T-shirt preorder closes on 3/31

We usually keep our t-shirt design to ourselves until the Fest, but this year we just couldn’t. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s because it’s so awesome this year, or if we just weren’t ready in prior years ;-) Please note, we haven’t finalized the shirt & printing colors; the colors pictured are just for design work.

While we will have some for sale on site during LFNW2019, the only way to guarantee that you get a shirt is to register for the event, and buy an Individual Sponsorship. The sponsorship provides us $80, and provides you:

  • a limited edition LFNW2019 t-shirt (sizes S - 3XL)
  • vouchers for lunch on both Saturday & Sunday
  • stickers, patches, and any other cool stuff we make
  • a pre-printed event badge (details forthcoming - but even our badge is cool this year)
  • our eternal gratitude, for helping keep the Fest funded

BUT HURRY UP! Individual Sponsorship will only be available until the end of the month, 3/31. We’ll do a little math, then order all your t-shirts on April 1st, so we can guarantee we have them at the Fest. This is a little different from prior years, where we’ve continued to accept orders, but with the caveat that your t-shirt may be late (and if you’re that one guy from last year - your shirt is packed and just needs to go to the post office - SORRY). This year, we’re not messing around with late shirts; order by the deadline, and we guarantee, or you can take your chances on-site!

One more thing about those event badges… we’re pre-ordering some really cool badges, but that means we need to know who to print for beforehand, so if you are registered by 3/31 (no ticket purchase required), we will pre-print a badge and have it ready for you at the Fest. If you register after, we will have blank badges available for you to write your name on, but it just won’t be as spiffy as the pre-printed ones. (I’ll explain why in an upcoming post!)

One more hotel choice for your LFNW visit

There are a lot of people coming to LinuxFest Northwest this year! We’ve been working with our hotel partners to make sure we have nice, appropriate accomodations available for everyone who visits, and we now have one more discount option for LFNW2019 attendees.

Comfort Inn Bellingham is offering a 15% discount for LFNW2019 attendees. Use the code “LSN15” when making a reservation.

Welcome to the Comfort Inn Bellingham! Our hotel is located in Bellingham’s Cordata shopping district, and about 3.3 miles from Bellingham Technical College. Our hotel offers a free hot buffet breakfast including waffles, sausage and eggs, bacon, fruit, yogurt, and baked goods. Guests have access to the indoor pool, spa, sauna and exercise room. Our rooms have a mini-refrigerator, microwave, and we’re 100% non-smoking. Complimentary WIFI is available in all guest rooms and common areas. We offer complimentary parking and free airport transportation to Bellingham airport. During your stay, you can visit nearby attractions such as Mount Baker Theatre, Squalicum Harbor and Bellingham Bay. Don’t forget to ask for the LinuxFest Northwest discount code “LSN15” when making reservations by calling the hotel direct at (360) 738-1100. We look forward to hosting you for LinuxFest Northwest 2019.

This is in addition to the three options already available on the site:

  • Heliotrope Hotel
    Reserve your room by March 26, 2019 using the Code: “LFNW19” to access the discounted group rate for arrival on April 26, 2019 to departure on April 28, 2019.
  • Holiday Inn & Suites
    Come experience all that the Holiday Inn and Suites-Bellingham has to offer! Mention group code “LFN” for our discounted group rate.
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
    The Home2 Suites is Bellingham’s only Hilton Hotel offering free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Book your room online or call us at 360-734-3111 and ask for the “LF5” code.

Wherever you choose to stay, we’re looking forward to seeing you the last weekend of April!

Session scheduling plan

First off, we’d like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal to LFNW2019… we have some amazing content this year, and choosing which sessions will be presented is a hard choice. We’ve never had so many excellent proposals to choose from; whittling it down to our usual 80 sessions is a challenge!

We’ve heard from a few of you, that you’re anxious to know about your session, and we hear you. Here’s the current schedule, so you know what to expect:

  • Call for proposals closed on Jan 31.
  • We’re reviewing proposals, and will send out most acceptance and rejection notices by February 14th (+2 weeks - Happy Valentine’s day).
  • We need to hear back from you, confirming your accepted sessions, by February 28th (+2 weeks).
  • We will publish the session list on March 1st.
  • We will submit a draft schedule to presenters shortly thereafter, and expect to have a final schedule with all room assignments and times posted by March 15th.

We hope this helps you plan, and we look forward to talking to our presenters more often moving forward. Feel free to email us if you have any questions!

We've got a new logo!

This year will be the 20th LinuxFest Northwest so to celebrate, we are unveiling a fresh new logo! Twenty years is a huge milestone for any institution but LFNW is special from the rest. Entry to the fest is always free and every year it comes together just from the donations of our sponsors and the long hours put in by our staff. To say it is a labor of love is an understatement.

This logo is a representation of our beautiful Pacific Northwest from the boats in the bay up to the trees and mountains. Throw in a dash of Tux and here we are! We hope you love it as much as we do.

We’re very thankful to Fly Paper Graphics for the time and effort they put into the design, and their patience through many iterations. Expect a full update to the lfnw.org site shortly, as well as a press kit.