Farmhouse Conf schedule

Saturday 7th May 2011

  • BREAKFAST! and Registration

    by The Farm House

    Eat food. Get your name tag. Der.

    At 8:30am to 9:30am, Saturday 7th May

  • Introductions

    by Shane Becker

    I'll tell you what's what and who's who and where's where. Or whatever.

    At 9:30am to 9:45am, Saturday 7th May

  • Sean Bonner

    by Sean Bonner

    Sean Bonner is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, journalist, activist and enthusiast. Bonner has co-founded hackerspaces and blog networks, an art gallery, design firm and record label. He is a board member of Coffee Common, works closely with Neoteny Labs in Singapore and Tokyo and has been a regular contributor to BoingBoing. He's one of the co-founders of Safecast (previously RDTN).

    Sean will be talking about Safecast (previously known as RDTN), a group he co-founded in March after the 3/11 earthquake in Japan and resulting problems at the Fukushima nuclear reactor showed a vast lack of radiation data available to the public that wasn't coming from a corporation or activist group. Safecast aims to create a global open data network of sensors and is currently focused on Japan. Sean has just returned from Tokyo and will be talking about their efforts there.

    At 9:45am to 10:15am, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    Chillaxing time. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Maybe ask Sean more questions about his story time. Whatever you want.

    At 10:15am to 10:30am, Saturday 7th May

  • Tj Nelson Jr

    by Tj Nelson

    Tj is the best photographer and videographer that I (Shane) know. Aside from speaking at the conference, he'll also be photographing it. Tj used to work for Apple Stores at the Creative Bar giving lessons on the various Apple iLife apps. One time whilst on the Cupertino Apple campus, he gave the worst product demo of his life to Steve Jobs' wife and others. That experience changed him forever and he'll tell you how.

    At 10:30am to 11:00am, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    Another 15 minute break between stories to stretch your legs, drain your bladder, talk to friends (old and new), throw down some cardboard, do some old school break-dancing... whatever you want.

    Just don't burn the house down.

    At 11:00am to 11:15am, Saturday 7th May

  • Suzan Bond

    by Suzan Bond

    Suzan is a community builder, uber people person and curator of information. Known for her ability to building scalable organization, she has created 2 departments, 2 non-profits and 2 companies and is currently the Chief Rainmaker for SwagLove. A former executive coach and organizational and business strategist, she has worked with renowned companies such as Accenture, Deloitte, Kellogg and Kraft among others, where she developed her ideas about personal and business effectiveness. She's spoken all over the US and internationally, including at Ignite Boulder, the largest Ignite in the word. She's written a book about intuition and is currently in the midst of a writing frenzy that includes a blog, a memoir and The Art of Self Sourcing, a guide on decision making in a digital world. She lives in Boulder.

    At 11:15am to 11:45am, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    It's almost lunch time. Hang out for one more talk and then it's Food O'Clock™. You can grab a light snack if you need a little bit, but don't spoil your appetite. Lunch is coming and is super awesome.

    At 11:45am to 12:00pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Aaron Patterson

    by Aaron Patterson

    Aaron Patterson is one of the nicest and funniest people that I (Shane) know. His handle on the internets is Tenderlove, his website is tenderlovemaking.com. He takes ridiculous photos of himself for his slides when he gives presentations at conferences — in spandex, bikinis, with wigs, in hats, smoking a pipe, in baseball gear... He'll be talking about a secret topic. But trust me, he always brings it.

    At 12:00pm to 12:30pm, Saturday 7th May

  • LUNCH!

    by The Farm House

    Eat food. Talk with friends. Meet new friends. Hide in the corner and decompress for a bit. Take a nap. This time is yours. Food is provided.

    At 12:30pm to 2:00pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Micki Krimmel

    by Micki Krimmel

    Micki Krimmel (aka Mickipedia) is the founder of NeighborGoods.net, a community where you can save money and resources by sharing stuff with your neighbors. Why buy when you can borrow?

    Micki has been building online communities for almost a decade. She founded the interactive department at Participant Media, where she created the company’s first online community and led the social media efforts for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. She also ran the community department at Revver.com and has provided product and social media consulting for numerous startups and media companies.

    Micki blogs for WorldChanging, The Huffington Post, Shareable.net and Mickipedia.com. She is also an all-star roller derby skater with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls.

    At 2:00pm to 2:30pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    Same break story. Do whatever you want. For 15 minutes.

    At 2:30pm to 2:45pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Meghann Millard

    by Meghann Millard

    Meghann Millard is a partner at Unspace Interactive, a web consultancy based in Toronto, Canada. She excels at facilitating anything, being smug, and Lorum Ipsuming her bios. She's a Pragmatic Sorcerer and Former Transformer. Or whatever.

    She'll talk about the parallels of our tech niche to the music industry in its thriving days of yore, but why that doesn't have to suck, in the Hunter S. Thompson sense. She has lots of stories about how the Unspace gang (90% music industry expatriates) have used their collective experience there to create awesome stuff and engage and entertain people within our own community. There are some cautionary (and unintentionally funny) tales of woe in there too.

    At 2:45pm to 3:15pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    Talk. Stretch. Pee. Return.
    Not necessarily in that order.

    At 3:15pm to 3:30pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Evan Phoenix

    by Evan Phoenix

    Evan is the creator of Rubinius, an open source Ruby software project. He has a beard and a cat named Fog. He'll be talking about how he managed to land his dream job 4 years ago.

    At 3:30pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    This is a longer break. If you want to go walk around the block or take a nap or climb a tree, now's probably the time to do it. 30 minutes, people.

    At 4:00pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Sarah Mei

    by Sarah Mei

    Sarah is a Ruby / Rails developer at Pivotal Labs and is a regular contributor to Diaspora. She also helps organize RailsBridge in San Francisco, CA. She wears a bright pink dress on Earth Day and owns a skirt with a Regular Expression reference printed upside down on it (so it's readable to her). She'll tell the story of how being a programmer has made her into an extrovert.

    At 4:30pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    Aaaaaaand... Break!

    At 5:00pm to 5:15pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Leah Silber

    by Leah Silber

    Leah is one of the organizers of JRuby Conf, jQuery Conf and GoGaRuCo. She'll be talking about organizing the nerds... Nerd Herding, if you will.

    At 5:15pm to 5:45pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Break

    by The Farm House

    This is the last break. Only one speaker left. And he's definitely worth sticking around for. Don't take off quite yet.

    (Plus there's dinner and after party.)

    At 5:45pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 7th May

  • Eli Duke

    by Eli Duke

    I like to think that I'm the kind of person who's not defined by my job. I've done this successfully as a High School Substitute Teacher, an Apartment Maintenance Guy, a Pizza Delivery Driver, a Kirby Vacuum Salesman and a Nintendo Game Tester. That was just how I made money and nothing else, but the last 4 years it's been especially difficult, spending half my time living and working in Antarctica.

    Did you know that people live in Antarctica? They have jobs and go the bar after work and play music and drive cars and celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. They go hiking and do yoga. They sorta live a normal life, but at the same time they sorta don't. My talk will explain just some of this crazy life.

    At 6:00pm to 6:30pm, Saturday 7th May


    by The Farm House

    Eat food. Relax. I hope you enjoyed the day of storytelling. It's all over now. What's left is just food and party. Enjoy.

    At 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Saturday 7th May


    by The Farm House

    Now that you're all well fed, I hope you're ready to party and shake your booty (or not if that's not your kinda thing).

    There will be live music and some dj dance jams.

    Also in the back of the yard, there'll be weiney and marshmellow roasting over the fire pit available for people who want that.

    We'll wind things down around 11:00 pm, so my neighbors don't call the cops on us and so the backyard campers can get all settled in.

    At 7:30pm to 11:00pm, Saturday 7th May