Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Where is the conference being held? Crowne Plaza Metro, Chicago, Illinois
Is there a reduced room rate at the Crowne Plaza Metro for conference attendees? Yes
The room rate is $135/night and space is limited. You should make a reservation by calling 1-800-2CROWNE (1-800-227-6963) or the hotel directly at 1-312-829-5000.
Be sure to mention CITCON 2006!
The deadline for reservations in this block is March 22, 2006.
How many people may attend the conference? Up to 70
- Space is limited to the first 70 registrants, so register early to secure your spot!
How do I include my logo in the "participants" section? If you registered, send it to the mailing list.
We have decided to provide an area on the CITCON 2006 website
(http://www.citconf.com) for participants to include a logo or image
with a link to a site of their choice. This could be a corporate logo,
open source project logo, or maybe some random image related to your
personal blog. (Plain text is also available for the minimalists among
The idea of this participant section is that it is a cross-promotion
where we get to advertise the number and quality of people attending
the conference and you get to advertise that you are attending the
conference and are promoting Continuous Integration and Testing.
If you are interested and have registered for the conference, please
send your image and URL to the mailing list for inclusion.
Why not follow the same format as most conferences and schedule presenters? Simplicity and value.
- Using the openspaces approach to organizing the conference reduces the management required to conduct the conference and leads to the greatest amount of learning for everyone in attendance.
Is this a CruiseControl only event? No.
- People involved with any project, open source or not, are invited to attend. This conference will benefit most from a diverse group of people that share one thing in common - Testing Continuously.
Is this a ThoughtWorks only event? No.
- Attendees are expected from many different companies. ThoughtWorks attendance will be high, but that's because of the proliferation of people at ThoughtWorks that are passionate about automated testing and continuous integration.
Is this an open source only event? No.
- Anyone promoting a product, process, or procedure that enables software developers to automate their testing through continuous integration are invited to attend.
Are product vendors allowed to attend? Yes.
- See Is this an open source only event? Previous question.
Can I speak at the conference? You can try.
- This is an open space conference. Read the details about how openspaces work, especially the part about how to lead an open space talk. Don't expect to monopolize the conversation. If you try to, you'll find that most attendees will use the 'Law of two feet' to find another talk.
Can I bring prepared materials for a talk? Yes.
- Be prepared for the possibility that your topic may not get accepted.
Since the conference is free, who is sponsoring the event? Agile Alliance and Corporate donations.
- In typical open source fashion, this conference will be free to everyone attending. Generous donations from the Agile Alliance and corporations will fund the bulk of the expenses, which are being kept purposefully low.
Is the conference date set in stone? Probably.
- Jeffrey and Paul have been planning the conference for more than 9 months and feel that just doing it is better than languishing in analysis paralysis. Early April was targeted as a good time. Given the timing of Easter, the weekend of April 7, 8 and 9 seemed like a logical choice. If you feel strongly that the date should be changed, please don't hesitate to make your feelings known on the citcon mailing list.
Will this be an annual event? Hopefully.
- Given the strength of the community that has evolved around continuous integration and automated testing, we feel that an ample audience exists for this type of event. Since this is the first conference, any decision about a repeat will have to come afterwards.
Can I attend the conference remotely, via phone or webcast? No.
- To facilitate an atmosphere of open communication resulting in understanding and innovation, attendance is only allowed in person. Please check back at this Web site for general notes and other postings after the conference.
Can I help? Yes.
- We are currently in need of a logo.
- We are currently in need of "marketing" help to get the word out about the conference. Blogs, Web site, newsgroup postings, etc.