Hello everyone,

GCC2016 events start in just over one week.  Here’s some last-minute info you’ll need to make the most out of GCC2016:
GCC2016 is promising to be great one! 

Looking forward to seeing you in Bloomington,

The GCC2016 Exec
Carrie Ganote, Chris Hemmerich, Dave Clements, Marilyne Summo, and Robert Ping

Training preparation
Attending GCC2016 training?  All sessions list prerequisites, and any laptop or software requirements.  Almost all sessions require a Wi-Fi enabled laptop with either Chrome, Firefox, or Safari installed. For the use and general training sessions all you’ll need is that laptop.

For some of the deploy and develop sessions you’ll need to have additional software installed ahead of time.  Most often this will be virtual machines or Docker images. We will provide specific details on what is required and where to get the machine images and any needed software in the coming week.  We’ll also provide help with installation and setup at two training office hours sessions on Saturday and Sunday evening.  (And if you would like to help during those sessions, please let the exec committee know.)

Call for BoFs
We still have lots of space for birds-of-a-feather meetups (BoFs). These are informal meetups where attendees with a shared interest meet to discuss their interests and challenges. If you have an idea for a BoF topic, post it here. BoFs are a terrific way to find others and discuss common challenges. See the list of BoFs for what gatherings have already been established.

Lightning talks
Lightning talks are a dynamic part of every GCC and this year’s conference will feature more lightning talks than ever before.  Lightning talks are short (7 minutes long) and can be about anything of interest to conference participants: prototype ideas, useful resources, open questions, interesting communities, novel approaches to challenges, and anything else you can think of. The call for lightning talks will go out once GCC2016 events have started.  Please start thinking about what you would like to present!

Submit a poster
Have a poster presentation idea? There are still a few spaces left for additional posters. All accepted presentations are eligible for consideration for publication in GigaScience's Galaxy series. Published papers will receive a 15% discount on the article-processing fee if you flag GCC2016 on submission.  Submit your poster now.

Conference sponsors are key partners in the Galaxy community and are absolutely vital in making event registration affordable. We’ll highlight different sponsors in emails over the coming month. We’re also still looking for additional meeting sponsors, so please let us know of any organizations that may be a good fit.
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GMOD 2016
There is still space to register for the GMOD 2016 Community Meeting being held at Indiana University immediately after GCC2016. GMOD is a consortium of open-source software projects (including Galaxy) that address common challenges with organizing, visualizing, annotating, and analyzing biological data.  Registration is $110 for both days, with the same housing options as for GCC2016.  For those who would like to present a talk or poster at GMOD, the meeting registration form includes a section for submitting the presentation title and abstract.