A celebration of local first software, dweb, software builders, and trains!
- Departs from Seattle 4:55pm
- Arrives Chicago around 5pm, Wednesday, Sept 20th. Approx. 2 hour layover
- Arrives St. Louis 12:10am midnight, Thursday, Sept 21st (the morning / night before StrangeLoop starts)
We’ve seen at Gradient Retreat that there’s something magical about spending a few days completely apart from the routines and obligations of your regular life and job, with a group of like-minded people, where you can allow yourself to indulge in a level of creative focus and exploration that’s just not accessible at home.
There’s also something magical about trains. What could be better than combining the two?
Post a note on the window of your roomette with what you’re working on. Door open welcomes people to pop in. Door closed for quiet time.
What’s a local first chat system? A Matrix Server that runs locally, but pops in and off the wider Internet as friends follow from afar.
A mesh network?
Meal mixer. Connect with a rotating group of folks over lunch and dinner.
It’s called the “Empire Builder” from Seattle to Chicago
People are in either single or double roomettes. Each roomette has a top bunk and a bottom bunk for sleeping.
We have booked all the roomettes (12 of them), plus the family room. There are shared bathrooms and showers in the hall.
There is just one power outlet per roomette, so bring a power bar!
Chicago to Seattle tour 2 Nights in Amtrak Superliner Roomette - The Empire Builder Experience - YouTube
Note: there are still some bedrooms (larger private bathroom/shower) still available, but unless we get more sponsors, they will be full price. Anyone reading this is welcome to book those directly to join us
All meals are included, as are drinks. You can eat in the dining car, or in your room, or in the observation car.
You can also get beverages outside of meal times.
Bring a water bottle!
You might want to bring some snacks.
- “unconference” supplies, like sticky notes, pens, and paper. A shared extension cord / power bar (@boris to bring)
What are you bringing that might be interesting or shared by the group? Board games?
Boris made a Github repo, just because? You can PR in some info about what you’re working on if you want GitHub - TrainJam/trainjam
Otherwise, tag your posts with #TrainJam wherever you are in the wide internet to help us find each other
TBD Lunch or afternoon coffee in Seattle?
Meet at 4pm at King Street Station
Train leaves Seattle 4:55pm
Arrive Chicago ~5pm
Leave for St. Louis ~7pm
Arrive St Louis just after midnight
First day of Strange Loop
Second day of Strange Loop