConnect
(Internet of Things, Health Care, Travel, etc.)
|1330-1400||Future Areas of Engagement (continued)|
|1400-1430||CalConnect CalDAV Tester
Working towards a certification suite for CalDAV servers
|1430-1445||Technical Committee Directions for period to CalConnect XL|
|1445-1530||CalConnect Plenary Meeting
Administrative business, coming events, consensus agreements on decisions reached during the week, open floor.
|1530||Close of CalConnect XXXIX|
Please see the Reading List for the Conference at https://www.calconnect.org/event-reading-list