Archive:U.S. Northeast regional summit 2005

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This summit will take place at Columbia University's Lerner Hall in New York City on January 13-14, 2006.


What is the purpose of the NYC summit?

  • Skills/knowledge sharing
    • "Speed geeking" - Like speed dating, except for knowledge sharing. Several people set up stations around a table, and do a quick 5 minute presentation of something they know how to do. Perhaps how to use some nice tech toy, perhaps how to plan some sort of event, anything.
      • note: does it have to be a "geeky" topic? what about cultural knowledge?
  • Planning/strategizing
    • Chapter planning
    • Inter-chapter / Regional planning
    • National planning
  • Socializing/fraternizing
    • Food breaks
    • Partying
  • Media attention
    • Protesting
      • what exactly are we planning on protesting? we need to have our cause and strategy set up, and send out press releases and other notices regarding our plan sufficiently in advance to attract media attention..


We need to figure out basic things like when the event will start and end. Then we need to figure out exactly what we will be doing during the conference.

The vague plan is to start late in the afternoon on Friday, January 13, and to end about 24 hours later. People may or may not party or sleep in the middle.


  • 4:30pm - arrival and registration
  • 5pm - Kickoff pizza party and introductions
  • 6pm - Start student presentations
    • Welcoming address by FC founder Nelson Pavlosky
  • 7pm - Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks
  • 8pm - Leave to go protest
  • 11pm - Party somewhere


  • 9:30am - Breakfast
  • 10:30am - Speed Geeking: Inspired by Speed Dating, participants will share a 5 minute presentation on a useful, geeky topic of interest.
  • 11am - How to start and maintain a Free Culture chapter, brainstorming session
    • Events and projects that you can do
  • 12pm - lunch - tables for different free culture issues
  • 1pm - Discuss packet of FC documents: mission statement, policy paper
  • 2pm - Plan regional events that we can take part in or organize
  • 3pm - Discuss possible national projects that we may want to take on
  • 4pm - Solidify one project plan, and break up into groups and
  • 5pm - Wrap up - Assess what we've done, lay out plans that we've made, etc.
  • 6pm - Go home, or hang out in a disorganized fashion

Web site text

  • Who - If you are a member of a Free Culture chapter, or you are interested in helping to start one at your school, you are invited. This can include faculty and staff, although we are most interested in the students themselves.
  • What - A weekend of networking, brainstorming, planning, and direct action!
  • When - January 13-14, Friday afternoon through Saturday evening
  • Where - Columbia University's Lerner Hall in New York City. (directions go here)
  • Why - To encourage cooperation among chapter leaders, to promote chapter growth, and to create new initiatives on the local and national level.

Please register for the conference by January 1st, 2006, so that we can try to accomodate people who need help with transportation and housing.

  • Food - We will provide a pizza dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
  • Housing - Housing will be provided by our New York City friends. Depending on how many housing volunteers we have, you may have to share a floor with a few people, so try to bring a sleeping bag.
  • Travel - We will attempt to organize ride shares. If ride-sharing is not plausible for you, then you will have to take some form of public transportation. We may be able to subsidize your transportation, but if you live far from New York City and your travel is expensive, we're not going to be able to help you with travel costs. We hope to arrange a national conference with more travel funding eventually, so you might have to wait for that.

Registration form

  • Your Name
  • Age
  • E-mail Address
  • Mobile Phone
  • Non-Mobile Phone
  • Your Mailing Address (during winter break)
  • School Name
  • My name can be printed in the attendees list
  • Do you live near New York City?
    • If yes, could you host any fellow attendees?
      • If yes, how many could you host?
    • If no, do you need help finding housing?
  • Where will you be traveling from (if not mailing address)?
  • Do you have a car or other means to transport yourself?
    • If yes, could you drive any fellow attendees?
      • If yes, how many could you drive?
    • If no, do you need help finding transportation?
  • Do you have any allergies or dietary restrictions?
    • If yes, please list them:
  • Is there anything you'd like to learn from this conference?
  • Is there anything you'd like to see resolved at this conference?

See also

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