LFNW2020: Be Excellent To Each Other!

It’s time to kick off LinuxFest Northwest 2020! Our theme this year is Be Excellent To Each Other! We want to share with you, and you with us, a conference that encourages collaboration, teaching, and lifting each other up.

Our call for proposals is open now through January 15, 2020, and we’ve shaken things up a bit. We’ve changed the session types and added a few new ones, we’re not suggesting specific tracks, and we’ve tried to clarify the difficulty levels. Read on for more details.

Our call for sponsors is open as well. If your organization supports our mission, we would appreciate your financial assistance - LFNW is the largest free open source conference in North America, and our sponsors keep it that way. If you would like to come and meet our awesome attendees through a booth in our Expo Hall, we would love you have you. Please check out our sponsorship prospectus for details, and reach out to sponsor@linuxfestnorthwest.org.


Eating at LFNW2019

In addition to Bellingham’s delightful culinary scene, Bellingham Technical College offers options on site to help you through your day.


Live streaming at LFNW2019!

Our video team has gone above and beyond this year: in addition to switching to a fully open-source video processing software stack, we’re going live streaming some sessions this year!

Saturday, April 26

Live stream: https://live.lfnw.org/saturday

Sunday, April 27

Live stream: https://live.lfnw.org/sunday


Magic Badges!

Did you register for LinuxFest Northwest before April 15th? If so, you’re in for a treat! Your badge will be pre-printed and ready to go at the registration desk. Just bring your ID so we can find it easily!

Why pre-print the badges? Well, we wanted to do some things special this year, in honor of our 20th anniversary, and that seeped all the way down to your badge. Coincidentally, when you’re finished with it, your badge itself should be placed somewhere where it can be seeped… so the flowers can grow! Instead of a dust collector, or a piece of trash, your badge is made of plantable seed paper, and can sprout hundreds of Five Spot, Candytuft, Baby Blue Eyes, Siberian Wallflower, Scarlet Flax, Zinnia, Sweet William Pinks, Corn Poppy, Spurred Snapdragon, Catchfly, English Daisy, and Black-Eyed Susan.


T-shirt preorder closes on 3/31

We usually keep our t-shirt design to ourselves until the Fest, but this year we just couldn’t. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s because it’s so awesome this year, or if we just weren’t ready in prior years ;-) Please note, we haven’t finalized the shirt & printing colors; the colors pictured are just for design work.

While we will have some for sale on site during LFNW2019, the only way to guarantee that you get a shirt is to register for the event, and buy an Individual Sponsorship. The sponsorship provides us $80, and provides you:

  • a limited edition LFNW2019 t-shirt (sizes S - 3XL)
  • vouchers for lunch on both Saturday & Sunday
  • stickers, patches, and any other cool stuff we make
  • a pre-printed event badge (details forthcoming - but even our badge is cool this year)
  • our eternal gratitude, for helping keep the Fest funded

BUT HURRY UP! Individual Sponsorship will only be available until the end of the month, 3/31. We’ll do a little math, then order all your t-shirts on April 1st, so we can guarantee we have them at the Fest. This is a little different from prior years, where we’ve continued to accept orders, but with the caveat that your t-shirt may be late (and if you’re that one guy from last year - your shirt is packed and just needs to go to the post office - SORRY). This year, we’re not messing around with late shirts; order by the deadline, and we guarantee, or you can take your chances on-site!

One more thing about those event badges… we’re pre-ordering some really cool badges, but that means we need to know who to print for beforehand, so if you are registered by 3/31 (no ticket purchase required), we will pre-print a badge and have it ready for you at the Fest. If you register after, we will have blank badges available for you to write your name on, but it just won’t be as spiffy as the pre-printed ones. (I’ll explain why in an upcoming post!)