LibreOffice US Summer Hackfest 2014

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US Summer Hackfest
DatesJuly 26-27, 2014
LocationXamarin, Inc. 2 Park Plaza, Boston, MA
Website(this wiki page)

The US Community had a Summer Hackfest, which took place in Boston 26th / 27th of July.


Name and Email Roles Teams T-Shirt Size
1. Robinson Tryon Event Organizer QA, Marketing/Outreach L
2. Joel Madero Event Organizer QA L
3. Michael Meeks Core Developer Development
4. Martin (inkscape) New Hacker XL
5. Jeff Stedfast Xamarin Hacker
6. Algot Runeman LibreOffice US 3XL
7. Morgan Johnstone LibreOffice US
8. Immanuel Giulea LibreOffice US/Canada QA, Marketing/Outreach
9. Radek Doulik Xamarin Hacker
10. Dick Miller (Sunday)
11. Jill Miller (Sunday)


Xamarin's Boston office has kindly offered to host our event! Here's their street address:

Xamarin, Inc.
2 Park Plaza
Boston, MA

Xamarin is on the 7th floor.

Directions to the Venue

The venue appears to be just off of Boston Common, SE of the intersection of Charles St. and Boylston St.

  • The door is between P.F.Chang and Boloco restaurants.

On a map

From the T

  • The venue was roughly equidistant from the Arlington and Boylston stations

Venue Contact

Who's were our contacts on the ground (i.e. who can unlock doors for us, etc..?)

  • Alessandra Araujo
  • Jayme Singleton

(Ask Robinson/Mmeeks for relevant contact info)

Travel Bursaries

The Document Foundation may be able to refund tickets to and from the US Summer Hackfest, after prior approval by the organizers, under the following conditions:

  • Transportation and accommodation in a shared hotel room with single beds as available on location (2 hackers sharing one room)
  • Volunteer-first - people affiliated with a company involved in LibreOffice work will come last
  • First-come-first-served - participants will get reimbursed in order of their sign-up on the wiki attendance list, until budget runs out.
  • Ask the organizers as soon as possible (ideally right before booking) if budget is still available. Be aware of the fact that tax law requires us to collect original receipts, so please keep them (or hand them in at the Hackfest)

Please be economic and pick cheap travel.

For those who attended: If you'd like to request a travel reimbursement, please follow the HowTo at TDF/Policies/Refunding for the SPI refunding, and mail with your documents.

The deadline for the initial batch of travel bursaries is July 10th, 2014 23:59UTC. After that deadline there might still be funding served, if available, but it won't take precedence over existing promises.


  • Friday
    • Early arrivals met for dinner/drinks
  • Saturday
    • 9am - Breakfast (Bagels, OJ, Coffee, ..)
    • 9:30am - Event starts
    • 12ish - Lunch (Boloco is in the same building (?) -- might be a good option)
    • 6ish - Dinner (Pizza?)
    • Later - Go to bed (left around midnight; bed by 3 or so)
  • Sunday
    • 10am - Breakfast (Bagels, OJ, Coffee, ..)
    • 10:30am - Event starts
    • 12ish - Lunch (Sandwiches? pizza?)
    • 3pm - Wrap-up for those who have to fly home for work on Monday
    • (We may continue along until 5ish, depending upon how many people are left)


TBA -- the hackfest will include some combination of


  • Hacking on LibreOffice Code
  • Hacking on QA and other support code including the BSA, Bugzilla, MediaWiki (events?), etc..


  • Introduction to triaging
  • Learning about the Bibisect tool
  • ??


  • Introduction to the activities of the Marketing Team
  • How to become more active w/LibreOffice outreach
  • Steps towards running a successful LibreOffice event locally


  • We'd love to grow our Design Team and involve artists
  • We need: People familiar with Inkscape, GIMP, and/or non-free alternatives
  • TO PREPARE: Easy Hacks/projects for newcomers
    • Sticker design/redesign (DLP, I heart LibreOffice, others?? -- maybe a hackfest sticker?)
    • Hackfest Button (general idea: Give to someone during a conference, encourage them to attend hackfest starting the next day)
    • Re-work DFD 'open formats' pamphlet for TDF/LibreOffice
    • Re-work/update LibreOffice stock pamphlets ("Community" and "Intro to LO")

Introduction to other teams:


  • Various calc performance related cleanups (Jeff Stedfast)
  • Editeng search / replace field expansion bug fix + unit tests (Michael Meeks)
  • Testing the new AWS pre-built VM's - awesome (thanks to Christian Lohmaier)
  • Introduced community members to QA bug triage process (Algot, Immanuel, etc.)