From Mark Leggott, OR2013 Conference Chair, Sarah Shreeves, OR2013 Program Co-Chair and Jon Dunn, OR2013 Program Co-Chair
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CA Open Repositories 2013 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada is less than a month away (July 8-12) and is shaping up to provide a packed week of workshops, presentations, panels, posters, demos, and user group sessions that will interest anyone working with repositories and the digital information lifecycle.
The first day of the Open Repositories Conference, Monday, July 8, is dedicated to the Hackfest and workshops aimed at a wide variety of audiences. The available workshops include tutorials on repository platforms, updates on technologies of interest to repository managers and developers, and discussions of current topics in repositories and digital content management.
For a full list of workshops, see the conference schedule at: http://or2013.net/program/session-schedule
Participation in OR2013 workshops is free with conference registration, but you'll need to sign up in advance to ensure a seat in the workshops you want. Once you've registered for the conference, be sure to visit http://or2013.net/content/workshop-signup to sign up for the workshops you're interested in. And if you haven't already registered or booked your accommodation, be sure to visit http://or2013.net/ to do so.
OR Hackfest and Developer's Challenge
We are pleased to announce that the Hackfest and Developer Challenge planning for OR 2013 is in full swing. We have already received 3 great challenge ideas that will stimulate your repository spirit and generate a creative sprint that you and your Challenge colleagues will not soon forget. If that isn't enough to get you to sign-up, then the over $8,000 in prizes to be awarded by our panel of judges may provide some extra sauce. Prizes for this year's Challenge has been generously provided by the Digital Library Federation , JISC , the SPRUCE Project  and the Fedora Futures Project  - and we are expecting some extra surprises on top of that.
How do I participate in the great Hackfest and Developer Challenge? We're glad you asked, just follow these simple steps:
1. Register for the OR Conference , or if you've already done that get your friends to do the same.
2. Sign-up for the Hackfest (taking place on Monday, July 8) and Dev Challenge  so we can make sure we have enough beer and pizza to help get you started.
3. Read the Dev Challenge description and manifesto  and get ready to participate.
4. Practice eating oysters  while you wax poetic  on your laptop to get your repository elbow ready for the big event .
5. Watch for the release of the OR 2013 Hackfest and Dev Challenge Ideas .
6. Do your best to attend the all-day Hackfest on Monday, which will kick off the Challenge and help build a creative team that will stay with you for the rest of your career.
7. Take lots of pictures at the Challenge with you and your buds so you can send them to you mom and dad. This is the most important part, but must be preceded by steps 1-6 above to be the most effective.
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We look forward to seeing you in Charlottetown!