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Participants Guide

Introduction

Registering

Code of Conduct, Help, and Support

Participating Live

Main Track Talks

Chat Rooms

Chat Sign-up

Chat Clients

Conference Chat Rooms

Main Chat Rooms

Sponsor Expo Chat Rooms

Leader Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors

Chat/Matrix FAQ

How can I log into my account in a second browser?

How can I talk directly with someone?

How to join Rooms?

Other Questions

Workshops

Workshop Sign-up

Vouchers

Obtaining Workshop BBB Links

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ask a question to the presenter?

Will the talks be recorded?

Will the slides be available?

Will Workshops be recorded and available?

How do I ask for help?

How to make the most out of the discussion rooms?

Introduction

Thank you for attending GNU Radio Conference (GRCon20).

The event will take place Monday, September 14 – Friday, September 18. Please visit our website: https://gnuradio.org/grcon20. The detailed schedule is here and a gridded overview here.

This document aims to provide useful information regarding your attendance to the first ever online-only GRCon.

The Conference is operating in the Eastern Daylight Timezone (EDT), or UTC-4. Timezones are being specifically noted as frequently as possible, but any unspecified time should be assumed to be in EDT.

Time Conversion Link for Conference: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

Registering

The conference is free to register for except for the workshops. We request that all attendees register so that we’re able to send important updates during the conference.

https://tickets.gnuradio.org/grcon20

Code of Conduct, Help, and Support

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Full Code of Conduct: https://wiki.gnuradio.org/index.php/Code_of_Conduct

Email: coc@gnuradio.org


Participating Live

Main Track Talks

All of the talks are being live-streamed publicly to YouTube. Visit the GNU Radio channel and you can set reminders to be notified when each day’s stream is starting.

The questions and answers for each talk will happen on in the conference Chat Rooms, specifically in the #grcon-talks room. Register ahead of time and join this channel while watching to see and participate in the discussions.

GNU Radio Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/GNURadioProject/ 

Monday September 14th - https://youtu.be/o0Q99JYW8Mg

Tuesday September 15th - https://youtu.be/sFqIkXxhc14

Wednesday September 16th - https://youtu.be/YOT8U5K4wbk

Thursday September 17th - https://youtu.be/RTio6xMka2o


Chat Rooms

Much of the value of the GNU Radio Conference is in the interactions between all participants of the event. In moving to a virtual event one of our core focuses was on supporting these interactions as much as possible.

The conference will make heavy use of the “Matrix” chat system which is used year-round for GNU Radio development and community discussions. There are rooms for general chat, discussions and Q&A for main track talks, individual sponsors, and topical breakouts.

https://chat.gnuradio.org

We strongly recommend that you join in the chat where possible.

Once you have logged in you should be seeing the main GRCon discussion page. The full list of GRCon rooms are located at:

https://chat.gnuradio.org/#/group/+grcon:gnuradio.org

The GNU Radio Code of Conduct also applies to GRCon Chat Rooms.

Chat Sign-up

Go to https://chat.gnuradio.org and create a new Account. No information other than username and password are required, though an email address is helpful for password recovery.

Matrix does support chat encryption and will ask you to make a backup of your private key information in case you lose access to your existing login.


Chat Clients

A pretty comprehensive list of clients can be found here along with comparison charts here.  

Many current members of the GNU Radio Chat community have mentioned the phone apps are a quick and easy way to communicate.

The homeserver of the GNU Radio Chat is https://gnuradio.matrix.ungleich.cloud.  See below for an example of how to create an account using the GNU Radio homeserver on the Element Desktop Client (to sign-in you click “Sign in instead”).

Conference Chat Rooms

We have several chat rooms setup for interaction during GRCon.  All chat rooms will be monitored/moderated during the event.  Many chat rooms will remain active until 1 week after the conference, and some will persist beyond the conference.

Main Chat Rooms

We will host the following chat rooms during GRCon.  In addition, each sponsor will have a separate chat room, see below for more information.

The easiest way to see all the rooms is to visit https://chat.gnuradio.org/#/+grcon:gnuradio.org (requires account)

https://app.element.io/#/group/+grcon:gnuradio.org (guest view)

Room

Summary

GRCon Announcements

#grcon-announce:gnuradio.org

GRCon Organizers will post announcements here.  Posting permissions are limited to GRCon organizers and GNU Radio Leadership.

GRCon Talks

#grcon-talks:gnuradio.org

GRCon Main Track discussions and questions.  The attendees and presenters will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions during talks.

GRCon Discuss

#grcon-discuss:gnuradio.org

General GRCon related discussions including off topic and general social topics.  

GRCon Helpdesk

#grcon-helpdesk:gnuradio.org

Chat room specifically for asking questions or making suggestions to the GRCon Team.  Will be monitored daily from 1000 to 1800 EDT.

GRCon CTF

#deviations:gnuradio.org

This year we are also doing virtual Capture the Flag (CTF), “Deviations”.  Join this chat to discuss CTF and talk to organizers.

GRCon HamRadio

#grcon-HamRadio:gnuradio.org

The intersection of Amateur Radio and GNU Radio

GR Docs

#docs:gnuradio.org

Documentation chat room that supports the wiki among other documentation efforts for GNU Radio.  This room operates year round but will be monitored during GRCon.


Sponsor Expo Chat Rooms

Each sponsor of GRCon will have their own expo chat room, which will be staffed daily during the conference from 10 AM to 4 PM EDT.  The best times to visit are during the two break periods, Noon-1 PM and 3-4 PM EDT.

Leader Sponsors

Room

Analog Devices

#analog-devices:gnuradio.org

Epiq Solutions

#Epiq:gnuradio.org

CNF Technologies (OpenCPI)

#OpenCPI:gnuradio.org

NI / Ettus Research

#NI:gnuradio.org

SETI Institute

#SETI:gnuradio.org

Xilinx

#xilinx:gnuradio.org

Supporter Sponsors

Room

Perspecta Labs

#perspecta-labs:gnuradio.org

Per Vices

#per-vices:gnuradio.org

Raytheon BBN

#raytheon:gnuradio.org

Sandia National Labs

#sandia:gnuradio.org

Syncopated Engineering

#syncopatedengr:gnuradio.org


Chat/Matrix FAQ

How can I log into my account in a second browser?

The GNU Radio chat includes strong encryption between users (disabled on the public channels). When you first log into your account on a second computer or browser the website/app will prompt you to verify your login using another verified session. Here is a video demonstrating the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZUWmGQrbBQ

How can I talk directly with someone?

A direct message can be sent to a user by searching for them under “People”.

How to join Rooms?

For the GRCon specific rooms, the rooms are listed on the main GRCon Community page[1] after the description or on the side panel using # icon:

https://chat.gnuradio.org/#/+grcon:gnuradio.org (requires account)

https://chat.gnuradio.org/#/group/+grcon:gnuradio.org (if above doesn’t work)

https://app.element.io/#/group/+grcon:gnuradio.org (guest view)

For other GNU Radio Chat Rooms, click on the Explore Rooms icon () to see a room directory list[2]:

Other Questions

A #grcon-helpdesk channel has been set up as a way of quickly addressing any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have during the event. Several conference organizers and volunteers will be monitoring that channel during the event.


Workshops

GRCon20 is offering virtual workshops for Full and Student Registrants.  Workshop Information can be found here.  

Most  virtual workshops will be conducted via Big Blue Button,  an open source web conferencing system for online learning.  Links will be provided to attendees who sign-up prior to the workshop’s start.

To ensure that Q&A is possible and that the virtual workshop platform gives a good experience, each workshop is currently limited to 100 attendees (except the OpenCPI talks which are limited to 20 due to hardware limits). Waitlists are enabled and we will be tracking demand for each workshop.

You can preview the workshop platform and check that it works for you at http://test.bigbluebutton.org

Workshop Sign-up

Sign-up for each workshop will remain open until the day before it is scheduled here.

Please use your Conference Order ID when filling in information for workshop sign-up.  Your Order ID (Here) can be found in your conference confirmation email.

Vouchers

Workshop vouchers can be found on attendee tickets.

If you can’t find your ticket please click on the View order details on the email you received when you signed up.  On your order page you will find a link to your ticket.

Obtaining Workshop BBB Links

Workshop vouchers can be found on tickets generated for each workshop you are signed up for.

If you can’t find your ticket please click on the View order details on the email you received when you signed up for the workshops.  On your order page you will find a link to your ticket.

You should see a ticket like the one below.  The BBB Link will be included as shown below.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ask a question to the presenter?

Join the #grcon-talks chat room on Matrix. Presenters will be in this room during their talk to answer questions in real-time.

Will the talks be recorded?

Yes, all the talks will be available on the GNU Radio YouTube channel after the conference.

Will the slides be available?

Slides are being collected and will be posted onto the conference website after the event. Unfortunately we don’t have them in-place during the event.

Will Workshops be recorded and available?

It's up to the individual workshop instructors if they would like to share a recording of their workshop.  If the workshops recordings are shared they will be publicly accessible.

How do I ask for help?

For real-time assistance during conference hours please feel free to stop by the GRCon Help Desk Chat room on chat.gnuradio.org.  Another option is email, but responses may be slower.

GRCon Help Desk Chat Room: https://chat.gnuradio.org/#/room/#grcon-helpdesk:gnuradio.org

Conference organizers can be identified from the  (flair) next to their names in the chat (note: not all Matrix clients show flair).  If you have a specific question or comment you can use @organizers in your chat to alert the organizers to your message.

Email Organizers: grcon@gnuradio.org 

How to make the most out of the discussion rooms?

Start at the GRCon Community page and look over the rooms.

https://chat.gnuradio.org/#/group/+grcon:gnuradio.org


[1] Community descriptions may not be viewable in all clients

[2] Not all rooms are listed in the directory, including many of the GRCon Community Rooms