CalConnect XXXV - January 11-15, 2016

CalConnect Interoperability Test Event - Monday-Wednesday
CalConnect Conference - Wednesday-Friday

AOL Palo Alto
CalConnect XXXV at AOL's Palo Alto Headquarters, January 11-15, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016 to Friday, January 15, 2016
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Recent Changes: 

Change of meeting room at AOL

CalConnect XXXV, consisting of a CalConnect Interoperability Test Event and a CalConnect Conference (Members Meeting), will be held in Palo Alto, California, on January 11-15, 2016, hosted by AOL.

The Interoperability Test Event will take place all day Monday and Tuesday January 11-12, and Wednesday morning January 13, ending at noon. The Conference will begin with lunch at noon on Wednesday January 13 and last through Friday January 15.

An informal Introductory Q & A about CalConnect, intended for first-time attendees, will be scheduled at 11:00 on Wednesday the 13th for first-time attendees.

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 Conference: The CalConnect 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.

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. 

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.

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

Conference Details 

Morning coffee and rolls, lunch, and morning and afternoon breaks will be served to all participants in the Interop Test Event and Conference and are included in your registration fees. The Monday and Thursday group dinners are hosted by CalConnect.

Dress at all CalConnect events is casual to business casual.

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. 


The Interoperability Test Event and the Conference will take place at AOL's Palo Alto Headquarters, 395 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California 94306. We will be in the Auditorium on the first (ground) floor the entire week. When you arrive, please enter at the main entrance and check in with the Receptionist on the first floor, who will direct you to the Auditorium. You will not require an AOL badge; CalConnect badges will be issued in the meeting room. (Be warned that most entries to the building do require a badge, so if you leave the building you will have to re-enter through the main entrance.)

Please do not park in Visitor Parking as these are limited to 20 minutes. You are welcome to park anywhere else in the building parking lot.


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).

Palo Alto is closest to San Jose International Airport. 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. Hotels are not likely to offer direct shuttles, so driving, taxis or commercial shuttle services are your best bet.    


The Conference Hotel is

Dinah's Garden Hotel
4261 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94306
+1 800 227 8820
+1 650 493 2844

The hotel offers an AOL rate of $240 for a standard "Garden" room. In order to obtain the AOL rate you must call the hotel at the number above and request the AOL rate.

This hotel is about 1.5 miles from AOL. Several other hotels within a few miles of AOL offer AOL rates, in particular the Creekside Inn, Homewood Suites Palo Alto, Hotel Avante, Residence Inn Palo Alto/Los Altos, and Wild Palms Sunnyvale.

Be warned: the Superbowl will be Santa Clara in early February and is already affecting availability and hotel rates even three weeks in advance of the event. Hotels that normally offer AOL rates may elect not to offer them during this period as they can charge quite a bit more. We strongly recommend you book as early as possible even if you have to change or cancel your booking later.

Test Event Schedule 

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


Monday 11 January
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 IOP Test

Tied House
954 Villa street
Mountain View CA

Tuesday 12 January
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
Wednesday 13 January
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-1000 Testing
1000-1030 Break and Refreshments
1030-1130 Testing
1130-1200 Wrap-up
1200 End of IOP Testing

1200-1300 Lunch/Opening


Conference Schedule 

The Conference begins with lunch on Wednesday and runs through Friday.


Wednesday 13 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.
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1330 Welcome, IOPTEST Reports, Hong Kong status
1330-1400 Technical Committee Summaries and IETF Status
Current status of work in Technical Committees, and progression of our drafts at the IETF.
1400-1430 New Member and Non Member Presentations
Short introductions to new members and non-member obserers.
1430-1530 iCalendar Patch
Improving network I/O performance when sending/receiving iCalendar data by sending patches, receiving diffs, using compact recurrence instance formats
1530-1600 Break and Refreshments
1600-1700 Identity for federated sharing and scheduling
The use of email addresses from other domains for identity causes problems for scheduling and sharing..
1700-1800 App-specific data embedded in iCalendar
1800-2000 Welcome Reception
On Premises
Thursday 14 January
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-0930 PUSH/Auto-discovery update
0930-1030 Event types/relationship
Creating a registry of event types
1030-1100 Break and refreshments
1100-1230 API status and discussion
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1415 Update on server information specification
Provides clients with cacheable server information.
1415-1530 Update on iSchedule
Latest work on iSchedule specification
1530-1600 Break and refreshments
1600-1700 Privacy and data encryption in the cloud
Encryption of data has implications for services such as implicit scheduling.
1700-1800 Scheduling changes and real-world use cases (organizer-less scheduling
The enterprise scheduling model is not necessarily appropriate for social calendaring which often has no clearly defined organizer.

1915-2200 Conference Dinner
Pacific Catch
545 San Antonio Way Suite 34, in San Antonio Shopping Center
Mountain View CA
Friday 15 January
0800-0830 Coffee & Rolls
0830-0930 DEVGUIDE progress
Creating a Developer's Guide to iCalendar, etc. - content, delivery mechanism, updating
0930-1030 SHARING specifications status
1030-1100 Break and refreshments
1100-1230 Session follow-ups (TBD)
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 Technical Committee Futures and CalConnect Plenary Meeting
Administrative business, coming events, consensus agreements on decisions reached during the week, open floor.
1430 Close of meeting.