SBOL 14: Workshop in Boston

The 14th SBOL Workshop will take place in the Boston area, March 14-16, 2016.

Support for this workshop is being provided by:

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Location

SBOL 14 is being hosted by Raytheon BBN Technologies at a Raytheon conference facility at 870 Winter Street, Waltham, MA.

Dial-in will be available for those who wish to attend remotely,


Registration

Online registration form.

Registration deadline: February 29th.

ALL PERSONS PHYSICALLY ATTENDING MUST REGISTER BEFORE THE DEADLINE DUE TO RAYTHEON REGULATIONS.  NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE ALLOWED.


Schedule

  • Monday:
    • 9am – 9:30am: Welcome and organization; review goals and refine schedule
    • 9:30am – 10am: Tools showcase – show off your tool to the group
    • 10am – noon: Group discussion: Applications & Infrastructure
      • Key topics: compliance testing, workflows
    • Noon – 1pm: Lunch
    • 1pm – 4:30pm: Breakout sessions
      • Suggested topics: library hacking & support for developers, webpage updates (including curation of software tools list), writing a compliance document and collecting examples, FAQs and tutorials
    • 4:30pm – 5pm: Daily wrapup
  • Tuesday:
    • 9am – noon: Group discussion: Specification
      • Key topics: SBOL 2.0.1 minor updates, SEPs for SBOL 2.1 (SEP 004, SEP 006, Spec Issues SEP).
    • Noon – 1pm: Lunch
    • 1pm – 4:00pm: Breakout sessions
      • Suggested topics: Editing spec into SBOL 2.0.1, Refinement of SEPs, SBOL Visual 2.0 prep, Continued software and webpage hacking
    • 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Daily wrapup
    • 4:30pm: get on buses to go to Flatbread Company in Somerville for pizza and candlepin bowling.
  • Wednesday:
    • 9am – noon: Group discussion: SBOL Visual
      • Key topics: SBOL Visual 2.0, extant symbol proposals
    • Noon – 1pm: Lunch
    • 1pm – 4pm: Breakout sessions
      • Suggested topics: Editing SBOL Visual 2.0 spec; Continued software, webpage, SEP hacking.
    • 4pm – 5pm: Workshop wrapup and plans

Transportation and Logistics

Getting to Boston

People will generally want to fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), though cheaper domestic flights may sometimes be available to Providence, RI,  or Manchester, NH.

Waltham is just beyond the range of easy public transit in Boston.  The best way to get to the recommended hotels from Logan Airport is likely by airport shuttle service: round trips can be booked for about $30 at http://www.gobostonshuttle.com/.  A taxi is likely to cost around $80.

Hotels

Several hotels are close to the meeting location, and most provide shuttles that can take you to/from Raytheon. Recommended hotels are:

  • Westin Waltham Boston: 70 3rd Ave, Waltham, MA 02451, westinwalthamboston.com (781) 290-5600. Have a 11-passenger van that starts at 7:00am for morning runs; starts up again at 4:15pm for return trip to hotel (last van is at 7:15pm).
  • Courtyard Boston Waltham: 387 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451, marriott.com, (781) 419-0900. Have a 10-passenger van that runs at specific times in the morning, more flexible in the afternoon.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston/Waltham: 550 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451, embassysuites3.hilton.com, (781) 890-6767, have a weekday shuttle.

There are several other cheaper hotels nearby as well.