The Stata Center was designed by Frank Gehry and was completed in 2005. The Stata Center houses CSAIL (The MIT Computer Science and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory) and LIDS (The MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems). Some of my favorite pictures of the Stata Center were taken during construction. (I’m a member of CSAIL)
The OpenSQL Camp will be held on the first floor of the Stata Center where we’ve reserved four classrooms (with capacities 318, 90, 60, and 60 respectively). We expect to have access also to the social areas along the interior “student street”.
The OpenSQL Camp has been running since 2008 in an “unconference format” with a blend of spontaneity and planning, no registration fees, and is open for all essentially on a first-to-sign-up basis (the sign up sheet isn’t up yet, however). The unconference typically includes seminars, hackathons, freeform discussions, and socializing with discussion topics including MySQL, PostgresQL, NoSQL, Maria, Drizzle, Storage Engines, the implications of new hardware and data structures technologies, and “soft” topics such as the formation of the Open Database Alliance, as well as anything else people want to talk about.
Mid October is near the peak of the fall foliage season. We are trying to get the conference organized early so that people will be able to find reasonable accomodation and travel arrangements.
It looks like Sheeri and I will be doing a lot of the legwork to organize this event, but this event can succeed only if many people pitch in to make it work.
I hope to see you there!